When To Visit Ireland
One of the secrets that travel vloggers all have in their back pockets is the best times to visit a particular place.
Ireland is one of the trickiest countries to figure out the best time to travel. The summer there is very short and Ireland is not exactly known for its spectacular weather.
There are many reasons to travel to Ireland as it is a wonderful country with fantastic people. This makes it a very popular destination so there can be a lot of crowds there.
If you are looking to beat the crowds, get some decent weather, or go when there are a lot of events, then you have to be able to plan the best times to go based on your needs.
In this article, we will go over what times of year are best when you’re planning your trip.
Avoid Peak Season
Peak season just about anywhere is between June and August. This is when kids are out of school and most people take their vacations.
It’s also when you can expect the best weather in Ireland. Potentially, that is.
It never truly gets hot in the summer in Ireland and it can still be rainy and wet. If you are planning on doing anything outdoors then you will still need to have an umbrella and some warm clothes packed.
This makes you wonder if it is worth going in the summer at all. Especially since every place is packed and it still can rain.
This is the question to ask yourself. You can always visit Ireland and see the same sites when there are fewer tourists.
If you are looking to hang out in the pubs and listen to traditional Irish music, then you can go in the offseason as it is very cozy.
Especially if you are wearing one of the famous Irish wool sweaters and there is a fireplace lit.
It all depends on what it is that you want to be able to do while there. Anything indoors is going to be available year-round so there is little point in dealing with crowds in the peak season.
Go During Peak Season
This seems contradictory after that last section. Certain things that you may want to do in Ireland will only be available during the summer months.
For instance, there are many events and festivals that happen during the summer.
These types of events are not specifically for tourists as the summer is a time when the locals yearn for them and it is the only time of year when outdoor activities are done.
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If you are not going there for specific things like a distillery tour or going to pubs then the summer is going to be the best time to go.
Just avoid places like the Temple Bar area in Dublin and some of the castles.
May or September
It’s around May when the weather starts turning and there can be some nice, clear Spring days.
There may not be any festivals happening yet. Still, you can get out and enjoy some of the castle tours and things like the Cliffs of Moher without the huge crowds.
The same goes for September as most of the summer tourists have left but the weather can still be summer-like depending on the year.
When is the best time to visit Ireland in your opinion?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.