When is the best time to travel to Ireland?
For more hours of sunshine and warmer days, travel in June, July or August where it only gets truly dark after 11:00 PM. The summer is also peak tourist season and most of the festivals occur during this time, attracting large crowds of visitors.
Spring (May) and Autumn (September) offer enjoyable times to visit. Snow is scarce in Ireland and the temperature rarely drops below freezing, however there is less sunlight during this time of the year. But grey winter days are a part of what it means to experience Ireland – and many areas of the country gleam a raw, natural beauty that can only be appreciated in the cold winter light.
The seasons: Spring and Summer
In spring (February to April), the average highest temperatures range from 46 to 54°F, with April considered particularly pleasant. In summer (May to July), the averages for highest temperatures are between 64 and 68°F.
The warmest months, July and August, get about 18 hours of daylight and it gets dark only after 11pm. Hence the well-worn phrase in Ireland; “sure there’s a grand stretch in the evenings”.
The seasons: Autumn and Winter
In autumn, (August to October) highest temperatures hit between 64 and 57°F. September is considered a mild, temperate month.
Winter air temperatures inland normally reach 46°F, while the coldest months are January and February. The temperature drops below freezing intermittently, and apart from a few freak cold snaps, snow is scarce.
No matter the weather, your trip to Ireland is sure to be full of surprises and unforgettable experiences. So go on, enjoy some moments of serendipity from twisting country roads to hidden pub snugs to new local friends and plenty of rainbows in between!