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Best Time to Visit Ireland

When to Visit Ireland
There is no bad time to visit Ireland! Peak tourist season is in the summer — June thru' August, so expect crowds. May and September are great times to visit — September tends to be drier than most months, especially near Dublin and Cork. Spring can also be a busy time (St. Patrick's Day Festivals and Parades); however not all sites and attractions are open yet — many of them close down in October and don’t reopen until Easter.

Ireland enjoys relatively moderate year-round temperatures — it doesn't get too hot or too cold. Expect rain year-round, so be sure to pack a brolly (umbrella) and light windbreaker jacket, whenever you're planning to visit. And wear layers — you could experience all four seasons in a day!

Ireland is blessed with very long Summer days — the sun is up early in the morning and sunsets are as late as 10-11pm. Winter days are short, with sunsets as early as 4:30pm.

You can see more attractions during the lighter summer months, so keep this in mind when booking your trip. Of course, if you're coming to Ireland to see the countryside, meet the people and have a pint or two in the pubs, then it doesn't really matter when you visit :) Pick the time you want to go to Ireland and chances are there will be at least five Irish festivals taking place throughout the country.

Ireland is one of the wettest countries in Europe — it's also one of the greenest. And that lush green countryside — and the Irish people — are just a few of the many attractions that make Ireland one of Europe's most popular destinations.

Although It rarely snows during the winter time, December 2010 will go down as one of the coldest months on record in Ireland, with heavy snowfall blanketing most of the country. On a positive note... it was a beautiful white Christmas :)

Ireland's Regions and Attractions

Narrated Tours are a great way to see the country, learn all about its history from experienced guides and experience its warm Irish hospitality.

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Self-guided tours and driving in Ireland is another option — it gives travelers more freedom and flexibility. The country is compact and easy to navigate. Just remember to drive on the left side of the road!


Ballybunion Golf Club, Ballybunion, Kerry, Cork, Southwest Ireland - Tourism Ireland

Dingle Peninsula, Killarney, Ireland

Armagh County Golf Club, Armagh City, Armagh County, Northern Ireland - Tourism Ireland

Ballybunion Golf Club, Ballybunion, Kerry, Cork, Southwest Ireland - Tourism Ireland

Winter in Kilcoe (half-way between Skibbereen and Ballydehob) in County Cork, Ireland - J&G Lawson

Badger (Irish Sheep Dog) walking in the snow in Kilcoe, near Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland - J&G Lawson

Winter in Kilcoe (half-way between Skibbereen and Ballydehob) in County Cork, Ireland - J&G Lawson


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