The Best and Worst Times to Visit Ireland

Ireland is a stunning country known for its iconic folklore that involves magical fairies and for its rich and revolutionary political conquests. Though, Ireland is also the land of having the best pubs that are lively at any time of the day and night, its eye-catching scenery of rolling green hills and small villages, and well, like most other European countries – the constant downpour that marks its territory on Ireland. Even still, since 2014 over a recorded number of over seven billion tourists have visited Ireland for one reason or another – and this large number is double the entire countries population.

Though, it’s not expected that all these tourists came at the same exact time, right? Well, while there isn’t a dedicated “perfect” time to visit the country of greenery, potential visitors should know that different seasons will provide different experiences. The winters are known for being cold, quiet and coated in a beautiful layer of white snow, and the spring is the time for ample amounts of St. Patrick Day celebrations and parties. Summers are always sunny and bustling with life; while the fall creates the perfect weather combination and shows signs of the outdoor business slowing down. When deciding when to visit Ireland, it’s entirely up to you and your personal preference of when which season would give you the experience of a lifetime.

When Should You Visit Ireland For Good Weather

Irelands weather climate changes, but its never extreme. During the winter seasons, it’s rare for the weather to fall below freezing and stay that way – and during the summer the weather is known to stay around 70 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Though, it’s not too shocking for people to see cloudy and dark skies and then clear sunny ones in quick successions, no matter what season it is.

There is one thing that you should know as a future visitor of the motherland of fun pubs – rain. Rain is one of the things the Irish face daily and depending n the timing of your trip; you will too. For starters, summer is the sunniest seasons and the days are longer and warmer, with July and August being the brightest and the busiest. However, in November and February, Ireland is going to be dark, gloomy, a bit cold, and filled with constant rainfall.

When Should You Visit for The Festivals and Cultural Events

Even though Ireland is known for their lively St. Patrick Day festivals, the country also celebrates an array of other events as well. For example, in Western Ireland, Killorglin, in the famed Country Kerry, has a Puck Fair every August, where the main event is a young girl will symbolically marry a goat who is crowned “King Puck” during the festival. Don’t worry though; the girl isn’t tied to the goat for life! Galloway is lively in September due to its array of oyster-related festivals.

When are the Worst Times to Visit Ireland

While summer is the warmest season and full of fun festivals, it also doubles as being one of Ireland’s busiest seasons, along with having a higher price to pay for flying and hotel accommodations. Thigh despite the influx of tourists and rise in prices, summer is known as the time of the year where hidden treasures are finally open. Plus, with the longer daytime, summer is the time of the year to get more activities done in one day.

Though around March, St. Patrick Day celebrations are taking place. The rule of thumb is that if don’t plan on spending all your time drinking in the lively pubs or dealing with intoxicated people, maybe its best to plan your trip to Ireland for another month. On the other hand, while winter is the slowest time of the year – the weather is also the worst. If you’re looking for the perfect combination of weather, activities, and crowds, then your best bet would be to plan your trip around the spring or fall.

When is the Cheapest Time to Visit Ireland

While winter may feature some of the worst weather, it doubles as the cheapest time of year to book a flight and hotel in Ireland. Though, tourists should keep in mind that some paces may offer some seasonal rates, but other hotels are known to close until the next spring arrives. When the weather is warmer, as seen in the spring and summer months, plane tickets and hotel accommodations are bound t be even higher.

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