When Is the Best Time to Tour Ireland?
Monday, April 2nd, 2012 | By Katie
WINTER: During the winter months (November – February) there are fantastic deals on Ireland vacations to be had. With the exception of the December holidays and New Years, prices at this time of the year are low. There is very little snow in Ireland, so conditions are generally favorable. Keep in mind, however, that with an average 4:00 pm sunset there is reduced sunlight in the winter for touring. Even though there are fewer flights and B&Bs operating this time of year, it’s still a great time to plan a last minute getaway.
SPRING & FALL: Spring and Fall (March – May & Sept – Oct) are known as “shoulder” seasons and are great times to travel to Ireland. With reduced rates and fewer people traveling than in the summer there are often bargains available with the exceptions of the St. Patrick’s Day and Easter holidays. Regarding the weather in Ireland in the Spring and Fall you’ll generally experience average rainfall along with mild temperatures and about 8-10 hours of sunlight. More B&Bs in Ireland are open at this time of year than in the winter, giving travelers more options. Plan on booking 2-4 months in advance for spring and fall trips to Ireland.
SUMMER: The summer is the high season for traveling to Ireland. July and August visitors will enjoy warm temperatures and up to 15 hours of sunlight per day, the best weather in Ireland. Although prices for flights and accommodations at this time of year are at their highest, flights are much more frequent allowing for greater flexibility in planning. Because of the large number of people traveling in July and August, those who wish to travel to Ireland in the summer should consider booking 6 to 10 months in advance, especially if you are looking to experience an Ireland castle vacation.