When Is the Best Time to Tour the British Isles?


During the winter months (November – February) there are fantastic deals for travel to Ireland & the U.K. 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 & England, so conditions are generally favorable. The highlands of Scotland and mountains in Wales can expect some snow. 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

(March – May & Sept – Oct) are known as “shoulder” seasons and are great times to travel to the British Isles. 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 the Spring and Fall you’ll generally experience average rainfall along with mild temperatures and about 8-10 hours of sunlight.  More B&Bs are open at this time of year than in the winter, giving travelers more options.  Plan on booking at least 2-4 months in advance for spring and fall.



The summer is the high season for traveling to Ireland & the U.K. July and August visitors will enjoy warm temperatures and up to 15 hours of sunlight per day. 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 in the summer should consider booking at least 6 to 10 months in advance, especially if you are hoping to stay in a castle!




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