One of the trendiest global vacation spots these days is Ireland. With lush green mountainous landscapes and historic castles, the appeal is vast enough to capture the attention of all. That is why millions are flocking to the European island each year on their dream Ireland vacation. The second largest of the British Isles, the third largest in Europe, Ireland is host to nearly 5 million people, roughly the same as the state of South Carolina. However, choosing the right time of year to visit the country comes down to what you want from your vacation.
Spring in Ireland is not quite as cut and dry as spring here in New England. For example, spring in Northern Ireland lasts from March 1st – May 31st. Whereas spring in the Republic of Ireland begins February 1st and ends on April 30th. However, when traveling to the country going with the March-May timeframe is the safest bet. With temperatures ranging from the mid-40s to the mid-50s, you’ll want to be sure to pack in layers.
If the cooler temperatures are ideal for you, here are a few benefits of springtime Ireland vacations:
- Mother Nature – This time of year provides optimal air quality for outdoor adventures. Soak up the aroma of new grass, freshly bloomed flowers, and soft rain as you adventure through the numerous outdoor sights.
- Smaller Crowds – Some of the largest crowds can be seen during the summer months in Ireland. So, although it may be a bit chillier, you’ll have more of the outdoors to yourself.
Perhaps the warmer air is more of your style. If so, festival season in Ireland may be for you! Planning your vacation during July and August will provide you not only with the warmest days, but the longest as well. During these two summer months, visitors can expect to receive 18 hours of sunlight. With temperatures in the high-70s to mid-80s, you can pack shorts but be sure to prepare for cooler nights and frequent drizzles. Be sure to plan your trip in advance as summer is host to the tourism peak.
Another wonderful time of the year to visit Ireland is in the fall. Although the rainfall is a bit more than the summer months, the scenery promises anything but a disappointment. With a variety of foliage similar to New England, the crisp air in combination with Mother Nature makes fall nothing less than spectacular. Cool evenings make the perfect night out as you visit local bars and theaters.
With an average temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit, winter months in Ireland, November – March, really aren’t that cold! With white-capped mountains and a busy pub crawl, winter in Ireland is one of the coziest places to be. Don’t forget to watch the skies while you’re there. The Aurora Borealis sightings are quite frequent.
Whichever season is ideal for your Ireland vacation, Arpin Travel can get you there. Contact us today and let our team of experts create the vacation getaway you’ve dreamed of. Call us at (508) 883-1013 or visit us online!