Though this sounds like a given, it’s worth mentioning that the off peak season, particularly autumn, is far quieter than peak season. With far less crowds, you’ll be able to visit Ireland’s wilder landmarks like the Cliffs of Moher, the Giant’s Causeway and Connemara as well as attractions such as Jameson Distillery or the Belfast Titanic Experience without rubbing shoulders with hundreds of others.
Not to mention, the kids are back at school so not only will you have less international tourists with whom to share the views, but you’ll also have less domestic tourists as well.
As the summer season winds down, accommodations and activities lower their costs to off-peak amounts, which means that you’ll get the same services as you would during summer but with lower costs and more availability.
Instead of having to compromise or work around the accommodation’s availability, you’ll also have your pick of accommodations and rooms.
Though we don’t have the brilliant golden and orange tunnels of autumn leaves that you’ll find in New England, Ireland changes colours in its own way. As the seasons turn, the beautiful heathland and heather-covered highland change from deep purple to a magnificent golden that blankets the whole landscape. In the forests, the bracken and the ferns turn a brilliant sea of fiery orange and crimson.
On the other hand, the Emerald Isle isn’t called so for nothing; Ireland’s lush lowland pastures and rolling farmland are still as green as shamrocks!
Plus, the infamous midges – tiny biting flies – are gone by autumn. Though less of a problem in Ireland than Scotland, it’s still a relief to know that by the time autumn rolls in, the midges are gone for the year!
A final bonus, autumn weather is usually drier which is always a plus!
After a day in the wilds, come back to one of Ireland’s many cosy pubs. With a Guinness or glass of whiskey in hand to warm up, curl up by the roaring open fires while a local band plays traditional Irish songs.
Though today Halloween is celebrated in much the same way as in America and across the world, it’s a special (and spooky) time to be exploring Ireland’s dramatic landscapes, wild mountains, ancient monuments and ruined castles.