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Why Visit Ireland in Summer?

By Dawn Rainbolt, Marketing Executive
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There’s a reason they call it a summer vacation. But just in case you’re still on the fence, here’s why visit Ireland in summer!

Whether you’re a family or retired, travelling solo or with friends, looking for a cultural or nature-based trip, find out why should you decide to visit Ireland in summer. 

Visit Ireland in summer

Enjoy the bright colours when you visit Ireland in summer!

1. School's out!

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Cyclists exploring the Great Western Greenway

So, let’s start with the easy one – school’s out for the summer! Ireland is the ideal family destination – wild and rugged, it is also a safe way to let your kids explore the Great Outdoors.

As any parent knows, the best time to travel with kids is during the summer, when you have multiple travel dates to choose from (instead of being consigned to one week at Christmas or Thanksgiving), and you don’t have to worry about homework or kids missing school. Let the family adventure begin!

And because of the increased travelling due to school being out, pretty much every attraction, accommodation, restaurant, castle and activity will be open, letting you make the best of your travel adventure in Ireland.

2. Summer is Ireland’s Time to Shine

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Hanging out with the locals in the Irish summer!

Well – sort of. Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle for good reason – and with all that greenery comes a bit of rain (though that’s not to say you won’t need a waterproof jacket, as you will get some rain while in Ireland – see what to wear while hiking in Ireland). But the months with the most sun (and the least amount of days with any precipitation – roughly half the days of the month) tend to be the summer months: May, June and July. August can be a bit rainy but at least the days are long. In fact, the longest day of the year is June 21, with nearly 20 hours of sunshine.

3. Festivals & Markets are in Full Swing

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Find fresh local produce at outdoor markets while exploring Ireland

Since summer is the time for fun, there are festivals, concerts and events all over Ireland in both big and small. From nature activities to local crafts to traditional Irish music to literary festivals, there’s a little bit of everything during Irish summer days. Food and crafts markets pop up in every village across Ireland over summer weekends – perfect for tasting local cuisine or finding intriguing handmade gifts.

4. Plenty of Ways to Get Here

Exploring downtown Galway.

Whether you’re looking for international flights,  short haul local flights from the UK and Europe, or prefer a good old-fashioned ferry, you’ll have far more choice when it comes to travel. You’ll also have the choice of connecting to certain local airports, like Cork, Kerry or Knock (in northwest Ireland). Tip: Set up an alert to know when you can get the best deals to and from your local airport and favourite destinations!

Find out more about travelling to and from Ireland here.

5. The Summer Solstice Means Long Days

Carrowkeel tombs on the summer solstice, built 5,000 years ago to align with the sunset.

June 21st is the longest day of the year – and long important to the ancient Celtic peoples who inhabited this island. The days are long, with up to 18-20 hours of sunshine around Midsummer, meaning you’ll get a lot of daylight to enjoy! Also, many of the ancient Neolithic monuments are actually aligned with the summer solstice, which is pretty neat. One such monument is the tombs of Carrowkeel in Co Sligo in Ireland’s northwest. And because they are little-known, you won’t be overwhelmed with other visitors!

  • Bike through Sligo on a relaxing Biking & Yoga Escape – choose the option to Make it Private to align it with the summer solstice in Sligo!

6. Enjoy the Summer Outdoors!

Hiking in Ireland in summer

Hiking through the Burren – the perfect way to spend a summer’s day!

Ireland is an outdoor lover’s paradise. With hiking paths ranging from coastal or gentle hills to challenging peaks and long distance trails, as well as rambling countryside roads perfect for biking and plenty of gorgeous shoreline simply waiting to be explored by sea kayak, Ireland is just right for being outside. While you’re at it, why not try sea stack climbing, stand-up-paddling, open canoeing or horseback riding?!

Ready for a summer break? Check out what trips are available to visit Ireland in summer!

Trip Date Price Availability Book
Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal 14th Mar - 20th Mar 2020 €1,7108 place(s) leftBook Now
Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal 9th May - 15th May 2020 €1,7953 place(s) leftBook Now
Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry 6th Jun - 12th Jun 2020 €1,9106 place(s) leftBook Now
Bike Tour - Five Countries 7th Jun - 20th Jun 2020 €4,5507 place(s) leftBook Now
Bike Tour - Donegal From Cliffs to Coast 13th Jun - 19th Jun 2020 €2,1008 place(s) leftBook Now
Hiking - Dingle Way 13th Jun - 19th Jun 2020 €1,7954 place(s) leftBook Now
Hiking - The Mountains of Connemara and Mayo 20th Jun - 26th Jun 2020 €1,7957 place(s) leftBook Now
Deluxe Bike Tour - The Kerry Peninsulas 27th Jun - 3rd Jul 2020 €2,6008 place(s) leftBook Now
Deluxe Hiking - The Kerry Mountains 4th Jul - 10th Jul 2020 €2,0903 place(s) leftBook Now
Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry 11th Jul - 17th Jul 2020 €1,9107 place(s) leftBook Now
Bike Tour - Donegal From Cliffs to Coast 18th Jul - 24th Jul 2020 €2,1008 place(s) leftBook Now
Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal 18th Jul - 24th Jul 2020 €1,7953 place(s) leftBook Now
Bike Tour - Connemara & the Aran Islands 25th Jul - 31st Jul 2020 €2,2008 place(s) leftBook Now
Hiking - The Mountains of Connemara and Mayo 1st Aug - 7th Aug 2020 €1,7956 place(s) leftBook Now
Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal 8th Aug - 14th Aug 2020 €1,7958 place(s) leftBook Now
Deluxe Hiking - The Kerry Mountains 8th Aug - 14th Aug 2020 €2,0908 place(s) leftBook Now
Bike Tour - Wild Atlantic Way 8th Aug - 21st Aug 2020 €4,2008 place(s) leftBook Now
Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry 22nd Aug - 28th Aug 2020 €1,9108 place(s) leftBook Now
Deluxe Bike Tour - The Kerry Peninsulas 29th Aug - 4th Sep 2020 €2,6007 place(s) leftBook Now
Hiking - The Mountains of Connemara and Mayo 29th Aug - 4th Sep 2020 €1,7957 place(s) leftBook Now
Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry 5th Sep - 11th Sep 2020 €1,9106 place(s) leftBook Now
Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal 12th Sep - 18th Sep 2020 €1,7958 place(s) leftBook Now
Bike Tour - Donegal From Cliffs to Coast 12th Sep - 18th Sep 2020 €2,1008 place(s) leftBook Now

Meet the Author: Dawn Rainbolt

“American by birth but European in spirit, Dawn has called the US, Costa Rica, Spain, England, Poland, France and now Ireland home over the years. While she has travelled to more than 30 countries, she has fallen in love with the rich Irish culture and sweeping landscapes of Ireland. Armed with a Masters Degree in Tourism Marketing and a love of writing and photography, she is Wilderness Ireland's Marketing Executive since 2017.”

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