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    Why Visit Ireland in Summer?

    By Dawn Rainbolt, PR Manager
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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!

    Wilderness Ireland Departure DatesAvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    Hiking – The Dingle Way

    20th Apr - 26th Apr 2024

    2 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,490Book Now
    Deluxe Bike Tour – The Kerry Peninsulas

    11th May - 17th May 2024

    6 place(s) leftGuaranteed 3,480Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – The Kerry Mountains

    18th May - 24th May 2024

    6 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,680Book Now
    Bike Tour – The Wild Atlantic Way

    1st Jun - 14th Jun 2024

    5 place(s) leftGuaranteed 5,620Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Cork & Kerry

    8th Jun - 14th Jun 2024

    1 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,520Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    22nd Jun - 28th Jun 2024

    2 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,520Book Now
    E-bike – Ireland’s West Coast

    22nd Jun - 28th Jun 2024

    Trip FullGuaranteed 3,350Trip Full
    Hiking – Connemara’s Atlantic Edge

    22nd Jun - 28th Jun 2024

    2 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,360Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Cork & Kerry

    22nd Jun - 28th Jun 2024

    1 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,520Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – The Kerry Mountains

    29th Jun - 5th Jul 2024

    5 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,680Book Now
    Hiking – The Dingle Way

    6th Jul - 12th Jul 2024

    4 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,490Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    6th Jul - 12th Jul 2024 Women only departure

    5 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,520Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    20th Jul - 26th Jul 2024

    1 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,520Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Cork & Kerry

    27th Jul - 2nd Aug 2024

    5 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,520Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    3rd Aug - 9th Aug 2024

    2 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,520Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Cork & Kerry

    10th Aug - 16th Aug 2024

    4 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,520Book Now
    E-bike – Ireland’s West Coast

    10th Aug - 16th Aug 2024

    1 place(s) leftGuaranteed 3,350Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – The Kerry Mountains

    17th Aug - 23rd Aug 2024

    7 place(s) leftAvailable 2,680Book Now
    Hiking – The Dingle Way

    17th Aug - 23rd Aug 2024

    1 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,490Book Now
    Bike Tour – Donegal From Cliffs to Coast

    24th Aug - 30th Aug 2024

    6 place(s) leftGuaranteed 3,210Book Now
    Hiking – Connemara’s Atlantic Edge

    24th Aug - 30th Aug 2024

    7 place(s) leftAvailable 2,360Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – The Kerry Mountains

    31st Aug - 6th Sep 2024

    3 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,680Book Now
    Deluxe Bike Tour – The Kerry Peninsulas

    14th Sep - 20th Sep 2024

    10 place(s) leftAvailable 3,480Book Now
    E-bike – Ireland’s West Coast

    21st Sep - 27th Sep 2024

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 3,350Book 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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