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    Why Visit Ireland in July?

    Author: Dawn Rainbolt, PR Manager
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    Midsummer in Ireland

    As the sun blankets the Emerald Isle in a warm embrace, July emerges as a magical time to experience the natural splendour of Ireland. From glittering emerald landscapes to vibrant festivals, this midsummer month offers numerous wonders for travellers seeking a beautiful Irish summer experience. Find out why July is the perfect season to immerse yourself in the charm and allure of Ireland.

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    Long, Sunny Days

    Beara Allihies Beach Sunset

    With the summer solstice on June 21st, July in Ireland is synonymous with extended daylight hours and pleasant weather.

    It’s little wonder the ancient people of Ireland were so fascinated with the sun’s cycles that they built entire structures and belief structures around the sun. In July, the sun casts a magical spell over the lush greenery. Visitors can expect over 16 hours of sunlight every day, with lazy, golden evenings as the sun slips slowly over the horizon.

    This abundance of daylight allows for more exploration, from scenic hikes to leisurely strolls through picturesque villages, ensuring you make the most of your Irish adventure.

    Festivals and Events

    July is a festival extravaganza in Ireland, with events celebrating everything from music and arts to food and culture. From the vibrant Galway International Arts Festival to the spirited Spraoi Festival in Waterford or the Hagstravagaza beer festival in Sligo, there’s no shortage of lively celebrations that offer a glimpse into the heart of Irish creativity and hospitality.

    If you aren’t able to include a festival in your trip, you might like to visit an outdoor market – both craft markets and markets vending fresh food pop up all over the country, from busy cities to tiny villages alike.

    There are plenty of outdoor events too, from triathlons to cycling sportives, swimming events, organised walks, and others. July is one of the most lively times to spend in Ireland.

    Wildflower Blooms and Gardens in Full Bloom

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    Wildflowers peppering the Burren with colour.

    Nature takes centre stage in July as wildflowers paint the countryside in a riot of colours. One of the most spectacular places to experience nature’s natural bouquet is in the Burren National Park.

    Home to Ireland’s most biodiverse natural flower habitats, a short hike in this otherwise barren landscape introduces you to dozens of orchid species and flowers from the Arctic to the Mediterranean and everything in between. Learn more about the Burren National Park in our guide here.

    Explore Ireland’s enchanting gardens, such as Powerscourt Gardens in Wicklow, Glenveagh Castle Gardens in Donegal, or Kylemore Abbey’s Victorian Walled Garden in Connemara, where the cultivated gardens dazzle visitors with stunning summer blooms. A perfect place for a quiet stroll or a tranquil moment of reflection.

    Coasts, Islands and Water Activities

    Ireland’s rugged coastline beckons during July, inviting visitors to indulge in water activities and seaside exploration. Whether it’s kayaking in the Burren, surfing in Donegal, dipping the toes in a secret beach in Connemara, taking a boat tour to the Aran Islands, or simply basking on the sandy shores, July provides the perfect conditions to enjoy the refreshing coastal charm.

    July is an ideal month to visit the islands as well. Ireland is home to many islands, mostly uninhabited. While the inhabited islands have ferry connections year-round, many islands are beautiful because they are empty of human settlements. Such places have less frequent boat connections, with midsummer being your best.

    Love islands? Learn about the islands of Connemara and Mayo here or the islands of the southwest here.

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    Spotting Puffins

    Early July is your last chance to spot the adorable puffins that grace the cliffs and islands. As wild animals, these birds don’t run on specific schedules. But these clownish birds generally arrive on Ireland’s islands and coasts in April or May and leave in early or mid-July.

    While a visit to Ireland in July won’t guarantee a chance to spot puffins, July is the last month of the year during which you’ll get a chance to hang out with puffins.

    Where can you find these funny little birds? The famous locales for puffin spotting are the Skellig Islands in Kerry and Rathlin Island in the north.

    Read our guide to spotting puffins in Ireland to find out more.

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    Marine Wildlife Spotting

    July is the start of “Whale season” – midsummer is the time of year when whale watchers are most likely to glimpse a massive Fin Whale, the world’s second-largest whale, as well as other whale species in the waters of Ireland. Spotting whales is particularly likely in the southeast, where they follow the shoals of fish.

    Keep an eye out for other marine animals, such as common seals playing in the harbour or snoozing on sandy shores. Pupping season lasts from May to August when mother and baby seals come to shore, so July is a good time to spot them. You might spot dolphins too, as they are most active in late spring and summer.

    Learn more about Ireland’s marine wildlife in our guide below. 

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    Summer Culinary Delights

    Southwest seafood foodie tour

    July is a feast for the senses, especially for food enthusiasts. Indulge in the bountiful harvest of fresh produce, seafood, and artisanal delights at farmers’ markets and food festivals nationwide.

    From delectable seafood in Galway to savoury cheeses in Cork, Irish cuisine shines in the summer months. (For cheese lovers – check out our guide to Irish cheeses here).

    En route from one adventure to another, pick up a box of fresh Wexford strawberries, a well-known variety that grows in Ireland’s sunny southeast. Indulge in freshly fried beer-battered fish ‘n’ chips on the beach with the sound of crashing waves as your only background noise. Sit on an outdoor terrace with a crisp Irish craft IPA and the catch of the day. So many options, so little stomach space!

    Enjoy live music, savour local brews, and engage in the camaraderie that makes Irish pubs a quintessential part of the summer experience. As midsummer unfolds, everything is open and buzzing with activity, ensuring you can fully immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and traditions of the Emerald Isle.

    Too hard to choose your new Irish craft beer? Why not get a little bit of help from our beer tool – just add your beer preferences and let us suggest your next favourite brew. If beer isn’t your potion, check out our guide to Irish gin, perfect for sunny summer evenings.

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    Outdoor Adventures

    Summer flowers bringing Cork islands to life with vibrant colour.

    For adventure seekers, July offers a world of outdoor possibilities. Whether you’re hiking the mountains of Kerry, cycling across the Dingle Peninsula, or exploring the rugged landscapes of Connemara, the summer weather provides an ideal backdrop for thrilling outdoor adventures.

    Though a busier time of year, you’ll share the trails and bike routes with like-minded travellers searching for adventure. Take advantage of longer evenings and lighter mornings to enjoy sunset hikes or pre-breakfast ambles. The weather in Ireland is never hot, so even in July, you can book a cycling adventure knowing you won’t overheat. After your activity, jump in the ocean or one of Ireland’s many lakes to cool off.

    Which Season Will You Visit Ireland?


    Spring weather is mild, but the days are lengthening and consistently drier. The landscape is buzzing with life and colour, with flowers blooming and bustling wildlife.

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    Summer promises long days, pleasant temperatures, and festivals galore. The countryside transitions from vibrant green to breath-taking purple as the heather blooms.

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    Autumn is a time of colourful landscapes and glowing skies. Witness some of Ireland’s most beautiful autumn sunsets and taste flavours unique to our autumn months.

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    If the conditions are right, marvel at the snow-dusted landscapes during Ireland’s winters. Crunchy snow underfoot, roaring fires in the cosy pubs, and beautiful starry skies.

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    Where Will You Visit in July?

    No matter which trip you choose, fall in love with Ireland during your next July trip.

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    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    6th Jul - 12th Jul 2024 Women only departure

    3 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,520Book Now
    Deluxe Family Adventure – Legends of The Southwest

    6th Jul - 12th Jul 2024

    Trip FullGuaranteed 3,050Trip Full
    Hiking – The Dingle Way

    6th Jul - 12th Jul 2024

    4 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,490Book Now
    Self Guided plus+ Cycling – Wild Atlantic Way Southwest

    13th Jul - 19th Jul 2024

    6 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,160Book Now
    Self Guided – The Dingle Way

    14th Jul - 22nd Jul 2024

    Trip FullGuaranteed 1,425Trip Full
    Self Guided – The Wicklow Way

    21st Jul - 26th Jul 2024

    Trip FullGuaranteed 1,350Trip Full
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast

    27th Jul - 2nd Aug 2024

    3 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,390Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Cork & Kerry

    27th Jul - 2nd Aug 2024

    3 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,520Book Now
    Self Guided – The Wicklow Way

    28th Jul - 2nd Aug 2024

    2 place(s) leftAvailable 1,350Book 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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