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Best time of year to visit Ireland

There are about ten words in Irish to describe the weather, and they are all about rain. The only difference is temperature and wind direction. January–February are the chilliest and wettest months, and lots of rural sights and accommodation facilities are closed, but it's when the prices are lowest, and no crowds should bother you. March is the greenest month, but not in the countryside—it's all about St. Patrick's Day, so prepare for the joy and the crowds! April to May and September to October are the best time to visit Ireland; the weather is nice, and prices are moderate. Spring is a perfect time to watch puffins and cute lambs. The days are sunnier, warmer and less crowded with relatively low rates. Warm yet rainy summer is adorable for the trip, when unforgettable Irish landscapes, covered with Sea Pinks, are at their best; but dizzying prices from June to August are unavoidable. September through October crowds thin out, and it is a great time to hike the Burren or Connemara.

16 THINGS TO DO IN IRELAND (MAY 28 - JUNE 06)

Watching Puffins

April–early August • nature

Set off for your birdwatching journey across Ireland to spot puffins on the coast

Hiking the Burren

April–October • activity

Enjoy a scenic stroll along the Burren's most spectacular places and take on Ireland's hiking challenge

Hurling

February–September  • event

Check out traditional Gaelic ball-sport at the football pitch but with a hockey stick in hands

Gaelic Football

February–September • activity

Play football in Gaelic way—try the same game but with far different system of rules

Vee Pass Rhododendrons

mid-May–mid-June • nature

The Vee is famous all over Ireland for its panoramic views, particularly thanks to blooming rhododendrons

Connemara at Best

March–May | September–November • nature

Spend your spring & autumn days close to ​nature at Connemara's spectacular landscapes

Hiking

April–October • activity

From coast to mountains Dublin area has some impressive trails

The Church Bar

all year round • activity

The most unusual bar in the Irish capital

Cliffs of Moher

April–September • nature

Enjoy the height from the most scenery point of Ireland

Kayaking

April–October • activity

One of the most pleasant activities in the Irish capital

Risso's Dolphins

March–May • nature

Get off the shore to observe one of the largest deep-water dolphins in the world

Sea Kayaking

June–August • activity

If you long for a relax​ed and sightful sea kayaking experience without rapid current and swells, enjoy it during summertime!

Guinness Storehouse

all year round • activity

Explore the secrets of the most famous Irish beer

Sea Pinks Blooming Season

May–September • nature

Visit the Dingle Peninsula when Sea Pinks flower and it might become your most colourful Ireland's experience

Fuchsia Flower

late May–early August • nature

Tiny red and purple flowers that cover the island's valleys throughout summer months

Wakedock

April–October • activity

Wakeboarding in Grand Canal Dock is one of the best sports of Dublin's summer

23 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Loughcrew Equinox

March 20–March 21 | September 21–September 22 • event

The ancient tombs of Loughcrew are aligned perfectly with equinox sunrise​ and have been a sacred place for Gaelic culture, especially during this occasion

St. Patrick's Day

March 15–18, 2019 • event

Get a taste of Ireland at one of the world's greatest national holidays

Lambing Season

February–April  • nature

Head to Ireland for the cutest experience of seeing woolly sheep babies

Laytown Beach Races

September 06, 2018 • event

Check out the only officially approved beach horse race in Europe!

Castlepalooza

August 03–05, 2018 • event

An independent music party in a beautiful historical venue

Ballinasloe Horse Fair

September 30–October 07, 2018 • event

This is one of the largest and oldest horse festivals in Europe

Forbidden Fruit Festival

June 02–04, 2018 • event

Music, art, fashion and good vibes in the center of Dublin

Longitude Festival

July 13–15, 2018 • event

Dublin's biggest outdoor music event with hip-hop and R&B vibes

Electric Picnic

August 31–September 02, 2018 • event

One of the best medium-sized music festivals in Europe

Bloomsday Festival

June 11–16, 2018 • event

All Ulysses fans should at least once spend June 16th in Dublin

Dublin Horse Show

August 08–12, 2018 • event

A prestigeous equestrian competition with some of the richest prizes in the world

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann

August 12–19, 2018 • event

The competition celebrating traditional Irish music and culture

Loganberries

July • activity

Another sweet reason to visit Ireland are loganberries at the end of summer

Surfing the Perfect Wave

September–October • activity

Unwrap your sense of adventure in Ireland's surfing destinations

Irish Bog Snorkelling Championship

September 08, 2018 • event

Dive into childhood with the muddiest race on Earth

Time for Colcannon

September–March  • food

Prepare your appetite for Ireland's tastiest traditional dish!

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

August 31–September 30, 2018 • event

Fed up with Tinder? Try Europe’s biggest singles festival with lots of country music and booze

Common Dolphin

August–December • nature

Enjoy adorable, playfull dolphins on your sea journey

Six Nations

February 02, 2019 | March 10, 2019 • event

Watch legendary Six Nation rugby matches at the Dublin's Aviva Stadium

SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon

October 28, 2018 • event

Feel high with the views of the ancient city while participating in the amazing running event

Malahide Castle Concerts

June 05–16, 2018 • event

Great lineups in a spectacular location

Primrose Blooming Season

February–March • nature

Meet the begining of spring with hundreds of tiny primroses

Blackberries

August–September • food

Get a taste of Ireland's most favourite blackberries and seasonal desserts with them