When to Travel to Ireland

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When to go to Ireland

Ireland is beautiful in all its natural beauty and culture, but the question is – when to go to Ireland? Visiting Ireland in the summer months can be quite different from that in the winter months. Not only would you experience a different climate, you will also realize that you choice of when to travel to Ireland will influence the crowd you encounter, closures and of course, cost.

• Not Summer Or Winter But Fall And Spring - If you think that your decision of when to go to Ireland is summer, you have to take into account the long days and the warm weather. Also, the hotel prices, airfares, crowd’s intensity and car rental costs skyrocket during this time. However, all B&B and attractions are open during the summers. If winter is your choice time of when to travel to Ireland, you have to take into account the windy and rainy conditions, the lack of rural sights, and closed restaurants and B&B. But, on the brighter side, the hotels and airfare are extremely cheap and affordable.

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According to expert travelers, neither of these options win the title of best time for Ireland travels. In fact, the best time for Ireland travels is during the fall and the spring when you can achieve some amount of balance between the good and the bad. The crowd is there but the prices are a bit lower than the peak season.

• Weather to Expect – Irish weather is defined by its rains. However, if you are lucky enough, you might experience the sun peeking out every now and then. One second the weather is bad and in the blink of an eye, you will see clear blue skies with a glorious sun. However, the weather can take a bad turn almost as quickly. Thus, when you pack, expect the worst – the rains and chill – and pack accordingly. Never forget to pack layers and layers of clothing because those will protect you from harsher conditions.

The winter in Ireland is absolutely brutal, even for people born and brought up there. Gales are pretty common and constant rains blowing off the Atlantic can be expected. But you will rarely see deep snow and below freezing temperatures are rare as well. Surprisingly, Ireland has temperate climate and weather, with frosts only making an appearance from Jan to Feb. July and Aug have warmish weather but never hot. For the Irish, when the temperature falls below 1 degree C, it is freezing and when it rises over 20 degree C, it is roasting. Don’t forget to check out the weather before you go out.

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• Holidays and Celebrations - The New Year falling on Jan 1, St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, Easter, May Day on May 1, Summer bank holidays on June and August’s first Mondays, Autumn bank holiday on October’s last Monday, Christmas on 25th December and St. Stephen’s Day on the next day, and Good Friday are the national holidays which are not statutory but observed.
In Northern Ireland, you will experience the same holidays except the summer bank holidays which fall on May and August’s last Mondays, June 12 for Orangeman’s Day and Boxing Day on December 26.

In both Northern Ireland and Ireland, any holidays which tend to fall on the weekend get celebrated on the Monday that follows.

• Smoking - Northern Ireland and Ireland have various anti-smoking laws for smoking in hotel lobbies, restaurants, bars and public places but you will find dedicated smoking areas in certain pubs and restaurants.

• Tipping - A tip of about 10 - 15% is considered to be adequate. When you go to restaurants, you will find the tipping policy on the menu or it will be added to your bill, usually coming up to 10 - 12%.

Don’t forget to have complete details of you consulates and embassies including Garda or Police which can be reached at 999. You can take vacation packages to make your trip more reasonable and fulfilling.