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Is September a good time to visit Ireland?
In Ireland in September, you have the best of both worlds. Peak season is over and many of the summer tourists have already left, but the days are still long and you can still pack plenty into an Ireland travel itinerary.
What’s the weather like in Ireland in September?
Most years, the average temperature (13 °C or 55 °F) in Ireland is a little cooler than during the summer months, but as Ireland has quite a mild climate the difference isn’t that great. Just add a layer or two when needed.
Rain, of course, is always a possibility with Irish weather so be prepared with the suitable rain gear.
What to Do in Ireland in September
The autumn, or fall colors may not be as internationally known as in other countries, but they certainly have their own charm.
The subtle changes in the hues of the vegetation around this time of year are beautiful, check the many walks and hikes in woodland areas around Glendalough in Wicklow National Park to view this spectacle! The Emerald Isle is known for its 40 shades of green, but there are plenty of other autumnal colors worth checking out in fall too!
September is a good time to add a one day trip as part of a small group to your itinerary. For example, bus tours to the Giant’s Causeway and Game of Throne filming locations in Northern Ireland from Dublin can be fitted into the daylight hours (although keep in mind that it will be a busy day!).
Road trips along the Wild Atlantic Way, or through the historical east coast (Ireland’s Ancient East trail) or the less well known gems of the Midlands (Hidden Heartlands) would be something to consider during September. The roads are not as full with summer tour buses as they are in Ireland in August, which might be quite an advantage on narrow country roads.
Some of the most popular attractions on the west coast include the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, the Aran Islands and Connemara National Park. A visit to Galway city is also one of the things that should be included in an Ireland tour itinerary.
There are several festivals and events held in September that draw both domestic and international crowds. Some important ones to mark in your calendar during this month include the Electric Picnic music festival, the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival and the Waterford Harvest Festival.
Visiting Ireland in September
September is a good time to visit Ireland if you want to make the most of, but wish to avoid the busiest part of the summer season. If you are flexible with your travel dates, it might be possible to save some expense as September is the shoulder season in Ireland.
Availability of hotels and other types of accommodation can vary, so still book ahead to make sure you get exactly what you want.
Whether it is your first time or your tenth time visiting Ireland, September is likely to be a good option to travel if you want a mix between indoor and outdoor attractions.
For some more travel tips about Ireland and when to travel, read our post here.