Summers in Ireland are usually dry with average temperatures of 16 C. Temperatures are a bit cooler in the spring and fall, while winters are rainy and with temperatures around 4 C. It’s coldest in January and February and warmest in July and August, but it rarely gets hot. It rains a lot in Ireland, and the weather can change quickly, so it’s a good idea to dress in layers.
Getting around Ireland
Ryanair and Aer Arann offer intercity flights, Kerry to Dublin or Dublin to Mayo for example.
In the cities (Dublin, Cork and Limerick) there are good public bus networks. There is a rail line that runs along the coast in Dublin called the DART and a light rail system called the LUAS that has two lines. One run east-west through Dublin's Northside, then crosses the River Liffey and travels south-west to Tallaght, the other in the south side of Dublin.
Iarnród Éireann runs the railroads. Intercity routes cover major cities and towns around the country while Commuter Rail covers commuter routes to Dublin.
The national bus company is Bus Eireann, which connects the cities and towns. There are several private coach companies too.
Renting a car is a great option as the county towns and smaller villages will not have very frequent bus services. All the major car rental companies are represented at the airports.
Ireland insider information
- Ireland may not be able to guarantee the weather of other surfing spots, but it has become a much more popular sport in recent years. Easkey, 42km from Sligo in the West of Ireland, is Ireland's premier surfing spot. County Clare has a number of key surf spots, including Lahinch, Crab Island, Spanish Point, Doughmore, Killard and Ballybunion.
- The country is well clothed in forest. One of the most beautiful is Glenariff Forest Park in County Antrim. The countryside is a patchwork of purples and greens, the falls are sprays of rushing water, pools are calm and there are stretches of fast-flowing dark water that resemble a pint of Guinness - without the creamy head naturally ...
- The World Fleadh that takes place in a different venue each year is Ireland’s biggest Irish and Celtic music festival featuring the world's best Irish traditional, contemporary and celtic musicians. Travellers take cheap flights to Ireland from the four corners of the world to follow the session trail, world title competitions, song, dance and master classes and demonstrations in various performance styles.
- For a taste of how the Irish used to live, visit Great Blasket Island off the Kerry coast. Climb down the steep Dunquin Pier on the Dingle Peninsula and take the short boat trip across to the island. There is a small tourist industry on the island, breathtaking views of the Atlantic and lots and lots of sea birds and wildlife. Or visit the Aran Islands, off the coast of Galway.