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Ireland In August: Weather, Things to See and Travel Tips

August is the last summer month in Ireland and as the autumn season approaches, the already fickle Irish weather becomes even more unpredictable as the average amount of rainfall over a greater number of days go up.

August is still among the months with the most visits, and with longer daylight, there’s an opportunity to enjoy more sights and make the most of your trip.

If you’re going to Ireland in August, here‘s some info about the weather, a few suggestions on the best sights you need to visit as well as tips for you to enjoy your stay.

What is the weather like in Ireland in August?

Kilkenny Castle

Temperature in Ireland in August

Between 16 to 20 °C

Rain in Ireland in August

There’s an average of 80 mm of rain over 20 days.

Wind in Ireland in August

7 to 13 miles per hour

Sun in Ireland in August

actual sunshine is about 6 hours on average but daylight lasts about 16 to 18 hours per day

What should I pack for Ireland in August

The temperature in August will begin to drop as Fall season approaches. This final leg of Ireland’s summer season is also not exempted from the unpredictable rain and wind. However, you might also want to align your packing list with the numerous summer festivals held during this month.

Denim top – a cute denim top and a denim mini-skirt will look good at a festival. Accessorize it with a denim-colored handkerchief wrapped around your neck and you’re good to go. Check out this denim crop-top to give you a headstart.

Crop top – If denim is too thick and too heavy for your liking, a cute crop top like this will be perfect for you.

Long cardigan – A long cardigan seems to be very trendy every festival. It is also perfect for the Irish weather where it tends to get colder. You can pack this faux suede fringe cardigan or opt for this chic floral kimono.

Denim jacket – A denim jacket will never go out of style. You can wear it as is or wrap it around your waist when it gets warmer. Amazon has this best selling denim jacket by Lee Indigo for women.

Boots – Summer boots like this is also a great festival piece. You can achieve a bohemian or a chic look with it.

Summer dress – Don’t miss a chance to wear your favorite summer dress in one of the most lively summer festivals in Ireland. This cute summer dress is great for partying all day long.

Denim shorts – Combine your denim shorts with a cute top or a long cardigan. You can also tuck your denim jacket in it.

Where you should stay in Ireland in August

Ashford Castle Mayo County Mayo

Although there are a lot of accommodations in Ireland that will fit any traveler’s budget, nothing beats the experience of staying in castle hotels in Ireland. So here are some of the affordable castle hotels that you can stay in Ireland for the month of August.

Cabra Castle Hotel still has the 18th-century castle vibes but with the modern touch from its amenities. A 4-star castle hotel in Cavan situated in a quiet neighborhood in Kingscourt, Cabra Castle Hotel is a mix and match of royalty and modern luxury. Rates start at $162. To book, click here.

A Gothic castle dated from 1209, Kinnitty Castle Hotel is located at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. If you want the unique experience that comes with this castle, better check it out before it’s too late. Also, the rates start at only $110 a night. To book, click here

Things to do in Ireland in August 

1. Trip to Aran Islands

Aran Islands

Experience true Gaelic charm in Aran Islands often recommended as one of the best places to visit in Ireland. Comprised of three islands namely Inishmore, Inishmaan and Inisheer and found in the westernmost part of the Emerald Isle, Aran Islands can be explored within a day or two.

The largest among the islands is Inishmore, which is home to the Dun Aonghasa fortress, which is said to be 2,000 years old. It is a popular day-trip destination from Galway and the most visited of the three islands.

This island also has the only real village in Aran which is Kilronan. Aside from the fortress, this is where visitors go as it’s got B&Bs, pubs, and restaurants. Be sure to bring enough cash when you visit as there are no ATMs here.

2. Visit Dingle Peninsula

dingle peninsula


The National Geographic once called it ‘the most beautiful place on earth’ and if your Ireland itinerary wants to highlight the best, then this should be on your list.

Characterized by dramatic cliffs, rolling hills, rugged mountains, and pristine sandy beaches, Dingle Peninsula offers a lot of surprises.

From its fascinating culture to archeological treasures to its playful resident dolphin Fungie, a visit to the Dingle Peninsula is one of the best things to do in Ireland on weekends to fully appreciate its beauty.

3. See Donegal

Donegal in ireland

Home to castles guarding coastlines or perched on mountains and people who speak Ireland’s native language is county by the northwestern coast.

It is also known as the best place to be in Ireland for the Aurora Borealis which is most visible during the winter months. This Northern Ireland county is also where you’ll find the stunning Glenveagh National Park and Glenveagh Castle.

Donegal is among those regions in Ireland that’s a must-visit if you want to get lost in the country’s stunning natural scenery so if you’re headed up north, make it part of your itinerary.

4. Stroll Through Glendalough

Glendalough in ireland

Ireland is a country steeped in rich history and known for its breathtaking, diverse landscapes. There’s probably no place in Ireland that doesn’t have a fascinating story to tell. But if you want the best of both history and stunning scenery, visit Glendalough.

Home to the most significant monastic sites, this is one of Ireland’s best attractions. The medieval ruins tell stories not only form during the time it was built but also from the centuries that it has become witnesses to Ireland’s tumultuous history.

Located in County Wicklow, this ‘valley of two lakes also boasts of abundant wildlife.

5. Wander Through Killarney National Park

killarney national park

This is the only place in Ireland where you’ll find a population of red deer, as well as having the most stunning man-made attractions. The oldest, as well as one of the best attractions in Ireland, is the massive Killarney National Park.

Encompassing 25,425 acres, you can even drive or bike through the park to see most of the sites such as the Ross Castle, Muckross House, and Gardens, Muckross Abbey ruins, Inisfallen and Torc Waterfalls.

The park is also part of the Ring of Kerry scenic drive and from here, you can see some of the known sites in this famous route such as Killarney Lakes and Ladies View.

6. Walk-Up to the Rock of Cashel

rock of cashel

For several centuries, the Rock of Cashel was the former seat of Irish kings, and now one of the best things to see in Ireland. Boasting of glorious medieval architecture, a drive or walk up here should be part of your Ireland itinerary.

Once you reach the site, it will be like being transported to a different time as you are surrounded by a castle, a Gothic cathedral, a Romanesque chapel, High Cross and a sound tower

Buy your ticket online here.


7. The Old Jameson Distillery

Old Jameson Distillery in ireland

A must visit when you’re in Dublin aside from the Guinness Storehouse, is the Old Jameson Distillery. World-famous and home to the finest whiskeys, Old Jameson guides take visitors through the process of making one of Ireland’s signature drinks as well as give you samples to cap off your visit.

The distillery also often hosts events where tourists get to mingle with the locals. This is a great before or after dinner destination so be sure to visit when you’re in Ireland’s capital city.

8. Explore Macroom 

Macroom Castle County Cork

There are a number of fun things to do in Macroom. From historical sites to cultural attractions, this small town in County Cork has something for everyone.

You can explore castles, parks, and forests in this beautiful town. 

9. Visit Clonakilty 

West Cork Model Railway Village, Clonakilty

Clonakilty, a town in County Cork, is a sprawling rural countryside that reminds you of the endless, polychromatic fields of tulips in Amsterdam, with an Irish twist. The town is the melting pot of traditional and contemporary Irish musicians.

Spending a week or more in Clonakilty will renew and reinforce your love for Irish culture and traditions.

If you’re looking for a quiet downtown stroll amidst Irish greenery or a place to enjoy fresh ale, then Clonakilty is a must for your itinerary.

10. Visit Shannon

Bridge Street Carrick on Shannon

Located in Western Ireland, Shannon is a small town located near the Shannon Estuary. It is also a good entry and exit point to Ireland because of Shannon Airport, the third busiest airport in Ireland after Dublin Airport and Cork Airport.

A lot of travelers in Ireland tend to overlook Shannon in favor of other major cities in Ireland such as Galway, Limerick, Dublin, and Cork.

But there are several things to do in Shannon more than people think.  It is also a good base for several popular things to do in Ireland.

Tours you should do in Ireland in August



Practical Tips for Ireland in August

1. Days before you travel, be sure to check the weather forecast for the duration of your stay. This would have you make alternative plans in case certain items in your itinerary are not doable on particular weather.

2. August gets more rain than the other Irish summer months so always bring a light waterproof rain jacket and an umbrella.

3. If you’re bringing multiple gadgets, bring both an adapter and a power strip. You can just connect the power strip (where your gadgets are plugged in) to your adapter to lessens the charging time for all gadgets.

4. Dublin doesn’t need more than three days to explore. Don’t concentrate all your Ireland itinerary on one city. Check the train, bus and coach system to see which other places you can visit to see the best of Ireland.

5. Check out this list for more travel tips for Ireland for first-time visitors

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