Start planning your fall trip to Ireland
Fall in Ireland has a particular magic about it. The way the trees turn all shades of red, orange and yellow. And the way the locals celebrate events such as Samhain, the model for modern day Halloween. Crowds are fewer in fall, and while it might be wetter than summer in Ireland, there’s nothing quite like a bracing hike across this country’s beautiful countryside in fall.
Why should I visit Ireland in the fall?
The fall is a remarkable time of year to visit this already distinctive country. Marked by a variety of festivals, events and activities that showcase the close relationship the Irish people enjoy with the land they inhabit, there is plenty to see and do for visitors to the Emerald Isle during this colorful and transformative season.
The best things to do in Ireland in the fall
Ireland in the fall has something for every kind of traveler. Here are a few of the best famous and off-the-beaten-track fall activities.
Take in the theatrics of the capital
Fall in Ireland is a prime time for taking in some of the 'craic agus ceol', the term used to describe Dublin’s vibrant nightlife. There are more than 100 events over two weeks at the Dublin Fringe Festival in September, with the main Dublin Theater Festival straight after.
Groove your way down south for some musical inspiration
If theater in the big city is not your thing, head down to Cork for the Jazz Festival or catch a collection of folk and indie artists at the Sligo Live Festival. Looking for something even more different? The Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival showcases the Irish gift of the gab each September.
Indulge on shellfish galore
Rolling green fields and sweeping coastlines offer a delicious bounty of seasonal foods at this time of year, as well as beautiful vistas. Arrive in County Down close to the end of August and you will be treated to a generous share of fresh oysters. Come September in Dublin, the Guinness Storehouse has a seafood and stout festival, too.
Enjoy the changing leaves or the traveling wildlife
The fall transforms the Emerald Isle into a kaleidoscope of colors as the leaves turn every shade of red, yellow and orange. Wildlife watchers are also in for a treat at this time of year, as waves of migrating birds travelling from North America take a break in Ireland before pushing on.
Catch some spray and surf on the coast
If you are looking for something a little more extreme, fall in Ireland is also the ideal time for surfers, as waves are at their highest and the seas at their warmest. This activity is rapidly growing in popularity and surf schools are popping up offering travelers their first taste of the Irish surf.
What's the weather like in Ireland in the fall?
The biggest challenge for newcomers to Ireland is learning how to dress for the weather and knowing what to pack. Four seasons of climate are often experienced in a single day, so it's best to cover as many bases as you can. Rain and wind are to be expected with brief outbreaks of sunshine, so a solid coat with a light top underneath is ideal.