Touring Ireland in Fall/Winter - top travel tips
Posted by Niamh Allabyrne on the 10th of October 2013 at 09:04:14
Touring Ireland this Fall or Winter and wondering what to wear and bring? The fear of the Irish rain ringing in your ears from friends anecdotes about our famous weather?! Well you are not alone as these are some of the most frequently asked questions I get asked when talking to clients about their Irish vacations! Totally understandable when you are looking out your window and seeing nothing apart from sheets of rain and a possible sighting of Noah’ s Ark!
However, during the early Spring and Summer months - our rain – while almost certainly biblical – does come in brief yet violent outbursts generally followed by a fiery sun that leaves you simultaneously wet and hot - akin to how I reckon a lobster feels when placed in a pot! Often we literally have all weather types in a single day - there’s nothing weirder than seeing the sun beating down at the same time that the rain is!
My usual response - no matter the time of year is to layer up! In general, Ireland does not suffer huge extremes of weather – although like the Irish themselves – our weather can be a bit contrary – case in point – this year when we had one of the best Summers on records with little rain and temperatures hitting the 30’s! And even as I type this now – October is really mild – no coat or jacket needed yet and still in the mid to late teens! Yippee!
So in general……..
Late Spring and Summer can be both rainy and warm – well anything in the 20’S and we think it’s a BBQ season so you need light but water proof clothes that you can take off/put on at a moment’s notice!
But Winter throws up a few more words of advice! So for you guys traveling and packing for your Irish Fall or Winter vacation here’s a few tips:
- Chances are you will be doing a good bit of walking in Ireland! So good, sturdy comfortable shoes are a must! Not just shoes for walking around our cities, towns and villages, but shoes that will enable you to clamber around old monastic or castle sites – some of which can be largely in ruins – so rubber soled shoes are a necessity! And make sure you have a spare pair as well – just in case the rains come!
- Sun glasses –the sun can have an almost blinding effect on you as it bounces off a wet road and at this time of year the sun -while low - is still quite strong – especially in the morning time.
- Jackets should be water-proof and not just shower proof. And on the subject off water proof clothing – if you are thinking of hiking or long walks- perhaps even consider bringing water proof trousers as well – better to be safe than sorry!
- Warm sweaters, hats and scarfs – things you can take on/off easily depending on the weather!
- A good hat – both water proof and warm – as we have an unusually high rate of umbrella mortality here due to sudden gusting winds and so few if any umbrellas survive these marauding winds! When the rains and winds come it is not unusual to see the broken shells of umbrellas cast aside - so my advice is to bring a good hat and avoid the loss of good umbrella!
- Most B&B’s and hotels offer a laundering service too – so no need to bring lots of extra clothes with you! If you are here for say - 2 weeks - a weeks’ worth of clothes will suffice – just check in advance what accommodations provide the service so you can plan ahead!
- Ireland in general is quite casual – so need to pack lots of fancy clothes – jeans and sweaters are perfect – and perhaps just one or two flirty numbers for a fancy restaurant if you want! In general, pubs do not have a strict policy on clothing – so don’t worry about missing out on a pint of Guinness!
And if you want to experience Ireland in all her Autumnal best then don’t forget that we are offering $150 off the total cost of selected tours once you book and travel by December 31st 2013! Have a look at our Best of Ireland Tours for inspiration and then check out our terms and conditions here! Hope to see you soon!!
And if you have any more questions about Ireland - perhaps I have answered them here!