We know why you're here... You're planning your Ireland trip. You're searching for flight deals. You're checking Irish weather and temperatures. Above all, you're wondering - when is the best time to visit Ireland?
We've got news for you intrepid Vagabonds or Driftwooders. June is an AWESOME time to visit Ireland. Here's why...
✈️ Off-peak pricing on flights
🌤️ Higher-than-average Irish temperatures - but no heatwaves!
🚐 Empty backroads and few crowds
🌅 Long hours of daylight and short nights
🎉 Feel-good festivals of music, comedy, food and culture
😳 Is Ireland crowded in June?
First things first, Ireland is rarely crowded in June. It may be midsummer but mainstream European destinations like London, Paris and Rome take the brunt of overtourism.
Unlike other parts of Europe in summer, you are unlikely to experience queues and crowds in Ireland in June. Major tourist sites may be busy, but our off the beaten track ethos and amazing VagaGuide tour guides guarantee a stress-free experience.
Looking for cheap flight deals to Ireland? Transatlantic airlines tend to raise their prices significantly from the end of June onwards. Book early and travel in June to grab a bargain on your flights. Win-win.
🌤️ What's Ireland's climate like in June?
The weather in Ireland in June is much like the rest of the year - steady temperatures, changeable - June is just warmer. Ireland enjoys a temperate, maritime climate. Our Atlantic coast is lovingly massaged by the Gulf stream, leaving Irish summers warm, but not hot.
How to beat European heatwaves - come to Ireland!
In 2019, just like many recent years, extreme heatwaves afflicted much of Europe. The European heatwave made travel to much of the region difficult. Unlike mainland Europe, Ireland does not suffer heatwaves or extreme heat in summertime. This is due to the island's oceanic location.
The average temperature in Ireland in June can be anywhere between 10-17°C (50-63°F). The average high temperature in Ireland in June is between 16-19°C (61-66°C). Recent years have seen this average dragged upwards, with daily temperatures in June hitting highs of 20°C (68°F) and above.
Does it rain in June in Ireland?
We all know Ireland is the land of 40 shades of green. Question: why is Ireland so lush and green? Answer: because we enjoy lots of lovely precipitation!
That's a roundabout way of saying, yes, you can expect at least some rainfall in Ireland in June. The average rainfall in Ireland in June is approximately 70mm (monthly).
It's useful to know that rainfall in Ireland in June tends to arrive in short showers, rather than for hours or days on end. Nothing in the Irish climate is extreme; even our rain.
Besides, you won't see a rainbow if there is no rain. And if there is no rainbow, there is no pot of gold - FACT.
💡 Did you know? A widely-used Irish saying for gentle rainfall is 'a soft day'.
Changeability is the most important aspect to learn about Ireland's climate in June. A typical June day in Ireland would be comprised of a mix of warm sunshine, fast-moving clouds and limited rainshowers. The solution is: be prepared...
🧳 What To Pack For June In Ireland?
Packing for Ireland in June is like packing for Ireland at any time. The main lesson is to pack layers and travel light.
Pack a lightweight, breathable, waterproof jacket. Laugh at rain showers from the comfort of your lightweight, waterproof shell jacket. Invest in a decent quality brand. You'll thank yourself when you're on tour!
Taking an active Vagabond tour? Packing a pair of lightweight waterproof trousers could be useful for keen hikers.
Wear light layers. We suggest wearing a combination of flexible light layers underneath your shell jacket.
Protect your skin with sunglasses and sun cream. Yes, it can be get very sunny in Ireland! In windy conditions, you may not notice your skin burning.
Towel: Taking an active Vagabond tour? Watersport options like sea kayaking or surfing will require a light towel. Towels are supplied by all our hotels but you may wish to bring your own.
Taking an active Vagabond tour? Comfortable trainers or trail shoes work great for our hikes. Hiking boots offer better grip but are bulky to pack.
Relaxed Driftwood tours don't require any specialised footwear. Just ensure you've packed casual shoes you are comfortable in. There'll be plenty of free time to stroll around towns and take guided tours.
Lastly, a compact umbrella can come in very handy on tour too (if you're stuck for space, umbrellas are easy to buy while you're on tour with us).
What time is sunset in Ireland in June?
Visiting Ireland in June? You'll benefit from long days and short nights. Ireland is on a similar latitude to Nova Scotia, resulting in bright summer days.
Sunset in Ireland in June can happen as late as 11pm. 'A grand stretch in the evenings', is how Irish people describe this delightful time of year. For you, bright, long days and late sunsets mean more time for you to go adventuring with Vagabond! Even better, you'll have more time to enjoy Ireland's famous traditional music sessions, lively pubs and nightlife.
Wakey wakey! The average sunrise time in June is at, or even before, 5am. An eyemask can come in handy if you are a light sleeper. Ear plugs could also be useful to block out the dawn chorus.
🔥 What's the Midsummer Solstice Festival in Ireland?
The most ancient Irish festivals revolve around the climate and movements of the sun. The Summer Solstice held special significance in pre-Christian Ireland. This the longest day and the shortest night of the year.
Seen as a time of flux, it was a chance to banish evil spirits and invoke the goodwill of the harvest gods. The Celtic Summer Solstice celebrations were also associated with fertility.
Midsummer is still celebrated in Ireland today. The Summer Solstice falls on June 21 each year. People gather at ancient monuments, such as stone circles and portal tombs. Around the 23 June, fires are lit on beaches in southern and western regions, and on the Aran Islands. This is known locally as St John's or Bonfire Night.
Things To Do In Dublin in June Before/After Your Tour
Don't miss Bloomsday on 16 June if you're in Dublin before or after your tour. This accessible celebration of James Joyce's novel, Ulysses, happens all across Dublin. Event locations mirror the wanderings of Leopold Bloom, the book's central character.
Bloomsday is no ordinary literary festival. It's as fun or as highbrow as you want to make it. Dress up in Edwardian clothes and wander Dublin's streets, bumping into other 'characters' en route. Crucially, there's no requirement to have read the book!
Other Festivals in Ireland June 2020
Wondering what else is on in Ireland in June? It's a great time to soak up Irish culture at a number of fantastic festivals.
😹 Cat Laughs Comedy Festival - 30 May-03 June - Kilkenny
🪕 Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival - 5-7 June - Westport
🎻 West Cork Chamber Music Festival - 26 June-5 July - Bantry
What Did Guests Experience In June In Ireland?
"We booked our trip with Vagabond for early June 2016 so as to benefit from Ireland's "best" weather.As many of our Irish friends say: 'you don't go to Ireland for the weather, but if you go, June is a good month...' And so it was, that we did manage some very fine irish weather."
"We had Denise as our guide for our 11 day tour from June 7 to June 17... We had AMAZING weather for most of our 18 day stay in Ireland with only 3 days of rain but that didn't stop the fun!We went horse back riding two times during the rain and the luck of the Irish was with us so many times when it would be raining or overcast, when we would get off the bus, the clouds would part to let the sunshine in for our outdoor activities.
What We Love About Ireland In June
"I love the lack of summertime traffic on our tour routes. Our vehicles are compact. So we're free to go off the beaten path, avoiding any traffic."
Ciara, Sales & Reservations:
"Ireland's ancient sites are the standout for me. We have as many as Rome and Paris. There are literally 1000s to be found. Many are older than the pyramids!
"It's satisfying to see how happy our guests are. I think some people expect Europe in summer to be crowded, stressful and hot. But easygoing Ireland bucks the trend."