You'll find that crowds drop off in September as the tourist rush to Ireland comes to and end and schools return.

Settled, mild weather usually lingers on into September from the summer.

All of the best attractions are still open so exploring ancient castles and historic houses is very much on the cards.

Whether you are seeking activity-filled, upbeat Ireland tours, like our Vagabond Cultural Adventures, or you'd prefer a more relaxed cultural experience, like our Driftwood Journeys of Discovery - you'll find something that suits you in September.

Now read on, intrepid traveller — and autumn-lover — to find out why September is indubitably the bestest month to tour Ireland with us...

🌤️ Ireland's Weather in September

The weather in September in Ireland can be very pleasant. Temperatures range from 13 degrees C / 55 degrees F to lows of 9 degrees C / 48 degree F.

If it does rain, western and northern parts of the island receive the bulk. Most rain falls as showers, punctuated by sunshine.

The upside? Seemingly endless days of spectacular rainbows!

Rainbow hits the Cliffs of Moher in the background while yellow wildflowers grow amongst grass in the foreground, Ireland

Warm Seas

The water temperature can be at its highest in late August/early September. If youre the outdoor sort who enjoys a bit of surfing or kayaking - September could be the perfect month for you.

Feeling brave? Well, a dip in Ireland's oceans is a sure way to invigorate the mind and body for the wonderful day of sights ahead.

Bright Evenings

Ireland is surprisingly far north - we're on the same latitude as Newfoundland in Canada!

This means that bright evenings stretch until 7:30-8:30pm - ideal conditions to catch a stunning sunset as you stretch your legs after dinner!

🧳 What to Pack For September in Ireland

The weather in September in Ireland is generally settled.

As at any time of the year, however, the weather in Ireland can and does change fast.

That can mean blue skies turning to rain and then returning to sunshine, all in the space of an hour or less.

As we say here, there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes!

Packing List For September in Ireland

  • 2 Pairs of lightweight long synthetic pants such as nylon & polyester They dry quick and are way more breathable than cotton.
  • 2-3 T-Shirts Once again, synthetic is best.
  • 1 2 long sleeved shirts Good for those cooler days or to protect against the suns rays.
  • 1 Pair of shorts For when the sun does come out.
  • 1 medium weight long sleeved layer such as a fleece or pull over.
  • 1 lightweight good quality rain jacket, Gore-Tex or PVC coated nylon.
  • 1 Wide brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Bug spray Particularly in the late summer months.
  • 1 swimsuit For a refreshing dip in the ocean, or if youre taking part in one of our watersports activities.
  • 1-2 changes of comfortable clothes For when you reach your accommodation and want to go exploring, or simply enjoy a pint. No need for anything too formal in the evenings. The dress code is pretty casual.
  • Oh and dont forget your pyjamas!

Enjoy our helpful blog on What to Pack for Ireland

😋 What To Eat In Ireland In September

September in Ireland is harvest time. Orchards brim with apples and pears. Gardens and greenhouses are bursting with vegetables.

Close up of blackberries

September is also the best time for wild food foraging. Roadside hedgerows are full of wild edible fare - if you know where to look!

Try blackberries, hazelnuts, edible greens, and mushrooms*. They're all abundant and so good for you.

*Always remember to consult an expert before eating anything wild, particularly mushrooms.

💃 What's On In Ireland In September?

We love a good festival in Ireland. September is no different. Here are some hoolies worth checking out if you find yourself in Ireland in September.

💘 Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

Looking for love? Or just up for some craic?

Thousands descend on the small Clare town each year for music, dancing and, for the lucky few, lurve.

Lisdoonvarna is Ireland's original matchmaking festival. Running for over 160 years, it's a month of both traditional matchmaking and extremely informal fun.

🎭 Dublin Fringe

The Fringe continues to push artistic boundaries in venues across Dublin during mid-September.

There are dozens of shows, art installations and street performances to choose from.

🎨 Clifden Arts Festival

Celebrate local crafts , artists and artisan producers in the heart of Connemara.

Youll find everything from pottery, to seaweed based cosmetics, to knitwear and paintings in this lively town along the Wild Atlantic Way.

There are literary events, talks, film screenings and more.

👨‍🌾 National Ploughing Championship

'The Ploughin', as literally everyone in Ireland calls it, is more than just a big agricultural show.

It's a celebration of Ireland's rural culture and the people who live the countryside life.

A quarter of a million people visit a different location each year - in 2022 the venue is Laois.

A quintessentially Irish event, youll find Irish celebrities and city slickers rubbing shoulders with farmers, country folk and everyone in between.

💚 Tours of Ireland in September 2023

Have we convinced you to tour Ireland in September?

The great news is that you've got plenty of tours to choose from.

Here are 2 tours from our stable that we would wholeheartedly recommend as viable September options:

🍄 6 Day Vagabond Epic Ireland Food Tour

Because September is such a great time for food in Ireland, why not take Ireland's best food tour in September too?

There are multiple foraging experiences built into the price as well as a walking food tour of Kinsale, Ireland's secret gourmet capital.

⚔️ 6 Day Driftwood Ancient Ireland Tour

Make the very best of September's reputation for settled weather with this relaxed 6 day tour of the southeast.

Ireland's Ancient East receives the least rainfall on average of all of Ireland's regions, so your chances of a dry September are high!

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