Ireland in September can be quite delightful. The summer crowds have dropped off as the schools return, and the good weather usually lingers on; particularly in the first half of the month.
You’ll find all of the tourist attractions are still open too. So exploring all those castles and old houses is still an option.
If you’re travelling without school-going children, September without a doubt can be an ideal month to explore Ireland.
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, it is generally mild – with most of the rain falling in the western and northern parts of the country. Which in fact lends itself to seemingly endless days of spectacular rainbows.
The water temperature can be at its highest in late August/ early September. So, if you’re the outdoor sort who enjoys a bit of surfing or kayaking – September could be the perfect month for you.
The evenings are still bright until 7:30-8: 30 pm. Ideal for catching a stunning sunset as you stretch your legs after dinner, before hitting the pub.
How to Dress in Ireland in September
Although the weather in September in Ireland is generally quite good, it can still get cool and rain occasionally. As the renowned Alfred Wainwright, author of many walking guidebooks once wrote: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing”.
What to Pack 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 sun’s 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 swimming suit – For a refreshing dip in the ocean, or if you’re 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 don’t forget your P.J.’s …
Wild Foraging in Ireland in September
September is the best month in Ireland for foraging. The roadside hedges are bursting with wild edible fare like blackberries, nuts, edible greens, and mushrooms* are abundant.
*Please consult an expert before eating anything wild, particularly mushrooms.
What’s on in Ireland September 2018?
We love a good festival in Ireland, and September time is no different. Here are some festivals worth checking out if you find yourself in Ireland during that time.
The Lisdoonvarana Festival
Dates: 30th August – 31 September
Where: Lisdoonvarana, County Clare
Known as the matchmaking festival. It has been running for over 160 years and is ideal for those looking for fun, love and a bit of ‘craic’.
During the month of September thousands will descend on the small county Clare town for music, entertainment and, many with the hope of finding love.
For more information check out: https://www.matchmakerireland.com/
The Fringe Festival Dublin
Dates: 8th – 23rd September
Where: Dublin City
Focusing on the performing arts and generally pushing the boundaries of art itself. This festival takes place in the capital during mid-September, and involves dozens of shows, art installations and street performances.
For more information check out: www.fringefest.ie
The Clifden Arts Festival
Dates: 12 – 23rd September
Where: Clifden, County Galway
Located in the heart of Connemara. The Clifden Arts Festival celebrates the local crafts and artisan producer of the Connemara area. You’ll find everything from pottery, to seaweed based cosmetics, to knitwear and paintings.
For more information check out: https://www.clifdenartsfestival.ie/
National Ploughing Championship
Dates: 18th – 20th September
Where: Screggan, Tullamore, County Offaly
Although technically an agriculture festival, the ploughing festival has grown to much so more over the years. Attracting over one-quarter of a million visitors a year. You’ll find Irish celebrities and designers rubbing shoulders with farmers and city folk alike there.
For more information check out: http://www.npa.ie/
Tours of Ireland in September 2018
Like the idea of travelling to Ireland in September? We’ve got plenty of tours on offer. Whether you are seeking activity filled tours, like our Vagabond Tours, or you’d prefer a more relaxed cultural experience, like our Driftwood Tours. We’ve got the right fit for you.
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