Simple answer = YES. Read on to see why you should visit Ireland in August.
Weather in Ireland in August
Don’t panic… Ireland’s weather is very temperate.
In Ireland in August? Expect periods of settled weather and warm sunshine. Unlike other European countries, Ireland rarely experiences heatwaves in August. Or any month, now that we think of it!
August is technically Fall (or Autumn, as we call it here). The average temperature ranges between 57 and 66°F. This may sound cool. But we find it an ideal level to get out and explore without getting too hot or too cold.
Just like any month, August in Ireland can sometimes bring showers. It’s always best to be prepared. We recommend you pack a number of flexible clothing options so that you can adapt to changing weather.
Remember that Ireland experiences a big contrast in daylight hours between summer and winter. Evenings are long in August in Ireland. You’ll enjoy between 14-16 hours of daylight in August. Sunrise can be as early as 5am, with sunset as late as 10pm.
What to pack for Ireland in August
- 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, a mix of cotton and 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 sunny days!
- 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.
- A wide brimmed hat and sunglasses.
- Bug spray – Particularly in the late summer months.
- 1 swimsuit – For a refreshing dip in the ocean, or if you’re taking part in one of our water sports 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. Dress codes in Ireland tend to be lean towards the casual side of smart/casual.
- Don’t forget your pyjamas!
What can I expect to see as I tour around Ireland in August?
Ireland in August is a beautiful time of year to visit. Many wildflowers are in bloom in the hedgerows and on the hillsides. These include fantastically bright red/purple fuchsia and vibrant orange montbretia. Vivid purples and creamy white of blooming heather decorate upland areas during August.
The long days of August also make wildlife spotting easier. You may be lucky enough to see eagles, foxes, hedgehogs, badgers and stouts when hiking or cycling.
A herd of native red deer inhabit Killarney National Park. Sometimes these magnificent animals make a guest appearance when we visit!
Not all of Ireland’s wildlife is to be found on land. The oceanss surrounding Ireland are home to whales, dolphins and sharks as well as seals and a wealth of seabirds. Want to get up close and personal?
Sea kayaking trips in Dingle regularly meet local celebrity, Fungie; a wild dolphin who has been resident in the bay for nearly thirty years.
You can also spot Ireland’s marine life on a boat trip. These Vagabond and Driftwood destinations feature boat trip options:
- Slieve League sea cliffs in Donegal
- Garnish Island in Cork
- Scattery Island in Clare
- Dingle in Kerry
Whats on in Ireland in August?
10-12 August 2019 – At over 400 years old, Puck Fair is one of Ireland’s oldest festivals. It’s not just concerts, storytelling, traditional music, dance and fireworks; the festival highlight is the crowning of a wild mountain goat as king over the town.
8-18 August 2019 – A week long celebration of Irish and internatinal arts and creativity. Enjoy live classical music, theatre, dance and art. Even if you just stroll the streets, the Marble City will be buzzing during festival week.
23-27 August 2019 – The heart of the Rose of Tralee Festival is a rather quaint beauty pageant – no bikini round here! – whereby entrants from the global Irish diaspora compete to be crowned Rose. On the streets of Tralee, thousands of people gather for street entertainment, live concerts, food markets, fireworks and parades.
28 July – 02 August 2019 – Want to go genuinely off the beaten track? Head to rural Durrow for a festival that’s outstanding in its field. Come to find Ireland’s best scarecrow. Stay for the creativity, music, food and country hospitality.