The Emerald Isle of Ireland, with its lush green fields, rocky coastlines, and historic towns and villages, can be enjoyed year-round. However, there are more advantageous times to visit when compared to others. It is recommended to visit in the shoulder season, when accommodations and airfares are not as high as the summer high season, but temperatures are still mild and the rainy season has finally ended. Ideal times to visit Ireland are the latter part of April, May, September, and the early part of October. If you visit between late fall and early spring, note that you will most likely get caught in rain showers. It`s very Irish -- but it can be very dreary for a holiday.

If you visit Ireland in the summer, you will be visiting with millions of tourists from all over the world who have planned their special vacation at the same time you have. Temperatures on the whole are chilly to mild, with low temperatures in July and August sitting in the low 50s Fahrenheit in Dublin and Belfast, and highs rising only to the mid-and-upper 60s. Temperatures above 75 degrees Fahrenheit do occur from time to time. Winter is the low season, and with the winter comes the cold: temperatures are usually in the mid-40s Fahrenheit for highs and mid-30s for lows. Many sights and accommodations are closed in the countryside, but you can take advantage of the winter low season by enjoying good prices on hotels in big cities such as Dublin.