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A Guide to Traveling to Ireland in the Fall

Fall is a wonderful time of year to visit Ireland. You get a break from the summer heat and there are less crowds due to it being an off-peak season. Whether you want to visit Ireland to stare at the landscapes, pretend you’re in P.S. I Love You, or want to experience a different culture, there’s still plenty of things to do! 

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An Irish castle with a cloudy blue sky in the background

What is Ireland Like in the Fall?

When I visited Ireland for the first time in September of 2022, I wasn’t sure what to expect with the weather which left me hoping and praying for decent weather. I was pleasantly surprised that we had excellent weather with clear skies. The temperature was around 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius), the skies were shockingly clear, and didn’t have much rain. In Ireland, fall temperatures average around 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit (11-14 degrees Celsius) and it’s best to be prepared for rain. 

What to Pack for Fall Travel in Ireland

If one thing is certain, it’s that the weather is always uncertain. When you’re traveling to Ireland in the fall, make sure to pack layers. I found that I was constantly too hot or too cold. Dressing in light layers allows you more flexibility when it comes to your comfort. I traveled around with a stylish backpack so I could stow away my jacket if needed. I also recommend packing comfortable, waterproof shoes and an umbrella as you’ll likely have scattered rain throughout your trip. 


Things To do 

Fall is the perfect time to do all of the typical tourist attractions since there are less crowds. When I visited Ireland in September of 2022, I selected Dublin as my homebase since there’s a lot of day trips out of Dublin available. We also enjoyed exploring the city by touring the Jameson Whiskey Distillery and hanging out at the Cobblestone. 

Day Trips

We didn’t rent a car because we felt very intimidated at the thought of driving on the opposite side of the road. To explore the sites, we booked guided coach tours through TripAdvisor. 

Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Dublin 

We selected Wild Rover Tours because it seemed to include the most at the best price. We were able to see the Cliffs of Moher, ride the Wild Atlantic Way, experience Galway, and even stop at the Barack Obama Plaza! Our tour guide was incredibly entertaining, and the coach bus had Wifi, but was also incredibly clean and comfortable. 

Photo of the Barack Obama Plaza in Ireland during the fall

Giant’s Causeway Day Trip from Belfast 

There are many ways to get to Giant’s Causeway and there’s even day trips available from Dublin. We chose to travel to Belfast because we wanted to see the city and the trip would be less expensive and shorter. In addition to seeing Giant’s Causeway, Carrick Fergus Castle, and the Game of Thrones Forest. The only thing I didn’t like about this tour was that the attractions were unexpectedly crowded. I think this was the only part of Ireland where I was struggling to get good photos without a bunch of people in the background. 

Photo of the hexagon shaped rocks in Giant's causeway in Northern Ireland

Hop-on-Hop-Off Bus Tours 

Since we had limited transportation options, we purchased tickets to the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tours to get to the tourist attractions. It was a great way to see the city in a short amount of time while getting transportation to where we needed to go. You can purchase a mobile ticket online and scan it whenever you board the bus. Tickets are good for 1-2 days. 

The chandelier located inside Jameson's Whiskey Distillery that is made out of Jameson Whiskey bottles.

Ride a Train

One thing I love about Europe is that using a train for transportation is still very popular. We opted to spend a few days out of Dublin and went to Belfast. The train system was rather easy to navigate, and it was a great way to view the scenery of Ireland in the fall. Train tickets are also relatively affordable too! 


Benefits of Traveling to Ireland in the Fall

First off, it’s more affordable! That’s the main reason we opted to travel to Ireland in the fall. We saved a considerable amount of money on airfare and hotel costs. While we didn’t find attraction tickets were cheaper, many coach tour operators were offering discounts to last minute tours due to availability. Ireland is also less crowded in the fall as the tourist season winds down. I personally love traveling off peak for this reason because it’s easier to enjoy attractions when there’s less people. 

Disadvantages of Traveling to Ireland in the Fall

While it may be more affordable and less crowded due to being an off-peak travel time, it may also mean limited availability. There may not be as many flights available so you may need to be flexible on your travel dates. There also may be limited hours of the tourist attractions due to limited availability. We didn’t run into this issue too much, but we were in Belfast soon after Queen Elizabeth’s passing which meant many local shops and restaurants were closed for the mourning period. We also weren’t able to tour the castles in Northern Ireland for this reason. 

A memorial for Queen Elziabeth at Carrick Fergus Castle.


No matter the time of year, you’re bound to have a fantastic time in Ireland with proper planning. Whether you’re wandering through Dublin’s streets, marveling at the Cliffs of Moher, or exploring Giant’s Causeway, fall in Ireland provides an intimate and authentic experience. So, pack your layers, bring an umbrella, and prepare for an unforgettable journey through a land where history, nature, and warm Irish hospitality converge to create the perfect autumn adventure.

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