Summer is an amazing time to visit Ireland, green fields become greener and when the sun shines, Ireland looks all the more beautiful. Granted you will not be likely to encounter any heat waves, and you’ll always need a jumper and maybe even a water proof coat handy, there are some things which make summer in Ireland worth a visit…here are just a few.
1. Hit Electric Picnic
Enjoying the beauty of Ireland and seeing some of your favourite bands? Eh, yes please! The rest of Europe gets a big name when it comes to amazing festivals but Electric Picnic is a bit of a hidden gem. Situated in the beautiful Stradbally estate, Co. Laois – you’ll be spoilt in terms of scenery.
2. Visit the Mourne Mountains
If you’re a scenery seeker, then visiting Co. Down, N. Ireland is a simply must do. The Mourne Mountainsare a granite mountain range in the south-east of Northern Ireland. The Mourne Mountains are amongst the most beautiful in Ireland and they include the highest mountains in Northern Ireland and the province of Ulster.
3. Visit Temple Bar’s Chocolate Festival
A festival that honours chocolate? What’s not to love? The Temple Bar Chocolate Festival has a series of events including sensory exploration, films about chocolate, a chocolate carnival, a chocolate-themed literary event and a cocoa bean workshop. And of course, this all takes part in Temple Bar – the capital of Dublin tourism and one of the most vibrant places to see when visiting Ireland.
4. See Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way
Ireland’s Wild Atlantic offers travellers the chance to experience the beauty of Ireland first hand through a coastal touring route stretching from Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula to Kinsale, Co. Cork. You don’t have to take part in the entire route. It doesn’t matter if you want to walk 2.5km or drive the entire 2,500km, the Wild Atlantic Way has not been created to be finished. Instead, it is an array of viewpoint, activities, festivals and discoveries for both native Irish people and tourists alike. The Wild Atlantic Way has 159 Discovery Points, but it also has 580 festivals and events, 53 Blue Flag Beaches and 120 golf courses, so there’ll be no shortage of things to do on your trip. Of all the destinations on the Wild Atlantic Way route, a trip to Dingle, Kerry should be on everyone’s list.
5. See the Cork food festival
Hungry for a taste of Ireland? A Taste of West Cork Food Festival is hailed over Ireland as one of the best. This unique festival brings together a great fix of food markets, demonstrations, cookery competition, exhibitions, food tasting and children’s events. Food is a very important Irish tradition and getting to grips with the food at this great local food festival will delight any wide eyed traveller.
Whatever your plans for Ireland this summer, enjoy every moment, and like the say in Ireland – if you don’t like the Irish weather, just wait 5 minutes!