FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT VISITING IRELAND IN OCTOBER
If you’re keen to travel to Ireland in October, read on for our expert advice on what it’s like to visit at this time of year. We’re here to answer your most commonly asked questions so you can plan for any future tours to Ireland in October.
What are the best things to do in Ireland in October?
The ideal Irish holiday consists of exploring the cities as well as the countryside, to take in the culture, history and beauty of the Emerald Isle.
Thankfully, many of the highlights of Ireland are accessible and open all year long. This means, if you visit in October, you’ll be able to enjoy plenty of fun activities and sights. You’ll even have mild weather and a fair amount of daylight hours to explore.
Here are the 10 best things to do in Ireland in October:
Take the wheel for a scenic road trip along the west coast
Admire the natural scenery and autumn colours
Go for a walk along sea cliffs or in national parks
Discover prehistoric and Stone Age monuments
Sail to one or more of the west coast islands
Explore picturesque, ancient ruins and castles
Learn about Ireland’s early Christian and Celtic history
Sit in a typical pub tasting the local brew and listening to live music
Immerse yourself in Gaelic culture on remote islands
Visit the vibrant cities, charming towns and fishing villages
What are the most popular events in Ireland in October?
There are many events taking place in Ireland at this time of year from music to arts festivals, some of which you might want to attend during your tour.
The most popular events in October are:
Cork Film Festival
Bram Stoker Festival
Dublin Theatre Festival
Guinness Cork Jazz Festival
Kinsale Gourmet Festival
Savour Kilkenny Food Festival
Belfast International Arts Festival (Northern Ireland)
What are the best places to visit in Ireland in October?
October is a good time to visit Ireland. You’ll enjoy a quieter side of the country, so you may find you have more of the top attractions to yourself.
Here are some of the best places to visit when travelling to Ireland in October:
What is the weather like in Ireland in October?
When travelling to Ireland in autumn, you should expect changeable, mild weather. The average temperatures are between 8°C (46°F) and 13°C (55°F).
For the warmest weather of the year, look for tours in June, July and August.
What is the average temperature in Ireland in October?
The average temperature is around 11°C (52°F) in October. You may still experience some warmer, sunny days, but it is the beginning of the cooler season, so pack and dress accordingly.
What to wear in Ireland in October?
When you pack for Ireland, keep in mind that it’s best to be ready for all kinds of weather.
In October, the conditions will be changeable as the country is transitioning between summer and winter. For that reason, pack layers to be able to remove or add clothes depending on the day’s weather.
Here is a list of packing essentials for your Ireland tour in October:
Lightweight layers, including t-shirts and long sleeve shirts
Warm jumper or fleece
Jeans or warm trousers
Waterproof jacket or shell layers
Scarf, hat and gloves
Hiking boots and wool socks
Sun hat or cap
What are the daylight hours in October in Ireland?
In October, daylight hours start to drop, especially as the last Sunday of the month marks the end of daylight saving.
You can expect between 9.5 and 11.5 hours of daylight per day. This means you’ll still enjoy a good amount of daytime brightness to explore Ireland to your heart’s content.
In Dublin, the sun rises around 7:30 AM and sets between 7 PM and 4:50 PM throughout the month.
How to travel in Ireland in October?
The best way to explore Ireland at your own pace is on a scenic self-drive itinerary. All our tours combine the best of the fun cities and beautiful Irish countryside.
Good to know: All of Nordic Visitor’s Ireland road trips can be tailored by our regional experts. They can add extra nights at select locations or modify the driving routes if you have any particular attractions in mind. Just ask!
Self-drive tour around Ireland
Take the wheel in Ireland and you’ll have the freedom to pull the car over at any attractions or breathtaking views. We recommend at least 6 to 8 days to make the most of a road trip around the island.
All our tours set off from Dublin and include the top attractions such as the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry, and Blarney Castle.
Here’s an example of a one-week Ireland road trip itinerary:
Day 1 – Arrive in Dublin.
Day 2 – Pick up your rental car and drive to the west coast. Spend the night in Galway.
Day 3 – Explore Connemara or the Aran Islands. Overnight in Galway.
Day 4 – See the Cliffs of Moher. Overnight in Killarney.
Day 5 – Tour the Ring of Kerry. Overnight in Killarney
Day 6 – Visit historic sites and drop off your rental car. Spend your last night in Dublin.
Day 7 – Depart from Dublin Airport.
The best part? You won’t have to worry about where you’re going or sleeping, because your Nordic Visitor travel consultant will plan your trip and sort all the details before you arrive.
We reserve your accommodation, rent a car for your trip, and can book activities to fill your days with more adventures. You’ll also have access to our 24/7 helpline should you need to call us at any point.
Want to stay for a longer period of time?
If you want to slow down the pace and take in more Irish attractions, we highly recommend extending your self-drive tour to at least 10 days.
With our flexible itineraries, it’s easy to start planning your tour! Pick the amount of time you want to stay in Dublin and then choose how long you want to spend driving around the island.
The possibilities are endless when visiting Ireland. With 10 days or longer, you could visit in more depth. Follow the Wild Atlantic Way route or pop into Northern Ireland to see the Giant’s Causeway and have a complete tour of the island.
Or would you prefer to spend more time in one city than another? Add another town to your trip or specific day tours? Just ask your Nordic Visitor travel consultant for advice.
Are you interested in exploring Scotland too?
Combine your Ireland tour with a road trip around Scotland for an epic Celtic itinerary. We recommend a minimum of 10 days for this, so you can have enough time to get a taste of both countries.
Spend the first 4 to 10 days driving around the rugged Highlands and islands of Scotland. Then follow that up with another road trip around Ireland to take in all the jaw-dropping coastal landscapes and historic landmarks.
As tour operators specialising in both these fantastic destinations, we can offer tailor-made itineraries that combine the best of both.
Scotland is a great destination to complement a tour to Ireland. Their cultures and history are so closely linked and you’ll be able to meet the locals and get immersed in both.
Did you know? Scotland small group tours are available if you want to leave the driving to someone else. You could also book a private tour of Scotland to travel with your own group of friends or family and a dedicated private guide.
We don’t offer these in Ireland just yet, but our regional travel experts are working on it!
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