When to Go

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When to Go

When it rains, it really pours. Forget about the winter months, when inclement weather and a heavy fog swing in from the Atlantic and settle in until spring, masking much of the beautiful scenery. But in all seasons remember to pack a warm and waterproof coat (especially if you're headed to the coast) and bring a good pair of walking shoes. It's not all doom and gloom: the weather can be glorious in the summer months—just don't bet your house on it.

Try to plan your visit around one of the many festivals held in the Northeast. Each village tends to have its own féile (festival) during the summer months, and it's often worth the money and effort to attend. Music festivals are tops, from the traditional Irish Sligo Feis Ceoil in mid-April to the country-and-western Bundoran Music Festival in June, and the jazz and blues weekend féile in Gortahork, Donegal County, in April. But being an Irish-speaking stronghold, the emphasis is on Irish traditional music. Every summer weekend you are guaranteed a bit of craic (fun) with lively sessions in most pubs. Sligo Town, Ard an Ratha (Ardara), and Letterkenny are all hot spots. There are village festivals dedicated to hill walking, fishing, poetry, art, and food. As the saying goes "any excuse for a féile"

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