When to Go

Like everywhere in Ireland, the weather in this region is unpredictable but rarely extreme. A downpour can last a week in July, while October can offer crisp blue skies ideal for trekking the Burren. Rainproof gear, layers of clothing, and hiking boots are the key to enjoying the great outdoors. From November to February the days are short, road conditions unreliable in remote areas, and many of the attractions, hotels, restaurants, and ferry services are scaled back or closed. July and August are peak travel times, justifiably so, and with 17 hours of daylight and an abundance of festivals, the opportunities to explore and experience Ireland are endless. If you don't want to contend with crowds and high hotel rates, like during Galway Race week at the beginning of August when demand outstrips supply for hotel rooms, then try the shoulder seasons from March to June or September and October instead. Mid-spring and early summer is when the Burren is in full bloom and service in the region is unhurried. Most attractions open for St. Patrick’s Day, when days begin to stretch. In September and October the pace slows, and landscapes are ablaze with color. To catch a flavor of local community and team sport passion, catch one of the planet's fastest field games–-a hurling match–-during your stay. Check www.gaa.ie.

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