As if you needed an excuse! Here are nine very good reasons why you should visit Ireland this summer

1. Crowds? What crowds?

Ireland in summer remains blissfully empty.

Unlike summer in mainland Europe, Ireland does not experience an influx of crowds during the peak travel season of July and August.

2. Put the first footprints in the sand

Costa Del Ireland’s coastline is littered with pristine beaches. No getting up at the crack of dawn to reserve a deckchair. You won’t find crowds on our silver strands.

Pristine beachfront in Ireland

Pristine beachfront in Ireland

The refreshing Atlantic surf is just waiting for you to dip your toes in…

3. The best bits aren’t the most famous

Queues sometimes form at famous Irish destinations such as the Cliffs of Moher and the Book of Kells. But this can happen year-round.

Gougane Barra in County Cork. Photo: Simon Lunn

Gougane Barra in County Cork. Photo: Simon Lunn

Going off the beaten track is the best way to explore Ireland. Getting lost can be fun! Follow country lanes to discover hidden coves and authentic Irish pubs.

4. Stay cool in Ireland’s oceanic climate

As the midday sun swelters in other European countries, Ireland in the summer enjoys a temperate climate with a mix of sunshine and bracing breezes.

Jumping for joy at Bray Head, County Wicklow

Jumping for joy at Bray Head, County Wicklow

5. Ahhhh... Tranquility...

Breathe in that pure air. Listen to that deafening silence.

Killary Sheep Farm in Leenane, County Galway

Killary Sheep Farm in Leenane, County Galway

We guarantee peace and tranquility will find you in the wild and wonderful Irish outdoors.

6. Your new Irish BFFs

Ireland during the summer; the perfect time and place to make new friends.

Jerpoint Abbey, County Kilkenny. Photo: Lola Akinmade Akerstrom

Jerpoint Abbey, County Kilkenny. Photo: Lola Akinmade Akerstrom

Stumble upon Irish music sessions in quaint villages. Lean over a gate to chat to a friendly farmer. Irish people are famously friendly and eager to meet visitors.

7. Summer traffic in Ireland...

Ireland does have freeways and highways. But our backroads and byways are your best bet for seeing the best of the island.

A shepherd with his flock and two dogs on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry. Photo: Christine Atkins

A shepherd with his flock and two dogs on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry. Photo: Christine Atkins

You’re more likely to hit livestock traffic in Ireland during the peak summer season than motorway congestion.

8. Summer is the best time for adventuring

Summertime bestows the best weather and the warmest sea water on Ireland. And the Wild Atlantic Way enjoys up to 18 hours of daylight during July and August. So there’s no better time to start your Ireland adventure!

Sea kayaking in Dingle Bay

Sea kayaking in Dingle Bay

Explore by bike, kayak, saddle or surfboard. You have the perfect excuse to grab a paddle or throw on a pair of hiking boots!

9. Animal lovers rejoice!

Irish wildlife comes alive in the summer. Native red deer. Whales and dolphins. They are all here and waiting for you!

A puffin on Skellig Michael, off the coast of County Kerry

A puffin on Skellig Michael, off the coast of County Kerry

Want to see cute and colorful puffins on the remote Skellig Islands? Their breeding season runs up to mid-August.

Ready to go to Ireland in August? Claim your 15% discount on certain August 2019 departures with leading, award-winning, small group guided tour company - Vagabond Tours of Ireland.

Hiking in Annascaul on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry.Vagabond Tours