Summer Vacation Ideas – Travel to Ireland

Summer Vacation Ideas Do Visit Ireland

Summer Vacation Ideas in Beautiful Ireland

Looking for summer vacation ideas but the weather of many destinations is too hot for your comfort?

For a perfect summer vacation with comfortable weather, visit Ireland, as the lush beauty of this island is the product of unpredictable and moist climate, and the weather may be cooler during other seasons.

July and August are the peak seasons for warm weather and tourist attractions.

June and September are also comfortable, but many tourist sites have reduced opening hours during the low seasons. Make sure to research the visitng hours of the sites you plan to visit.

Travel to Ireland Belfast Castle
Travel to Ireland and visit Belfast Castle

Known as a lush green island, Ireland offers great summer vacation ideas including magnificent ancient castles, thatched cottages, music, pubs, poetry and fantastic golfing.

Summer Vacation Ideas on the Atrim Coast
The Wild Flowers of the Antrim Coast are Gorgeous

Its people have such a great sense of humour and make Ireland a most welcoming place to visit.

Nature and Landscape in Ireland

The landscape of Ireland is a contrast between Bogs and lakes in the lowlands to mountains, cliffs and rocky islands.

Summer Vacation Ideas Dunluce Castle
Visit the Impressive Dunluce Castle on the Antrim Coast

There is an abundance of lush, green pastureland and sheep dot the countryside.

Ireland Golf Vacations

In your summer vacation ideas, include a visit to one of the many world famous golf resorts in Ireland.

Ireland golf vacations are a perfect setting for relaxation and stress relief. Many travelers dream about golf vacations in Ireland as they know that Ireland has some of the best golf courses in the world, whether they be links or parkland courses.

Ireland is blessed with beautiful landscape and magnificent scenic views, and golf vacations in Ireland are a definite must. You wil have a wonderful time, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned golfer.

Ireland Golf Vacations at Ashford Castle
Plan Luxurious Ireland Golf Vacations – Ashford Castle

The lush greens and stunning views will complete your adventures in Ireland.

The Regions of Ireland

  • West and Northwest Ireland and Lakelands– includes the beautiful Aran Islands, Ashford Castle and Ireland golf vacations; on your vacation in Ireland see Galway, find deserted golden beaches, and towering cliffs on the rugged coast of Donegal
  • Shannon Region – visited often for its awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher, majestic castles and Burren National Park, and the lovely city of Shannon
  • South and Southwest Ireland – a beautiful coast with the scenic Blarney Castle and Ring of Kerry, and cities of Cork, Blarney and Mallow, and southern Ireland is well known for its famous Waterford crystal, the cities of Waterford, Kilkenny and Limerick, and of course golf vacations in Ireland
  • Northern Ireland – in your great family vacation ideas visit the Antrim Coast, Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, and your trips to Ireland should include Belfast
  • Midlands, Dublin, North East Coast and South East regions – travel Dublin, visit Kildare, Louth, Meath and Wicklow

Ireland Tours Shopping in Dublin
Shop on Splendid Grafton Street in Dublin

Ireland Tours Shopping on Grafton Street Dublin
View of Grafton Street in Dublin

Visit Ireland Temple Bar
Temple Bar Square in Dublin

Summer Vacation Ideas – Travel to Ireland

Travel to Ireland by Air

Ireland is well served by flights from countries around the world to its international airports:

  • Belfast International Airport (BFS)
  • Cork Airport (ORK)
  • Dublin Airport (DUB), the 8th largest airport in Europe
  • Ireland West, Knock Airport (NOC) in County Mayo
  • Shannon Airport (SNN) in County Clare

Smaller regional airports include:

  • Belfast City Airport (BHD)
  • Derry Airport (LDY)
  • Donegal Airport (CFN)
  • Galway Airport (GWY)
  • Kerry Airport (KIR)
  • Sligo Airport (SXL)
  • Waterford Airport (WAT)

Travel to Ireland Galway
Shop and Stroll on the Cobblestone Streets of Galway
Visit Ireland Spanish Arches Galway
Explore Antiquity along Galway Bay

Travel to Ireland by Sea

Taking the ferry from Great Britain and France is a popular way of getting to Ireland.

Summer Vacation Ideas Galway Bay
Stunning View of Galway Bay

This works well for groups or for families who are touring Ireland by car, and crossing the Irish Sea is faster now than ever before with advanced high-speed ferries.

Ireland Tours by Car

One of the best ways to discover the beauty of Ireland is by car. This gives you the freedom to explore the magnificent scenery, winding roads and ancient sites.

Summer Vacation Ideas Carrickfergus Castle
Visit the Imposing Carrickfergus Castle North of Belfast

Be aware that many of the country roads are extremely winding and narrow and your attention to driving is important. At times, you may get stuck behind a slow moving tractor or a herd of cows so be patient.

For the sports car buff, driving on these roads is exhilarating.

Ireland Tours by Train

Trains in Ireland may be quite expensive, but they are reliable and comfortable. The trains are a great way to do Ireland tours.

Travel to Ireland Belfast
View of Beautiful Belfast

The train services are provided by:

There are numerous day trips that can be booked in advance for your Ireland tours.

Visit Ireland by Bus

Long distance buses with Ireland’s national bus company, Bus Eireann, can be up to half the price of the equivalent train trip, especially if you are making a return trip on the same day.

Make sure to ask for a day-return ticket, which is much cheaper than the normal round-trip fare.

Summer Vacation Ideas Giants Causeway
Take Time to Walk Around the Magical Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland

While there are many day trips and Ireland tours to discover, the bus services are not always the best of way of exploring specific areas in greater detail and renting a car may be a better option.

On the other hand, I recently enjoyed a combination rail and bus excursion in my Ireland tours, from Dublin to Belfast, along the Antrim Coast and up the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.

Ireland Tours Carrick a rede Rope Bridge
Getting Blown Away on the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Include group excursions around Ireland in your summer vacation ideas. My trips were terrific, the views fantastic, and the tour guides were excellent.

I would definitely recommend considering trains and buses in your Ireland tours and summer vacation ideas, especially if you are back-packing and looking for an Irish adventure without renting a car.

Travel to Ireland Cushendal
Visit Cushendall a Charming Village in the Glens of Antrim
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