Summer in Ireland

Summer in Ireland can be breath-taking. Days that are warm but not oppressively so, with limitless sunshine. There are other days that might be classified as autumnal in other nations. Summer showers normally pass fast, but when the sun shines, it stays for days.

The weather in Ireland is generally moderate, and you can expect long days of up to 18 hours!

Summer is certainly the most popular time to explore the Emerald Isle. While this means you’ll share the views and trails with other people, you’ll also benefit from an island buzzing with life and liveliness.

There are lot of places in Ireland that you can visit this summer for a family staycation or a solo trip.

Here are some places you can visit and activities you can do in the scenic locations


The charming waterside town Kinsale in County Cork is more than just a gorgeous face – it’s also a belly-filler! You’ll need many nights to savour all of this town’s culinary delights, but we think it’s a worthwhile sacrifice.

St. Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh, County Cork

Fishy Fishy is a fancy seafood business in Kinsale is straightforward and to the point. This family-friendly restaurant is all about serving only the highest-quality catch in an unassuming setting. 

Fishy Fishy Kinsale

No journey to the Emerald Isle would be complete without a stop to one of the best seafood restaurants on the island. Another interesting adventure in Cork is to take the only cable car in Ireland to Dursey island.

Dursey Island Cable Car

Since 1969, the Dursey Island Cable Car has been in service. It rises 250 meters above the sea below and takes only 10 minutes to cross.

When you reach in Dursey, this wonderful looped trek will provide you with unequalled views of the Beara Peninsula.

There are also a lot of scenic walks you can take with your family and explore Cork on foot such as the Mizen head.

Mizen Head Footbridge

Many travel guides to Ireland recommend a visit to Mizen Head as one of the top things to do in Cork.

The Mizen signal station was built to protect sailors travelling at Ireland’s most southerly point.

Visitors can start by exploring the Maritime Museum before heading down to the signal station. On a windy day, strolling across the arched bridge above is an adventure.


Dingle is a peaceful seaside town in County Kerry. This village, hidden away from the rush and bustle of everyday life, is steeped in local culture and a sense of community that will steal your heart.

Coumeenoole Beach, County Kerry

Like mentioned for Cork, Dingle is known for its seafood and its worth spending sometime gorging on the tasty dishes.


For all the Star Wars fans out there, this is a delight. Star Wars: The Last Jedi was shot on this beautiful island Skellig Michael.

Skellig Michael

The pointed, jagged island appear throughout the film, and their iconic triangular shape distinguishes them – both on and off screen!


Donegal is one of Ireland’s most memorable counties, with rugged mountains and wave-hewn sea cliffs. Donegal has 1,134km of sandy beaches, cliffs, and craggy inlets to explore, but its highlands and mountain valleys are equally impressive and provide a welcome respite if you’re looking for a wild adventure.

Classiebawn Castle

If you enjoy hiking or surfing, a holiday rental in rugged Lough Eske in Donegal will provide you with endless entertainment. After a long day of calorie-burning activities, the locally caught seafood will satisfy your hunger!

Lough Eske, Donegal

One of the highlights in Donegal other than the Slieve league…

Slieve League

…is Errigal which is the tallest peak in County Donegal and is one of the county’s most recognisable landmarks.

Mount Errigal

Climbing the magnificent Errigal is a rite of passage for Donegal natives and visitors can join their ranks with a couple of hours of effort.


There’s something special about Galway. You can spend a morning nourishing your soul with a dip in Salthill and then spend the afternoon bundled up in a cosy café on Shop Street.

Salthill, County Galway

Galway has a thriving nightlife scene. The city has numerous pubs and bars, as well as a few nightclubs, and some of the country’s best theatres and comedy clubs.

Live Music in Shop Street, Galway

Summer’s on and if any of the above summer holiday plans in Ireland appeal to you and you want to pay for your holiday now – check out our Personal Loans. With no penalty for early repayment, you can repay your holiday in manageable instalments before planning your next adventure.

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