Visiting Ireland in August, like every month, comes with pros and cons (and I’m basing that on 33 years spent in Ireland).
If you’re in search of long, mild days and the buzz that floods towns and villages during the summer months, August is one of the best times to visit Ireland!
The weather in Ireland in August tends to be good (average highs of 18°C/64°F and lows of 11°C/52°F) and there’s a busy festival calendar.
Below, you’ll find info on everything from things to do in Ireland in August to what to expect from this month.
Some quick need-to-knows before visiting Ireland in August
Although a visiting Ireland in August is pretty straightforward, there are some need-to-knows that’ll make your visit that bit more enjoyable.
Below, you’ll find info on the weather in Ireland during this month along with some handy info.
1. The weather
The weather in Ireland in August, as is the case with every month, can be unpredictable, even though it’s still summer in Ireland. In the past, we’ve had storms in August and we’ve had heatwaves.
2. Average temperatures
The average temperature in Ireland in August sees average highs of 18°C/64°F and average lows of 11°C/52°F.
3. Daylight hours galore
At the beginning of the month, the sun rises at 05:41 and it sets at 21:20. This means you’ve heaps of time each day to explore, which will make planning your Ireland itinerary a whole lot easier.
4. It’s peak season, so plan accordingly
The summer season is when demand for accommodation is at its highest. If you can, start planning your trip to Ireland as far in advance as you can, and book accommodation. Keep in mind that prices are at their highest during the summer.
5. Loads to see and do
Fast facts: The pros and cons of August in Ireland
So, there are some advantages and disadvantages to visiting Ireland in August, and I touched on a couple of them above.
I’ve lived in Ireland (Dublin, specifically) for 33 years, so the below are based on my own experience (note: you’ll find detailed info on the weather in the next section).
- Weather: It tends to be good with average highs of 18°C/64°F and lows of 11°C/52°F
- Long days: You’ll have around 16 hours of daylight to explore
- Festivals: Loads of Irish music festivals and food, and cultural events take place (see our Irish festivals calendar)
- Summer buzz: The summer months bring tourists and atmosphere to many towns, villages and cities
- Prices: Yep – the summer months mean demand for accommodation is high, and the prices follow
- Crowds: Expect to find places like Killarney, Connemara and other tourist-hot spots packed with crowds
The weather in Ireland in August in different parts of the country
The weather in Ireland in August can vary quite a bit. Below, we’ll provide you with an insight into the weather in Kerry, Belfast, Galway and Dublin in August.
Note: The rainfall figures and the average temperatures have been taken from the Irish Meteorological Service and the UK Met Office to ensure accuracy:
The weather in Dublin in August tends to nice and summery. The long-term average temperature in Dublin in August is 15.1°C/59.18°F. The long-term average rainfall level for Dublin in August is 73.3 millimetres.
The weather in Belfast in August is very similar to Dublin. The average temperature in Belfast in August is 15.1°C/59.18°F. Average rainfall levels sit at 84.95 millimetres.
The weather in the west of Ireland in August tends to be mild with plenty of rainy spells. The long-term average temperature in Galway in August is 15.2°C/59.36°F. The long-term average rainfall level for Galway in August is 107.8 millimetres.
The weather in Kerry in August is similar to the above. The long-term average temperature in Kerry in August is 15.3°C/59.54°F. The long-term average rainfall level for Kerry in August is 114.9 millimetres.
Things to do in Ireland in August
Many people spend August in Ireland as the days are warm and long and it’s just generally a nice time to zip around.
If you’re on the hunt for things to do in Ireland in August, dive into our counties in Ireland section – it’s packed with the best places to visit in every county! Here are a handful of suggestions to get you started:
1. Take a well planned road trip
There’s many travel tips for visiting Ireland, but the one we always kick-off with is to take time to plan your route in advance.
Yes, the days are long, but you need a solid plan of action to make the most of your time here.
We published hundreds of detailed Irish road trip itineraries last year which you should find useful.
2. Beaches, beaches and more beaches
You should try and etch out some time to visit one of the many beaches in Ireland during your visit, for a paddle or a stroll.
Thanks to Ireland’s size, you’re rarely too far from a sandy stretch to ramble along.
3. Tracks and trails
If you like to explore on foot, August is a great time to experience some of the many walking trails in Ireland.
Now, if you’re not a seasoned hiker, don’t worry – there’s plenty of easy trails to trod along. If you are, give one of the highest mountains in Ireland a bash.
4. Hidden gems
However, if you can, try and carve out some time to visit some of the more unique places to visit in Ireland, that tourists often miss.
5. Visiting Dublin in August
If the weathers bad, there’s plenty of things to do in Dublin in August when it’s raining!
What to pack / what to wear in Ireland in August
Although we’ve a detailed guide on what to wear in August in Ireland, I’ll give you the need-to-knows.
For example, if you’re planning on hiking, bring your walking gear. If you plan on fine dining, bring formal wear.
- Sun cream
- Comfortable shorts and light trousers for walking in
- T-shirts or light tops for the warm days
- A light waterproof jacket (one that folds up into a pouch ideally)
- Causal clothes for going out in the evening (pubs in Ireland are pretty relaxed)
Mulling over visiting during a different month?
Picking when to visit Ireland isn’t easy, and there’s an awful lot to consider, so it’s well worth spending some time comparing what it’s like in Ireland during the other months, when you have a second:
- Ireland in January
- Ireland in February
- Ireland in March
- Ireland in April
- Ireland in May
- Ireland in June
- Ireland in July
- Ireland in September
- Ireland in October
- Ireland in November
- Ireland in December
FAQs about spending August in Ireland
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Does it rain in August in Ireland?’ to ‘How cold is Ireland in August?’.
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
Is August a good time to visit Ireland?
With long days (the sun rises at 05:41 and it sets at 21:20), a busy festival calendar and summery weather, August is a great time to visit Ireland.
What can I expect from the weather in Ireland in August?
The weather in Ireland in August is summery with average highs of 18°C/64°F and average lows of 11°C/52°F.
Are there many things to do in Ireland in August?
There are plenty of things to do in Ireland in August, from food and music festivals to endless hikes, walks, castles, museums, tours and more.
Keith O’Hara has lived in Ireland for 34 years and has spent most of the last 10 years creating what is now The Irish Road Trip guide. Over the years, the website has published thousands of meticulously researched Ireland travel guides, welcoming 30 million+ visitors along the way. In 2022, the Irish Road Trip team published the world’s largest collection of Irish Road Trip itineraries. Keith lives in Dublin with his dog Toby and finds writing in the 3rd person minus craic altogether.