Visiting Ireland in June comes with advantages and disadvantages (and I’m basing that on living here for 33 years!).
For some, it’s the best time to visit Ireland, thanks to its long days and generally warm weather (average highs of 18°C/64°F and average lows of 11°C/52°F).
For those planning a trip to Ireland on a budget, crowds and peak flight and accommodation prices make it a bit of a no go.
In the guide below, you’ll discover everything from what to expect from the weather in Ireland in June to things to do and more handy info. Dive on in!
Some quick need-to-knows before visiting Ireland in June
Although visiting Ireland in June is nice and 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 in June along with some handy info.
The weather in Ireland in June tends to be quite good – the first two weeks of the month, in particular (what we call ‘Leaving Cert weather’). Expect long mild summery days with spells of rain.
2. Average temperatures
The average temperature in Ireland in June ranges from average highs of 18°C/64°F and average lows of 11°C/52°F.
3. Long days
We get loads of lovely daylight during June in Ireland. From the start of the month, the sun rises at 05:03 and sets at 21:42. This makes mapping out your Ireland itinerary easy as you’ve lots of daylight hours to play with.
4. It’s peak season
As it’s peak season, both flights and accommodation prices will have reached their highest point. You’ll also find the usual hotspots, like Doolin, Killarney and West Cork, very crowded in places.
5. Festivals and events
Many festivals in Ireland take place during June (e.g. Sea Sessions and Body & Soul). However, if music isn’t your thing, there’s endless things to do in Ireland in June, from scenic drives to hikes and everything in between. Find suggestions below.
Fast facts: The pros and cons of June in Ireland
So, I’ve lived in Ireland for 33 years and have, although very unintentionally, spent every June of my life here… so I’ve a fair idea of what to expect.
These are the pros and cons as I see them (note: I’ll go into what weather to expect in the next section).
- Weather: June is summertime and Ireland gets average highs of 18°C/64°F and average lows of 11°C/52°F
- Long days: From the start of the month, the sun rises at 05:03 and sets at 21:42.
- Festivals: Loads of Irish music festivals and food, and cultural events take place (see our Irish festivals calendar)
- Summer buzz: Long, mild days and the incoming summer tends to bring tourists and atmosphere to many towns, villages and cities
- Prices: Demand is at its highest during the peak season, so expect to spend more on both flights and accommodation
- Crowds: As it’s peak season, you’ll find crowds at all of the tourist hot-spots
The weather in Ireland in June in different parts of the country
The weather in Ireland in June can vary quite a bit. Below, we’ll provide you with an insight into the weather in Kerry, Belfast, Galway and Dublin in June.
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 June is lovely and summery. The long-term average temperature in Dublin in June is 13.4°C/56.12°F. The long-term average rainfall level for Dublin in June is 66.7 millimetres.
The weather in Belfast in June is similar to Dublin. The average temperature in Belfast in June is 13.2°C/55.76°F. Average rainfall levels sit at 68.95 millimetres.
The weather in the west of Ireland in June tends to be mild but with more rain than the east. The long-term average temperature in Galway in June is 13.7°C/56.66°F. The long-term average rainfall level for Galway in June is 79.6 millimetres.
The weather in Kerry in June is mild with rain at times. The long-term average temperature in Kerry in June is 13.6°C/56.48°F. The long-term average rainfall level for Kerry in June is 95.3 millimetres.
Things to do in Ireland in June
Thanks to the good weather in Ireland in June and the long days, there’s plenty of things to do in Ireland in June.
If you’re on the hunt for things to do in Ireland in June, 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. Set off on a well planned road trip
As you’ve plenty of daylight hours to play with, you’ve ample time to explore until your hearts content. However, you still need to plan accordingly.
We published hundreds of Irish road trip itineraries last year that tackle every trip-type you can imagine.
If you’re struggling to pick a road trip route, our 5 days in Ireland or our 7 days in Ireland guides are two of our most popular itineraries.
2. Beaches galore
There’s some incredible beaches in Ireland, many of which are missed by those visiting Ireland for the first time.
As you’ll (hopefully…) be visiting when the days are nice and hot, you’ll have plenty of opportunities for a paddle.
3. Hikes and walks
Ireland is a hikers paradise, with walks to suit every level of fitness scattered right the way across the island.
There are endless mighty hikes in Ireland, from mountains to coastal strolls. Find walks in the county you’re visiting right here.
4. Pints with a view
There are endless pubs in Ireland, however, if you can, try and suss out one where you can sip a drink with a view.
In most coastal counties in Ireland, you’ll find somewhere like the brilliant Tigh Ned above.
5. Visiting Dublin in June
There’s loads of adventurous things to do in Dublin in June (or you can spend the days in museums and castles, if you fancy!).
From islands and hill walks to delicious food and a buzzy pub scene, there’s plenty of things to do in Dublin in June. See our 2 days in Dublin and 24 hours in Dublin guides for an easy-to-follow itinerary.
What to pack / what to wear in Ireland in June
Although we’ve a detailed guide on what to wear in June in Ireland, I’ll give you the need-to-knows.
What you wear is going to boil down to a couple of different things; the activities you have planned and the type of places you plan on visiting in the evenings:
- Sun cream
- If you’re visiting Ireland in June for a city break, pack shorts, t-shirts and runners/walking shoes
- If you’re coming here for an active holiday, pack hiking gear, plenty of layers (more on this in a sec) and all the other light hiking gear you have
- If you plan on trying some fine dining, pack some formal wear
- If you’re going to spend time in pubs, relax – we’re pretty casual here. Jeans and a shirt are more than enough
Wondering what it’s like during other months?
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 July
- Ireland in August
- Ireland in September
- Ireland in October
- Ireland in November
- Ireland in December
FAQs about spending June in Ireland
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Does it rain during June in Ireland’ (it does) to ‘Are there many things to do in Ireland in June’ (they’re are).
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.
Sunday 30th of October 2022
Thanks for the Info, we will be visiting in 2023 and loved the info on Dublin in 2 days.
Tuesday 18th of October 2022
Keith I loved your article. Planning on being in Southern Ireland in June 2023, thanks for excellent tips. Mary, Aiken, SC, USA, come see US sometime!
Tuesday 5th of January 2021
This is definitely written by an Irish person! :) As far as “summers” go, if you’re from the vast majority of America at least, Ireland’s summers are not going to feel “mild” but rather- surprisingly chilly. The term “mild” has a very different meaning when used by an Irish person (I’ve learned this being married to an Irishman as an American and spending many summers here 😉). In my experience, there are maybe 3 weeks a year (often several of those days in April) where one from a warmer climate might prefer a pair of shorts over long pants in Ireland, but Yanks- take note: this list suggests a hat and gloves for a reason! I have a picture of me June 6, 2020 eating ice cream wearing a cashmere sweater, a trenchcoat, and a pair of gloves, and countless other photos in June, July and August where my visitors from America are bundled in Cashmere beneath a rain jacket. :-)) Anyway, lovely article, just a head’s up to Americans especially, who often get a shock when traveling to Ireland on a “summer” vacation, and end up freezing their buns off because they didn’t pack warmer clothes. Most of the summer will feel chilly here to most Americans! 💗
Saturday 4th of June 2022
@Jasmine, Thank you. We leave the Midwest for Ireland in a week. You definitely helped me in deciding what to pack. Warmth.