If you’re mulling over visiting Ireland in October but you’re unsure of what to expect, you’ve landed in the right spot.
If you’ve read our guide to the best time to travel to Ireland, you’ll have see me rave about October, and for good reason!
During October in Ireland the days are crisp, many places are blanketed in golden leaves and the days are still longish.
However, October is autumn in Ireland and visiting during this month comes with some disadvantages, as you’ll discover below.
Some quick need-to-knows before visiting Ireland in October
Although a visiting Ireland in October is reasonably straightforward, there are a handful of need-to-knows that’ll get you up-to-speed quickly.
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 October, as is the case with every single month, can be very unpredictable. Average high temperatures can rise to a mild 13°C, while average lows tend to hover around 6°C (more on weather below).
The days are still relatively long in October. At the beginning of the month, the sun rises at 07:33 and sets at 19:09. That’s a solid 11 hours a day to plan your Ireland itinerary around.
3. It’s shoulder season
October is shoulder season in Ireland (i.e. the time between peak-season and off-season). This means flights should be cheaper and places will be quieter. Keep in mind that kids get a week of holidays in Ireland at the end of the month, so accommodation prices can rise around then.
4. Endless activities
The longish days and the not-too-chilly weather gives you the opportunity to explore to your hearts content. The colder evenings will also make tucking yourself away in a cosy pub all the more attractive.
5. Make an informed decision
Deciding when to visit Ireland can be overwhelming, so it’s worth being well informed before you hit the ‘book now’ button. Below, you’ll find guides to each month in Ireland – they’re worth flicking through when you have a moment.
- Ireland in January
- Ireland in February
- Ireland in March
- Ireland in April
- Ireland in May
- Ireland in June
- Ireland in July
- Ireland in August
- Ireland in September
- Ireland in November
- Ireland in December
The pros and cons of spending October in Ireland
So, I lightly touched on the handful of advantages and disadvantages to visiting Ireland in October above, but I’ll list them out properly below.
I’ve lived in Ireland for 32 years, so the below are based on my own experience (note: you’ll find detailed info on the weather in the next section):
- Longish days: At the beginning of the month, the sun rises at 07:33 and sets at 19:09
- It’s quieter: As we’re outside peak season, many places will be much quieter in comparison to the months previous
- Attractions open: You’ll find that some tours and attractions in Ireland close during winter – most are still running in October
- Weather: October is generally quite mild and the cool, crisp weather is nice to saunter around in
- Festivals: Numerous Halloween festivals take place (see our Irish festivals calendar for more)
- Unpredictable weather: Yep, it’s a pro and a con. In October 2017, Storm Ophelia hit Ireland, and it was the worst to hit the island in 50 years
What to expect from the weather in Ireland in October
The weather in Ireland in October can be a bit of a mixed bag, but it’s generally quite good.
Here’s what the weathers been like during previous years. Note: this data comes from MET Eireann, Ireland’s Meteorological Service
- The weather in Ireland in October 2021 was mild and wet overall
- The number of days where rain fell ranged from 18 days (Casement Aerodrome in Dublin) to 28 days at several stations
- The average temperature for the month ranged between 12.4 °C and 12.8 °C
- The weather in Ireland in October 2020 was cool, wet and windy
- The number of days when rain fell ranged from 21 days (Dublin Airport) to 28 days at several stations
- The average temperature for the month ranged between 10.1 °C and 10.3 °C
Average temperature in Ireland in October
Average high temperatures can rise to a mild 13°C, while the average lows tend to hover around 6°C (again, this can change drastically).
Those from colder temperate climates will find the temperature in Ireland in October mild, while those who come from more tropical climates should find October in Ireland to be chilly.
The average temperature in previous years
- 2021: 11.5 °C
- 2020: 9.7 °C
- 2019: 9.2 °C
Things to do in Ireland in October
Many people spend October 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 October, dive into our counties of Ireland hub – it’s packed with the best places to visit in every county! Here are a handful of suggestions to get you started:
1. Head off on a well planned road trip
When planning a trip to Ireland, it’s worth spending a good chunk of time mapping out your itinerary, so that you make the most of your time.
2. Cosy pubs
There’s endless pubs in Ireland, but not all are equal! If you can, try and polish off a day of exploring in a traditional pub, as these tend to have the most character.
One of my favourite things to do in Ireland in October is to spend a day hiking and an evening tucked away in a cosy pub. It’s hard to bate!
3. Scenic drives
They’re particularly handy on those rainy days when you’re looking to keep the head dry!
4. Tracks, trails and hidden gems
If you like to explore on foot, there’s plenty of walks and hikes in Ireland that you can head off on, with something to suit most fitness levels.
There’s also endless hidden gems in Ireland, many of which are missed by those visiting for the first time.
5. Visiting Dublin in October
There’s plenty of things to do in Dublin in October. If the weather’s decent, try one of the hikes in Dublin.
What to pack / what to wear in Ireland in October
Packing for October in Ireland requires a bit of thought, as you need to prepare for every type of weather (even if the forecast is looking good!).
I’d recommend bringing layers (e.g. light tops) and one warm jacket/coat that you can pop on top. Here are some more suggestions:
- A waterproof jacket (and trousers if you plan on hiking)
- Comfortable shoes to walk in
- Light layers (e.g. t-shirts, long-sleeved tops, etc).
- A hat and gloves, just in case
- Causal clothes for going out in the evening (pubs in Ireland are fairly relaxed)
FAQs about spending October in Ireland
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘What should I wear in Ireland in October?’ (see above) to ‘Is it rainy in Ireland in October? (it can be).
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 October a good time to visit Ireland?
Yes. In October, the days are still long (the sun rises at 07:33 and sets at 19:09 at the start of the month) and we get average high temperatures of 13°C and lows of 6°C.
How cold is it in Ireland in October?
The average temperature in Ireland in October sees average highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C, however, this can vary greatly from year to year.
Are there many things to do in Ireland in October?
There’s plenty to see and do thanks to the longish days and the generally OK weather. Tours are still running, you have endless scenic drives and there’s plenty of hikes to tackle.
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