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Ireland In October 2023/24: Advice From A Local (Weather, What To Pack + More)

Ireland In October 2023/24: Advice From A Local (Weather, What To Pack + More)

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

Autumn in Ireland

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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).

2. Daylight

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.

The pros and cons of spending October in Ireland

things to do in ireland in october

Photo by Algirdas Gelazius (Shutterstock)

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):

The pros 

  • 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)

The cons

  • 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

lough ouler hike wicklow

Photo by Remizov (Shutterstock)

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

October 2021

  • 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

October 2020

  • 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

weather in ireland in october

Photo left: PhilipsPhotos. Right: RR Photo (shutterstock)

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

wicklow mountains national park guide

Photos via Shutterstock

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

ring of kerry route

Photos via Shutterstock

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.

If you’re struggling, see our Ireland itinerary guide (it’s a step-by-step process) or see our 5 days in Ireland or our 7 days in Ireland guides.

2. Cosy pubs

temperature in ireland in october

Photos via McNeill’s on Facebook

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

torr head scenic drive

Photo left: Shutterstock. right: Google Maps

Although the likes of the Ring of Kerry and the Causeway Coastal Route tend to attract all of the attention, there’s heaps of scenic drives in Ireland.

They’re particularly handy on those rainy days when you’re looking to keep the head dry!

4. Tracks, trails and hidden gems

malahide castle

Photos via Shutterstock

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

tours of the guinness factory

Photos by The Irish Road Trip

There’s plenty of things to do in Dublin in October. If the weather’s decent, try one of the hikes in Dublin.

If the weathers terrible, there’s plenty of things to do in Dublin in October when it’s raining! 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 October

dublin in october

Photos via Shutterstock

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:

The essentials

  • 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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Friday 21st of October 2022

I've never been to Ireland and look forward look forward to how green the country is. I'm concerned that if I go in October I won't be able to see the verdant beauty. Please advise. Thank you


Wednesday 24th of August 2022

My husband and I are heading over in October and just wanted to say thank you for all the information you provide on your blog, it will help so much in mappng out our plans. We haven't had the opportunity to travel much, especially out of country, so this is the first big trip and are looking forward to experiencing your beautiful country.

Nancy coburn

Tuesday 8th of March 2022

Is it still green in October? Also can you see northern Lights then?


Thursday 24th of September 2020

Thank you so much for sharing this information.

I’ll be arriving in Ireland in about a week ( at the start of October ) & did not know about the events such as the Halloween one :-)

I’m escaping the ratty US & will be quarantining in lovely Killarney, then from there I plan to drive around ( hire car from Dublin airport )

Can’t wait!

I’ve been to Ireland three times. I always hire a car and stay with the wonderful people of Ireland in their air bnb’s - making new friends along the way. I’ll most likely be headed up north to Northern Ireland just to check out that Halloween festival!

Thank you again for the information here.


Sunday 15th of September 2019

Oh when I last left my comment I didn’t mention I’m coming from Florida so cold weather is a little tough on me but have wool will travel. I also like AC, hard to find in summer so cold will be better. My plan is a road trip to see film locations. I like to make my own tours I don’t like groups . I want to see locations where the Tudors, Vikings and Game of Thrones was filmed. I will drive and have it mapped out. Then head south to Beara Peninsula. ?

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