If you’re debating visiting Ireland in October, but you’re feeling a little unsure about what Autumn brings, keep reading.
You’ll find all you need to know about October in Ireland below.
The good, the bad, and the ugly.
October is hands-down my favourite month to do anything in Ireland.
Why? Well, there are LOADS of pros to exploring during this month and only a handful of cons!
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Would I visit Ireland in October: A no-BS answer
I love October in Ireland.
- The weather is crisp (it’s cold, but not that cold)
- There’s colour EVERYWHERE thanks to the tangy orange leaves that cover the trees and the ground around them
- The air is fresh
- Attractions that are usually busy tend to be quieter as we tip into the off-season
There’s also a festive buzz about the place, with Halloween en route and Christmas just around the corner.
Is October a good time to go to Ireland?
October in Ireland, like every other month, has its pros and cons. Here’s a few things to consider:
- The weather in Ireland during the autumn months can be crazy (more on this in a minute)
- The days are shorter
- SOME (but very few) of the off-the-beaten-path attractions will be closed
Let’s dive into more of the pros and cons of visiting during this month.
- Ireland’s usually busy attractions will be less crowded as we’re out of the peak months
- Accommodation in the more off-the-beaten-track towns and villages will be cheaper than the busy season (you won’t notice a huge difference in the ‘hot-spots’ like Dublin and Galway)
- Flights should be a little cheaper
- The days are shorter – by mid-October in Ireland, the sun won’t rise until 08:00 and it sets at 18:40
- The weather could be wintery
- The weather in Ireland in October is unpredictable… as it is the case with most months
The weather in Ireland in October: What to expect
The weather in Ireland in October can be all over the place!
Here’s a look at what it’s been like for the past two years.
2018 was cold
- Coastal counties were hit with strong winds in the middle of the month, courtesy of Storm Callum
- Temperatures in parts of Ireland dropped to -4°C at night
- It got icy towards the end of the month
2017 saw the arrival of Storm Ophelia
- Storm Ophelia arrived in Ireland in mid-October of 2017
- It caused nearly €70 million worth of damage and resulted in 3 people losing their lives
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).
Towards the end of October, however, the temperatures will begin to fall.
Those from cooler temperate climates will find the weather in Ireland in early October fairly OK to handle.
What to Wear in Ireland in October
If you’re tearing your hair out trying to decide what to pack for Ireland in October, then the below should help.
If you looked at the weather for 2018 and 2017 in the weather section above, you know you’ll need to be prepped for:
- Wind… lots of wind
The best advice that I can offer when it comes to packing is:
- Keep an eye on the 10-day weather forecast
- This’ll give you a good sense of what’s en route
- Pack for every type of weather
- If it turns out to be warm and sunny, happy days – you can leave that big jacket in your room or tie it around your waist
What to pack for Ireland in October
If you read our guide to Ireland in November, you’ll have heard me say this already.
What you pack for Ireland in October will depend on:
- The type of activities that you have planned
- Where you’ll be staying
Those on an active holiday
If you’re visiting Ireland for an active holiday, you’ll need:
- Hiking boots/shoes
- A warm, waterproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers
- Warm socks, gloves, and hat
- Appropriate layers
Those on a city break
If you’re going to spend the majority of your time wandering around a city, bring:
- A warm jacket (ideally waterproof)
- Woolly socks, woolly gloves, and, you guessed it, a woolly hat
- Layers, e.g. a hoody, long-sleeved t-shirt, etc.
Things to do in Ireland in October
- Cork Jazz Festival (22nd – 26th October 2020)
- Belfast International Arts Festival (Dates TBC)
- The Bram Stoker Festival (23rd-26th October 2020)
- The Kinsale Gourmet Festival (Dates TBC)
- Derry Halloween Festival (26th of October to 1st November 2020)
- The Savour Kilkenny Festival of Food (Dates TBC)
- There are also an endless number of road trips to head off on
There’s no end to the number of things to do in Ireland in October.
The temperatures won’t have hit winter levels at this stage, so those of you that aren’t comfortable with the cold shouldn’t be too put out.
Hikes, walks, and indoor attractions are all perfect options to add to your itinerary. Here are some more suggestions.
Lace-up your walking boots
October is the perfect month for long walks and hikes.
Autumnal leaves make many parts of Ireland look like they’ve been whipped straight from an oil painting, which makes the island a joy to explore on foot.
I’ll probably sound a little mad here, but there’s almost a smell about the place in autumn.
Maybe it’s the cool air and the trees starting to shed their leaves, or maybe I’m just mental, but there’s something deadly (Irish slang for good) about getting outdoors in October.
There’s no bad month to go on a road trip in Ireland.
The one thing that tends to get in the way a little is the shorter days.
October is the last month of the year where the days have a decent bit of length in them, so hit the road early to make the most of the daylight.
Check out our self drive Ireland itinerary planner for LOADS of Irish road trips.
There are plenty more things to do
If you’re visiting Ireland in October and are looking for things to do, nip into our counties of Ireland section.
Here, you’ll be able to browse through thousands of incredible things to do and places to visit.
Wrapping it up: Should you visit Ireland in October?
I’d have no reservations about recommending that you visit Ireland in October.
I’m not a big fan of exploring in Summer, so I tend to travel during in the autumn and winter months.
Yes, the weather could go against you, but that can be the case with any month in Ireland.