Visiting Ireland in September 2020

These are some of the most challenging times we have seen in the travel industry, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families that have been impacted by the coronavirus. The safety and well being of you, our valued clients, and our agencies and employees are our top priority.

On the ground in Ireland, like always,  there has been a huge community spirit to get this country back functioning again, with the Irish Tourism Industry featuring prominently in this fight.  Hotels are giving their premises over to the fight against COVID 19. Car rentals firms offering their fleet to medics, and many restaurants giving food and nourishment to emergency workers are some of the many examples. 

So what if you have some form of travel booked to Ireland, or even just had plans to travel to Ireland in 2020?

small group bus tours Ireland

Our 30 seat bus is now used for 12 passengers maximum when touring around Ireland. 

What if you’ve already dropped a couple of thousand euros/dollars on flights and accommodation, or are weighing up whether or not to do just that? What then?

For people looking to travel to Ireland in September and October 2020, your own personal state should help inform any decision to travel.  Also, travel intent is going to be huge because of the frustration of lockdown will result in an increased need to travel. However, there will likely be many barriers to travel that you will have to deal with, in order to get to Ireland. At this moment in time, we don’t know for sure what they are, as it’s only mainly speculation and out of our control. 

Wherever you’re based, it’s worth checking your government travel advisory for the latest travel advice before planning anything. And if you have something booked, your first move should be to call your airline, tour company and insurance company to seek their counsel, then square that with your own research.

If I do plan on travelling to Ireland in September, what should I expect? 

We do not know what the next couple of months hold for the travel industry. But as travel restrictions begin to ease across Europe, from the reopening of garden centres in Austria to children returning to school in Germany, many European countries are cautiously planning their first steps out of national lockdowns, in the hope of reviving their national economies. 

Many airlines are predicting a return to travel by mid-July, but for now, it’s a summer of wait and see.  With this in mind and so much negativity,  I thought it might be time to be at least hopeful, and write a light-hearted guide to travel in Ireland in September. 

September Weather in Ireland 2020

Rainbow over a house on Inis Mor on the Aran Islands, part of many Irish Experience Tours

September starts in Autumn (Fall) and the weather is generally temperate and settled.  A major warm ocean current called the North Atlantic Drift keeps sea temperatures mild too. Hills and mountains, mainly around the coast, shelter the rest of the island from strong winds coming off the ocean.

Like all seasons in Ireland, the weather can also be very changeable or to put it mildly a little all over the place. Since our weather is generally influenced by the Atlantic, temps can range from 9c (48f) to 13c (55f). It’s sunny when it shouldn’t be, expect a drop of rain most days and you can also throw in the possibility of a blast of hail or snow, to mix it up a bit.

Most rain falls as showers, punctuated by sunshine. The upside? Seemingly endless days of spectacular rainbows!

September in Ireland is what’s known as ‘Shoulder Season’ meaning that it sits between the peak and off-peak seasons. For this reason, it makes it one of the best times of year to visit the island, as it’s not too overcrowded, weather is ‘dacent’ ( Irish variant of decent), water temperature is at it’s highest, making it ideal of water activities such as kayaking, surfing, SUP or if you’re feeling brave enough, a wee bit of swimming. 

Rain precipitation in September averages 10 t0 20 days, wind averages to 12 to 12 miles per hours. After that, it’s probably best to check out, ‘What to wear?..’ below. 

Local guide on a SUP outdoor adventure in Dingle Ireland

Anthony our guide enjoying a SUP session on Dingle bay


“There’s still a grand stretch in the evenings”

private multi generational tour of Ireland

A family enjoying the sunset on an Irish beach on one of our private tours

Although the days begin to shorten towards the end of the month, for the most part, the sunrise is at 6.30 am and evenings stretching from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Ideal conditions for inspiring sunrises and relaxing sunsets. 

The Irish will be out in force squeezing every last drop out of the bright evenings. The old mammy comment, “There’s a grand aul stretch in the evenings’ is a surefire way to break the ice (in the bars when they eventually reopen) with any Irish person at this time of year. 

There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes!

September weather in Ireland is generally good, but we’ve also been to know to have Four Seasons in one day, so my advice is to become experienced at layering.  Fleece, jacket, hoodie, t-shirt …etc. 

girl feeding a donkey near Cliffs of Moher hiking trail

A girl feeding a donkey on the Atlantic way walk near the Cliffs of Moher

A weather-friendly wardrobe

Wondering what to bring? You’ll need to be adaptable. So go for layers that you can put on or take off as the temperature changes. Bring a sweater, even in summer; waterproofs to accompany all outdoor activities; sunglasses; comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella.

Don’t be fooled into thinking you won’t need sunscreen in the summer months – when the sun shines in Ireland it’s quite strong, so wear a high factor and bring a sunhat. Short-term forecasts are viewable at Met Éireann.

Okay, it does rain in Ireland, but long bouts of rain are pretty rare. So, you can either put on suitable clothes or duck into a nice cosy pub to wait out the shower. You can imagine which one is our favourite strategy.

Travel Essentials: 

Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high), swimming gear, hat and sunscreen, rain jacket/trousers, warm fleece, hat and gloves, towel, motion sickness tablets, water bottle, towel and toiletries, warm clothing and waterproof jacket, insect repellent, camera.

Even though we don’t know what’s around the corner as regards travel to Ireland in 2020. We do have our finger on the pulse when it comes to any updates or developments in travel industry news. 

But for now, all I can assure you is ‘We’ll be ready when you are’ when your time to visit the Emerald Isle comes around. 


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