Ireland in July: Weather, Tips & Festivals

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The weather is nice and warm for a trip to Ireland in July, and this beautiful country offers endless opportunities for everything from cycling and trekking to water sports during this month. Therefore, it is no surprise that a large number of tourists visit Ireland in July. The month is dry and sunny, perfect for discovering the great outdoors. Explore the lovely, 180-kilometers-long Ring of Kerry and get inspired by the majestic Cliffs of Moher towering 700 feet above the ocean. Enjoy the rugged coastline, secret bays, and slate-colored lakes of Connemara and visit the grand Muckross House, a beautiful 19th- century mansion that once hosted Queen Victoria. The Emerald Isle will enchant you every step of the way in July.

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Ireland Weather in July

Sandycove Across Scotsman's Bay at Dusk, County Dublin
Take a soothing beach on the sandy cove in the county of Dublin, Ireland

Ireland’s weather in July is warm and sunny. In fact, July is the warmest month of the year in the country. The temperature in Dublin during this month ranges from a high of 20.2 °C to a low of 11°C. This is also a relatively dry month, which means that you are less likely to encounter rain. Ireland sees long, beautiful days during this time of year, with 16.4 hours of average daylight. Water temperatures, unfortunately, are not warm enough for a swim, topping out at 14 °C.

For a month-by-month rundown, read our article on the best time to visit Ireland.

Weather in Ireland in July - Rainfall and Temperatures

Jun Jul Aug
Avg Daily (°C) 17 19 19
Avg Nightly (°C) 10 12 12
Avg Daily (°F) 63 67 67
Avg Nightly (°F) 50 54 54
Avg Rainfall (mm) 70 50 80

Why Visit Ireland in July

Cliffs of Moher, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland
The Cliffs of Moher will provide you with some stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, Ireland
Sunrise over the village of Rosbeigh near Glenbeigh, Ireland
Glenbeigh draws a considerable number of visitors each year to explore its picturesque beauty, Ireland

July is part of the peak tourist season in Ireland. Here is why it is such a great month to visit this stunning country.

  • Dreamy weather: It does not get better than this in Ireland. Long, bright, warm days with little rain and a magical land waiting to be explored—from mountains and beaches to castles and historic sites.
    Hiking season: July is one of the best months to trek through the Irish countryside. This country offers treks for enthusiasts of every skill level. The Ballycotton Cliff Walk in Cork, for instance, is easy, while the Spinc and Glenealo Valley Trail is much more challenging.  

  • Beach beckons: This is also the ideal time to visit Ireland’s pretty beaches. Top picks include Curracloe Strand, the longest beach in the country, and Inch Beach, a charming coastal getaway.

  • Waterway: Kayaking enthusiasts rejoice. Ireland’s rivers, lakes, and seas are full of kayaking opportunities in July. River Blackwater, the Lower Bann Canoe Trail, and Umfin Island in County Donegal are some of the kayaking hotspots in the country. 

  • Festive occasions: Ireland’s July calendar is packed with exciting events and festivals. These include Longitude, a mega music festival that takes place near Dublin; Dún Laoghaire Regatta, the country’s biggest sailing regatta; and Galway International Arts Festival, which features music, films, and theater. 

Where to go and what to do

Causeway Costal Route with cars, a.k.a. Antrim Coastal Road, Ireland
Stretching from Belfast to Londonderry the Causeway Coastal Route is sure to make your heart race

The Emerald Isle sure knows how to turn on the charm, and any list of best places to visit in Ireland in July would certainly include the Cliffs of Moher, one of the country’s most famous sights. These jaw-dropping cliffs overlook the waters of the Atlantic and the sunsets here are a magical kaleidoscope of different colors.

Embark on a journey of a lifetime in Ireland in July by covering sections of the 2,600-kilometres-long Wild Atlantic Way on the country’s west coast. Along the way, you will encounter towering cliffs, idyllic hills, and lovely stretches of white, powdery sand. For a historic detour, head to Boyne Palace in County Meath, home to the megalithic passage tombs of Newgrange, Dowth, and Knowth. Many of these fascinating tombs are older than the Great Pyramids of Giza.

Ireland is also known for its castles and July is a lovely time to visit a few. The spectacular 15th-century Blarney Castle with its Stone of Eloquence (legend has it that it gives the ‘gift of gab’ to someone who kisses it) is one of Ireland’s biggest tourist attractions. But there are many other gems in the country, like Bunratty Castle, which has a collection of art, furniture, and tapestries dating from the 15th century; and Cahir Castle, where defense structures from 1142 still exist. And if you are looking for things to do in Ireland, July is an excellent time to explore the fascinating city of Dublin. Head to the Guinness Storehouse to learn more about the 250-year-old history of the famous brand; go on a kayaking tour to Dalkey Island; see the outstanding collection of the National Museum of Ireland; and visit the majestic Christ Church Cathedral.

A trip to Ireland in July allows you to discover the length and breadth of the country while also engaging in a variety of activities. Our travel experts in the country can offer you a customized itinerary to Ireland based on your requirements.

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Published by David Lee, updated on January 28, 2023

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