Planning our 25th anniversary trip for next year. When is the best time to visit Ireland? What are the best areas to visit or stay at?
Thanks for any info.
The weather in Ireland is notoriously difficult to predict. You should prepare for all four seasons in one day.
May and September can be quite nice. These months are also low season so there are fewer visitors around and you might get lower rates in B&Bs and hotels.
The best advice for areas to visit would be to get yourselves a good guide book, have a read through it (you have a year to plan) and then decide where you would like to go.
I notice you addressed your question in the Killarney Forum. Killarney is really one of those all year round towns for tourists. It is so damn popular.
However, yes, some things may be out of season, like the Jaunting cars. Guided bus tours and all that, but If you plan on being your own guide with a rental car then come on over.
There is an amazing amount of hotels and B&Bs in Killarney. I love the place personally. It depends whether you want luxury or budget. 25th Anniversary, luxury maybe. The Killarney Plaza or the Killarney Park, both 5 star. I like the Plaza myself.
There is also a holiday Inn. The best sites for you to use would be the following. I say this because they have slightly more options than the US sites. You can then use the names to see if you can find cheaper in USD on your side of the pond.
http://www.octopustravel.com 2nd Best
Im sure you will have million more questions.
Thank you for the information. It is a great start to our trip planning.
Maybe we can look you up and share a pint when we are visiting.
My husband is of Irish descent (Kelly) and looking forward to our visit. (and a pint of good beer!)
When is your 25th Anniverary?
I personally think May and September are great months - the weather CAN be more stable and you are not paying peak prices.
Where to stay depends on how long you've got and where you plan to fly into.
If you are interested in the West-South West of the Country, then Shannon is your best bet. If however, you have the time and the inclination to see more, then there is general agreement here that you arrive in Shannon and depart in Dublin or vice-versa.
You have lots of time to plan, so take your time finding out about the things that interest you and match your budget.
Anniversary is in March but not planning to do the trip then. Maybe late April to early part of May.
Thanks to all for the information. Gives me a great start on the planning process.
Late April better than March /Early April as many restaurants only open lunchtime during the week until nearly Easter, town is lovely and quiet though.