There’s no doubt Ireland is a stunner tourist destination throughout the year, but it absolutely shines with events and festivals galore during the summer months. Being a home to natural wonders, historic lands, a dynamic cultural scene, sporting opportunities, and numerous dazzling sites, Ireland definitely has something for everyone. If you need to enjoy a soothing summer holiday this year, Ireland can never disappoint.
From an international dark sky reserve to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and whiskey distilleries, Ireland has something that would keep you amused throughout the summer. If Ireland isn’t one of your must-visit destinations this summer, then you need to reconsider and start planning your trip to Ireland as soon as possible. Below are 3 reasons you should visit Ireland this summer.
The Blue Flag Beaches
Ireland literally has hundreds of beaches on offer, and is one of the world’s leading destinations for surfing, swimming and sandcastle-building. Unfortunately, most tourists don’t immediately consider Ireland as a surfer’s paradise, which is a big mistake. Ireland remains a go-to destination for anyone looking for a white sandy setting, dog-friendly stretches, and rocky seaside surroundings with tranquil waters.
About 88 Irish beaches were awarded the coveted Blue Flag status in June 2017 having been declared superior for swimming. Visitors have unlimited fun waves to explore, including the Greencastle Marina in Donegal and Portumna in Galway. Bundoran, Co. Donegal is ideal for those interested in surfing, while Dingle, Co. Kerry is great for those who fancy marine life.
10:00 PM Sunsets
Perhaps one of the supreme gifts Ireland has to offer to the summertime travelers is 10:00 pm sunsets. These are luxurious and prolonged daylight hours, which often extend to 10:00 pm in the summer months of June and July. Long daylight hours give you a rare opportunity to indulge in numerous activities and take things at a laid-back pace – absolutely no hurry!
Furthermore, the views become illusory when the sun sets. Some of the Ireland’s famous points where you can view the sunset include the Cliffs of Moher, Salthill promenade in Galway, Howth and Dun Laoighre piers in Dublin, and the Dunluce Castel grounds in Antrim. Ireland’s numerous beaches also provide a splendid view of the luxurious sunsets.
A Kaleidoscope of Arts Festivals
Visiting Ireland in summer is a brilliant opportunity to experience the beauty of Ireland’s summer festivals. These are no ordinary festivals like those experienced in other months. Many of these festivals exceed music sessions and concerts and incorporate the more significant arts scene, such as visual art, theater, cinema, and music.
The most popular of them all is the Galway International Arts Festival that occurs in the striking Galway city between 17th July and 30th July each year. Another one is the bilingual English and Irish Earagail Arts Festival, which takes place between 4th July and 23rd July in County Donegal along the Wild Atlantic Way. Other important festivals include the Dublin Fringe Festival happening in September and the Kilkenny Arts Festival occurring in August.
If you plan on visiting Ireland this summer, then the Dublin Tour Company has got you covered. We offer an easy and fun of vacation planning without the added stress or hassle. Get in touch with us so we can start planning a memorable travel experience for you.