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Best time of year

BC
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Best time of year

We are trying to decide between June or September to do a tour of Ireland and England. Any suggestions re: weather, crowds, etc?

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I've been to Ireland twice - once in June and the other in September. In June, the weather was perfect, but we had to battle big crowds of tourists. In September, it rained usually in the morning but cleared up mostly by late morning. The best thing - no crowds! I definitely vote for September!

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We too would vote for September. While we did have rain some days, we also got a sunburn (take sunblock...)

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In Ireland the schools are all on holidays in June so it will be a lot busier than Sept. In England schools don't close til mid July. I would opt for Sept when schools are open in both places. Weather is usually very good in Sept (by Irish/English standards - which means be prepared with raincoats and sunblock!)

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Early September is a great time to visit. Fewer tourists, but most of the seasonal attractions are still open. Still a good chance of reasonable weather.

The difference (in terms of tourists numbers) between the last week in August and the first week in September is quite remarkable in a place like Dingle

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One other difference which might matter to you is the difference in daylight hours. In June, it's light around 5am it doesn't start to get dark until after 10pm whereas in September it's light around 6am to 8pm at the beginning of the month and 7.30am to 7pm by the end of the month.

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In June you wil have the rhodendendrons in flower (in places the hedgerows are pink with them) and also lots of wild flowers.

If you do go for June plan early June rather than later in the month.

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There is still a lot of floral colour in September. In Dingle, the montbretia and fuschia will still be in bloom (early in the month)

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Both are nice and both have different charms - if you like sea-swimming then September would be the better as the sea has 'warmed up' a little over the summer but June has that 'everything's about to begin feeling' that is priceless on a blue sky and white fluffy cloud day and you just have to hot-foot it to the beach anyway! In the garden (and restaurants that use seasonal produce) June has all the peas and beans and new potatoes but September has the beginning of the squashes and pumpkins - tough choice. As we have a large orchard we personally prefer September as it's all about the harvesting of the apples and pears for us (and the gathering of the early wild bramble fruits for jam making) but then again the soft fruits such as yummy strawberries are all ready for picking and eating now - hmm...

In terms of the tourism industry it's worth noting that the beginning of September and the beginning of December are two of the cheapest times to travel in Europe and there are many bargains to be had :-)

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We just got back from an early June trip. The only crowds we encountered were at Ross Castle and Muckross as well as Killarney in general. And at Bunratty Castle.

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I've travelled both times in September. The most recent trip was last year (09) and we had 10 days of beautiful weather (sunshine and temps in the 20s). The previous trip was in 07 and we had a mix of everything, sometimes all in one day. As for the foliage, there was lots of color to see in September especially the fuschia (as previously mentioned)- over here the only fuschia you see is as a potted plant, whereas in Ireland it grows as hedges!