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By Dawn Rainbolt
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The majority of travellers – even adventure travellers – tend to visit Ireland in peak season, during summer months. However, there is increasing interest in visiting Ireland during the shoulder seasons – particularly autumn.

While summer is just getting underway, now is the time to book your end of year escape. There’s plenty of reasons to visit Ireland during autumn months – below, we’ve isolated a few reasons. 

Off Peak Season is Quieter

Hiking Cliffs of Moher storm

Visiting the famous Cliffs of Moher in a dramatic autumn storm.

Though this sounds like a given, it’s worth mentioning that the off peak season is far quieter than peak season. There are less crowds, so clients will be able to visit Ireland’s wilder landmarks like the Cliffs of Moher, the Giant’s Causeway and Connemara as well as attractions such as Jameson Distillery or the Belfast Titanic Experience without rubbing shoulders with hundreds of other visitors.

Not to mention, kids are back at school so not only will you have less international tourists with whom to share the views, but you’ll also have less domestic tourists as well.

Better Value for Money

Luxury hotel Ireland Ashford Castle Connemara

Autumn is a great season to stay in luxury accommodation like Ashford Castle.

As the peak season winds down, accommodations, transport, guides and activity providers lower their costs to off-peak amounts. Clients will get the same services as they would during peak months but with lower costs and more availability.

Not only will rates be cheaper during off-peak season, clients will also have their pick of accommodations and rooms. Instead of having to compromise or work around the accommodation’s availability, clients will be able to pick and choose what works the best for them during shoulder season.

Nature at its Best

Hiking Connemara in autumn

Hiking the golden tipped heather of Connemara in autumn.

Though we don’t have the brilliant golden and orange tunnels of autumn leaves that you’ll find in New England, Ireland changes colours in its own way. As the seasons turn, the beautiful heathland and heather-covered hills change from deep purple to a magnificent golden blanketing the landscape. In the forests, the bracken and the ferns become a brilliant sea of fiery orange.

And on the other hand, the Emerald Isle isn’t called so for nothing; Ireland’s lush lowland pastures and rolling hills are still as green as shamrocks!

Plus, the infamous midges – those annoying little bugs – are gone by now. Though less of a problem in Ireland than Scotland, it’s still a relief to know that by the time autumn rolls in, the midges are gone for the season!

And, the weather in the shoulder season is usually drier – always a plus!

Dramatic Landscapes

Strandhill sunset - Sligo Surf Coast

Dramatic evening light on a September evening along Sligo’s rugged Surf Coast.

On top of nature being at its best, the autumn light, churning waves and fierce skies are far more dramatic, making autumn an ideal time for budding photographers. The darker, more dramatic atmosphere makes the shoulder season all the more spectacular for hiking and exploring Ireland’s wilder side.

After a day in the wilds, come back to one of Ireland’s many cosy pubs. With a Guinness or glass of whiskey in hand to warm up, curl up by the roaring open fires while a local band plays traditional Irish songs.

It’s Halloween!

origin Halloween Ireland Samhain

Visit Ireland in October for Samhain, the origins of Halloween.

Though not many people know this, the origins of Halloween are quite old. Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve, comes from an ancient Celtic festival called Samhain, which predates Christianity. According to Celtic culture, during Samhain the boundary between our world and the world of the dead is dissolved; spirits and fairies could easily cross into our world. To appease them, offerings are left out; and to confuse them, people created elaborate disguises.

Though today Halloween is celebrated much the same as in America and across the world, it’s a special (and spooky) time to be exploring Ireland’s dramatic landscapes, wild mountains, ancient monuments and ruined castles. 

Looking to inspire your clients with a trip to Ireland in the shoulder season? Then contact us now to start planning your clients exclusive Autumn adventure!

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Meet the Author: Dawn Rainbolt

“American by birth but European in spirit, Dawn has called the US, Costa Rica, Spain, England, Poland, France and now Ireland home over the years. While she has travelled to more than 30 countries, she has fallen in love with the rich Irish culture, intriguing history, ancient castles, cheery locals and sweeping landscapes of Ireland.”

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