IRELAND IN AUGUST – THE BEST THINGS TO SEE AND DO
Irish weather is famously unpredictable and rain showers can happen at any moment. But with an average temperature range of 12°C (53°F) to 19°C (66°F), August is the most pleasant time to go to Ireland on vacation. From sightseeing and festivals to road trips along the spectacular coastline, the summer really brings the country to life. Here are the best things to see and do whilst you’re here.
HIKING – DIAMOND HILL LOOP
One of the best hikes in the Emerald Isle, the Diamond Hill Loop, is relatively short and easy. Impressive views of Kylemore Abbey and quartz-filled mountains are rewarded at the top. For the ultimate experience, go for the sunset.
Ireland experiences very long summer days, with around 14 to 16 hours of daylight in August. Sunsets can be as late as 10 pm, making it the ideal month for long hikes. Pack an evening picnic so you can enjoy your sandwiches al fresco with the most spectacular views. If you’re looking to catch the sunrise instead, start your hike before 5 am.
FESTIVALS – A TASTE OF DONEGAL FOOD FESTIVAL
Foodies love spending time in County Donegal. Known for its fresh produce and exceptionally high standard of natural ingredients, this area is a playground for fans of gastronomy. In late August, the Taste of Donegal Food Festival takes place in Donegal town, bringing together some of the best Irish chefs in the region. From cookery demonstrations and gin and vodka masterclasses to delicious street food, this is the summer event not to miss.
Other fantastic events nearby in the month of August are Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival, Wild Atlantic Week, and the Donegal Dragons Regatta.
ECO CAMPING – FINN LOUGH BUBBLE DOMES
The Bubble Domes at Finn Lough feature 360-degree views of nature through the transparent dome accommodation. Privacy is non-existent but there’s no-one else around but lush greenery and curious wildlife. Watch the stars at night as you lay down on your glamping style four-poster bed at night, and enjoy nothing but pure silence when you step out into the forest in the morning.
Best of all, these ‘tents’ are eco-friendly, and you can always treat yourself to a luxury Irish castle stay afterward.
HORSERACING – CARROWNISKEY
If you’ve never watched horseracing on the beach, this is your chance. The Carrowniskey Races in County Mayo has seen a recent resurgence after almost 30 years without a race.
Beach racing is a popular activity in Ireland, with the flat, golden strands of the coastline providing the perfect course for horses. It’s a family-friendly event that dates back many years and is a great day out for all ages. Another famous racing event to attend is the Laytown Races in County Meath, which has been running since 1868!
SIGHTSEEING – CROM CASTLE
Make the most of the summer weather and visit one of Ireland’s many castles. Crom Castle in County Fermanagh is a National Trust attraction set on a landscape of islands, woodland and historical ruins. There are some great walks suitable for the whole family, boat hire and fishing, wildlife spotting, and more.
It’s also possible to have private hire of Crom Castle for special events and vacations, with room to sleep up to 24 guests.