IRELAND IN MAY – HERE’S WHAT TO SEE AND DO
May marks the start of great beer garden weather, so save room in your bellies for a few pints of the ‘Black Stuff’. Irish cities come alive with a vibrant mix of locals and the first tourists of the summer. Expect temperatures to range from around 17°C to 20°C (64°F to 68°F), making it wonderfully pleasant to also hit the coastline or plan long, scenic walks in the country. There’s so much to enjoy in Ireland as the weather hots up. Here are just some of the things to see and do during your Irish vacation in May
HIKING – DINGLE PENINSULA
There are plenty of hikes to choose from at the Dingle Peninsula. With such lovely weather and little chance of rain, May is the best time for exploring the coastal paths. The Conor Pass to Croaghskearda Loop Walk will give you an excellent vantage point when you get to the top, and the famous Dingle Way (Dingle to Dunquin) is a top place to spot wildlife and beautiful blooming flowers.
FESTIVALS – BLOOM IN THE PARK
Phoenix Park in Dublin hosts a fantastic festival at the end of the month, taking place from 9am to 6pm daily across five whole days. For gardening fans, this is just as exciting as the famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London. For kids, it’s a fun day out in the park. Enjoy a stunning showcase of garden plants, horticulture and inspiring garden design, as well as exploring local food and produce. There’ll be live music, a fashion stage, and a science and technology area.
SAILING – KINSALE
The main sailing season starts here as May brings extended hours of sunshine and amazing ocean views. The Northern Squib Championships take place at the end of the month, as does the Royal Cork Yacht Club’s Fastnet Race. This is the time of year when seafarers come out, and there are harbour cruises for anyone who wants to enjoy a hassle-free tour of the waters. The town itself is also fantastic for shopping and nights out – and Kinsale is also said to be ‘the culinary capital of Ireland’ for serious food fans.
SIGHTSEEING – DUBLIN
What a delightful time to go sightseeing. If you’re hoping for a jam-packed vacation with history, culture, activities for all ages, and top food and drink, don’t miss the Irish capital. The Guinness Storehouse is a must for first-time visitors here, and both Dublin Castle and Phoenix Park provide a fun day out for children. Head to Temple Bar to experience the unbelievable nightlife, and make time for the National Botanic Gardens if it’s a hot day.
ROAD TRIPS – CAUSEWAY COASTAL ROUTE
For the ultimate road trip experience in Ireland, make way for the Causeway Coast in County Antrim, home to Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast. On your road trip, you’ll take in the spectacular Giant’s Causeway, as well as the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge where brave hikers dare to cross over crashing waves. Experience more than 5,000 years of history in the region’s castles, enjoy amazing food and wine, and find the prettiest beaches to relax on.