Ireland in November – Here’s What to See and Do
November is one of the best months to visit Ireland on Vacation, as it’s one of the quietest times of year. Though it can be cold and wet in fall, the country doesn’t experience any wild extremes of temperature. It can still be very pleasant to walk, hike or cycle outside on a dry day across most of the regions. With Ireland’s trademark green countryside, dramatic coastline, and charming little towns, there’s so much to see and do. And with fewer crowds to contend with, you can explore this stunning nation with a sense of being totally off the beaten path.
Hiking – The Coumshingaun Loop Walk
With quieter trails, there’s the promise of more wildlife during the day. November is the perfect month for getting out and about and watching animals in their natural habitat with fall’s golden backdrop. For a walk, that’s easy to get to from town, try the Coumshingaun Loop Walk. This is located in the heart of the Comeragh Mountains, just over half an hour from the city of Waterford. It’s a short 7.5km loop walk, which will take you around 4 hours to complete, and it provides glorious views of Coumshingaun Lake from the top.
If it’s a wet day, somewhere like Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail in Fermanagh is ideal. It’s much less muddy, making it a safe fall/winter hike.
Festivals – Cork Film Festival
It’s been running for over 60 years and is one of the most significant cultural events in the Emerald Isle. If you’re looking for a reason to head inside away from the rain, were better than spectacular venues in the heart of medieval Cork such as the Triskel Christchurch? Other venues in the city include The Gate Cinema and The Everyman. The festival, which is held annually, runs across eleven days and showcases everything from Irish shorts and documentaries to award-winning international films and children’s films.
With Cork’s lively restaurant scene and exciting nightlife, there’ll be plenty of places to eat and drink and things to do in between screenings.
Food and Drink – Dublin
There are too many foodie destinations to name that go far beyond Ireland’s capital. But Dublin’s main culinary hotspots really come to life in the fall. From cozy gastropubs to elegant Michelin-starred venues, there are many great restaurants to escape the cold. In November, there are a number of festivals that attract discerning gastronomy fans from all around. These include artisan events like The Taste of Dublin and tasting events such as Whiskey Live Dublin. This is also the best time of year for a guided food tour or craft beer tour, which can be arranged with different tour organizers in the city.
City and Culture – Limerick
Limerick is a charming medieval city that’s fantastic to visit in the fall. Without the bustling summer crowds, it will be much easier to into the different attractions. The compact Old Town area is a must and can be wonderfully atmospheric at this chilly time of year. Wrap up warm and embark on a walking tour, visit its many museums and art galleries, or catch a production at the Lime Tree Theatre. There are plenty of restaurants and bars, as well as unmissable historic sites. From ancient churches and castles to outdoor heritage trails, this unique destination will transport you back in time.