Planning a trip to Ireland in November? This go-to guide will tell you all you need to know so you can make the most of your visit.
Year-round Ireland attracts throngs of tourists, and it is no surprise why. With Celtic roots, a mystic soul, ancient heritage sites, and a world-renowned culture and social scene, there is much to do on the Emerald Isle.
Indeed, a trip to Ireland in November may prove less busy than during the summer months, and there are many other benefits to a visit during this time.
With less footfall, more affordable flights and accommodation, as well as milder weather (in comparison to the winter months), this is all you need to know about a trip to Ireland in November.
Climate – the facts
Ireland is famous for its less than favourable weather. Indeed there is a lot of rain. Yet, we have a lovely lush, green landscape to thank for that! And, by no means should this be Ireland’s defining feature.
Boasting a cool oceanic climate, you can expect days of cloud and wind as well as brisk temperatures as winter draws closer. Arguably, however, this is the perfect month to cosy up in a warm pub with a good book or some friends.
There’s an old saying that ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes’. So, as long as you pack appropriately, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have a lovely time on the Emerald Isle, no matter the forecast.
Weather – the reality
Average temperatures in November range from highs of 11°C (51.8°F) to 6.2°C (43.2°F). However, during the day, temperatures can often creep upwards of 11°C.
Nightfall and dawn can bring the chilliest weather, and frost is not an unusual feat in the early mornings.
It rains for an average of 11 days during the month, and as the days progressively become shorter, you are sure to feel that winter is approaching.
It can even be said that November is one of the most atmospheric months in Ireland, given its golden foliage and lesser crowds.
Top tips – the inside scoop
Let’s start with packing: November is a month where you can experience four seasons in one single day. With that in mind, we urge you to pack for all types of weather.
While you’re unlikely to be sunbathing in Ireland in November, sea swimming is popular year-round (even in the height of winter). So, if you’re keen to take to the seas, swimwear is advisable.
Generally speaking, though, a steady stream of jumpers, cosy socks, and a combination of short- and long-sleeved tops should have you covered. Additional suggestions include gloves, scarves, and hats for the brisk mornings.
Being Ireland in November, a rain jacket is a solid staple, and a pair of walking shoes always come in handy on the Emerald Isle.
Depending on your itinerary you may need smart or formal attire, if you’re planning on the theatre, for example.
Although if you plan on enjoying a laid back trip filled with local cafes and restaurants, traditional pubs, and the great outdoors, a casual wardrobe is ideal.
Given that November is off-season you may be able to get some great travel deals including flights and hotels, so we urge you to shop around before booking your trip.
Things to do – the bucket list
Ireland in November is a hive of activity with much to see and do. Whether you’re a culture vulture or prefer to get out in the elements, you’re sure to be spoiled for choice.
If you happen to be in the vicinity of Galway during November, we suggest you stop by the Clifden Arts Festival. This is one of Ireland’s most reputable festivals, which has been running for over 40 years, and it is certainly worth a visit.
World-class musicians often play on the Emerald Isle, too. If you’re a music head, you’ll be delighted to know that the social calendar is bursting with concerts and performances from some of the top names in the industry, as well as local artists.
Sometimes, however, happiness is found in the simplest things. Enjoying a wild mountain hike or a pint of Guinness in a traditional Irish pub is a memory that won’t soon be forgotten, we can promise you that!