The rainiest months in Ireland are August and December
with 2.9 inches of rain.
Dan Richardson, Dublin, Mini Rough Guide
Editor's Note: Wait until
you get to Ireland to buy your rainwear and umbrella. Styling
is unique and...oh-so-effective!
Sightseeing in Dublin is wonderful however many
of the old streets built with cobblestones still remain. While
this adds to the delightful ambience of the city, it is extremely
hard on your feet. Be prepared and pack good solid walking shoes.
You'll be glad you did!
Caroline C., Alberta, Canada
When travelling in Ireland keep in mind that you
can easily experience "four seasons in any one day." To say that
the weather is changeable is an understatement. But don't let
this deter you. Plan to dress in layers so that you can peel as
necessary. Pack both a lightweight raincoat (that can be carried
easily in a backpack or shoulder bag) and try to locate a umbrella
with a handle made from aluminum. These are ultra light and fold
down to practically nothing. If you are properly prepared for
the passing showers, you can carry on with your "fun" plans just
as the locals do. P.S. While sandals are nice to wear during the
summer, the changeable weather here means that your feet could
be wet much of the time. Closed shoes make much more sense.
Evelyn Hannon, Journeywoman Editor
I visited Ireland in January, when it is cold and
very rainy. Layers were great for keeping me warm but not so great
when going into pubs, restaurants etc. They take up a lot of room,
can make a mess if you've been out in the rain for awhile, and
are a pain to take on and off. A much better idea is to go with
a pea coat (or something similar) with a hood or a longer, waterproof
jacket. Invest in some good gloves, you'll need them. Not having
to take layers on and off at each place makes it much easier to
socialize, which I believe is what travel should be about.
Shannon, Trumbull, USA
If you want to blend in with the Irish, a nice dark
pea coat, wool scarf, and leather shoes will do the trick. A cute
hat is a lifesaver for rainy-day frizzy hair and will help to
keep your head warm. Comfy shoes are a must; you'll be walking
a lot. Leave baseball caps, fanny packs, bright rain slickers,
and running shoes at home unless you want everybody to know immediately
you're a North American tourist. People will tell you to 'layer',
but I found that stores and pubs tend to be a bit toasty at this
time of the year. You'll quickly tire of peeling off those layers
each time you head indoors. I did just fine with a long-sleeved
top under my coat. Remember that the weather changes abruptly
in Ireland so bring an umbrella and enjoy the showers without
feeling damp all the time.
P.S. Enjoy my favorite place on earth and drink lots of Barry's
tea. It's fabulous. Ditto for the Irish butter.
Chelsea, California, USA