July in Ireland
Ireland from the water
Pounding ocean waves, fresh waters and adventures along tranquil lakes – the island of Ireland isn’t short on water-based fun!
Kayak through the glassy waters of County Fermanagh’s Upper and Lower Lough Erne and take in the mystical sight of Devenish Island.
Game of Thrones® fans can immerse themselves in the epic saga with a bracing swim around Ballintoy Harbour – otherwise known as the Iron Islands. Warm up afterwards with a bowl of Strangford mussels at The Fullerton Arms.
Explore the open ocean around County Mayo’s Achill Island on a guided kayaking adventure with Achill Surf from Golden Strand to Silver Strand across the aquamarine waters of Keem Strand.
Ready to hit the waves? Surfers should head straight to Bundoran in County Donegal – a waterside haven known fondly as Ireland’s surf capital.
Take the plunge and feel the rush of adrenaline with wild swimming in the stunning glacial fjord of Carlingford Lough in County Louth. Be sure to refuel and soak up the history of medieval Carlingford town afterwards, where cosy pubs and historic trails await.
Explore Northern Ireland
Over 100 years ago, engineers created the Gobbins in County Antrim – a clifftop trail that brings you as close to walking on water as you could ever hope to be. And who could resist the allure of the mystical Giant’s Causeway? This cascading valley of hexagonal basalt columns is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for good reason.
For a taste of wild island life, hop on the ferry to Rathlin Island and enjoy a guided walking tour. Fancy spotting some gorgeous puffins? Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre is home to Northern Ireland’s largest colony of seabirds.
Journey to County Fermanagh and discover a subterranean warren of waterfalls, rivers and chambers at the Marble Arch Caves.
In County Down, Castlewellan Forest Park offers lakeside walks, cycling trails and outstanding views of the Mourne Mountains. Along the coast, foodies can enjoy seafood in the sun at Harry’s Shack, situated on the fringe of Portstewart Strand, where sunbathing and surfing are also on the menu.
Hikers will love exploring the Sperrin Mountains, Northern Ireland’s longest mountain range. Prefer to sit back and take it all in? The Sperrins has been featured by National Geographic as one of the world's 101 scenic drives not to miss, thanks to its winding roads and striking views. So either way, you're in for a treat!
The Galway International Arts Festival rolls into town in July, turning the City of Tribes into a festival mecca for two weeks. With over 200 shows in over 25 locations, Galway becomes one massive party with galleries, intimate theatres and outdoor performances in store.
In Ireland’s Ancient East, Otherside Music & Arts Festival takes over Rock Farm in Slane, County Meath. Promising a weekend of woodland music, dance, comedy and wellness in stunning surroundings.
In Northern Ireland’s Walled City, the Foyle Maritime Festival welcomes sailors ashore taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Expect spectacular firework displays, water activities, delicious food and live performances.
Love traditional music? Belfast TradFest sees world-class musicians bring the city to life for seven days of concerts, sessions, céilís (dances) and music masterclasses.
July travel tips
Weather on the island of Ireland in July is mostly sunny with some clouds and lovely long evenings. The temperature ranges from 10° to 17°, with a good amount of warm sunshine throughout the day.
Be aware that temperatures can be much higher if a summer heat wave makes an appearance! So as usual, it’s best to pack for all weather, from shorts and t-shirts to raincoats and warmer layers.
Whatever the weather, it’s the perfect month to embark on an epic road trip or get close to nature with a fabulous glamping experience. Who could resist falling asleep under a twinkling night sky in a cosy bubble dome?
For more tips and advice, check out our Ireland travel checklist. After that, all that's left to do is to book the summer trip of your dreams...