What type of clothing should I pack?
Ireland is known for its rainy climate, but when the sun does shine, you can make the most of it. Veteran visitor to Ireland Gerry Britt from Virginia, USA, shares his wisdom:
“Trust me, once the rain stops and the sun comes out (and it soon will) you’ll be in awe of the scenery before you can shake the drops off your jacket. The Irish sky after a soft rain is breath-taking.”
Ireland has a saying: There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. In other words, a little planning goes a long way. “Packing for Irish weather can be summed up in one word: layers”, says Gerry. “T-shirts, light sweaters, a good waterproof jacket, a waterproof hat, and good walking/hiking shoes.”
But it’s not ALL about layers: do pack swimwear for Ireland’s magnificent beaches. “They’ll be golden, glorious, usually deserted and begging for you to dive straight in.”
Gerry also advises bringing sunglasses to protect your eyes from hail, rain and wind – and the sun, when it does shine.
“Last but not least, walking is one of the pleasures of Ireland so bring a solid pair of walking boots or at least a comfortable pair of trainers.”