I'll be taking the best of Ireland tour at the end of June. What's the weather like? Accuweather extended forecast predicts anything from high 50s to high 60s during the day. I hate being cold but I don't want to bring a warm jacket unless it's necessary. My husband wants to bring shorts. Will that be too American touristy? Also do I need to bring a hair dryer or are they provided in the B&Bs?
You won't need a WARM jacket in June. Maybe think of how you would dress for the coldest, wettest summer day in Pittsburgh. I bet you'll be in good shape.
I would bring a hooded rain jacket/windbreaker (but waterproof!) and then a couple of light sweaters or fleeces, plus blouses and/or t-shirts, to layer as needed. Maybe one extra pair of shoes in case it's particularly wet and you need a change.
BUT I've been to Ireland in late May and had no rain and temps near 80. So you never know. If it's in the 50s or 60s it will probably be rainy, and you don't want that to slow you down, or be stuck having to carry an umbrella all the time.
I thought everyone dressed pretty casually in Ireland (maybe it's all that rain, and mostly small towns). Being American myself, I don't really notice if people wear shorts. We did not, but only because the weather really never got all that warm. Even on the days near 80, we were comfortable in lightweight long pants.
I think if you dress for layering, and bring whatever YOU are comfortable wearing, you'll be fine. Have a great time!!!
PS most B&Bs should have hair dryers, but sometimes they're kind of wimpy. Once you have your list of lodgings, you could call or email each place to ask?
Thanks for the advice! I'll keep my eye on the weather forecast. I have a waterproof rain jacket. Should I bring an umbrella, too?
I agree with Stacy's advice. I did the RS tour last June and it was hot as heck, which was unusual. Also factor in that it may be very windy in some areas. The waterproof jacket will take care of that, but I would have either a polarfleece vest or if you are cold-natured a polarfleece 100 weight jacket to wear under the waterproof jacket. If it is really going to be 50s as a high in the day time do you have glove liners you can throw in as well?
I also would take the jacket and an umbrella, but that is just me! I have 2 ziplocks in my purse so I can put the wet jacket and wet umbrella in there if it clears up!
Have a wonderful time!
Having been to Ireland four times now, I wouldn't bother with an umbrella if you have a hooded rainjacket. If you really feel you need one you could always buy one there.
I hate to say but I grew up in the Burgh and the coldest summer day in Pittsburgh is not the worst it can be in Ireland in the summer. The coldest I have seen it is more like late March/April. It can also be in the 80's.
I have seen men in Ireland wear shorts (with socks and sandles) but it is very warm or they are playing sports. My husband is from a small town in Ireland so we go over frequently. They are very casual there, even if you are going out to dinner. The exception may be Dublin.
Since you never know what the weather will be like, I always bring a waterproof jacket (with a hood), sweatshirt, sweater, fashionable scarf, baseball hat (personal choice), and gloves (my hands are always cold). I will layer the above, depending on the temp. I don't find the umbrella is very helpful, sometimes I will pick one up there. The rain can be a very fine mist, that is why I wear a hat. The weather has been very warm there the past few summers, maybe you will be lucky. If you do need to pick up cheap clothes, try Penny's.
I bought a hairdryer to keep at my husband's brother's house. When we go traveling , I rely on the B&B's dryer. They are not great but the US hairdryer's that I have brought over, have always been blown out. It has been many year's since I have tried so maybe they are dual voltage now.
They usually spot Americans from a mile away, I wouldn't worry about being touristy. They love Americans and our dollars so be yourself, enjoy the craic and have a great time!!!!
I was in Ireland last August for about 2.5 weeks. Most of the time, the weather was unseasonably dry and sunny, so I was told. I don't remember days when it was too warm for long slacks. I do remember using disposable hand warmers more than once. I took a fleece, a warm scarf and shearling gloves too. Even on the warm (well, warmish) sunny days, it was quite windy along the coast and jackets were needed.
Remember, if you bring a hair dryer, it must work on 220 current. Also Ireland uses the same electrical outlets as the UK, so you'll need adaptors for anything you'll need to charge.
We were in Dublin for five days last summer.. late july.
We found that even on a day they considered warm and lovely.. it was fine to wear capris and a lightweight jacket..
We encountered a few rainy ( drizzly ) days..
I would definitely bring a lightweight rain/wind jacket and a lightweight fleece or sweater to layer underneath.
Thanks so much for all the advice- I have rain jacket, fleece and hat- I'm skipping the umbrella - and will probably bring a fleece vest for layering.
We were there in July many years ago and it was very cold and wet. We got soaked. I would definitely recommend a waterproof, hooded rain jacket or a poncho and a warm sweater. Our umbrellas were useless as the wind blew them inside out. Hopefully, you will have better weather. As an aside, the Irish scones are the best anywhere. Have a great time.
He's not likely to need shorts in Ireland.
This is not going to be the south of France.
If his heart is really set on shorts, he could get the zip-off shorts.
Water-resistant model (of course).
Why argue with him about whether to bring shorts? Let him pack them and carry them around in his bag. If he decides to wear them, just shrug your shoulders at the rest of the tour group. The women will understand.
Hi was on the RS Ireland 14 day tour august 2, 2014 14 day tour. It rained on us (cold) only two days, one in Dublin poured and at Cliffs of Mohr. I was glad I had my umbrella (but you could buy one there if you feel you need one) and light rain jacket. I bought zip up sweat jacket in Dublin. Wore capris and Bermuda short length for bottom wear, couple of short and long sleeve tops. Tennis shoes and walking sandal type shoes. I actually packed wonderfully on this trip. Laundry in dingle. It was cool (especially in the evenings, so I was glad I bought this jacket), but couldn't ask for better weather. Hair dryers in hotels and B&B. Enjoy your trip... I am jealous. I would go back in a minute to Ireland! Kim