While the weather can be changeable - it's rarely extreme. The seasons: spring and summer. In spring (February to April), the average highest temperatures range from 46°F/7°C to 54°F/12°C, with April considered particularly pleasant. In summer (May to July), the averages for highest temperatures are between 64°F/17°C and 68°F/68°C.

What to wear?

We would recommend comfortable clothes & shoes for this tour. Guests often like to include a smart - casual outfit for dinner if you wish, however there is no pressure to follow a dress code. Layers suit the Irish weather best as there can be a cool breeze especially near the coast so we would say if you are used to warmer climates, a hat & a warm coat are essential. A packable rain jacket & foldaway umbrella will come in handy as we will most likely have rain at some point during the tour.


Please ensure that you visit your doctor to enquire about any vaccination requirements you may need for your visit to Ireland.


At the time of writing , American, British & Canadian citizens do not need a visa to enter Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland.

For current information on visa requirements please check here.


The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland use the same plug connection as the UK (Plug Type G) so a UK travel adapter is necessary if you are bringing an appliance with a different type plug. Please check the voltage and currency requirements of your electrical devices before you plug them in abroad as you may need a currency converter for some items.

Mobile telephones

In populated urban areas there should be good mobile signal but as we head into rural areas the signal may fluctuate. However the majority of our hotels have free WiFi so you won't be without communications for long.


In Northern Ireland the currency is the British Pound (GBP). The Republic of Ireland use the Euro as their currency. ATM's are frequent in both areas providing you with the opportunity to withdraw cash. We would suggest only carrying a small amount of cash with you as credit cards are widely accepted. Mastercard and Visa are widely accepted. American Express only accepted in some locations.


Gratuities to drivers, guides or rangers etc. Our local travel service providers are paid well and fairly for their work. However, it is usual for groups to tip guides and drivers and it would be reasonable for each group member to factor in a contribution of around USD12 per day, paid in the local currency to your Tour Director on Day 1. Your Tour Director can then distribute the tips on your behalf throughout the tour.


Hotels in Europe don't always provide face cloths in the bathrooms.

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