“It’s summeeeeeer!” You can almost hear the Brits and Irish yell it from the rooftops. There’s no doubt, summer is the best season for visiting Britain and Ireland. Not that there's anything to protest about the other seasons, but those emerald fields have that green hue for a reason – this area has a habit of being wet. Colder winter temperatures do have an upside – a plethora of indoor activities and a rich culture has developed to counteract the elements. It’s fair to say this part of the world has perfected the art of colder month living, but summer is where the magic comes alive.
Winter (Dec – Feb)
Rug up and head north to Scotland for Hogmanay, their version of New Year’s Eve, which starts on Dec 31 and lasts for three days. A dram of local whisky and the cheer you’ll find will keep the chill at bay. In Britain and Ireland winter is the low season, when prices are cheaper and the locals at the cosy country pub you’ve just stumbled upon, have time to chat. Sure, the weather can be challenging, but as long as you come prepared for rain, drizzle, wind, hail, sleet, snow and even the occasional burst of sunshine, you’ll be fine.
Spring (Mar – May)
With Easter the highlight of the seasonal calendar, this is a time when the UK comes to life. Big cities like London boast festive bunting and intricate chocolate-filled window displays, turning strolls down the high streets into a feast for the senses. Phoenix Park in Dublin is bursting with life, with families relishing weekends out in the sun.
In terms of weather, Spring is a mixed bag – you could experience four seasons in a day. Sunny? Raining? Or both within the hour? That's the norm in Britain and Ireland. Don’t choose between the sunscreen and brolly – pack both to be on the safe side.
Summer (June - Aug)
Up and down the isles the first hints of summer are eagerly awaited. With the first warm breeze you’ll find locals racing to the park to soak up the sunshine in T-shirts – and don’t be surprised to see the odd bikini, either. Head to the closest outdoor bar and wallow in the late light. Too hot? Never, 25 degrees is considered a high. School holidays and work holidays are spread throughout July and August, so anytime you go in summer there’s room.
Autumn (Sept – Nov)
An Irish proverb says, “Autumn days come quickly, like the running of a hound on the moor”. And it’s true; the seasons turn on a dime. But autumn is an invigorating time; traditional music sessions in cosy pubs take place around crackling turf fires, and the countryside turns a kaleidoscope of hues. It’s not a time to remain indoors - in Britain there are still loads of outdoor activities, local festivals and incredible birdlife abounds (for avid birdwatchers). Take an extra layer and go explore this most atmospheric of seasons.