Somehow even greener than the pictures promise, County Kerry
is a land of fairy tales and political revolutions, poetry and pubs, rainbows
and, well, quite a bit of rain.
More than 1.5 million tourists visit the County every year and the number continues to grow.
While there is no one “perfect” time to visit the Kingdom of Kerry, different seasons offer different experiences.
There are quiet and intimate (albeit
drizzly) winters; springs spent in raucous St. Patrick’s Day celebrations;
sunny but busy summers; and shoulder season autumns that balance better weather
with lower crowds.
Your best time to Kerry is, ultimately, up to you — and the items on your holiday to-do list.
The Best Time to Visit Kerry for Good Weather
County Kerry’s weather is changeable, but it’s not extreme. The temperature rarely falls below freezing in winter or rises above 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. It’s not uncommon to see bright sun and cloudy skies in quick succession, regardless of the time of year.
And let’s get this out of the way: it will rain, so be ready for it. Trip timing will affect just how much rain (or sun) you are likely to see.
Summer is sunniest, with daylight
stretching until 11:00 p.m. around the solstice. July and August are the
brightest months (though they're also the county’s busiest). Between
November and February, County Kerry is dark, cold, and wet — but it can also
feel quieter and cozier.
The Best Times to Visit Kerry for Festivals and Events
County Kerry celebrates a lot more than just St. Patrick’s Day (a holiday that, before its more raucous iteration, was a historically religious holiday).
There is Horse Racing in Killarney and Listowel from May to September. Walking festivals like the Tom Crean Walking festival at Annascaul in June. The Fourth of July celebration in Killarney. Puck fair in Killorglin at August, where a young local girl symbolically marries a wild goat who is crowned “King Puck” for the duration of the festival.
The famous Rose of Tralee festival also in August, in fact August is full of festivals all over the county. September brings food and wine festivals in Dingle and several other towns; the summer is busy with music festivals all across the countryside.
The Worst Times to Visit County Kerry
Summer is the County’s high season, with a corresponding rise in airfare and accommodation rates. Although this makes it the most crowded time to be in Kerry, summer is also when even the smallest B&Bs or rural attractions (closed the rest of the year) are bound to be open. And with summer’s long daylight hours, it’s easier to get more done in a single day.
St. Patrick’s Day follows closely behind the high summer with regard to both crowds and costs. Unless you are determined to spend your holiday for the boozy festivities, it's best to avoid traveling to or from the county around March 16.
While winter is the least busy time to visit Kerry, it's also when the weather will be at its worst. For a nice compromise between weather and crowds, visit in the shoulder seasons of either spring or fall.
The Cheapest Times to Visit County Kerry
Outside of Christmas, the big festivals and St. Patrick’s Day, kerry’s drizzly and dark winter is also the cheapest time of year to visit. Some accommodations may offer off-season rates in winter, but still others might be closed until spring.
The summer months, especially
July and August, correspond with noticeably higher air fares than the flights
available in the shoulder seasons and in winter. Hotels can also charge peak