Being an Au Pair in Ireland is a unique and wonderful experience. Spanish Au Pair offer the best families for our Au Pairs, all located within 20-30 minutes of English classes and paying the highest pocket money available in Europe. This ensures you can make the most of your leisure time in Ireland. To help you get started, we’ve rounded up some of the best things to do in Ireland.
Cycle the Great Western Greenway, Co. Mayo
If you want to see the best of West Ireland’s beautiful countryside, take a bike over to Westport, Co Mayo, and the old railway line from Westport to Achill Island. Along the way, you’ll pass over and under bridges, meet wandering sheep and enjoy the colours of the Nephin Mountains. The 42km trail can be done in a day, but make sure you leave time to explore stunning Achill Island too, home to some really beautiful scenery and no less than two adventure centres, which offer the best in windsurfing, sailing, abseiling, diving and many other activities.
Shop ‘till you drop in Dublin
Dublin is one of Europe’s youngest and most vibrant cities – it’s also one of the best for shopping. Explore the high fashion shops on Grafton Street or discover more unusual stores in Georges Arcade and Temple Bar. Even better, visit Dublin at Christmas, when the lights make the city feel like a festive wonderland – ideal for lifting any spirits, even in the rain!
Take a day trip to Belfast
Easily accessed via the excellent Enterprise train service, Belfast is a buzzing city that’s well worth a visit. While you’re there, don’t forget to visit the Titanic Museum, located on the docks only a short walk from the City Centre. This fascinating museum is full of facts and figures about the ill-fated ship and those onboard, and the various interactive exhibits allow you experience what is was like on the ship. And for Game of Thrones fans, join the Winterfell tour just 40 minutes from Belfast, which takes you through some of the show’s most iconic locations. See more at www.gameofthrones-winterfelltours.com.
The Dingle Peninsula
No trip to Ireland is complete without a trip to the Dingle Peninsula, which stretches from Tralee to Slea Head and looks west upon the famed Blasket Islands. Often referred to as the last parish until the New World, it is home to a number of rural Ireland’s most famous landmarks such as the Gallarus Castle and Oratory. Explore the area by car, and reserve some time for Dingle itself, a popular coastal town packed with seafood restaurants and buzzing pubs with live traditional music day and night.
Spike Island Prison, Cork
Situated at the bottom of Grafton Street, St Stephen’s Green is a beautiful city centre public park. The current landscape Spike Island’s rich history over 1,300 years has included monks and monasteries, rioters and redcoats, captains and convicts and sinners and saints. Today the island is dominated by the 200-year-old Fort Mitchel, the star-shaped fortress that became a prison holding over 2,300 prisoners. Take the scenic ferry ride from Kennedy Pier, Cobh, and enjoy a fully guided tour of the island and fortress.
Join the Spanish Au Pair Whatsapp group for all of our Au Pairs Ireland candidates, which gives advice and tips on all aspects of placements before and after you arrive. Being an Au Pair in Ireland is an experience you won’t forget.