Arles LoveUnited States
Wonderful day exploring Ireland. We had a wonderful guide who was extremely knowledgeable, and listened to our requests-- and delivered. The sheepdog demonstration was a highlight of the entire trip and will be a lasting memory. HIGHLY recommend this guide and this tour, she will go out of her way to deliver what you want and with a smile on her face.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for that lovely review - it means a lot when I hear that you enjoyed your tour with me. I will pass your compliments on to Michael too - his sheepdog demo was excellent, and there is always something new to be learned about sheepdogs, and sheep!
Maura GladysUnited States
Dairine was a wonderfully thoughtful and informative guide, and gave us a truly great day in the Wicklow Mountains! She took our preferences and interests into account and tailored perfectly-paced tour through Powerscourt Gardens, the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough. Her knowledge and passion for the area is evident and we truly feel like we have a better understanding and appreciation for all of the wonderful sites and history the mountains possess.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for that lovely, kind review. I am delighted you enjoyed the day and it was a pleasure to show you over the places I am so fond of.
Shawn DoyleGrand Rapids, MICHIGAN, United States
Dairine is a super guide! We had a brilliant day in Wicklow with her. We covered a variety of sights but never felt rushed! We had four adults in our party and we would all recommend her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for that lovely review. It was a very enjoyable day from my point of view too and I enjoyed your lively laid back company. Hope you made some progress with your "ancestor search" in deepest south Wicklow.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the nice rating and for taking the time to review our day - I appreciate it!
Jordan PragerUnited States
At the Dublin airport we were met by the very charming and competent Dairine of Tours by Locals. She whisked us off in her comfortable car. We stopped by a very good lunch place for a toastie and coffee. she was well versed in medieval Irish History. She is also well versed in history and the local politics. She made sure we were comfortable on our walks around the lakes at Glenalough and informed us about St. Kevin and the Monastic life. We learned so much from Dairine!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for that lovely review - glad you enjoyed the day and felt you had made the most of that tough first day, after a long flight! I hope the rest of the trip went well for you.
Carol WeissUnited States
Dairine was very knowledgeable. Her car was too small for four adults
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi - thank you for taking the trouble to review our day and I am sorry you felt the car to be too small. It is a fully licensed limousine and deemed by our Department of Transport to be suitable for five adults. As our day turned out to be rather wet, we did more driving than I would normally do on a day tour of Wicklow and I would far rather have broken the day into more "out of car" experiences, and less driving but I had to adapt to the weather.
Eric WinchockUnited States
The best of Wicklow is a day well spent. Dairine is a treasure! She has a deep knowledge of the history, culture, and horticulture of the Wicklow area. You can tell she is extremely proud of her native land. The Powerscourt Gardens are magnificent, and the Lough Tay was amazing. Fun!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for that lovely review and for being great fun to travel with - I had a great day with you all...
Fran Sadoff-LeBowUnited States
Dairine was exceptionally well versed, easy to be with and knew all the history. She was also a pro at making sure that all we did was suitable for the 4 of us...all with different physical levels, abilities and interests. She was very professional, easy to converse with and accompanied us to all the locations that we were brought to. She helped to make our day in Wicklow absolutely delightful in addition to informative and interesting.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for that lovely review Fran - I had a great day with the four of you and enjoyed meeting you all. Hope the tour afterwards was a great success for you all.
Dairine took us on a tour of County Wicklow. We had an excellent time and I would love to come back to do one of her longer hiking tours!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for that lovely review - much appreciated!
Denise OrlinUnited States
We really enjoyed our time with Dairine. We spent the day touring Wicklow and Glendalough. It was a great combination of small villages, expansive vistas, ruins and hiking. Dairine was warm and engaging. She was a wealth of knowledge about Ireland and the areas we were visiting.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for that kind and exceedingly prompt review! I meeting you both very much and was delighted that you loved the scenery in Wicklow. If you do buy that lovely estate, don't forget to invite me up to see you!!
Kathy WhiteUnited States
Dairine did a great job of tailoring our tour to our interests so we saw and did everything we had hoped for. We enjoyed our time with her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for that lovely review. It was a pleasure to meet you both and I am delighted that the meeting with the Head Gardener went so well.
Anthony M. RabascaUnited States
Dairine N is a superb guide. Her knowledge of local area and places of interest is most impressive. We were put at ease within the first few minutes of meeting her. We had a wonderful experience on our first full day in Ireland. She is terrific!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: What a lovely review to get and thanks so much! The glorious autumn weather, and your easy and interesting company made it a pretty wonderful day for me too....
Chloe DekleSavannah, GA, United States
If you can secure a tour with Dairine you will be lucky indeed. My husband and I spent a wonderful day with Dairine touring Wicklow and we loved everything about it. Dairine grew up in Wicklow, lives there now and knows it inside and out. We had some special requests and she fit them all in Our day started out rainy, but she worked around that retracing some of the area later in the afternoon that had been fogged in. She will show you nooks and crannies. Above all, she is witty and most pleasant to be.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for that lovely review. You were on my mind this week, as I was in the quaint old Coaching Inn where we had lunch. I thought back to our leisurely stroll around the gardens in the sunshine and our interesting visit to Wicklow church and graveyard. I hope the photos turned out well. My thanks to you both for being lovely, friendly, and interesting travel companions!
Janet WagnerUnited States
Dairine is a very knowledgeable guide and very sweet person. we had a great time with her and would highly recommend her
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for your kind words - I really enjoyed the day with you all too...
Marjorie StanfordUnited States
It was our first trip to Ireland and we wanted to see the countryside, and Dairine planned a perfect itinerary. We stopped at Powerscourt Gardens and then saw the lake where the "Vikings series" is filmed. We also had an opportunity to explore and take a hike near Glendalough Lake. Dairine combined the beautiful scenery with interesting information about Irish history. What a great first impression of Ireland!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for that lovely review, and thanks to you all for a very enjoyable day for me - you were a lovely, laid back, interesting and friendly group to travel with. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels...
David WinklerShreveport, LA, United States
Dairine gave us a really good tour while accomidating all of our requests. We covered a lot of country around Dublin and were taken to a great resturant for lunch. Thanks Dairine for a great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for those kind words and your fun company last Friday. I am glad you enjoyed your day in Dublin and hope you all enjoy the rest of the cruise and that you get to see the Northern Lights!
Stan BradleyUnited States
Dairine is great. The tour was exactly what we wanted. We saw places where everyday Irish people live mixed with sites from the past. The pace was not rushed and Dairine's knowledge and friendly manner made us feel as is we were visiting an old friend. Stan & Susan Birmingham, Alabama USA
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much for that lovely review and for giving me a very nice day - we got the best out of the weather, and your open and friendly manner made the day very special for me.
Dairene is a marvellous guide. She is hugely knowledgable about all aspects of Irish culture and history. She knows Wicklow intimately and gives many interesting, personal and unique perspectives on the County, as well as displaying its beauty. Dairene goes out of her way to accomodate the specific interests of her clients and is, as well, an extremely pleasant an entertaining person with whom to spend the day. Thank you, Dairene.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Suzanne - thanks so much for those kind words. I really enjoyed the four of you for your easy company, friendliness, and wide ranging conversation. Good luck with your next project!
Amy StoneUnited States
Our day with Dairine was one of the most memorable days on our recent trip to Ireland. She picked us up at the train and showed us Kilruddery Home and Gardens, her brother's sheep farm (and shearing was going on that day!), Wicklow Mountains National Park and the Glendolough area before dropping us off at the train. She also recommended a fish/restaurant for us for dinner in Howth, which turned out to be perfect. My husband, son and I thoroughly enjoyed the day with Dairine and loved meeting her family.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Amy - thanks so much for that lovely review. My family were delighted to meet you all and discuss wool, tractors, sheep, racing cars and more! It is lovely to have easy, interesting, friendly visitors and I really enjoyed the day with you all. Hope the rest of the trip went well. Dairine
Pam PefferUnited States
Wow! What a fabulous day we had. Dairine is knowledgeable, personable, friendly, energetic and thorough. Our day went just as she advertised ....and more. We enjoyed beautiful countryside, gardens, history, and a lovely hike/walk along lakes in Wicklow. Highest recommendations for those want an interesting, active day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for that lovely review. As I said to you, I really enjoyed our day too,as you both were so interested in everything and had such energy. I hope the rest of your trip was enjoyable and went well. Thanks again. Dairine
Arthur HeitzlerUnited States
Dairine was an excellent hiker, knowledgable and friendly. Our hike in Wicklow was memorable for the scenery, rain and wind.
John CannonUnited States
Dairine was the best. She was imformative, funny, personable. I would highly reccomend her to friends of mine. My children enjoyed her wit and knowledge of the wicklow mountains.