Jan CornellUnited States
100 words aren't enough to describe how wonderful and special Dairine made our trip. We spent 2 days with her. She took us around Dublin one day & to Wicklow and Glendalough the second. She focused on what we wanted to do and went into as much depth (or as little) on any given topic that we wished. She has a great sense of humor. She's perceptive, sensing intuitively when we needed a rest or a bite to eat. She's erudite and eloquent and instantly likeable. We're definitely booking her again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for that lovely review. Your enthusiasm and determination to enjoy every moment of your trip was infectious and I had a wonderful two days with you. For me, a highlight was the lovely chat over a drink and a basket of chips in the pub in Roundwood - it felt like being with friends. It was a privilege to travel with you both.
Amy KrellUnited States
Great tour - Dairine was able to provide us with an amazing and informative day even though almost everything was closed due to the holiday. We saw wonderful museums, had a relaxed pub lunch and drove along the coast. What a lovely introduction to Dublin!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks to you both for a lovely day... I really enjoyed your company and it was very interesting to meet you both. Your exceptionally efficient rating response was very impressive too!!
Stephen ChapinLEESBURG, VIRGINIA, United States
Logistics: Dairine has a logistical mind. Always early. Flexible to our needs but keeps us on schedule. Excellent transportation and sites. Knowledge: Born on a farm in Wixlow, a successful real estate agent, staff director of a member of the Legislature. She has seen much of Irish business and cultural life and knows/imparts it well. Personality: So professional yet funny. She was superb with all members of our family from our 75-year-old parents to our 20-year-old Trinity student son.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am very flattered by your lovely analysis!! Thanks for the kind comments. It was genuinely a pleasure to travel with your family who all made me feel very welcome.
David WilliamsUnited States
Dairine prepared a custom day tour for us. We wanted to visit the Boyle, Roscommon area of Ireland where our ancestors had a homestead to get a sense of the area and to fill in some holes in our genealogy research. What an enjoyable day my wife and I had with Dairine! She had called ahead to make some contacts for us, arranged entry to one historical place that had closed for the season, and unabashedly knock on doors and made phone calls. We recommend her without hesitation! A real gem of a guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for that lovely and review and thanks for involving me in your ancestor search. This was a fun day for me due to your friendly easy going company. I hope some of the leads yield results for you.
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....
Pamela ZagerUnited States
Wonderful personalized tour. Made our trip very special.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for that kind rating Pam - much appreciated.
Charles T.United States
Dairine gave us a wonderful tour of Dublin. She is personable, knowledgeable and guided us expertly through the tourist sites of Dublin, all of which are quite crowded. We arrived at Malahide Castle and took the first tour of the day of it, which avoided the crowds from tour buses and added greatly to the enjoyment of that very interesting site. My wife uses a traveling wheelchair but Dairine was able to deal with this difficulty in crowds quite nicely.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for that kind review! I think we had a lucky Monday, between missing the heaviest of the crowds and the heaviest of the rain!! I greatly enjoyed meeting you both and hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday.
Sue MenkesUnited States
Dairine is very knowledgeable, professional,& provided a lovely day outside of Dublin. She was flexible to our requests & rearranged our schedule so we were able to include everything & more in our day with her. Her new Mercedes Benz was comfortable & luxurious. The advantage to seeing the countryside with Dairine is that she is a true local, living in the area where we were touring, so was able to focused on all the most beautiful spots. If you have seen Dublin, don't miss the outskirts with Dairine!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for that lovely review - we certainly packed a lot into the day, but why not?!! Hope the rest of the trip was fun....
Linda SzenicerUnited States
Dairine is a lovely person who is quite knowledgeable and gave me a good overview of Dublin. We saw quite a lot of the sites in our allotted time and even had time for some lunch. I highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for that lovely review - I really enjoyed the time with you and hope you make it back to Ireland to spend more time in our lovely country.
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!
Michelle HorningUnited States
This tour was fabulous and truly one of our families best tours in Ireland. Dairine is a wonderful guide and it was amazing to see the beautiful countryside. We even visited her families farm. Our family was on a cruise ship and docked in Dublin for two days. This private tour beats any bus or group tour by a long shot. We did 7 "Tours by Locals" while in the United Kingdom. Every tour was incredible and we will always use local tour guides when we travel in the future! Thanks Dairine
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for that lovely rating - it was a pleasure to bring you all around Wicklow, and to show you over our family farm. My family enjoyed your interest in so many aspects of farm life and enjoyed meeting you all. Best wishes to you all in the future.
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...
Sara HaberUnited States
Dairine went above and beyond to make a diverse group happy. She had to act fast to overcome a driver not showing up. She saved the day and, furthermore, created a very enjoyable trip with lots of information. In addition, she mailed our daughter her beloved lost sunglasses which Dairine inquired about, retrieved and sent to the US.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for that kind review. Good to hear you all enjoyed the day.
Bruce PincheonUnited States
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.
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...
Marilyn B.United States
We had a wonderful day with Dairine in Dublin. There were so many highlights, but just to mention three--The National Museum of Ireland, the bookstore mentioned in James Joyce's ULYSSES, and Trinity College. Dairine is so knowledgeable about the city, and we spent a terrific day with her. I highly recommend Dairine as a fabulous guide to Dublin.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for that very kind review and thanks also to you all for being fabulous company, enthusiastic and upbeat - all day long!
Mike F.Richmond, VIRGINIA, United States
Wild Wicklow Scenery Tour - Excellent! Great Scenery and Information about the Area. Pace of tour fit well with our needs.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for that lovely review - delighted you enjoyed Wicklow, and thanks for your lovely easy going company and great conversation.
Michael S.United States
On our first trip to Dublin, our group of four had a lovely day with Dairine. We saw a number of sights thatb we would probably not have seen on our own (including the William Butler Yeats exhibit at the library and the huge skeleton of the extinct Irish deer). Dairine also gave us excellent advice about what to see on our own outside the city proper. I would highly recommend a day touring with Dairine.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for that review Mike and glad you enjoyed your day with me.
A wonderful tour driving, and especially walking , around Dublin. Very accommodating to our specific interests.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for your review and for to both of you for five star company yesterday! Thanks also for teaching me new things about Oscar Wilde's father!
Deborah Micallef SmithUnited States
Out tour with Diarine N was perfect today. She took us to spots in and around Dublin while explaining the history. We enjoyed learning and visiting Dublin and hearing about the people of Ireland. Diarine is courteous, thoughtful, passionate and filled with ideas which made our touring experience a wonderful addition to our time in Dublin. I highly recommend her and thank Sean Patrick too for suggesting Diarine. She went out of her way to make sure we got just the right tour for us!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much for that lovely review - we had a sunny day ,with even sunnier people, so we started with the right ingredients! I am delighted you enjoyed your time with me, and I hope you enjoyed the remainder of your time in Dublin and I am sure you will love the countryside and get some great photos.
Andrew DahlUnited States
We had a limited time in Dublin (6 hours) and Dairine enabled us to make the most of this time. She is very knowledgeable and a wonderful person. We not only got a very good introduction to Dublin, but made a friend in the process.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Well, thanks so much for this lovely review and your lovely friendly company yesterday. Hopefully you will come back for another visit to this lovely country....
Michael UngerUnited States
What a fantastic day! Dairine is a fantastic guide and it was wonderful to spend the day walking Dublin with her. We hit all the highlights and had exactly the tour we were looking for. Dairine is extremely knowledgable and flexible and we would highly recommend working with her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: What a lovely review to get - thanks so much! It was very enjoyable to cover so much of the city in a day, with two enthusiastic energetic people.
Linda T.United States
Dairine was very informative about the area. We enjoyed meeting members of the farming community and seeing similarities and differences. She adjusted our itinerary to include a visit to the Book of Kellls at our last minute request. We were delighted with this experience .
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for that kind review and I am glad you enjoyed your day. My family were delighted to learn about your type of farming and enjoyed meeting you all.
Andrew QuinlanUnited States
A wonderful tour filled with cultural and historical details. This is the kind of experience you just wouldn't get anywhere else. I would highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Drew for posting this kind review. It's always nice to get good feedback and I appreciate you taking the time to do this.
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!
Annmarie D'AmourUnited States
I thoroughly enjoyed my day with Dairine. I saw the beautiful Russborough House and some amazing landscape in Glendalough and the coast. But most enjoyable was our conversation - about Ireland, history, life . . . just about everything.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for both a lovely review and a lovely day for me too... It was a pleasure meeting you. Dairine
Lenore RattnerUnited States
Went on ToursbyLocals only one week prior and found the BEST fit for our trip! From the 1st email Dairine understood exactly what we wanted and what to suggest. She picked us up in Dublin, made special arrangements with an amazing Country Manor to tour on a day closed to the public. We had commentary along the way. She grew up and still lives in the area. Has so much information and happy to share it. Wonderful conversations about Irish life and even details about American politics. FANTASTIC experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: What a nice review to get!! Thank you and your family for your lively company over the two days. We covered a lot of ground, and a good range of topics in our conversation over the two days, and I enjoyed meeting you all.
John MarshallUnited States
Dairine is off-the-charts! Extremely knowledgeable about Dublin history, architecture, culture, etc. Delightful and highly informative tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for that lovely review - I hope all the music and theatre worked out well for you - you certainly packed a lot into your holiday!!
Jenny EigerUnited States
Dairine was very accommodating and took us wherever we wanted. Shopping eating and visiting gardens. Nice tour of the warwick area. Thanks.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jenny - thanks for your review and I appreciate your kind comments.
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.
Kristin W.United States
Dairine was fantastic! She was very patient and accommodating. My father was a in a wheelchair and she made sure to include him in our activities as much as possible. We enjoyed her obvious love of the Dublin area and all the great information she shared with us. She did a stellar job of our tour - we recommend her completely.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for that kind review - I have very good memories of a lively day with three very entertaining people, so I am delighted you enjoyed yourselves.
Chris SultemeierUnited States
We had a great tour guide in Dairine. She showed us the sights of Dublin and the surrounding area. We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her and tour in her very nice, new vehicle. When we had passport issues, she was very knowledgeable and went the extra mile to get us to the US Embassy and waited for us to get through the process.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for that comprehensive and kind review. I really enjoyed the two days and the lovely easy conversations. I also appreciated the learning experience on the passport issue - talking to other guides, I think you really lucked out on this one!!
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!
Brian McMahonUnited States
Dairine stepped in at the last moment when our scheduled guide was suddenly unavailable. With Dairine's guidance we were able to combine both a modest tour of Dublin with a spectacular tour of the area just south of Dublin proper. She took us on a tour of Powerscourt, Wicklow National Park, a private family farm, local towns and even a bit of Irish yarn shopping. Then on to Dublin great museum's as well as Trinity University. Dairine's knowledge of Ireland, including government, was much appreciated!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for that thoughtful review and also for your entertaining company on the day.
Kelly TallioUnited States
Had a fabulous time on our Farmer's tour with Dairine, a consummate professional who felt like an old friend by day's end! We were able to take beautiful hikes at both Kilruddery and Glenladough, both magnificent places of natural beauty. Took a ride through the back roads with scenery to take your breath away. Even happened upon a sheep shearing by the road which we stopped to see. The highlight though was touring the working family farm and meeting Dairine's warm and wonderful family! A must do!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: What a lovely review - thanks so much! I will pass on the comments to the family too. I so enjoyed meeting you both and I hope the rest of the trip goes well for you.
Linda ZernUnited States
Very knowledgeable and interesting. We were at a disadvantage as my husband had difficulty walking and she had to drive us everywhere. She was excellent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Linda - thanks very much for that kind review. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday and have pleasant memories of your time in Ireland.
Lynda LanningUnited States
Very knowledgeable guide with good insight into best use of time in Dublin. Dairine is professional and efficient. Wonderful day in Dublin.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for that kind review - hope the rest of the trip goes well for you.
Candace BlazUnited States
Dairnine is very well trained, experienced and able to tailor your tour to suit your interests. She took us on a Dublin city tour maximizing the highlights, both quirky and of importance. Her expertise and passion is the outdoors, nature and hiking. If you want Ireland's nature. She is your guide. While we were older and less physically capable, she drove us all over to see the great terrain and sites of her beloved Wicklow? Dariane shared her knowledge and love of country. A fine Tour by Locals.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Candace for that lovely review. I really enjoyed meeting you both and sharing two days with you. We covered a lot of site visits and a lot of topics in our conversation, and had some fun. I hope the rest of trip is going well and appreciate that you took the time to review our tour. Dairine
Martha EskewUnited States
Dairine knows Wicklow intimately. If you want to hike the trails and see the beauty then Dairine is for you. The day of driving around was too much driving for me, should have done a half day most. Hiking is her heart and soul.
Jane DoughertyUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your rating Jane - this arrived nearly a year after our tour! As I recall, you were unable to do the tour as you were unwell, so your son and I did a more general tour of Dublin. Hope you were able to enjoy the rest of your holiday.
Mara LittmanUnited States
Mara LittmanUnited States
Dairine is extremely knowledgeable and resourceful. She put together a tour that suited our particular interests. We appreciated the opportunity to visit her family's farm in addition to very well-known sites. It was a very personalized view of Ireland. We felt very comfortable with her from the start and grew even more fond of her over the two days of touring. She truly loves what she does. It was a great way to get a true sense of Ireland's culture, history, and people. We enjoyed ourselves very much.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for that lovely review, and I am glad to hear that you enjoyed yourselves, despite some "damp" weather! It was great to have a three generational tour and we enjoyed a very varied range of topics over the two days and I learned a lot from my conversations with you all. Hope you manage to source some good Irish beef when you get back home!
Robert LescoeUnited States
My father, partner and I had the most amazing two days with Dairine. Dairine was responsive from our first contact. She asked clever questions about our desires and provided many options as to how we would spend our time. She was a breeze to be around and always calm and thoughtful. She has an intuitive nature and knew when it was time to push ahead and when it was time for a coffee. On Day One she provided an expert tour of Dublin, on Day Two we saw the most amazing sites surrounding Dublin.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for that review and for your company over the past two days. The three of you were great fun, full of energy and interest, and I really enjoyed meeting you all - enjoy the rest of your trip. Dairine
William BilekUnited States
Dairine did yeo(wo)man's work having researched and presented a very limited topic (Jewish and Dublin do not necessarily have an impressive historic relationship) to us. In the context of a more general walking tour of Dublin, which was very informative, we now have a much better understanding of the history, and current status of the Jewish community in Ireland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for that review, and to you both for your lively company and interesting conversation during our day. I hope you enjoyed your visit to Ireland and left our country with some great memories.
Larry KaidenUnited States
Very comprehensive tour fitting our needs and desires on what to see. Dairine is very knowledgeable of the history of Dublin, it's relations to Northern Ireland and the British. I would recommend her as one of the most talented and flexible guides. We thoroughly enjoyed her timing and pacing of the entire tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for that kind review. I really enjoyed our day as the questions kept coming, and the conversation flowed, and you were all great company. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday.
Dairine was a great travel guide. Very knowledgeable about the area and overall pretty attentive to our needs (such as stopping for coffee breaks, toilets, etc). We walked a ton with her and saw what felt like all of Dublin. Great day overall!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for that lovely review. Yes, I felt like we saw a lot of Dublin in one busy day and I enjoyed your friendly company, your interest in everything, and your great energy. I hope the rest of your trip went well for you all. Regards Dairine
Vera HirshUnited States
Excellent guide. Wonderful experience. Knowledgeable about Dublin. Will recommend her to our friends
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the lovely review and for a great day. I really enjoyed meeting you all and loved your energy and interest in everything.....
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
We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Dairine -- and greatly appreciated her flexibility with our group. We were all arriving at different times, and had different interests and timeframes. Despite our challenges, she managed to provide us with a day which met everyone's needs -- and exceeded our expectations. Lovely, pleasant, informative, energetic and simply a terrific guide. You can't go wrong!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the lovely review. I have to say that I really enjoyed meeting you all and showing you some of Wicklow and Dublin - you were a lovely friendly group and so interested. Days like this are the reason that I love being a Guide.....
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
Sheri RabanalUnited States
Dairine gave us a tour in the car of Dublin and then to County Wicklow. We were two adults and two older teens. Although we were jet lagged from the long trip the day prior it was definitely a tour I wouldn't want to miss. The countryside is just gorgeous and Dairine is very knowledgeable about her country, current events, politics, and more. Thank you for a great tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your comments Sheri and I was delighted to meet you and your family and learn about your part of the world too.
Tim SetonUnited States
Absolutely fantastic. Dairine is polite, versatile and well informed. She tailored the tour to what we wanted. Excellent experience!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for your review Tim. I enjoyed our day very much and it was a pleasure to spend time with two charming friendly people.
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.