I am going on a business trip to Dublin from April 3 through April 13. My wife is accompanying me (hooray!) and is trying to plan what she will be doing while I am at work. While I will have a day off or two, I am assuming that I will be working, and she will have working hours to herself.
I have been to Ireland before as a tourist, so I have seen the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, the Ring of Kerry, Bunratty Castle, Trinity College and the Book of Kells, and more of the Irish landscape than I really need to revisit. While I have seen my fill of Ireland, that was with a rental car driving around the landscape and stopping anywhere that was convenient after seeing the relevant sights in the area. My wife has never been, and we're trying to figure out what the best use of her time is going to be when I can't be with her, and she won't have a car.
Assume that I will have at most 2 consecutive days off, and focus on her itinerary. Dublin, as such
, is not a week's worth of tourism, and it would be a waste of time to try to make it the only focus of her trip. I would prefer that she travel with a tour group (she is a mighty woman, but any individual is small and vulnerable when not part of a group) and we have found a few agencies
that look like good groups to utilize for day trips, but we have no primary experience with either.
I have suggested that she take day trips to see Blarney Castle, the Cliffs of Moher, and the Ring of Kerry from Dublin, and dedicate at least 2 days to exploring Dublin qua Dublin. What we need is specific recommendations of tour agencies, day trips, and things to do in Dublin, as my experience in Ireland was with my grandparents and a rental car, where we drove around the nation without restriction, stopping where we felt like it, and seeing what the B&B recommended.
Budget approximately 75 euro per day, cheaper if possible, but spendier if absolutely worthwhile. We already bought her plane tickets, and the hotel in Dublin is covered by my company, but any other entertainment, food, and accommodations are out of pocket. She is comfortable with hostels, but I would prefer that she be with a tour group if she will be away from me overnight.
Especially welcome will be recommendations of tour agencies, specific tour groups, and worthwhile activities that can be pursued independently by a small American woman alone.
What should my wife do for 10 days in Ireland while I am working? It's a business trip, so I can't accompany her for most of it, but we will have one weekend together, and I have seen the parts of Ireland that I care about. Make it all about her, and maximize her Irish experience. I will have a weekend with her, which we will probably use to visit the Giant's Causeway because I haven't seen it, but otherwise, she needs to be able to spend her days usefully.