Covid 19 Safety Precautions:

All our experiences and properties are private

All our road, air and water charters are private

Only our guests have access to these locations

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In line with government and travel industry guidelines, we will resume our services on August 1st, 2020. Secret Ireland Escapes has always been unique in that each of our exclusive destinations and experiences, boat charters, vintage cars and helicopter transfers are all private and only accessible to our guests. Now more than ever, we are committed to providing safe immersive experiences with the highest in hygiene standards.

Indulgent escapes at enchanting locations

We invite you to experience Ireland at its most authentic in secret locations across the Lakelands.

Surrounded by the untouched beauty of this distinctive landscape, you will spend the day in the heartland’s warm embrace.

Authentic encounters through immersive experiences

The most vibrant of personalities open their hearts and homes to you, with a burst of hospitality and a feast for all the senses.

These exclusive experiences reveal Ireland at its most authentic offering you deeper insight to the culture and countrymen of this storied isle.

Exceeding expectations every step of the way

Your bespoke day tour experience is crafted from our portfolio of more than one hundred exclusive elements, with a few surprises along the way.

Further enhance your experience as you hug the Lakeland’s by road, air or water, from chauffeur driven vintage car, to Ireland’s first and only skippered motor yacht.

Available exclusively through our select travel partners

Creating our private day-tours with the guidance of your travel advisor allows us to tailor your experience even further from our portfolio of over 100 elements.

Our Story

What began with Ireland’s only skippered motor yacht has grown into an array of engaging and immersive experiences.

How It All Began

How It All Began

One of Ireland’s most innovative companies in destination experiences, Secret Ireland Escapes was inspired by founder Mark’s travels throughout Europe, Australasia and the Middle East, where he saw first-hand that experiential and hyperlocal engagement could turn a mere journey into an immersive experience.

Having grown up in Ireland’s undiscovered Lakelands region, Mark set about curating an exclusive range of experiences for discerning travellers that centered around avoiding the crowds, accessing hidden gems, meeting the real locals and travelling by water via Ireland’s first and only skippered motor yacht, The Azul I.

Eight Years later, Secret Ireland Escapes has grown from strength to strength, assembling a crack team of skippers, local-guides, performers, artisans and hosts, offering more than 100 exclusive elements at secret locations and whisking guests through this distinctive landscape by water, and now also by road and by air.

"a trusted network of travel advisors to create bespoke itineraries fusing private locations and engaging encounters with unique modes of transportation"

Instead of selling off-the-rack solutions, Mark partners with a trusted network of travel advisors to create bespoke itineraries fusing private locations and engaging encounters with unique modes of transportation, delivering a cornucopia of non-Googleable day tour experiences. Our core principle is taking hyperlocal travel to the next level, connecting visitors with captivating local personalities and sharing a sense of place and culture-always sensitive to preserving this undiscovered landscape.

We welcome solo travellers, couples, multi-generational and nuclear families as well as groups of up to 70 with itineraries from three hours to the entire day.

Secret Ireland Escapes is about creating memories to last a lifetime and stories told for years to come:

“Will you ever forget that day in Ireland when...”


Travel Ireland through the ages as you get to meet local personalities often in their very own home, with each century pre-themed with a wide array of unique and authentic elements fitting of that era.

Medieval Ireland

An Island Refuge

Nestled on a tiny private island, escape to this lovingly restored medieval keep with panoramic lake views, lush tastings and revelry inspired by centuries gone by…

Traditional Ireland

A Home and Heartland

Welcoming smiles above a cottage half door, a sampling of traditions handed down through generations like home baking, roof thatching and step dancing on the flagstone hearth…

Georgian Ireland

A Sensory Overload

Eclectic interiors that tell stories of love and adventure, tastings ranging from rich local cheeses and homemade spiced chutneys to small batch gins, a welcome as warm as the open peat fire…

Classical Ireland

A Hillside Haven

Wholesome treats foraged from the wildflower meadow, a harpist tugging at your heartstrings, body and soul restored in this Palladian oasis overlooking the Lakelands…

Modern Ireland

A New Ireland

A tantalising taste, literal and figurative, of the Ireland of today with refreshing insight into the latest cultural currents – all against the background of a masterpiece in modernist architecture…

Travel by Road, Air and Water

Elevate your Secret Ireland Escape with a wide range of travel enhancements.

When it comes to further enhancing your experience– from a motor yachting cruise to a flight seeing adventure – the sky is (literally!) the limit. 

How will you travel?



"You folks exude confidence in your private tours with gracious hospitality, surprise catering, enthusiasm and aplomb! Composure, self-confidence and assurance were the hall marks of our day with Secret Ireland Escapes and we were enchanted with every minute and every special surprise along route."

Lana & Tony

California, USA


"A wonderful trip, you both were fabulous hosts and we can’t thank you enough for all you planned for us, it has been truly memorable. This entire day felt like a warm Irish hug, from the private art tour, live entertainment at anchor and unique horse jumping surprise, it was all so touching and full of love, just beyond fabulous, from start to finish!"

Christa & The Girls

Virginia, USA


"Thank you so much for introducing us to the most amazing places and passionate people, and for treating us royally. Our grandchildren had such an adrenaline rush their faces couldn’t smile any further, their parents were so moved with the Famine and Bog elements referencing their Irish roots. And myself and Dora can’t thank you enough for allowing us to furnish our family with memories they will cherish forever. You have created the most idyllic tapestry of experiences and we are forever grateful."

Patrick & Dora

Toronto, Canada

Incentive Group

"Our colleagues had the most enjoyable time with you all. We cannot believe how you managed to fit so much in, yet kept us all on schedule without us even noticing. It has been a whirlwind of personalities, fun, food and frolics with many very special treats along the way. You have raised the bar and it will be hard to top this day!!"

Leonard, CEO

US Insurance Incentive Group 70 People

Where are we based?

Secret Ireland Escapes whisks guests to secret locations in and around Ireland’s undiscovered Lakelands, usually departing from Killaloe or Tuamgraney in County Clare. For travelers with a transfer to the Ring of Kerry or Galway Bay, we can furnish you with an ideal rest-stop with a private experience and lunch.

For guests staying at one of the five-star properties within an hour’s drive, our half and full-day experiences are within easy reach.

And for self-drivers making their way due east or west, we are conveniently located just 10 minutes off the M7 highway.

Our packed portfolio of over 100 private elements are all within a 35 minute road or water transfer.

The most important thing to remember is that when you arrive, our packed portfolio of over 100 private elements are all within a 35min road/water transfer. This is the true Gem which we refer to as Ireland’s undiscovered Lakeland’s.

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Interested in finding out more?

Available exclusively through our partner agencies

For more information visit our dedicated agent page to log-in or register your agency with Secret Ireland Escapes.

Are you a guest?

Interested in experiencing your own Secret Ireland Escape?

Contact your preferred travel advisor and let us work with them to plan your ideal day out in Ireland’s Lakelands.