Surrounded by the untouched beauty of this distinctive landscape, you will spend the day in the heartland’s warm embrace.
These exclusive experiences reveal Ireland at its most authentic offering you deeper insight to the culture and countrymen of this storied isle.
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.
What began with Ireland’s only skippered motor yacht has grown into an array of engaging and immersive experiences.How Our New Logo Evolved
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...”
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…
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…
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…
Wholesome treats foraged from the wildflower meadow, a harpist tugging at your heartstrings, body and soul restored in this Palladian oasis overlooking the Lakelands…
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…
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."
"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!"
"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."
"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!!"
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.See our Transport
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