Essential Ireland


Essential Ireland has 20 years experience of organising unforgettable tours of Ireland for small groups of Family and Friends.

These bespoke ‘private tours’ are for groups of people, friends or family (usually 4 – 16 people) who want to travel together on an ‘Essential Ireland’ Tour without other members of the public joining. 
Unrivalled value for money. Incredibly cost-effective.
Lifelong memories!

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Want your own private VIP tour of Ireland?

You and your friends and family can have a fully customised private tour of Ireland!

You tell us your budget, where you want to go, what type of accommodation suits your group, what activities you're interested in and we will do the rest and organise everything!

Whether its North or South or both, a Classic tour or high-end luxury, we can arrange your holiday tour for remarkably cost-effective prices.


bespoke private tours

North, South or Plan Your Own Tour.
Your group can avail of one of our 7 day South-West Tours or 5 day Northern Ireland Tours.Or perhaps you will enjoy combining both into an unforgettable All-Ireland tour for your friends and family to remember forever.

You will have our full professional planning experience to assist you. All tour itineraries are personally designed and advised by both Stephen McPhilemy, Ireland’s most experienced Tour-Guide and travel expert and Patrick Wade, one of the most frequent Irish-American visitors to our cherished nation.

Incredible Value for Money, Epic Irish Experiences.
However, we guarantee unrivaled value-for-money. We offer luxury VIP tours, with fun experiences and cultural activities at very cost-effective prices.

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Limited Number of Small Groups to Ensure Quality
We only organise a small number private groups per year, email us now to ensure your group is one of them 

(Prices for these tours are dependent on your requirements and numbers on the group, a quote can be attained by emailing Stephen personally –

Our Tours

Wild Atlantic Way Tour




One of the unique features of Essential Ireland Tours is that we bring our own in-house professional travel-photographer and videographer with us on all tours.

“My family and friends loved our private tour of Ireland. Everything was organised professionally and we could sit back and relax and enjoy our family vacation knowing that Stephen and Patrick has everyone taken care of and the next authentic Irish experience was right around the corner. The Essential tour of Ireland indeed. 5 stars!”

Sonia Chakkamurtry

“I had a fanatic experience with Essential Ireland and my friends Patrick and Stephen. My first time in Ireland. Couldn’t ask for a better experience. Fantastic food, fantastic company. Amazing experience, enjoyed every bit of it."

Assemblyman Vince Fong
California State Legislature

“Patrick and Stephen’s hospitality was wonderful, filled history of the towns, we had a visit with a real Druid who did a Celtic ceremony! The culture was great, the music was great and the whiskey was fantastic!”

Jordan & Shauna Cunningham
San Luis Obispo


If you have any queries or questions, or would like to custom build a special itinerary for your own private group of family or friends, drop us a line here

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