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Horse Riding Holidays Ireland – Hunting

Our range of Hunting Holidays in Ireland have been personally vetted by Zara and Jill. We are well placed to organise hunting holidays in Ireland because we are on the ground, have the connections and our very own office just outside of Dublin.

PRICES & DATES top

Irish Hunting Holidays : 2017 Prices

Here are some examples of packages available but remember we can put together personalised itineraries to suit your needs, we are well connected with all the hunts in Ireland.

Kildare

They hunt Mondays, Thursdays and 3 out of 4 Saturdays. Itinerary & details below.

  • Price – From £385/€450/$470 per person sharing
    Includes a 4 star hotel, bed & breakfast in a twin or double room, mid week. Weekends are more expensive. A hireling for a full days hunting and a 2 hour pre hunt cross country ride.
  • The Cap Fee is 100 Euros for visitors and paid directly to the hunt secretary on the day.
  • In terms of the terrain, the Kildare are known for banks, ditches and hunt jumps.
  • 1st Day Arrival – Afternoon 2 hour cross country ride at Abbeyfield Farm. A chance for you to meet Daragh O’Neill, assess your riding, get you going over jumps and match you to the right horse for the hunt.
  • 2nd Day Hunt – Hunt 11.30am – 4.30pm, Daragh will let you know where to meet him and the horses. You may want to take a taxi if you fancy some post hunt socialising! Daragh can take you in the lorry but he tends to leave sharpish to get the horses home.
  • 3rd Day – Departure.

County Galway – 2 Hunts in one Weekend

This is a unique opportunity to hunt with the Roscommon and the Ormond hunts in one weekend. Stay in Portumna and ride with Oliver Walsh from Flowerhill. Itinerary & details below.

  • Price – £555/€650/$680 per person, B&B Accommodation
  • Arrival – Thursday afternoon
  • Friday – Ride out with hounds (exercise) 2 times on the Friday
  • Saturday – Hunt with the Ormond
  • Sunday – Hunt with the Roscommon (Hireling horses used from another yard, selected by Flowerhill)
  • Monday – Departure

Co Roscommon hunt country is mostly nice dry stone walls with good ground. They hunt every Sunday and some Wednesdays. The hunt club meets at 12 noon and normally finishes at 4 pm – and afterwards there are drinks and sandwiches in the pub for a good get together. Oliver is the ‘Huntsman’ of Roscommon and he keeps the hounds on site at Flowerhill – hence visitors can go out with him during ‘hound exercise’ on horse back the days before the hunt and should you want, you can give Oliver a hand with hounds ‘whipping in’ – a great way to get involved with the hunt and the running of the pack and such a unique experience. The Ormond hunt (Saturdays or Tuesdays) and have some walls and hedges and a few ditches.

Galway Blazers & North Tipperary

From Flowerhill, we can also arrange for you to hunt with the Galway Blazers & North Tipperary.

The Meath Hunt

They hunt Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and alternate Saturdays. Itinerary & details below.

  • 2 night Hunting Package – £405/€475/$495 per person sharing
    Includes one days hunting and two nights B&B at the Headfort Arms Hotel plus a dinner at the Vanilla Pod restaurant in the historic village of Kells. The hotel has been listed in John and Sally McKenna’s Top 100 places to stay in Ireland.
  • Also available is a second days hunting at an additional cost with the Ballymacad Hunt.
  • The Cap Fee is 100 Euros for visitors and paid directly to the hunt secretary on the day.
  • In terms of the terrain the Meath are known for big drains and Ballymacad for drains and hunt jumps.

Scarteen, Co. Limerick, Dunhallow & Stonehall Harriers

Another great place to head is to Louis Murphy’s hotel, the Dunraven Arms in Adare, from where you can hunt with the Scarteen & the Stonehall Harriers. The Dunraven is an institution as far as hunting in Ireland is concerned and Louis has been looking after hunting clients from all over the world for many years.

The hotel itself is absolutely beautiful, think oldy world, with antiques, but absolutely pristine with a great bar and restaurant. They even offer a valet service to polish your boots after a days hunting, ready for the next!

Packages start from £305/€360/$385 person.
Includes a days hunting with hireling and 2 nights DB&B.

Irish Hunting Holidays : 2017 Dates

The hunting season in Ireland runs from October through to late February, early March.

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

Depending on how much time you have, how much you want to spend, if it’s for yourself or a group and how “horse fit” you are, we can put together a personalised itinerary from a taster one day hunt to a full week experiencing some of the best hunting in Ireland.

We are the only riding company to have an office based in Ireland and we know the Irish Hunting Community well.  We are delighted to discuss your hunting requirements, experience etc and advise you on each hunt, the type of territory, match you up with a suitable hireling and co-ordinate all the ground arrangements.

From the famous ‘Meath Hunt’ where you’ll be hunting in big ditch country to the equally coveted ‘Kildare Hunt’ which hunts in upright fence country, you’ll find fox hunting in Ireland quite an experience. We can even on a tailored basis organise hunting to “invite only” hunts such as the Ward Union. In addition and highly recommended are the drag and mock hunts run by the ‘South County Dublin Harriers and North Kildare Farmers’ – here you are not hunting animals but for pure fast and exhilarating sports horse riding in Ireland you can’t beat it (some days North Kildare Farmers cover over 200 jumps in two hours!).

There is something very unique about hunting in Ireland, Eve Jones of Tatler sums it up perfectly;

 “They turn up to hunt, not to be seen to be hunting. There is humour and honesty in it. There are no fakers. Fakers don’t wear one welly and one riding boot, tie their hat on their heads and leap into the unknown.”

All photos are copyright of Siobhan English Photography

We work with a number of different hunt yards, which we know well, including the O’Neills, the Walshs and the Leahys. Between them they cover the Meaths, Kildares, Roscommon, Ormond and Galway Blazers amongst others.

THE RIDING top

Horses – Experienced Irish Hunters, all from reputable hunt yards or hunt members themselves.

Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to Advanced.
You have to be very secure in your seat, and be able to jump cross country. A good level of fitness is required to enjoy a days hunting.

Tack – English.

Weight Restriction – 16 Stone / 102 kg / 224 lbs.

ACCOMMODATION top

A wide range of 5 star hotels, country houses & castles or simple Irish guesthouses are available.

Included – Hireling for the day & accommodation.

Excluded – Flights, transfers, tips & Cap Fee.

Getting There
International flight to Ireland.

Transfer
Depending on where you have booked to hunt, will depend on whether you will need to take another domestic flight, or simply hire a car, or arrange a private airport transfer to your destination and we can advise when confirming the holiday details.

Please Ask About

  • We also offer golf, clay pigeon shooting, archery and many other activities in Ireland so please ask for a tailor-made itinerary.

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

Generally, fox hunting kicks off around 11.30am and will finish at sunset. You’ll definitely experience some long gallops and jump lots of ditches or fences depending on which hunt you join. Mock and drag hunts are shorter (generally two hours) but fast, furious and full-on, often covering many dozens of fences/jumps in the two hours. This is sport riding at its best.

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Zara’s Planet Horse Riding Holidays Guarantee:

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

If you are having trouble finding exactly the right horse riding holiday for you from our horse riding holidays collection, please contact us directly using the form below and tell us in your own words what you would like to do and we will use our extensive knowledge to make sure we find that perfect horse riding holiday.

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Ireland Holidays Testimonials

Peter & Joan on Hunting in Ireland

Hunting in Ireland is just the most addictive thing I've ever done in my life... the horses are fantastic from O'Neills yard... its point and go. I'll most certainly be back!

Peter & Joan Malone from Surrey