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Horse Riding Holidays Ireland – Killarney Trails

PRICES & DATES top

Killarney Trails : 2017 Prices

6 nights run Saturday to Friday – £1,295/€1,520/$1,590
Single Supplement – £138/€160/$168

Included – All the riding, any transfers within the trail ride, all rooms en-suite, breakfast & lunch each day.

Excluded – Flights, transfers, drinks & tips. Each night guests can choose from a variety of good pubs and restaurants in each of the towns for their dinner.

Getting There
International flights to Cork, Shannon or Dublin.

Transfer
Transfer times from each airport to Killarney:

  • Cork is 1.5 hrs
  • Shannon is 3 hrs
  • Dublin is 5 hrs

Hiring a car is advisable, but we can also easily arrange a private airport transfer. It is also possible to take an internal flight to Kerry from any of the above airports, or a train right into the town of Killarney.

Killarney Trails : 2017 Dates

There are fixed date departures throughout the year.

The trail rides begin on the 29th April 2017 and run every Saturday to Friday each week. The last departure date is the 14th October 2017.

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

Horse riding in Ireland… what a magical combination. Trust us, riding the Killarney Trail through one of the most beautiful counties in Ireland on the back of your trusted Irish cob, with a bunch of like-minded people, has to be one of life’s best-ever riding holidays.

Killarney Trails provide an unequalled opportunity to explore the highlands of Kerry and the majestic McGillicuddy Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountain range. Ride along country lanes and mountain tracks, the beaches at Waterville and the magnificent 4 mile stretch of golden sand at Rossbeigh.

There’s also the Iveragh Peninsula, which holds many places of archaeological and historical interest. It stretches southwest from Killarney for nearly 40 miles and is highlighted by the world renowned ‘Ring of Kerry’.

THE RIDING top

Killarney Trails : Horses – Irish Cobs, Irish Drafts & Percheron Crosses

Killarney Trails : Level of Riding & Pace – Good novice plus and be able to canter in open country in control.

Tack – English.

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

Killarney Trails : Group Size – Maximum 12.

ACCOMMODATION top

Killarney Trails offer welcoming, and very comfortable guest-houses with friendly Irish hospitality.

 

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  • Golf, Spas (Ireland is now the European capital of Spas?), hiking holidays, cultural tours and a whole lot more, just ask.

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

This is a sample itinerary for our 6 night trail ride.

Saturday

Day of arrival/check-in for all riders. There are no formal plans and no riding on this day as riders will be checking in at different times throughout the day. (check-in before 6pm, if later you must advise the Stables). All clients are required to check-in at Killarney Riding Stables to meet with one of the O’Sullivan Family, to discuss exp level and general trail ride information’s. You will then be taken from the Stables to you overnight accommodation in the Killarney area. We try to keep all rides at the same location each night so if you don’t bump into any others on Saturday you will easily identify then people in riding clothes at breakfast on Sunday morning.

Sunday

Riders assemble at Killarney stables and the day begins with a short trip to the base of Seefinn Mountain, where the first day's ride starts. When horses and riders have been introduced, the ride heads off, and up over the Windy Gap, viewing the splendour of Caragh Lake and the valleys beyond. The ride then continues on to Coomasaharn Lake enclosed by Horseshoe mountain, followed by a scenic ride over an Irish Bog, finishing for the day at our stables in Mountain Stage. The overnight stop for Sunday and Monday nights is near the quaint village of Glenbeigh. (Glenbeigh comes from Gleann Beithe, the Glen of the Birch Trees). Surrounded almost entirely by mountains, Glenbeigh is well-known for the friendliness and humour of the locals. The beauty of the area is breath-taking, with the River Behy and Rossbeigh Strand close by. History is evident throughout the locality and such a destination as Winn’s Folly Castle is well worth a visit.

Monday

Riders are collected and returned to the stables of the previous evening to begin Monday’s ride. Today is spent on Rossbeigh beach, galloping along stretches of golden sand. We pass by a tower built more than a century ago, which guided ships entering Castlemaine Harbour. The panorama of Dingle and the Iveragh Penninsulas is to the North and South. Lunch on the beach and afterwards some more galloping, then we return from the beach via the Cliff Road.

Tuesday

A morning ride takes us from Kells Station through the bogs of Cnoc Bawn and on to Liss Bawn, taking in some spectacular views of Caherciveen and its surroundings. Lunch is served alongside a nearby forestry area. After lunch, we continue on through Island Boy and the Inny Valley, finishing for the day near Tulligane Woods. The overnight stop for Tuesday and Wednesday is spent near the coastal village of Waterville. Waterville (the little whirlpool), nestles on a narrow strip of land between Lough Currane and the Atlantic Ocean, in the very centre of south-west Kerry. Situated between the seashore and the impressive mountains and headlands, the area has many interesting routes to offer and many fine beaches. The first Celtic invaders were reputed to have landed in Ballinskelligs Bay, coming ashore near Waterville. These beginnings of the Gaelic Nation are witnessed by the archaeological remains such as those found on Church Island, at Derrynane Abbey or Skellig Micheal, and endow the area with a wealth of history.

Wednesday

An adventurous morning spent in Tulligane Woods with lunch alongside the Inny River. Afterwards, we take a scenic ride into Waterville via the Old Glencar/Waterville road, along the shores of the famous fishing lake, Lough Currane.

Thursday

The day begins with a brisk ride to Waterville Beach, and we spend the morning enjoying some exciting gallops. The panorama of Hoggs Head and Ballinskelligs Bay conjures up the afternoon ride in Waterville. Afterwards, both horses and riders are transferred back to Killarney.

Friday

Breakfast, then departure.

Please note that times for Monday and Thursday rides cannot be predicted until the evening before, due to tidal conditions.

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