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Clew Bay Trail – Ireland
Incredible view of Croagh Patrick, great riding, fabulous hospitality

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Horse Riding Holidays Ireland – Co Mayo Mini Trail

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Co Mayo Mini Trail: Prices 2022

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  • All months – $1,125
    • GBP: 930
    • EUR: 1,081
    per person sharing
  • Single supplement – $145
    • GBP: 120
    • EUR: 139

Non-rider rates

  • All months – $435
    • GBP: 360
    • EUR: 418
    per person sharing
  • Single supplement – $145
    • GBP: 120
    • EUR: 139

Included 4 nights bed and breakfast in local guest house accommodation, 3 days trail riding (4+ hours per day), picnic lunches and all transfers during the trail to your horses.

Excluded Getting there & transfers to and from airport/train station plus evening meals. There are lots of fantastic restaurants and bars to choose for in Westport.

Getting there International visitors can fly to Knock which is the closest airport, Shannon or Dublin.

Transfer For international visitors we recommend renting a car. We can also organise transfers in an 8 person vehicles, one way costs as follows: €800  Shannon : €595  Knock : €175.  There are bus transfers to Westport from all airports and train services from Dublin to Westport.

Co Mayo Mini Trail: Dates 2022

April 24th to April 28th
May 1st to May 5th
May 8th  to May 12th
May 15th to May 19th
May 22nd to May 26th
May 29th to June 2nd
June 5th to June 9th
June 12th to June 16th
June 19th to June 23rd
June 26th to June 30th
July 3rd to July 7th
July 10th to July 14th
July 17th to July 21st
July 24th to July 28th
July 31st to August 4th
August 7th to August 11th
August 21st to August 25th
August 28th to September 1st
September 4th to September 8th
September 11th to September 15th
September 18th to September 22nd
September 25th to September 29th
October 2nd to October 6th

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

Based out of the scenic and beautiful town of Westport in Co. Mayo this is a wonderful wild and rural part of teh west of  Ireland to visit. The trail is a fixed based ride and you stay in a local B&B in the beautiful town of Westport, with daily looped rides around this stunning part of the country.

The stables are based at the at Drummindoo Stud. It is a family based business from where they originally started breeding and producing horses, to be sold worldwide, some of the stallions that have resided here include the famous Connemara ”Carna Dun”, the Thoroughbred ”Fast Frigate” and the Irish Draught ”Shuttlecock to name but a few. In 1979 they started to offer horse riding. The farm has been developed over time from a small stud to a modern equestrian facility which includes American barn stabling, an indoor arena, outdoor arean and a gallop track (all with a sand and rubber surface).

Run by Padraic and Ailise Foy alongside their father you’ll enjoy great hospitality here from a proper horsey family. Padraic has been involved in working with showjumpers, showing and racing in the past and since setting up trail rides has enjoyed travelling, learning and adopting some of Monty Roberts methods, a unique aspect to the training of their horses.

As well as great hospitality and a buzzing atmosphere for most of the year in the town of Westport, alongside some amazing restaurants, the riding here is stunning. You’ll enjoy a variety of terrain including a good beach ride, lovely country lanes, some road work on quiet roads and great tracks.

THE RIDING top

Horses –A mix of Connemara Ponies, Irish Sport Horses, Irish Draughts or Irish Cobs ranging from 13.2 – 16.2H. These horses are all suitable for trail riding and ridden in a contact and well schooled.

Level of Riding & Pace – Good Novice plus. The riding includes gallops and the horses are well behaved and forward going.

Tack – English Style.

Weight Restriction – 14 stones / 200lbs / 90kgs

Group Size – Maximum 10 riders

ACCOMMODATION top


The B&B accommodation is located either in or close to Westport Town and has been chosen by the Foy family. Bedrooms are all ensuite with a full Irish on offer of course every morning. Special dietary requirements can be catered for. As the accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis this gives you the opportunity to choose from the many fine, award winning restaurants in Westport for your evening meal.

Typical breakfast: Eggs (scrambled, fried, poached), Bacon, Sausages, White pudding, Hashbrowns, Tomatoes, Toast & Butter, Jams, Marmalade. There is also typically a selection of cereals, often fruit, juices and tea or coffee.

Typical Lunches: Picnic lunches out on the trail each day and consist of  sandwiches, fruit, snacks, drinks etc. and can be tailored to individual needs.

Please Ask About
There is an abundance of things to do in and around West Port which we can give you ideas for including:

  • Surfing
  • Cycling
  • Sailing
  • Diving
  • Golf

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

Mayo Mini Trail – Itinerary by Day

Sunday
On arrival to Westport, check in to your accommodation which is where you will be staying for the trail.

Monday
Transfer to Drummindoo Stud to meet your host Padraic Foy, your horse and the other riders. After an assessment ride in the indoor arena, riders and horses are transferred to the village of Aughagower for the Aughagower Ride. This takes us through the villages of Curvey, Lankill and Knappagh Beg where you picnic on the shores of Knappagh Lake, then on to Drumhill before returning to Aughagower via Peggy’s Boreen. After riding there is a chance for riders to visit the round tower and monastic site which dates back to the 7th century.

Tuesday
Today we start at the village of Culeen for the Culeen Ride. This ride takes us to the west of Croagh Patrick, through quiet country lanes at Kilsallagh and Kinnock and then to bog roads at Dereen where we will have some long canters. We picnic on the bog and get to see the harvesting of the bog peat at close hand. We then return via a river crossing at Bellakip to finish the day at Culeen.

Wednesday
Today we start at Formoyle for the Feenone Ride. This takes us over a mountain pass, close to a megalithic burial site (one of many in the area), through the Carrowniskey River and on to the bog roads at Feenone. Clare Island (Grainne Uaile, Ireland’s famous Pirate Queen resided there in the 1500,s and controlled all the waters of Clew Bay) and Inishturk Island can clearly be seen. We then head for Carrowniskey beach where we can canter and gallop before returning to base.

Thursday
Depart after breakfast with fond memories of your equestrian adventure.

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