Ireland - Hunting
Experience some of the best hunting in Ireland!


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from £405 or €450

Horse Riding Holidays Ireland – Hunting in Ireland

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.


Irish Hunting Holidays : Prices 2019

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.

County Galway – 2 Hunts in one Weekend

This is a unique opportunity to hunt with the East Galway and the Crallagh in one weekend. Stay in Portumna and ride with Oliver Walsh from Flowerhill.

  • Price – £550/€605/$690 per person
  • B&B Accommodation, with packed lunches
  • Arrival – Thursday afternoon
  • Friday – Ride out with hounds in the morning and afternoon xcountry
  • Saturday – Hunt with the East Galway
  • Sunday – Hunt with the Crallagh
  • Monday – Departure

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.

  • Price – £430/€475/$545 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 150 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, Dunraven Arms Package

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!

  • Price – £405/€450/$515 person.
  • Includes a days hunting with hireling and 2 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast.
  • Excludes Cap Fee.

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our ‘Terms & Conditions’ for full details.

Irish Hunting Holidays : Dates 2019

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.


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.” 

We work with a number of different hunt yards, which we know well, the Walsh’s and the Leahy’s. Between them they cover the Galways Blazers, East Galway, Roscommon & Ormond amongst others.


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.


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.

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

  • If there is a particular hunt we have not mentioned, but that you would like to visit, please ask, we will be sure to be able to arrange.


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.


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