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from £1,350 or €1,510
NON RIDERS welcome please ask.
Included – Includes 6 days of guided rides, accommodation and full board, plus transfer to and from Galway City at set times for international clients.
Excluded – Getting there, tips & drinks
27 July – 2 August
10 – 16 August
24 – 20 August
7 – 13 September
21 – 27 September
International guests should fly to Dublin or Shannon
International guests can be met in Galway city and we include a return pick up. From Dublin or Shannon, there are good bus links directly to Galway or we can arrange a private transfer. Otherwise it’s just a drive to Loughrea.
All our horse riding holidays& adventures are price guaranteed giving our clients piece of mind. We will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.
The west coast of Ireland and in particular Connemara is of course one of the most beautiful places in the world. Still unspoilt with stunning mountains, empty beaches and woodlands too, Willie Leahy and his team have been running trails here for decades and get you right off the beaten track. This is an outstanding trail ride. We are great fan’s of Connemara’s; Zara’s kids have grown up with some fantastic ones and Jill has ridden a Connie in the RDS and owned and ridden her own as a young adult. His name was Rosenaharley Lauris and he was and still is her all-time favourite horse to date. Willie has a great array of Connemara ponies and you’ll be impressed at how perfect they are for the job.
Six days or more of exciting and relaxing holidays, where, after you spending four to six hours a day on horseback, you are accommodated in luxurious hotels or B&Bs while the horses graze freely in a nearby field.
Guided by this friendly centaur, you cross the wild green hills, the rust coloured bogs through which only an experienced man like Willie knows his way. Among castle and manor ruins and along mountain paths, your will cross and settle for lunch in the most picturesque of spots.
Your luggage is brought by car from accommodation to accommodation, while the your catering needs are met enroute by the Connemara Trail’s dynamic team.
The Trails are not confined to horse lovers. On demand, many activities such as river fishing and deep-sea fishing, golf, cycling, mountain climbing or walking the little deserted roads, swimming etc. can be organised. Non-riders will meet their riding Partners every evening to share their daily experience in the hotel pub.
At the end of this adventure, the Atlantic coast beckons and you reach it : you feel a fresh and salty breeze, while you gallop along the white sand of these endless beaches: pure magic!
The west of Ireland off the beaten track like this is unique and both international and local guests love this adventure.
Horses –Good quality Connemara ponies, Connemara Crosses, Cobs & Irish Drafts & Irish Draft Crosses 14hh to 16hh. They all have a great attitude, forward going and happy in their work.
Level of Riding & Pace – Good Novice plus. The riding includes the odd gallop and the horses are well behaved and forward going. Of course it is a trail ride and due to the terrain this is not a fast ride and there is lots of walking, climbing and trotting too.
Tack – English Style.
Weight Restriction – 17.3 stones / 2420lbs / 110kgs
Group Size – Maximum 15 riders.
There are a mix of historic hotels, house hotels, hotels and B&B’s all chosen for their location, charm and warm welcomes.
You will stay in lovely personally selected B&B’s on this ride. If you want to upgrade and stay in hotel accommodation you can do so for a small upgrade fee, just ask us.
The food from start to finish is outstanding, fresh, local produce is served often and as much as possible. You can look forward to hearty Irish breakfasts with tasty local sausages, lunch is picnic style in beautiful stop off points, and evening meals are a showcase of the best food Connemara has to offer, local lamb, beef and seafood.
Of course the Guinness is exceptional here and plenty of chances to test it out…
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You can take a cross country holiday at Willie’s base Dartfield just outside Loughrea, ask us about this.
Connemara Coastal Trail – Itinerary by Day
Monday:Meet at 10 am in Galway at the Meyrick Hotel (formerly Great Southern). The ride begins at Toombeola from where we ride over Cashel Hill and have lunch overlooking the sea near Bolgers where there was once a shop and pub. After lunch we ride along the road for about 15 min until we turn into a side road where we pass the Zetland Hotel. After another hour we leave the horses in Willie’s mountain in Shannadonnell for the night.
Tuesday:Drive into Willies mountain to catch and tack up the horses. Then we ride along beautiful lakes in Willies mountain and enjoy the stunning views of the landscape and vegetation. After we cross over the mountain, which takes about 1.5 hrs, we will we have lunch by a lake. After lunch we make our way off the mountain towards the sea, where depending on the tide, we either ride to Mweenish where we may leave the horses for the night, or ride out to Mweenish Island.
Wednesday:As on Tuesday eve, depending on the tide, we ride out to Mweenish Island this morning and explore the different beaches here or alternative we ride to Finish Island. After coming back on shore from the Island Lunch is eaten usually at Willies beach house. After lunch we can enjoy cantering on the beach and explore the sea side around Carna Village.
Thursday:We ride from Mweenish into Carna village along little lane ways where we get over mountains with beautiful lakes and overlooking the sea. We will have lunch at the water tower. After lunch we ride up a quiet high mountain which overlooks Kilkerrin where there is a salmon farm. This brings us down to a road where we have to ride for about an hour to get to Derryrush.
Friday:This is a new ride and may change a bit going forward. We ride from Derryrush to Rosmuck village which is still along the coast and we have quiet an early lunch because we will have along ride in the afternoon over a beautiful mountain looking over screebe lodge and the very famous screebe fishery. That’s brings us to the end of Friday. The riders travel to Loughrea to their accommodation.
Saturday:You will spend Saturday night again in Loughrea from where you will depart after breakfast on Sunday morning, the riders will be collected from the Hotel / Guesthouse in the morning and brought to Dartfield, Willie’s purpose built Equestrian and Heritage Centre. After a warm welcome with hot Port or Whiskey we will tack up the horses and enjoy trekking through the 350 acres estate. The ride goes through woodland and across fields and there is the option to jump in our Cross Country Course which already hosted an international 3 Star event. Lunch will be in our Cafe here at Dartfield and you have the chance to visit the only Museum in Ireland dedicated to Irish horses / ponies and Dog Breeds and browse our Tack and Gift Shop.
The afternoon is again spent riding here at Dartfield, going out hacking and jumping before it is time to say good bye to your horse.
Sunday:Breakfast & departure.
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