MOST POPULAR DESTINATIONS

Connemara Short Trail – Ireland
Taking in mountain riding, a remote island and stunning beach canters..pure bliss.

BOOK HOLIDAYS

We GUARANTEE you won't find the same horse riding holiday at a lower price through any other source... and if you do, we promise to refund the difference!

from £580 or €640

Horse Riding Holidays Ireland –Connemara Short Trail

PRICES & DATES top

Connemara Short Trail: Prices 2020

GBP, £ EUR, € USD, $
Choose your currency

  • September $731
    • GBP: 580
    • EUR: 648
    per person sharing
  • July & August  $756
    • GBP: 600
    • EUR: 670
    per person sharing
  • Single Supplement  $101
    • GBP: 80
    • EUR: 89

NON RIDERS welcome please ask.

Included – Includes 3 nights 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

Connemara Short Trail: Dates 2020

27 July – 30 July
10 – 13 August
24 – 27 August
7 – 10 September
21 – 24 September

Getting There

International guests should fly to Dublin or Shannon

Transfer

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.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

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 ponies; 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.

This is a brilliant short break giving you four to six hours a day on horseback and a brilliant rural Connemara experience right off the beaten track. You’ll enjoy some incredible empty beach riding, a trip to an island and some good mountain riding on the first day also. 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.

The west of Ireland off the beaten track like this is unique and both international and local guests love this adventure and in fact normally will come back to complete the 6 night trail another time.

THE RIDING top

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.

ACCOMMODATION top

There are a mix of historic hotels, house hotels, hotels and B&B’s all chosen for their  location, charm and warm welcomes.

Accommodation

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…

Please Ask About

You can take a cross country holiday at Willie’s base Dartfield just outside Loughrea, ask us about this.

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

Connemara Short 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:After breakfast you will head back to Loughrea or Galway leaving the some of your group who will complete the 6 night Coastal Ride.

DESTINATION MAP top

Zara’s Planet Horse Riding Holidays Guarantee:

All our horse riding holidays are price guaranteed. We 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 holiday 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.

CHECK AVAILABILITY top

Please use the message box below to provide additional and any other relevant information like your riding experience and for how many people.

Also, if the above Holiday describes few different options for your Horse Riding Holiday in the area - please add a note on which choice you are referring to. Thank you.


Current Weather Around Ireland
8°
broken clouds
humidity: 93%
wind: 6m/s W
H 8 • L 8
17°
Sat
19°
Sun
17°
Mon
15°
Tue
Weather from OpenWeatherMap

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