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from £1,745 or €1,950
£1,745/€1,950/$2,230 per person sharing
Shorter breaks from 3 nights easily available on request.
Included – Includes 6 days of guided rides Sunday to Saturday available throughout the year. 6 nights B&B, lunches & dinners, cultural tours & entrance fees.
Excluded – Flights, tips & drinks
Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our ‘Terms & Conditions’ for full details.
6 night trails available May to September, and run Saturday to Friday. Short breaks available all year on request.
International flight to Dublin or Shannon
The meeting point is Galway city and includes a return pick up. From Dublin or Shannon, there are good bus links directly to Galway or we can arrange a private transfer.
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The west coast of Ireland and in particular Connemara is quite honestly one of the most beautiful places in the world. What strikes you most about the area is that it keeps giving at every turn from deserted beaches on the Atlantic ocean, green forest tracks up to the mountains, glass like lakes, the warmest of people, a huge amount of culture and history and of course the beautiful Connemara pony, of which I am personally a big fan, having owned and ridden one as a young adult. His name was Rosenaharley Lauris and he was and still is my all-time favourite horse to date.
As you can imagine, when I arranged a visit some years ago to see and ride in Connemara, I was very excited and I can honestly say, it did not disappoint.
We work with Cathriona Goaley, who has a beautiful farmhouse that sits on Lough Corrib along with her private yard and stables full of select Connemara and Connemara Cross ponies, some of which are homebred. There are a variety of trails across the region and date lengths to choose from to suit your needs and prices range.
There are some excellent set date departures too which you may want to consider, which follow in the ‘Itinerary’ section below and include a visit to the famous Dublin Horse Show and the best Connemara show in Ireland at Clifden.
One of the amazing trips I did and Cathriona very kindly arranged was an evening visit to the beach to see Henry O’Toole’s breeding mares (Castle Connemara Ponies Stud). He’s probably one of the most famous Connemara breeders in the world and it was a privilege to be out and seeing his mares in their natural habitat. They we roughed off, content in their harsh environment looking after their young and each other. They were absolutely beautiful, bright white shapes against the dark evening, shining bright ignoring the strong winds howling over the beach and up to the grasslands from the Atlantic – heaven!
Horses –Very good quality Connemara ponies and Connemara Crosses, 14.2hh to 16hh. They all have a great attitude and clearly cherished by Cathriona and her team and give forward going rides.
Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate plus. The riding includes gallops and the horses are well behaved and forward going.
Tack – English Style.
Weight Restriction – 15 stones / 210lbs / 95kgs
Group Size – Minimum 4 riders, maximum 10 riders.
There are in the main 4 different accommodations;
The 1st accommodation is Curra Farmhouse, which is stylish and welcoming and home to the horses, Cathriona and her team and sits on the edge of Lough Corrib.
The 2nd accommodation is Renvyle House, a beautiful estate home which sits right out on a peninsula, beside the beach.
The 3rd accommodation is Ballynahinch Castle, an outstanding Castle which boasts some of the finest salmon fishing in the world.
The 4th accommodation is Cashel House an eccentric and intriguing hotel which overlooks Cashel Bay.
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, for lunch there is an abundance of some of the best seafood on offer, Killary muscles are outstanding. You can also expect some of the best meat of offer, fantastic local lamb and beef.
Of course no trip to Ireland would be worthwhile, without having a few pints of Guiness, here it tastes sweet and creamy and like nowhere else in the world!
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In addition to riding in Connemara, we also have other rides in other parts of Ireland you may want to visit and experience and include Killarney, Castle Leslie, Flowerhill and Bel Air.
Arrive as early as you like on Friday morning and enjoy the scenery at Renvyle House, which sits right on the beach. A local ride around the grounds of the hotel will give you a feel for the wonderful scenery which lies ahead of you over the course of the weekend. After checking in to your room, you can choose to either dine at the bar or splash out and go for the full 5 course option at the main restaurant.
On Saturday, after choosing from the very extensive breakfast menu, we head off from the hotel and ride around the Renvyle Peninsula. There you will have the opportunity to gallop along the strand at low tide. For lunch we will return to Renvyle House Hotel & Resort where you can use many of the facilities in the afternoon. Tonight we will dine together at the Roisin Dubh restaurant and indulge in five courses of Tim O'Sullivan's award winning cuisine.
Sunday lends itself to a ride in the Aughris Peninsula after breakfast, home to the famous Wild Atlantic Way treasure that is Omey Island. With a low tide, the strand is like a playground, which you can choose to cross at any pace you like. A sad farewell with the hope you will visit again soon, but next time stay for longer
You will be collected at the tourist office in Galway city to travel to Moycullen, at the gateway to Connemara, where you will stay in on the shore of Lough Corrib. Lough Corrib is the second largest lake in Ireland. It covers 176 sq metres and is famous for trout, salmon and coarse fishing. In the 12th century, the first canal on the island of Ireland was cut to allow boats to travel from Lough Corrib to the sea. It was once believed that there are 365 islands on Lough Corrib but more recent surveys have shown that there are 1327. One of the most famous of these, at the narrowest point of the lake, between Maam and Doon, is where Hen's Castle (Castlekirk) is located. This strategically placed castle played a very important role in Irish history and was one of Ireland’s female warriors Grace O’Malley (Grainnuaile) many homes in the area and the scene of several bloody battles. The lake is steeped in history. In April 2014 a 4,500-year-old log boat was among 12 early Bronze Age, Iron Age and medieval craft found on the bottom of Lough Corrib, along with several Viking-style battle axes and other weapons. Before your adventure begins you'll have an opportunity to settle in, relax in your room, refresh in the Jacuzzi or take a walk around the farm.
Our mares and foals will be on view grazing happily at the farm while some of our young stock will be on view while being trained for their career with us. Over a light lunch, we will chat about your riding experience and what you can expect from your stay with us. Then we will bring you to the stable yard to meet our ponies and horses and introduce you to your equine partner on this adventure. We will then show you how to groom and prepare your mount for riding. This is an essential element of the bonding process and helps to build up mutual trust and respect. Your riding skills will be assessed in our enclosed arena to ensure we have the right match of horse personality to suit your ability and experience. Changes will be made if necessary at this point. It matters to us that you feel safe and comfortable with your pony or horse so we will take as much time as necessary to get it right. When everybody is happy, we'll take a ride around the farm and lakeshore to help cement the bond and build up an appetite for a traditional Irish meal. Over dinner, we'll teach you some gaelic words and phrases. If you have any energy left you can learn to play our national game of hurling, which is believed to be the world's oldest field game - before you retire to your comfortable bed for a well-earned sleep.
Before breakfast, you will have an option of helping us to feed our herd of Connemara ponies or having a lie-in. After continental buffet breakfast, we'll meet in the yard where you will groom your pony and tack up for our second ride which takes us down quiet country lanes into the forestry. The forestry tracks offer several options, depending on your level of ability and confidence. You can choose a leisurely trot or opt for an invigorating canter or take on one of the jumping lanes. We'll make our way back to the yard via the lake shore where you can bring your pony for a paddle or splash in the water to cool down before we untack and take care of them. There's just enough time for a quick coffee before we make our way to the wonderful Bridgit’s garden for lunch and much more!
Brigit is an example of a strong and independent Irish woman. The name Brigit means 'Exalted One' and refers both to St Brigit, the powerful 6th century abbess of Kildare, and the pre-Christian Brigit, goddess for many Celtic peoples across Europe. Many of the stories associated with St Brigit are clearly pre-Christian in origin, so the two Brigit's are inextricably linked. Before our day comes to a close we will bring you back to Curra House where you can relax and get ready to for another hearty Irish meal in the comfort of our home. You have the option of visiting the nearby village of Moycullen to mingle with the locals or simply relax on the sofa with an Irish coffee or spend some quality time counting the bubbles in the Jacuzzi.
As usual, you have the option to ease yourself into the day or to join us as we feed and check our Connemara herd. After breakfast we pack up people and ponies and head deeper into Connemara, through Oughterard and Maam Cross and past the stunning Inagh Valley to Renvyle House Hotel & Resort. On the way we'll stop off at Kylemore Abbey where you will be treated to lunch and a tour of the abbey and gardens while your luggage is transferred to the hotel. Once you arrive and get settled into your room at Renvyle House, a brief guided tour around the grounds will form an introduction to the many facilities available. Our ride today will take us around the beautifully scenic Renvyle Peninsula where we retrace the footsteps of the pirate queen and visit another of her castles. We will ride along the headlands viewing the islands of Inish Shark, Turk. If the day is clear enough we will get a panoramic view of Croagh Patrick and the 12 bens as we ride through the quiet lanes of Tully Mountain along the Wild Atlantic Way. On the White Strand you will have the opportunity to gallop along the unspoilt beach or simply paddle in the Atlantic Ocean. That evening, the award winning chefs of Renvyle House hotel will treat you to a 4 course meal after you have had a chance to use one or more of the many hotel facilities.
After a choice of a full traditional Irish breakfast or a combination of menu items from the vast choice on the menu, you will be transported along with the horses to the Aughris Peninsula. Bring your swimsuit and walking boots! We will start with a ride around the peninsula before we hack across the vast stretch of sand that allow us to explore the wonderful Omey Island and it’s history at low tide. Coming back across the sand, you will have the opportunity to gallop the length of the strand or simply take your horse for a splash. This is also when you can take a dip in the Wild Atlantic Ocean. Lunch will served in the local pub after which we transport you back to the hotel to relax with a book or use one or many of the hotel facilities before your dinner. Night owls will be entertained by music at the bar.
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is located at the heart of the Ballynahinch Estate. Comprising 450 acres of beautiful woodlands, gardens, lakes and rivers, this sporting country estate offers a secluded retreat of peace for any visitor. The grounds around the Estate offer over five kilometres of woodland, lakeshore and riverside walks suitable for all. After a hearty breakfast, we’ll set off on horseback to ride through forest tracks and country lanes. Our route takes us along part of the old railway line. The historical Galway-Clifden railway line played a vital role in the social history and development of the region before it was closed in the early 20th century. Some parts of Ballynahinch, like the terraced garden and walled garden, are not accessible on horseback so, after lunch, we’ll take a walking tour of the estate to help work up an appetite for a gourmet dinner.
After breakfast we say goodbye to Ballynahinch and move towards our final select hotel, Cashel House, which is nestled in 50 acres of gardens and woodland walks. Built in the 19th century this gracious country home was converted to a four star hotel in 1968 by the McEvilly family. Today, our riding trip takes us along the famous bog road between Roundstone and Clifden. Along the way you can view the site where Marconi established the first ever commercial transatlantic wireless station. Alcock and Brown landed the first ever transatlantic flight on the very same spot in 1919. After having a light lunch in Clifden, we’ll visit the Connemara Pony Museum and the world-famous grounds of the Connemara Pony Breeders Society before taking some time to visit the local craft shops for a little retail therapy before returning to Cashel House for dinner.
Breakfast, departure and a sad farewell with the hope we will see you again soon!
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