HORSE RIDING VACATIONS
EXPERIENCE FREEDOM IN THE SADDLE
Traveling on horseback is one of the best ways to travel. Being outside, exposed to the elements, and seated high up, gives you a whole different perspective on your surroundings. Horseback riding is one of the world’s most exciting activities, as well as being one of the best ways to explore new countries and landscapes, as the popularity of horseback riding vacations worldwide clearly shows. Taking a horseback riding tour is an excellent way of learning new skills while getting close to nature in some of the most beautiful places on earth. Regardless of your level of skill or experience, there’s a horseback riding trip somewhere in the world that’s right for you. If you’re new to riding, you can find beginner friendly tours that will teach you to walk and trot in an equestrian ring or on easy trails. If you’re an experienced rider, you can take your skills to the next level with lessons in dressage and jumping, or just experience the exhilaration of trail rides in fantastic new environments. There’s no greater feeling of freedom!
All through the summer, Irish Horse Riding offers a guided Galway – Clare – Burren trail ride, where you can discover Ireland’s beautiful nature and colourful history from horseback. Your horse will willingly carry you through scenic rural Ireland with a wide variety of landscapes from extensive bogs, enchanted forests, fresh rivers, peaceful lakes, and the famous Burren National Park, finishing near the stunning Cliffs of Moher, overlooking the famous Aran Islands, and riding along the wild Atlantic Way.
7 nights’ stay at An Sibin Guesthouse,
6-day guided trail riding,
Use of horse and tack,
Explore enchanting moss-covered forests,
Return airport transfers.
Failte to Ireland
Arrival in Shannon Airport and transfer to Whitegate approx. two hours. You will be staying here for the first four nights. On the arrival day you can just relax and recover from your journey, or take a stroll on the well mapped nearby East Clare Walking Trail. For the more adventurous under you, there is also the possibility to go on a guided boat tour to the historical Holy Island with its monastic settlement of the 9th century. In the evening, you will get to know all your fellow riders for this week. You will have dinner in the tastefully restored 300 year old farmhouse in the An Sibin Riding Centre by candlelight and open turf fire.
After breakfast you will be brought to the start of the trail, where your guide will allocated the horses to you according to your experience. Every rider can then get used to his own horse for the week by brushing and tacking it itself, don’t worry there are always lots of helping hands around you! We will then leave for an easy ride into the surrounding peaceful forests of the Slieve Aughty Mountains. For the lunch break we will be back at the An Sibin Riding Centre and riders and horses take a rest. In the afternoon the horses will bring us trough the rural farming land in County Galway and the huge area of heather and bog land using the old tracks of the historical Sarsfield Ride. We leave our horses on a field where they stay overnight and we drive back to the accommodation for a relaxing evening.
Inis Cealtra Ride
Today’s ride brings us up over the hills of the Slieve Aughty Mountains with fascinating views over the horse riding holidays irelandmajestic Lough Derg and River Shannon. Along the track we will be passing old farm ruins and miles of stonewalls and your guide will tell you about Irelands most significant incident in history: About 150 years ago many farms and villages where left because of the Famine. This was the time of the severe potato disease, which destroyed for a couple of years the sole source of food supply for the rural and poor Irish peasant and his stock. In addition to that a Typhus and Cholera epidemic enforced the disaster, leading to a flood of millions of people emigrating to other countries or starving with the hunger. Knowing about those times you will be greeting the tasty lunch waiting for us, before we head across the extensive areas of bog land in the afternoon. There we will pass local farmers cutting and drying the turf in the traditional way. A Neolithic dolmen, with the legendary name Oisin’s and Grainne’s Grave, beside the track proves that this area was already mystified about 5000 years ago. Much younger (about 9th cent.) are the ruins of a monastic settlement on Holy Island, which we can easily spot by the well kept typical round tower.
Lough Graney Ride
Leaving the sheltered pasture we are heading this morning for the top of the hills again overlooking endless woods and grazing land to the north, west and south. Long before we get there we can spot way under us the sandy shores of Lough Graney where we are heading for. The beach invites us to a canter along the water and on the trails goes right across the refreshing lake! The ride in the later afternoon takes us through the typical farmland of rural Ireland with its juicy green fields and the endless old stonewalls surrounding the peacefully grazing sheep and cattle.
Today’s lovely wood tracks take us further westwards overlooking Glandaria (the valley of the Kings) the wide fertile valley of the River Shannon, where hundreds of years ago Irelands kings preferably used to settle. After the lunch break near a typical mountain river we will cross the boggy uplands. County Clare unfolds all around us up to the in the distance risingirish horse holiday hills of the famous Burren National Park. On a clear day we will even get the first glimpse of Galway Bay. This afternoon our horses will be transferred by lorry across the busy valley to tomorrow’s start at the Mullaghmore Mountain in the Burren. You will be staying tonight in the charming village of Corofin with its countless pubs.
The totally different and unique scenery of the world renowned Burren will accompany us for the next two days. The moon like landscape of this limestone area bears not only an immensely colourful flora and fauna with a large number of very rare species, but also reveals a stunning variety of prehistoric settlements. Dolmens and Wedge Tombs line up next to Norman stone fort ruins and Celtic ring forts. Close to a fulacht fiadh an ancient cooking site, we will enjoy our lunch. It is amazing how many eye-catching sites this at first sight so vast looking landscape can offer us. The next two nights you will be staying in the Lisdoonvarna area, which is famous for the traditional music in the pubs.
Atlantic Coast Ride
Today we head westwards through the Burren, learning about the impressive Poulnabrone Dolmen, and the huge and dangerous cave systems in this special area. We rest for lunch overlooking the story telling rocky landscape. After the break we lead our horses up the last hill for the breathtaking view over the Atlantic Sea, the famous Aran Islands and the rugged Connemara Mountains. The extremely rough shore of County Clare stretches out under us for the last gallop. In the glittering afternoon sunlight the impressive silhouette of the Cliffs of Moher rise in front of us. Near the ruins of the spooky looking Ballinalaken Castle our ride ends.
After breakfast you will be transferred back to the airport for your onwards journey.
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