Ride Overview - Connemara Backcountry Ride
An exhilarating horseback riding vacation in the backcountry of Ireland. It is said that the Irish love three things in life, a pint in the pub, a good laugh, and a good horse. On this adventure, you can have all three. You will ride through the “Wild West” of Ireland, the Connemara is known for hauntingly rugged mountains, tranquil lakes, and rust-colored bogs. This is the region where the tradition of Gaelic Ireland is strongest. Your horse will carry you across contrasting landscapes of rock-strewn coastlines and along limestone mountains. An invigorating gallop along a vast stretch of beach and perhaps a swim with your horse awaits you on this special journey. RIDING IN IRELAND
“We had an amazing time! You certainly get what you paid for! We rode for 115 miles! …Food is great too!” W.C. Texas
Ride Itinerary - Connemara Backcountry Ride
Day 1: Sunday
Transfer from Shannon Airport to your Galway hotel.
Day 2: Monday
At 10:00 AM, you will meet your ride guide in the lobby of the Meyrick Hotel. After you have met your horse, your group will ride to the impressive Maam Cross, site of the famous October horse fair. As you ascend the mountain, you will have a fantastic view of Lough Corrib and see an old farmstead, abandoned since the famine of the 1840s. After a picnic lunch, you will travel across one of the famed Irish bogs to end the day with a gallop on the old Galway-Clifden railroad.
Day 3: Tuesday
You will ride along the hummocky terrain of the Maam Cross blanket bog along the Lough Sindle and past the remains of a forgotten lime kiln, hidden in a grove of hazel trees. After lunch on a small village green, you will continue through the silent woodlands through the beautiful Inagh Valley. On a clear day, you can view the spectacular Connemara landscape to the Rosmac Coast. Another brisk canter along the old Galway Clifden railway will bring you to Ballynafad.
Day 4: Wednesday
After wading through a wide stream, the ride will ascend a mountain trail and past the ancient Ballinafad cemetery. A lively canter through the woods leads you to the grounds of Ballinahinch Castle. After lunch, you will ride inland over the Roundstone Bog to a seaside pasture. You will be amazed at the contrasting landscape. Trees and brush which dotted the mountainside are replaced by moss-covered rocks strewn across the leveling land. Watch out for the errant sheep along the way.
Day 5: Thursday
You will spend the day enjoying the wonderful Mannin Beach. Long gallops along the irregular coastline, optional jumping over small stone walls and swimming with horses will fill your day with special memories.
Day 6: Friday
From the sea, you will ride to Toombeola, an inland over the mountains. Passing small generational farmsteads, your horse will ascend the trail to the Errisbeg mountain high above the seaside village of Roundstone and a stunning view of Dogs Bay which curves into the Atlantic Ocean.
Day 7: Saturday
Your final day will take you back to the limestone mountains where you will have a breathtaking view of the ocean. After lunch in the village of Cashel, the ride will continue along the coastline to Willie’s Mountain, Shanndonnel. Accommodations in Loughrea.
Day 8: Sunday
You will be departing from Loughrea. Transfer to Shannon Airport.
Ride Details - Connemara Backcountry Ride
Dates: Sunday – Sunday August 30th – September 6th, September 13th – 20th
2021: May 3rd – 9th, May 17th – 23rd, May 31st -June 6th , June 14th – 20th, June 28th – July 4th, July 12th – 18th, July 26th – August 1st, August 9th – 15th, August 23rd – 29th, September 6th – 12th, September 20th – 26th
Best Months to Ride: April – October. Peak season is July, August
Airport: Shannon Airport
Length of Ride: 6 days
Daily Riding Hours: 5-8 hours
Meeting Point: Meyrick Hotel, Galway
AbilityLevel: Strong Intermediate: Walk, trot, canter, gallop, optional jumping. Rider must also be able to catch and tack horse.
Horse: Irish hunter or Connemara
Group Size: 4 – 18
Saddles: Endurance, Western
Non-riding Activity: Fishing, hiking, cycling, golf
Hotel/s: 3*** – 4**** accommodations
*Price: APRIL/MAY $2,235.00 per person, double occupancy $330.00 single supplement
JUNE/SEPTEMBER $2,235.00 per person, double occupancy $330.00 single supplement
JULY/AUGUST $2,384.00 per person, double occupancy $330.00 single supplement *Prices are based on USD/EURO exchange rate and will be fixed at final payment.
Includes: 7 nights accommodations, all meals, 6 days guided riding, horse, tack, guide
Not included: airfare, transfer to and from the airport (around 200 euros per car roundtrip)
Taxi – 200 Euros round trip
Bus – 40 Euros round trip
Rent a car
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