Ride Overview - Irish Castles and Ancient Ruins Ride
This is an easier paced horseback riding vacation in Ireland. Ride across the beautiful Ireland countryside of County Clare. A minibus will then transfer you to the doors of Norman castles, and ancient tombs. Your evenings allow you to relax by the fire and reminisce of the day’s ride. On some evenings, you will also have an opportunity to visit village pubs. The short length, fewer riding hours and relaxing pace make this one of the easier horseback rides in Ireland. Golfing is available for non-riders. RIDING IN IRELAND
“Absolutely marvellous. So many great things to mention that is hard to decide where to start from. Nicola and Bertie are wonderful hosts and will make you feel at home. They love what they do and you can tell. From a warm “good morning” at breakfast to a great smile when you get back to the farm from trail riding. The young group of guides and house staff is great as well, always happy always ready to help… They take great care of the farm and of the horses. They are a big part of the experience. The two Spanish chefs are a huge value add, all meals are made with care and love. Tasty and healthy. Last but not least .. The horses: great lads!!! They’ll take good care of you.” L.L. Italy
Ride Itinerary - Irish Castles and Ancient Ruins Ride
Day 1: Saturday
Arrive at Shannon Airport and transfer to your guesthouse. Tonight, you will enjoy a traditional home cooked dinner by an open peat fire with a review of the sights and exciting trails that await you.
Day 2: Sunday
You will ride through the peaceful forest of the Slieve Aughty Mountains with scenic views of the Shannon River. After lunch, you take a short boat ride to the Holy Island to visit the ruins of one of Ireland’s most important monastic settlements. Sacred to both Pagans and Christians for many centuries, the legend says that Saint Colm found there an old man named Maccriche and a tree whose juice had the flavor of honey and the heaviness of wine. St. Caiman, who died in 653 AD, created a great center for learning on the island. There is a magnificent round tower, a holy well, seven Bullaun stones, and an extraordinary cell-like building. You will see a curious stone called a bargaining stone where deals of every description were performed in the past and woe betides anyone who breaks that deal. Later you will see an ancient cemetery dating from the 8th century, unique due to the fact that the grave markers are still in their original position. During Whit weekend thousands used to flock here to do penance and make atonement for their sins. When the work of penance was finished most would repair to the drinking tents set up around the Island. They believed the penance will take away the guilt and some whiskey will wash away the remembrance of it.
Day 3: Monday
On today’s ride (2 and 1⁄2 hours), your trail will lead you into the hills of the Slieve Aughty Mountains to enjoy fascinating views of the majestic River Shannon. In the afternoon, you will get to visit the Portumna workhouse museum, where the poor and destitute took shelter 250 years ago and then also visit the impressive Portumna Castle of the 17th century where the Earl lived. You will also have time for shopping in the town. In the evening you can relax by a peat fire and enjoy a traditional home cooked dinner.
Day 4: Tuesday
This morning’s ride (2 and 1⁄2 hours) will take you on quiet tracks through Ireland’s beautiful rural countryside. This afternoon’s visit will bring you to Pallas castle, one of the best-preserved tower-houses and walled castle grounds of the 14th century. Here you will have ample opportunity to learn about the history of this structure and how the Irish clans survived and ruled for centuries.In the evening you will enjoy your dinner again your farmhouse B & B.
Day 5: Wednesday
You will ride through the part of Ireland that makes it popular in coffee table books and in novels, as you travel across the magical landscape of bog and heather. The 2 hour morning ride brings us across the magical landscape of bog and heather. We will have our lunch picnic out on the trail, where we meet our minibus with all the supplies for horses & riders. On the 2-hour afternoon ride we will pass by a typical Celtic dolmen, which is believed to be 5000 years old! Your ride will finish on a field where the horses are happily turned out.
Day 6: Thursday
After breakfast, you will transfer to your airport.
Ride Details - Irish Castles and Ancient Ruins Ride
Dates: April 18th – 23rd, April 25th – 30th, May 2nd – 7th, May 16th – 21st, May 30th – June 4th, June 13th – 18th, June 20th – 25th, June 27th – July 2nd, July 11th – 16th, July 25th – 30th, August 8th – 13th, August 15th – 20th, August 22nd – 27th, September 5th – 10th, September 12th – 17th, September 19th – 24th, October 10th – 15th
2021: April 3rd – 8th, April 10th – 15th, April 24th – 29th, May 1st – 6th, May 14th – 20th, May 29th – June 3rd, June 12th – 17th, June 19th – 24th, June 26th – July 1st, July 10th – 15th, July 24th – 29th, August 7th – 12th, August 14th – 19th, August 21st – 26th, September 4th – 9th, September 11th – 16th, September 18th – 23rd, October 9th – 14th
Best Months to Ride: April – October. Peak season is July, August
Meeting Point: Shannon airport
Length of Ride: 4 days
Daily Riding Hours: 2 1/2 – 4
Ability Level: INTERMEDIATE: Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots and short canters.
Horse: Irish draught, Connemara, piebald, Irish cob, and Irish hunter
Group Size: 2 – 8
Saddles: English, Western
Non-riding Activity: hiking, cycling
Hotel/s: 3*** Country Guest House (Converted Irish Hunting Lodge)
*Price: $1,350.00 per person, double occupancy $135.00 single supplement
*Prices will fluctuate with the USD/EURO exchange rate and will be fixed at final payment.
Includes: 5 nights accommodations, all meals, transport to and from the airport, entry fees, horse, guide
Not Included: airfare
ANNUAL TEMPERATURE AND RAINFALL:
Irish Castles and Ancient Ruins Ride: Gallery
Irish Castles and Ancient Ruins Ride