Ride Overview - The Celtic Ring of Kerry Ride
Here is a delightful horseback riding vacation in Ireland. Killarney is a jewel of strangely shaped and tumbled mountains dazzled with the interplay of light on water and vegetation. A sight of ever-changing beauty, the Ring of Kerry trail winds its way around the Iveragh Peninsula which includes the majestic McGillicuddy Reek, Ireland’s highest mountain range, pristine lakes and the golden beaches at Rossbeigh. This Ireland horseback riding tour also visits Killarney, one of the most popular villages in Ireland. In the evenings, you will savor Irish cultural festivities, music, food and the “craic” in the local pubs. RIDING IN IRELAND
“The three-mile gallop on Rossbeigh Beach came the third morning, out-stripping all the glories of the previous two days. Roaring into free flight for the first time like that – my world encased in the sound of rushing wind and four hooves pounding through tide-swept sand – goes beyond fantasy, affecting a dozen more senses in the body than the five that science knows about.”
Ride Itinerary - The Celtic Ring of Kerry Ride
Day 1: Saturday
Transfer from Killarney, Shannon or Dublin Airport to Killarney.
Day 2: Sunday
Your ride will begin at the base of Seefinn Mountain and ascend to the Windy Gap to view the splendor of Caragh Lake. The trail takes you across green pastures and through charming villages to Coomasaharn Lake which is enclosed by Horseshoe Mountain. The quaint village of Glenbeigh,(Glen of Birches) is your destination for the evening. Surrounded entirely by mountains, this town boasts breathtaking views of the River Behy and Rossbeigh Strand and you can enjoy a delightful visit to Winn’s Folly Castle.
Day 3: Monday
You will gallop across the golden sand of Rossbeigh beach. A century-old tower which guided ships entering Castlemaine Harbour and the panorama of Dingle and Inveragh peninsulas will enhance your ride. After lunch on the beach and another brisk gallop, your day ends as you return from the beach via Cliff Road.
Day 4: Tuesday
Your morning ride will take you from Kells Station through the blanket bogs of Cnoc Bawn and Liss Bawn. The views of Caherciveen are spectacular. Lunch is served in a forest grove. Your next destinations are the fertile Inny Valley and the Tulligane Woods. Your evening accommodation is in the coastal village of Waterville (the little whirlpool). This town is nestled on a narrow strip of land between Lough Currane and the Atlantic Ocean>. The first Celtic invaders are reputed to have landed near Waterville leaving many archaeological remains.
Day 5: Wednesday
You will spend an adventurous morning in the Tulligane Woods. After a picnic lunch by the Inny River, you will ride along the shores of the famous fishing lake, Lough Currane.
Day 6: Thursday
After a brisk ride to Waterville Beach, you will gallop along the shoreline. The trail travels past old farmhouses as you ride to Hogs Head and the blue-green skyline of Ballinskelligs Bay.
Day 7: Friday
After breakfast, transfer to your airport.
Ride Details - The Celtic Ring of Kerry Ride
Dates: April 17th – 23rd, April 24th – 30th, May 8th – 14th, May 15th – 21st, May 22nd – 28th, May 29th – June 4th, June 5th – 11th, June 12th – 18th, June 19th – 25th, June 26th – July 2nd, July 3rd – 9th, July 10th – 16th, July 17th – 23rd, July 24th – 29th, July 31 – August 6th, August 7th – 13th, August 14th – 19th, August 21st – 27th, August 28th – September 3rd, September 4th – 11th, September 11th – 17th, September 18th – 24th, September 25th – October 1st, October 2nd – 8th, October 9th – 15th
Best Months to Ride: April – October. Peak season is July, August
Airport: Shannon or Dublin
Meeting Place: Killarney Train Station or Kerry Airport (Shannon Airport car rental drop off point)
Riding Days: 5
Maximum Daily Riding Hours: 4- 5
Horses: Irish Drafts, Irish Cobs and Percheron Crosses
Riding Ability: INTERMEDIATE: Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots, two point canters and gallops in open country.
Saddles: English, Swiss Ranger
Group size: 2 – 12
Non-riding Activities: fishing, hiking, cycling, golf
Accommodations: 3 *** and 4**** hotel/inns
*Price: $1,975.00 per person double occupancy, $230.00 single occupancy
*This price will fluctuate with the USD/EURO exchange and will be fixed at your final payment.
Includes: 6 nights accommodations, all breakfasts and lunches, horse, tack, guide
Not Included: airfare, transfer to and from the airport, all dinners
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The Celtic Ring of Kerry Ride