Ride Overview - Lough Corrib Ride
A horseback riding vacation across 2 regions of western Ireland! You will ride across the rugged Slieve Aughty forest hills and the stunning shores of Ireland’s largest lake, Lough Corrib. You can immerse yourself in tranquility and beauty as you pass under the shelter of tall moss covered trees, through gentle flowing streams, and over postcard perfect country lanes. Then you will ride the rugged trails of the Connemara. For 3 nights, your lodging is a comfortable eco-lodge with an organic kitchen. For 2 nights, you will stay in a cozy farmhouse B & B located near Lake Corrib. A non-riding tour of the 16th Aughnanure Castle and Connemara Marble Visitor Centre and the award-winning Brigit’s Garden is planned.
Ride Itinerary - Lough Corrib Ride
Transfer to your eco lodge any time after 3:00 PM. If you arrive early, you may be able to enjoy a short ride.
Day 2 – 3:
Two full days (5 – 6 hours) of trails are planned. Your guide will lead you through lush forests and along hilltop trails. With more than 2,000 acres of Coillte forestry, there are plenty of trails to explore. You will pass the moss-covered ruins of old farming villages; wind along the Duniry River where oaks and beech tower over the banks; and climb the hills to the bogs where the view is breathtaking. A picnic will be served in tranquil fields. At day’s end, you can relax in an eco-outdoor hot tub under the stars.
After a relaxing morning, you will pack your bags. At noon, you will be transferred to your Cura farmhouse B & B on the shores of Lough Corrib. Along the way, you will visit the Aughnanure Castle. This 16th-century Irish tower house was once occupied by Irish pirate queen, Grace O’Malley. Grace married a famous Irish chieftain Donal O’Flaherty (Donal of the Battles) and owned many castles throughout Connemara. After lunch, you will ride across the farmland. Your day ends with a glass of bubbly served on a B * B’s boat-shaped wooden deck with stunning views of Ireland’s largest lake.
You will breathe in the fresh Connemara air and listen to the local history as you ride along the lake and forest trails. Winding paths will lead to the ruins of a famine village and a picnic stop. An evening trip to the Connemara Marble Visitor Centre for a tour of the factory and jewelry shop and museum is planned. The marble is said to be one of the rarest forms of marble in the world and dates back over 600 million years. The marble is quarried, fashioned and polished by skilled craftsmen at the visitor center.
A horseback ride to the award-winning Brigit’s Garden takes you on a magical journey into the heart of Celtic heritage and mythology. This site is considered one of the truly outstanding places to visit in western Ireland. After lunch in an organic kitchen restaurant, you will mount up to ride the winding paths through the forest to return to the farmhouse.
You will be transferred to Galway City where you can enjoy the city or grab a taxi to take you to the Dublin or Shannon Airport. For €5/bag, you can leave your luggage in Eyre Square Big O Taxi left luggage facility (open 24 hours).
Ride Details - Lough Corrib Ride
Dates: Monday – Sunday, April 16th-22nd, April 23rd-29th, April 30th-May 6th, May 14th-20th, May 21st-27th, May 28th-June 3rd
Airport: Dublin or Shannon Airport, Ballinasloe train station
Riding Days: 5
Daily Riding Hours: 3 -5
Riding Ability: INTERMEDIATE Capable of cantering in open spaces. Able to tack own horse
Group Size: 6 – 10
Horses: Irish sport horses, cobs, tinkers, Connemara, Arabs, Thoroughbreds, and ponies
Non-riding Activities: walking, cycling, golfing
Accommodations: 4★ Eco-friendly guest house or eco-lodge farmhouse B & B
*Price: $2,175.00 per person, double occupancy, $325.00 single supplement
*Price is based on USD/Euro exchange rate and will be fixed at final payment.
Included: 7 nights’ accommodation, all breakfasts and lunches, horse, tack, guide/instructor
Not Included: airfare, dinners in Connemara, transfers from Dublin airport – €180 per person, Shannon Airport €60 per person
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