Horses have played an important role in the folklore and tradition of Ireland down through the years and Irish horses and ponies are known throughout the world for their speed, strength and beauty. So what better way to experience the magnificence of Ireland’s landscape than on horseback?
Whether you want to take a relaxing trek along mountain paths, through beautiful countryside or along deserted beaches or improve your cross-country or dressage skills, we’ll find the establishment that is just right for you.
Castle Leslie in Co Monaghan on a 1,000-acre private estate, combines old-style hospitality and grandeur with a range of cross-country jumps and 21 miles of meandering bridle paths, while some of the best beach trekking to be had in Europe is along the west coast of the country, from Donegal to Kerry.
If you’re trekking, you will be given a mount for the duration of your trip according to your ability and eased into your horse-riding holiday by doing a half day’s riding.
Then you and your trusty steed will set off along quiet country roads, bridle paths, seeing the spectacular Irish landscape as it was before the age of the motor car.
Racing fans should ensure that their holiday coincides with one of Ireland’s famous racing festivals like the Galway Races, Punchestown or the Fairyhouse Easter Festival.
And be assured, at the end of a day in or out of the saddle, you will unwind in a relaxing, luxurious property where you can discuss the day’s activity with your fellow horse lovers.