Connemara Equestrian Escapes offers Irish riding vacations in Connemara, a beautiful and pristine area on the west coast of Ireland, and along the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland's first long-distance touring route, stretching along the dramatic Atlantic Coast. Imagine a luxury equestrian holiday combining horseback riding on beaches, mountains, rivers and lakes that is actually affordable. Nights are spent in luxurious castle hotels, manor houses, historic country house hotels and our own farm house with delicious food and comfortable bedrooms.
Bring your own horse or ride one of Connemara Equestrian Escapes' "well-trained mounts. Picture this. You are looking out through the ears of a sure-footed Connemara Pony or majestic Irish Draught Horse. You can feel the soft, West of Ireland breeze on your face. The only sound is the Atlantic Ocean gently lapping the shoreline. The aroma of a distant turf fire mixes with the scent of the sea. You can still taste the gourmet breakfast you enjoyed after a restful sleep in luxury accommodations.
A new day of freedom, exploration and discovery stretches before you. You are experiencing the magic and mystery of Connemara and the Wild Atlantic Way in a unique and memorable way. This is so much more fun than any other horse riding vacation.
Connemara Equestrian Escapes provides horseback riding vacations with different lengths of stay - 3 day/2 nights to 7 day/6 nights. Each package includes activities on horseback as well as the opportunity to experience the unique culture and traditions of the area.
Every day you will be introduced to a new aspect of the heritage, history, culture and traditions of the magical and mythical place. During their down time, horses and riders from Connemara Equestrian Escapes vacations compete at nationwide equestrian events such as amateur show jumping, cross country and dressage competitions, purely for fun. Connemara Equestrian's equines are kind, forward going, responsive but most importantly, they are true and loyal friends.
Safety of both rider and horse is paramount at Connemara Equestrian Escapes and staff are continually educated through the BHS (British Horse Society) Equestrian Tourism Programme.
More Special Vacation Packages
Connemara Equestrian Escapes- 3 Day Galway Blazers Hunting Escape in Ireland from available Dec to March
This is a unique opportunity to hunt with the Galway Blazers and ride with Connemara Equestrian Escapes. Stay at the well appointed Curra Farm House, the home of Connemara Equestrian Escapes and ride with Cáit Goaley on one of her home bred over height Connemara Ponies or Irish Draught Horses in Connemara. Maximum 8 riders per group.
Itinerary and details for 3 Day Galway Blazers Hunting Escape – December To March below.
• Price – From €350 per person, B&B Accommodation in Curra Farm (single supplement of €150 applies), includes hire of hunting horse
• Hunt with the Galway Blazers (hunt cap of €150 payable to hunt secretary)
• Arrival/Departure – Monday to Wednesday or Friday to Sunday
• Monday/Friday – Transfer from Galway, 2 hour cross country ride
• Tuesday/Saturday – Hunt with the Galway Blazers
• Wednesday/Sunday – Optional beach ride (€50 pp), Transfer to Galway
Hunt Ball Special With The Galway Blazers
4 Day Package from February 16th – 19th 2017
From €475 including hire of hunting horse
€170 Hunting cap and ticket for the hunt ball on February 18th at The Loughrea Hotel & Spa payable to The Galway Blazers.
Learn more! Email Cait. Call +353876445589. Visit Connemara Equestrian Escapes website.
Connemara Equestrian Escapes- St Patricks Day Escape 15th – 18th March
What could be better than spending St Patrick’s Day in Ireland? How about, spending St Patrick’s Day in Connemara? Or better still, spending 4 days in Connemara, riding Connemara Ponies, immersing yourself in all things Irish, and riding one of our ponies at the parade on our St Patricks Day Escape – 15th – 18th March!
The Connemara Equestrian Escapes St Patrick’s Break promises a lively mix of horse-riding, music, culture and ‘craic’ (fun) over 3 nights and 4 days, based in Curra Farm, our own farmhouse, on the shores of Lough Corrib.
You’ll arrive on March 15th and be introduced to your equine partner.
We’ll spend some time in the large, enclosed sand arena making sure you are the perfect match before heading out around the grounds for a short hack.This annual show attracts the very best of Irish riders, horses and ponies to compete on an International stage. Next we’ll pay a visit to nearby Connemara Marble Factory before enjoying a well-earned dinner.
The next morning, we’ll explore the shores of the Wild Atlantic Way on horseback before paying a visit to Brigit’s Garden. That evening, we’ll enjoy dinner and a music session in the nearby village of Moycullen, gateway to Connemara.
There’s even more exploring on horseback on the agenda for Day 3, when you’ll get a sense of the huge diversity of the terrain in the Connemara area.
St Patrick’s Day will be busy because we will be preparing the ponies for display at the local St. Patrick’s Day parade, and you will be riding one of them!
You’ll have the opportunity to soak up the unique atmosphere and enjoy the music, dancing and craic before, during and after dinner!
Contact us for more details! Email Cait. Call +353876445589. Visit Connemara Equestrian Escapes website.
4-star country manor hotels, a castle and our own farmhouse, offering comfort, fine dining and superb countryside views.
Fresh, locally sourced, meat fish and seafood, home-grown salads and vegetables, (organic where possible) homemade breads, cakes and desserts. Food is gourmet, plentiful and tasty.
Horse riding on country lanes, bog roads, forestry tracks and sandy beaches. Cultural activities include boat trips, visits to significant historic sites, sheep shearing or fish smoking demonstrations, a traditional Irish music 'session', Gaelic games and turf cutting. Bring your own horse or ride one of Connemara Equestrian Escapes' horses.
There is plenty for equestrians and their non-riding companions to do on these vacations. Please ask us about activities for non-riders, including fishing, golf, tennis, biking, hiking and sightseeing. Non-riders can choose to join the riders for lunch and cultural activities each day and rates can be negotiated to reflect this.
Connemara is an area of outstanding natural beauty, unchanged for centuries. The pace of life is slow and easy and visitors are assured of a warm welcome. Every stone has a story to tell. The entire history of Ireland is reflected in Connemara and some world-changing events happened right here.