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Renowned for its beauty, famed for the splendor of its scenery, Killarney is one of the world's best loved tourist spots and a great destination for an Ireland horseback riding vacation. Killarney (Cill Airne - The Church of Sloes) became a magnificent town about 1750 when the local magnate, Lord Kenmare, developed the tourist business and four major roads were built to the outside world. The area still bears the marks of a group of houses huddled outside the demesne walls. The present population is about 14000 and the main economic base is tourism.
Situated in the south-western corner of Ireland, with its three famous lakes reflecting the ever changing skies above the great mountain ranges, Killarney has been the inspiration of poets and painters for many centuries, and now it is also a thriving commercial and tourist center. Killarney offers a wide and variety range of hotels from the large and luxurious to the small and intimate. There are some excellent guesthouses, cozy farmhouses, friendly town and country homes, with self-catering accommodation in the most attractive locations with a total capacity to cater for almost 6,000 visitors. It is the ideal playground for the sporting enthusiast - you can fish, swim, golf, play tennis, ride a horse or pony, paddle a canoe, or climb a mountain. For those interested in history and archaeology there are many outstanding items of interest to be seen.
The three main lakes of Killarney occupy a broad valley stretching south between the mountains, the three lakes and the mountains that surround them are all within the Killarney National Park. Nearest the town is the lower lake (Lough Leane) studded with islands and having on its eastern shore the historic Muckross Abbey and Ross Castle. The wooded peninsula of Muckross separates the lower lake from the middle lake sometimes called Muckross Lake. At the tip of the Muckross Peninsula is the quaint Brickeen Bridge and Dinis Island further on with its sub-tropical vegetation and views of the Meeting of the Waters. A narrow straight called the Long Range leads to the island -studded upper lake. Around these islands are luxurious woods of oak, arbitus, holly and mountain ash, while beneath grows a profusion of fern and other plants. Added to the beauty of the three main lakes are many other lakes in the folds of the mountains, and the numerous picturesque cascades such as Torc Waterfall. Rising to the west of the Killarney valley are the peaks of the MacGillicuddy's Reeks. These mountains beloved of the climber including Carrauntohil 3414 feet (1,050 metres), the highest peak in Ireland.
Ireland Horseback Riding Vacations:
Six nights / Five days- Full Trail Ride for 2017: Half board basis B&B Package (bed & breakfast)
$1,720.50 USD* (€1,520) per person sharing based on 2 per room. Solo travellers should factor in a Single Supplement $181 USD* (€160), where applicable, Killarney Riding Stables cannot guarantee shared rooms.
This includes: 5 days Trail Riding (4+ hours per day), 5 picnic lunches out on trail, 6 nights B&B accommodations, horse, tack & guide. Price does not include evening meals, arrival or departure transfers.
Three nights / Two Days - Mini Trail Ride for 2017: Half board basis B&B Package
$673 USD* (€595) per person sharing based on 2 per room. Solo travellers should factor in a Single Supplement $85 USD* (€75) where applicable, Killarney Riding Stables cannot guarantee shared rooms.
This includes: 2 days Trail riding (4+ hours per day), 2 picnic lunches out on trial, 3 nights B&B accommodations, horse, tack & guide. Price does not include evening meals, arrival or departure transfers
Additionally Killarney Riding Stables offer hacking, trekking and trail riding in Killarney National Park for 1,2 and 3 hours taking in stunning views of Killarney’s Lakes and Mountains, Flora and Fauna. Open all year from 8am.
Small family run hotels and guesthouses
Breakfast is at all accommodations; full Irish or continental style breakfast. Lunch; Picnic style out on Trail (bread, fruit, meat, cheese etc.), Tea/Coffee/Water.
Dinner is not included; all villages and towns have a selection of Pubs & Restaurants, serving food. Most pubs/bars restaurants, accept credit card payments.
6 Night and 5 Day Trail Ride/ 3 night and 2 day Trail Ride
The Killarney Reeks Trail / Ring of Kerry Trail Riding Vacation involves 6 nights accommodation and 5 days horse riding. It consists of exploring Kerry's highlands, crossing Ireland's highest mountain range, the awesome MacGillycuddy Reeks. The Trail Ride Package includes accommodation in Killarney, Glenbeigh and Waterville, luggage transfer to each accommodation, lunch each day, horse, tack and guide. This Ireland riding vacation is led at all times by an experienced guide(s) and Killarney Stables takes special care of nervous riders.
Killarney Stables also offers hacking, trekking and trail riding in Killarney National Park for 1, 2 or 3 hours taking in stunning views of Killarney’s Lakes and Mountains, Flora and Fauna. Open all year from 8am. All major credit cards accepted.
For the winter months, riders can explore the Killarney National Park on trail rides.
Explore the highlands of Kerry with the majestic McGillycuddy Reeks, Ireland's greatest mountain range; ride on country lanes, mountain tracks (on one of the few post-to-post trail rides available in Ireland) through forests, over bogs and on some of the beaches at Waterville and on the magnificent 6.4km (4mls) stretch of golden sand at Rossbeigh. The Iveragh Peninsula stretches south-west from Killarney and has many places of historic and archaeological interest along the world renowned Ring of Kerry.
Killarney National Park Trail Rides:
The trails go through the Killarney National Park North of Lough Lein, (the largest of the three lakes in Killarney) taking in views of Ross Castle and Ross Island, panoramic views of Innisfallen Island and surrounding mountains. The Kenmare Estate and the majestic mountains surrounding Killarney can all be appreciated.
* Prices are set in the Euro, thus the USD listed price is subject to changes due to currency converstions. Enquire about rates for the most up to date information.