Bel-Air Hotel & Equestrian Centre is a family run country house hotel and equestrian centre in Ashford, Co.
Wicklow, and about an hour’s drive from Dublin airport.
Known as the Garden of Ireland, Wicklow is one of the most scenic areas of Ireland.
Bel-Air enjoys spectacular views of the sea and access to horse riding through lush green countryside and forest.
Bel-Air is best known for its cross-country ride-outs.
It caters for the experienced rider and offers cross-country riding and jumping on a variety of well-schooled horses.
Bel-Air can provide clinics in all disciplines, including ﬂat-work, showjumping, cross-country jumping, and hacking through forest and ﬁelds.
It also has mock hunts in the autumn and a very active riding club.
Bel-Air specialises in building rider conﬁdence on the cross-country course.
Special riding holiday packages can be tailored to suit your particular needs.
On these holidays you will stay at the hotel, which is an old country house on the estate.
Relax and unwind in front of a big log ﬁre with home-cooked food and enjoy the friendly atmosphere.
Contact Details Phone: 00353 87 2794392 Address: Ashford, Co.
Website: www.belairhotelequestrian.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 12 Horse Riding Holidays in Ireland DUBLIN’S DOORSTEP We are here Brennanstown Riding School Brennanstown Riding School is one of Ireland’s best-known equestrian centres and is located in Co.
Wicklow (the Garden of Ireland).
It is just off the N11 at the Bray/Enniskerry exit, approximately 30 minutes’ drive from Dublin.
Open all year round and providing top-class facilities, this Association of Irish Riding Establishments and British Horse Society approved riding centre offers qualiﬁed instruction for all standards (adults and children), from novice to competition riders, either in the large indoor school or outdoor sand arenas.
Cross-country rides and treks, ranging from one to two hours, are available and will take riders through the beautiful Hollybrook and Killruddery Estates, providing stunning views of Dublin Bay and the Wicklow countryside.
The riding centre has a wide variety of horses and ponies, ranging from quiet mounts for novice and nervous riders to those suitable for the more ambitious and experienced clients.
Make sure you experience Ireland on horseback by including a trip to Brennanstown as part of your visit.
Contact Details Phone: 00353 1 2863778 Address: Hollybrook, Kilmacanogue, Co.
Website: www.brennanstownrs.ie Email: email@example.com DUBLIN’S DOORSTEP We are here Broadmeadow Equestrian Centre Broadmeadow Equestrian Centre can be found near Ashbourne in Co.
Meath and is conveniently located just 15 minutes from Dublin airport and 25 minutes from Dublin city.
Whatever your level of experience, the excellent facilities and ﬁrst-class horses and ponies ensure that you will ﬁnd an activity and a mount perfectly suited to your needs.
The equestrian centre features three arenas: one indoor with a premier cushion surface to ensure excellent footing and two outdoor ﬂoodlit arenas.
Indoors you will also ﬁnd the reception area, a coffee shop, washroom facilities and a viewing gallery to watch the wonderful horses in action.
Every July and August, the centre runs a young rider programme that welcomes unaccompanied children between the ages of 12 and 18, with riders of all levels being catered for.
The programme includes 18 hours of riding tuition per week and the emphasis is on fun, learning and riding safety.
Accommodation is on site in the Duff family home, which can accommodate 10 children comfortably.
Non-residential pony camps are also offered during school holidays.
What a fantastic way to make lifelong friends! Contact Details Phone: 00353 1 8351633 Address: Bullstown, Ashbourne, Co.
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The centre is conveniently located just 4km from Rathcoole village and 20 minutes from Dublin city centre.
Facilities at Calliaghstown include a 50m x 25m indoor arena, a 70m x 35m all-weather ﬂoodlit outdoor arena, and 25 acres of cross-country fences to suit all levels.
There are also forests, country roads and lanes for hacking.
Calliaghstown Equestrian Centre caters for both beginners and experienced riders, with horses to suit all levels.
Employees are always on hand to offer assistance and advice, and the instructors are trained to help you achieve your goals in a fun and safe environment.
Approved by the British Horse Society, the centre caters for school tours and birthday parties, and offers international youth and pony camps during school breaks.
Regular competitions and shows are held at the centre and are open to all.
Visitors are sure to enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere that is unique to Calliaghstown.
Contact Details Phone: 00353 1 4588322, Mobile: 00353 85 7279803 Address: Rathcoole, Co.
Website: www.facebook.com/calliaghstownequestriancentre Email: email@example.com DUBLIN’S DOORSTEP We are here Ravensdale Lodge, Equestrian & Trekking Centre With its wide-open spaces and breathtaking scenery, Ravensdale Lodge in Co.
Louth offers a truly magical setting for trekking and leisure pursuits.
Let the team of safe and reliable horses and ponies, and the friendly staff, guide you through the stunning countryside that surrounds the centre.
Ravensdale Lodge is located close to the national awardwinning Ravensdale Forest Park and nestles in the scenic Cooley Mountains that sweep down to the medieval town of Carlingford.
The centre’s signature day trek to Carlingford is a great excursion that combines a gourmet picnic lunch to satisfy every appetite, with spectacular views that will take your breath away.
Whether you stay for an hour or days, you will experience the same excellent service and attention to detail that is extended to all guests.
Ravensdale Lodge has featured on RTE’s travel programme ‘No Frontiers’ on two occasions and the centre has won four National Enterprise Awards over a 10-year period for the standards it has set within the industry.
Contact Details Phone: 00353 42 9371034 Address: Ravensdale Lodge, Dundalk, Co.
Website: www.ravensdalelodge.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 14 Horse Riding Holidays in Ireland DUBLIN’S DOORSTEP We are here — Contact Details Phone: 00353 87 2445545 Address: Kingsborough House, Birr, Co.
Website: www.birrequestrian.ie Email: email@example.com 15 Horse Riding Holidays in Ireland SHANNON We are here Clonlara Equestrian Centre The family run Clonlara Equestrian Centre is located in east Clare, 5km from Limerick city and 8km from the marina town of Killaloe.
The riding school is situated amid 130 acres of farmland and is an ideal location for trekking, cross-country and hosting competitions.
Clonlara Equestrian Centre boasts an international-size indoor arena, an outdoor all-weather arena and stabling for 65 horses.
There is also a walker, mini cross-country course and ample parking.
The centre offers riding lessons for all ages, runs pony camps and does horse trekking.
The riding treks will take you through lovely scenery around the farm and nonriders can take in the local area and farm on foot.
Lessons can be arranged for groups or individuals and can focus on showjumping, dressage or cross-country.
A number of lessons have a unique twist: Clonlara has become well known for its musical rides, which include cowboys, men in tuxedos and ladies in ball gowns, all on horseback.
Clonlara Equestrian Centre also breeds Connemara ponies and Irish sport horses.
Clonlara is a family run business that prides itself on its excellent facilities, good service and friendly staff.
Contact Details Phone: 00353 61 354172 Address: Killaloe Road, Clonlara, Co.
Website: www.clonlaraequestrian.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org SHANNON We are here Clonshire Equestrian Centre Clonshire Equestrian Centre is a friendly and relaxed riding centre set on a 120-acre parkland estate in Adare, Co.
The centre has two indoor arenas, an extremely large outdoor arena and a cross-country course.
With experienced and highly qualiﬁed staff, and top-class well-schooled horses and ponies, there is something to suit everyone, from the gentle pleasure hack to the competition-level eventer.
Clonshire offers riding holidays all year round and is a training and examination centre for the British Horse Society qualiﬁcations.
Pony camps are also available throughout the year.
Guests on a riding holiday stay beside the stables and ride for four to ﬁve hours daily.
Each day begins with an arena 16 lesson, combining ﬂatwork and jumping, and is followed by an instructional cross-country ride.
The afternoon rides change from day to day and there is evening riding from Monday to Thursday.
Sue Foley and her team of experienced staff offer excellent tuition to riders of all ages and abilities.
Clonshire has full disabled access and caters for riders with special needs. Contact Details Phone: 00353 61 396770 Address: Clonshire, Adare, Co.
Website: www.clonshire.com Email: email@example.com Horse Riding Holidays in Ireland — We are here An Sibin Riding Centre An Sibin offers the Galway Clare Burren Trail Ride, this is a back-to-nature experience like no other.
The guided, postto-post trail riding holiday takes place in the west of Ireland and is the perfect way to discover the region’s outstanding beauty and wildlife.
On the six-day trail ride, you will enjoy a combination of relaxing and fast rides in lush countryside with stunning scenery.
The ride passes through a variety of landscapes: vast areas of heather-covered bogs, peaceful mossy forests, and the world-famous Burren National Park with its distinct limestone setting and unique ﬂora and fauna.
You will come across Celtic tombs and forts, and learn about Ireland’s colourful history and mystic legends.
The ride concludes overlooking the majestic Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands and Atlantic Ocean.
During the trail ride, accommodation is provided in comfortable guesthouses.
German and French speaking guides are available.
The base for the ride is the An Sibin Riding Centre, near Whitegate, Co.
This centre is a true country idyll and offers shorter, guided residential rides for all levels.
Contact Details Phone: 00353 61 927411 Address: An Sibin Riding Centre, Derryoran East, Whitegate, Co.
Website: www.irishhorseriding.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org SHANNON We are here Tipperary Mountain Trekking Centre Tipperary Mountain Trekking Centre is situated in beautiful mountain countryside in the heart of Ireland, at Rusheen, Borrisoleigh, Co.
It is a small, family friendly horse riding school with access to hundreds of acres of some of the ﬁnest off-road horse riding you will experience in Ireland.
On horse or pony treks, Tipperary Mountain Trekking will show you a Bronze Age settlement, standing stones, hill forts and ring forts, as well as spectacular panoramic views.
The pastures are the habitat of rare ﬂowers, birds and fungi as well as the occasional hare, deer and fox.
Riding guides will also entertain you with tales of the local folk hero, ‘Ned of the Hills’.
You can roam the mountains on horseback for an hour or two, or ride all day to visit Kinnane’s Bar in the scenic village of Upperchurch.
Tipperary Mountain Trekking Centre also provides horse riding and natural horsemanship handling lessons, pony camps and tailor-made riding holidays for solo travellers or groups.
Non-riders can enjoy hill walking, ﬁshing and golf locally.
The Rock of Cashel and the medieval city of Kilkenny are also only a short drive away.
Contact Details Phone: 00353 87 4106868 Address: Rusheen House, Borrisoleigh, Co.
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This is a fabulous area for horse riding with stunning panoramic views of the east coast and the scenic Blackstairs Mountains.
Kingsford Equestrian Centre is a family run riding centre offering riding lessons, trekking and pony camps.
At the summer pony camps, the children ‘own’ their pony for the week that they are at camp.
They are responsible for feeding it, grooming it, tacking it up, and of course riding it! Kingsford Equestrian Centre also caters for groups, such as children’s parties or groups looking for something exciting, energetic and fun to do on a weekend away.
There is a very spacious indoor arena and qualiﬁed riding instructors are available for all levels of rider.
Whether you are just a beginner or an advanced rider, Kingsford can offer you a highly enjoyable and memorable experience. Contact Details Phone: 00353 53 9134065, Mobile: 00353 86 2589920 Address: Barntown, Co.
Website: www.kingsfordequestrian.ie Email: firstname.lastname@example.org SOUTH EAST — 23 Horse Riding Holidays in Ireland LAKELANDS We are here Moorlands Equestrian Centre Moorlands Equestrian Centre is a family run riding school based on the shores of Lough Allen in the heart of Co.
Established in 1993 by the McManus family, Moorlands offers a wide range of activities for all ages and abilities.
Its scenic, off-road setting, between Sliabh an Iarainn and the Arigna Mountains, provides a perfect base for lessons, treks, crosscountry ride-outs, hunting and pony camps.
Moorlands provides a friendly, safe environment to ride and endeavours to ensure that all visitors leave having had an equestrian experience to remember.
Moorlands provides excellent professional tuition by qualiﬁed instructors.
The scenic treks are suitable for all standard of rider and the all-weather track allows you to explore Curraghill and stop off for a break at the water’s edge on the shores of Lough Allen.
Moorlands Equestrian Centre is open all year round and is easy to ﬁnd.
It is only a 15-minute drive from Carrick-on-Shannon. Contact Details Phone: 00353 71 9641500 Address: Curraghill, Drumshanbo, Co.
Website: www.moorlands.ie Email: email@example.com LAKELANDS We are here Mullingar Equestrian Centre Mullingar Equestrian Centre, located just one hour from Dublin in Co.
Westmeath, is one of Ireland’s premier equestrian centres.
The family run centre caters for families, adult groups and holidays for unaccompanied young riders (such as horse riding holidays combined with English language courses).
The excellent facilities, quality horses, experienced staff and on-site accommodation results in a unique package which attracts guests annually from across the globe.
The centre welcomes riders of all levels and can tailor holiday packages to suit the beginner as well as the more advanced rider.
The weekly activities include riding lessons, training shows and cross-country ride outs.
Among the facilities is an 24 indoor arena which ensures year-round shows and lessons.
There are many attractions in the area to keep non-riders entertained as well.
Belvedere House and Gardens and Lockes Distillery Museum in Kilbeggan are but two of the wonderful visitor sites nearby.
If you feel more energetic, Mullingar Equestrian Centre can organise golf at one of six local courses or bicycle hire.
Contact Details Phone: 00353 44 9348331 Address: Athlone Road, Mullingar, Co Westmeath.
Website: www.mullingarequestrian.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Horse Riding Holidays in Ireland — Island View Riding Stables Canter along white sand with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the iconic Benbulben Mountain on the other.
Island View Riding Stables allows you to discover Co.
Sligo on horseback.
The riding is suitable for all the family – beginners or experienced riders, young or old.
Trekking options include a 30-minute lead-rein trek, one-hour beach ride, two-hour hack and full-day trail ride complete with picnic or pub lunch.
Island View Riding Stables can also arrange unique tailor-made riding holidays, with a variety of accommodation options.
The special Island Ride option, for experienced riders, takes you to uninhabited islands.
Here you can spot seals and seabirds in their natural habitat and then let loose along the strand with a hearty gallop.
For beginners and those looking to improve their skills, Island View Riding Stables provides riding lessons for groups and individuals.
Those interested in more gentle leisure activities can rent a horse-drawn carriage and coachman to explore the rural charm and sea views of Yeats country beneath Benbulben. Contact Details Phone: 00353 71 9166156, Mobile: 00353 86 1956615 Address: Mount Temple, Moneygold, Grange, Co.
Website: www.islandviewridingstables.com, www.reiteninirland.de Email: email@example.com NORTH WEST We are here Lenamore Stables Equestrian Leisure Complex Lenamore Stables Equestrian Leisure Complex is situated high in the hills of Co.
Donegal overlooking the beautiful city of Derry.
A well-established, multi-disciplinary yard consisting of a riding school, livery and breeding yard, the facility is halfway between the villages of Muff and Bridgend, and approximately 32km from Letterkenny and Carndonagh.
There is a wide selection of quiet country lanes for the horse trekking enthusiast.
From your own saddle you can enjoy views of mountains, lakes, sea and green ﬁelds.
Facilities at Lenamore include 35 stables, 18 stalls, an indoor and outdoor all-weather arena, showjumping course, cross-country course and accommodation for up to 16 people.
Lenamore Stables specialises in birthday parties with four to six ponies that excel at party games and entertaining children.
Afterwards, the clubroom can be used for the goodies.
The main emphasis of Lenamore Stables is to keep a high standard of horses, coaching and facilities. Contact Details Phone: 00353 74 9384022 Address: Muff, Co.
Website: www.lenamorestables.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 27 Horse Riding Holidays in Ireland Did you know There are three breeds of horses indigenous to Ireland.
These are the Connemara pony, the Irish draught and the Irish hunter.
Each one of these breeds is noted for its surefootedness, intelligence and grace under pressure.
According to legend, the Connemara pony, one of our most famous breeds, got its ﬂashy looks thanks to the Spanish Armada that ran aground in 1588.
Apparently some of the Andalusian horses on board were set loose and bred with the native stock.
In Celtic times, horses were seen as symbols of fertility.
Several drawings and carvings of horses have been found in early settlements. Kildare is known as the K thoroughbred county due to its love affair with this horse breed.
L It is home to many racing yards, three thr top-class racecourses and the I Irish National Stud where you can g get up close to the country’s ﬁnest ﬁnes thoroughbreds.
The horse today is far a cry from his ancestors.
The ﬁrst horses to walk this earth looked more like dogs and had ﬁve toes instead of hard hooves.
The ‘chestnut’ on the inside part of a horse’s leg is a remnant of one of these toes.
Irish racehorse Shergar won the 1981 Epsom Derby by 10 lengths, the longest winning margin in the race’s 226-year history.
Sadly his most famous legacy was his kidnapping by masked gunmen.
The horse was never seen again.
There have been several internationally renowned horses from Ireland.
One of the most plucky was Marion Hughes’s Flo Jo.
Standing at a mere 14.2 hands, this show jumper competed against horses that were often two or three feet taller than him.
Horses and their riders have always played a massive part of Irish mythology, like Niamh’s white horse that took Oisín to and from Tír na nÓg. 28 Horse Riding Holidays in Ireland — Galway Galway Equestrian Centre Moycullen Riding Centre Athlone Equestrian Centre Loughrea Equestrian Centre Annaharvey Farm Slieve Aughty Aille Cross Centre Equestrian Centre Dublin Offaly Abbeyﬁeld Farm Calliaghstown Equestrian Centre Kildare Brennanstown Riding School Wolftrek Birr Equestrian Centre Laois Bel-Air Hotel & Equestrian Centre Wicklow Clare Tipperary N An Sibin Riding Centre Carlow Clonlara Equestrian Centre Tipperary Mountain Trekking Centre Crossogue Equestrian Centre Kilkenny Tipperary S
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