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Wild Atlantic Way Horse Riding Holiday Ireland

The Clew Bay Trail Ride takes small groups of experienced riders along the Wild Atlantic Way through new and ever-changing landscapes of small villages, breathtaking sandy beaches, sea and off-shore islands, country lanes, mountain tracks and local heritage sites, stopping for a picnic along the way. Your host Padraic Foy, is a qualified riding instructor, a Monty Robert's Certified Instructor and an accomplished horseman whose family have been involved with horses in the locality for generations. Combined with the spectacular Clew Bay region, quality Irish horses, and excellent accommodation, this program will give you a horse riding adventure holiday you will cherish forever!

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 90 kilograms / 200 pounds
  • Horse height range: 13.2hh (138 centimeters) to 16.2hh (168 centimeters)
  • Tack type: English
  • Horse breed: Connemara Ponies, Irish Sport Horses, Irish Draughts, or Irish Cobs

Highlights

  • 5-day trail riding sessions
  • 4 or more hours riding per day
  • Ride along the Wild Atlantic Way
  • Horses, tack, and a qualified guide
  • Transfers during the trail riding
  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • 5 picnic lunches for riders
  • Daily tasty breakfast

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

You will stay in guest house accommodation.

Program

2022 Schedule

Sunday

On arrival to Westport, check in to your accommodation which is where you will be staying for the trail. 

Monday

Transfer to Drummindoo Stud to meet your host Padraic Foy, your horse, and the other riders. After an assessment ride in the indoor arena, riders and horses are transferred to the village of Aughagower for the Aughagower Ride. This takes us through the villages of

Curvey, Lankill and Knappagh Beg where you will picnic on the shores of Knappagh Lake, then on to Drumhill before returning to Aughagower via Peggy's Boreen. After riding there is a chance for riders to visit the round tower and monastic site which dates back to the 7th century.

Tuesday

Today you start at the village of Culeen for the Culeen Ride. This ride takes us to the west of Croagh Patrick, through quiet country lanes at Kilsallagh and Kinnock and then to bog roads at Dereen where you will have some long canters. You will picnic on the bog and get to see the harvesting of the bog peat at close hand. You will then return via a river crossing at Bellakip to finish the day at Culeen.

Wednesday

Today you start at Formoyle for the Feenone Ride. This takes you over a mountain pass, close to a megalithic burial site (one of many in the area), through the Carrowniskey River and on to the bog roads at Feenone. Clare Island (Grainne Uaile, Ireland’s famous Pirate Queen resided there in the 1500,s and controlled all the waters of Clew Bay) and Inishturk Island can clearly be seen. You then head for Carrowniskey beach where you can canter and gallop before returning to base.

Thursday 

Today you start at Cloona just outside of Westport and take the Skelp Ride which brings you towards the east side of Croagh Patrick (Ireland's Holy Mountain which has been a site of worship for over 3,000 years.). This mountain path gives us a great view of Clew Bay. You will ride through Prospect and picnic near the ruins of a holmestead which dates back to pre-famine times. Then on to Teevnacroagha where you ride in the footsteps of St. Patrick

(Ireland's patron saint) and  Brackloon before finishing the day at Cloona.

Friday

For the final day of your trail, you make your way to Doughmakeon and to ride the beach at Carrowniskey before crossing the Carrowniskey river and on to Cross Strand. There are ample opportunities to gallop today. We picnic next to Clapper Bridge (the bridge with the eyes). You can see the coastline of  Connemara in the distance. There are many standing stones in the area dating back to megalithic times. You will ride along Cross Strand and Carrowniskey beach again before returning to your base where you will say goodbye to your equine companion. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your host Padraic in one of Westport's fine restaurants.

Saturday 

Depart after breakfast with fond memories of your equestrian adventure.

​​​Note 

The Itinerary of The Clew Bay Trail Ride may change slightly due to circumstances beyond their control such as bad weather, tidal variations, etc. and they reserve the right to change this without prior notice.

Location

This holiday will take place in Ireland, around Clew Bay and Wild Atlantic Way. Clew Bay is a natural ocean bay situated on the Wild Atlantic Way in County Mayo. It contains many islands, some say there is one for every day of the year. The bay is overlooked by Croagh Patrick, Ireland's Holy Mountain where Saint Patrick spent the forty days of Lent in 441 AD in prayer and fasting for the people of Ireland, and as tradition relates, cast a spell repeatedly down its slopes to drive out the snakes and other repellent creatures from Ireland forever.

Lying just offshore, at the mouth of Clew Bay, is the magnificent Clare Island, the stronghold and headquarters of Grainne Uaile (Grace O'Malley), the legendary Irish Pirate queen who terrorized English, Spanish, and husbands alike along the west coast of Ireland in the 1500's.

Located at the south-west corner of Clew Bay, is the award-winning town of Westport which has won the "Irish Tidy Towns Competition" three times in 2001, 2006, and 2008. In 2013, it was deemed the "Best Place To Live In Ireland" and the "Best Large Town" by The Irish Times. It has a gracious town center in the Georgian Architectural style and is one of the few planned towns in Ireland. The planning of the town by James Wyatt in 1780 was commissioned by Lord Sligo of the stately home Westport House, as a place for his workers and tenants to live. Among the picturesque features of the town are it's tree-lined, flower decorated promenade (The Mall) and several stone bridges over the Carrowbeg River.

Food

You will be served daily breakfast. For riders, five picnic lunches will be available without any extra cost.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Clew Bay is a top class activity hub and a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. You can choose from walking, cycling, sailing, fishing, golf, and a host of other adventure activities.

What's included

  • 5 days trail riding (4 or more hours per day)
  • Horse, tack, and guide
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 5 picnic lunches for riders
  • Transfers during the trail for riders
  • Return transfers from Westport Train Station and Bus Depot to accommodation

What's not included

  • Evening meals
  • Arrival or departure transfers

How to get there

Arrival by bus

Your hosts provide free collection from Westport Bus depot.

Arrival by train

Your hosts provide free collection from Westport Train Station.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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