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Ireland Horse Riding

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Join Country Cottage Stables for a luxury seven-day horse riding adventure set in Wicklow, along Ireland's Ancient East. They offer a blend of different horse riding experiences combined with cultural excursions, and award-winning dining experiences while staying at four-star luxury accommodation.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 215 pounds / 98 kilograms
  • Tack Type: Top quality English tack
  • Horse Breed: Sport horses, Irish cobs, Irish draughts, and Connemara ponies
  • Tailored itinerary to suit your riding level and preferred riding experiences.

Meet the instructors

Kieran & Sophie
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Highlights

  • 7 riding days
  • Approximate daily riding time: 3 - 5 hours
  • AIRE riding instructors and guides
  • Excursions
  • 6 nights accommodation in 4 star hotel
  • Daily meals and dining experiences (including whiskey tour and tasting, and traditional Irish Hooley evening)
  • Transfers to and from the airport, and private chauffeur each day.

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Dublin Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Dining area

Six nights will be spent at a four-star country house hotel. The hotel has just been awarded a four-star rating which highlights their commitment to exceptional quality and providing their guests an unparalleled experience.

Rooms are spacious with an en-suite. They are located only four minutes from the stables and beside the picturesque cozy village of Enniskerry. Powerscourt Estate is only a short walk away. You can also book a nice relaxing massage at the neighbouring award-winning spa. In the event of the hotel being fully booked for your requested dates, an alternative hotel will be suggested.

Program

Ride along quaint Irish country lanes, across rolling green hills and mountain trails with stunning views of Ireland’s largest waterfall (Powerscourt Waterfall). Explore enchanting forests and feel the freedom of galloping down the long golden sandy stretch of beach at Brittas Bay. Enjoy lessons with top-class instructors who will help you work on your flat work, dressage, and jumping. Also, experience fun days at cross-country courses and show jumping at Ireland’s premier facilities.

Country Cottage Stables' diverse array of activities showcases Ireland’s vibrant traditions and flavors, providing an enriching horse riding holiday experience. They offer cultural experiences of beautiful historic estates and gardens, agricultural shows, country fairs, award-winning restaurants with fresh local cuisine, and traditional Irish Hooley nights with music, dancing, and whiskey tastings. There will be three to five hours in the saddle each day. The top-class tack type is English tack and upon request, they can provide a McClellan saddle (a hybrid between an English and a Western saddle. 1 available).

They take pride in looking after guests in a fun, safe, confidence-giving environment. Their horses are very well-schooled and are happy, level-headed, and sensible souls. They can tailor the vacation to match your needs. Experience a seven-day holiday with the option for a shorter itinerary. They recommend you arrive at lunchtime on the first day so you can make the most of your horse riding experience with them. They offer an assessment on the first day and a trek on both your first and last day. During lessons, they offer flat work, dressage, and jumping.

This holiday offers a fantastic Irish foodie experience with much locally sourced food and a variety of fabulous dining experiences from picnics, a garden barbecue, lunches at Avoca handweavers, and a home-cooked dining experience at CCS to a traditional Irish evening and much more. The holiday is not just about horses and amazing scenery, it is also the best of Irish food and culture.

Arrival day is Sunday. Shorter holidays are available so please send an inquiry if interested. Kieran or one of his friendly team will go through the following sample itinerary with you upon your arrival and you can decide what activities suit you best.

Daily itinerary

Day 1

Pick up from the airport and drop off at the hotel for check-in. Hotel check-in is at 3:00 p.m. If you arrive in the afternoon, you can fit in a two-hour session in the arena. Meet Kieran and get a show around the stables. Meet Bear, their friendly German Shepherd, and Harvey, the terrier, his little sidekick. Firstly, get to know your new companion. You are more than welcome to groom and tack your horse. This is always a nice way to get to know each other. They believe in forming a nice partnership with your new friend. Of course, if you would prefer to relax, they will do the work for you.

At CCS, their motto is safety first so they always take the best care to match you to the best horse that suits you. The horses are honest, sensible, and sure-footed. You head down to the arena where you and your horse can get to know each other. Their assessment lessons allow you to get to know your guide also and allow them to evaluate your current riding and fitness level before matching you with an appropriate horse.

After the session, they provide some sandwiches and warm Irish scones with butter, cream, and jam with tea or coffee, and perhaps enjoy CCS homemade seasonal elderflower juice from elderflowers that grow at the stables. Transfer back to the hotel where you can relax before they pick up and take you for dinner in a lovely local seaside village, Greystones. Dinner is at a multi-award-winning small family-run restaurant specializing in fresh seafood in the summer and wild game in the winter.

Day 2

Morning ride in the forest and venture out towards the Wicklow Way with its wonderfully unspoiled spectacular mountain trails. Trek for two or three hours. Lunch is a picnic while out on the trek. Lesson after lunch and try some flatwork, dressage, or jumping. Transfer back to the hotel and dine at the hotel this evening.

Day 3

After an early breakfast, they transfer you to Brittas Bay beach where you meet your horse. Brittas Bay is a five-kilometer stretch of powdery sand and dunes on the Irish coast. You ride according to your level, so either a relaxing ride or if you prefer an exhilarating ride well, they are only happy to accommodate. The horses love the beach and especially love having a splash in the water. Lunch is a beach picnic.

After lunch, you transfer back to your hotel to freshen up and then take a scenic drive to Glendalough and walk or hike around this stunning glacial valley and visit the old medieval monastic settlement. On the journey back to the hotel, you stop for dinner at one of Wicklow’s best restaurants. Idyllically situated in the Wicklow Mountains, enjoy a unique dining experience and try the Clonakilty black pudding, smoked gubbeen, and belly bacon stuffing in a creamy wild mushroom sauce or the popular roast rump of Wicklow lamb.

Day 4

Trek out towards the Sugar Loaf mountain this morning and take in the beautiful sea views (two or three hours). A light snack and refreshments will be provided. The afternoon is spent exploring the fabulous Powerscourt House and Gardens. Lunch is at Avoca in Powerscourt House or a tour of Powerscourt Whiskey Distillery with a unique whiskey and food tasting. Dinner is a barbecue or home-cooked meal at CCS or a meal at a new award-winning restaurant showcasing the best of what Ireland has to offer.

Day 5

Leisurely breakfast and pick-up from your hotel at 11:00 a.m. Today is cross-country day at Devil’s Glen in Ashford at the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains. Enjoy a fun morning at the vast 40-acre course with a combination of field and forest jumps, water features, and banks. They, of course, match the course to your ability, so if you would just like to explore the surrounding area on your horse or try some jumps they always accommodate. Guests can also try the gallops and learn what it is like to canter or gallop along the race track. Lunch is at Avoca in Ashford where you can explore the gardens.

Afternoon at leisure. Dinner this evening is in the affluent seaside heritage town of Dalkey, one of Ireland’s wealthiest suburbs and home of Bono and many famous writers and artists. En route to dinner, you drive around the area spotting celebrities’ houses. Take time by yourself to wander around Dalkey village with its beautiful narrow streets lined with fancy delis and old architecture; you will understand why so many famous residents call it home. Dinner is at a fabulous welcoming restaurant that is decked out in deep reds and mahogany wood. Choose between tasty grills and seafood specials.

Day 6

This morning, the arena will be set up for some fun Le Trec - a horse and rider obstacle course. Everyone always really enjoys this. A trek is also an option. Lunch is at Avoca in Kilmacanogue followed by an afternoon trek or lesson. This evening, your final night, immerse yourself in an unforgettable experience in the highest pub in Ireland, in the Dublin Mountains. Experience traditional Irish craic agus ceol (Irish for ‘fun and music’): The Irish Hooley includes hugely experienced, traditional Irish musicians, and the world-famous, talented Irish Dancers, plus a four-course meal of delicious Irish Fayre.

Of course, The Hooley may be too lively for you and you may prefer a quieter experience at the restaurant in the same venue. Menus can include Irish seafood chowder, wild Irish mussels, tempura crab, seasonal oysters, blue cheese salad, lamb shank, beef and Guinness pie, and more. Menus vary between the Hooley experience and quieter dining options.

Day 7

Today, they bid you farewell and if you have an early departure, they can take the opportunity to take you on a Dawn Chorus ride. The last trek is one to two hours. Departure from your hotel after your trek.

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change depending on your preferences, weather conditions, and events that might be out of their control. They will always offer the best options to make your holiday with them the most memorable trip.

Included excursions

Some afternoons, they offer non-riding activities as you may want a rest from riding:

  • Kilruddery Estate, the ancestral home of the Earl of Meath has over 750 acres to explore
  • Wicklow National Park - Glendalough, an ancient monastic site located in a glacial valley renowned for an Early Medieval monastic settlement with spectacular views and views and walks through the valley
  • Mount Usher Gardens, one of the finest examples of an authentic ‘Robinsonian’ style garden and is one of Ireland’s greatest gardens
  • Powerscourt House and Gardens, recently voted No.3 in the World’s Top 10 Gardens by National Geographic. These 47-acre gardens are carefully curated and maintained. There is a mix of gardens from the dazzling drama of the Italian Garden, where oriental features meet exotic plants in The Japanese Garden, to the enchanted Walled Garden and the Tower Valley. The House is a Palladian mansion and has also been listed as one of the top 10 houses globally (Lonely Planet).
  • Powerscourt Whiskey Distillery tour with unique whiskey and food-tasting
  • National Botanical Gardens, Kilmacurragh is an 18th-century county estate and is a garden and arboretum
  • Agricultural shows (for example, Bannow and Rathangan Agricultural Show)

Instructors

Kieran Morrin

Sophie Moy

Location

The holiday will take place in Enniskerry, Leinster, Ireland. Country Cottage Stables is a top-class private boutique AIRE (Association of Irish Riding Establishment) equestrian center specializing in treks throughout the beautiful Wicklow countryside, and lessons including flat work, dressage, and jumping, as well as cross-country and show jumping at top facilities.

This is a great holiday for passionate riders who are seeking to improve all aspects of their riding.

They are conveniently located close to Dublin just off the N11 and are only 35 to 40 minutes from Dublin airport and approximately 40 minutes from Dublin city center. Thes stables are minutes from the fairytale village of Enniskerry, where Hollywood movies have been made, and Powerscourt House and Garden and Ireland’s largest waterfall (Powerscourt Waterfall).

Distances

  • Dublin Airport (DUB) - 35 to 40 minutes
  • Dublin city center - 40 minutes

Food

You will be served daily meals at award-winning restaurants as well as natural fountain water, tea, and coffee at the stables included in the price.

Breakfast

Start your days off with the best breakfast in Wicklow with fine local ingredients. Breakfast is served in the beautiful bright surroundings of The Terrace restaurant at your hotel. Choose from a traditional Irish breakfast, vegan breakfast, eggs benedict, French toast, Irish smoked salmon, pancakes, and more. You may even choose a simple continental breakfast or porridge.

Lunch

Lunch some days is a tasty picnic made with the best Irish ingredients. Country Cottage Stables' good friend Janet of Janet’s Country Fayre provides tasty chutneys, sauces, and relishes. And, of course, fresh eggs are provided by their happy flock of hens that can be seen roaming around the stables.

On other afternoons, they will take you to award-winning restaurants and cafes - where you can savor some delicious seasonal food. These restaurants are in charming buildings surrounded by ancient trees and beautiful rolling gardens. Pick up some lovely gifts in local shops - maybe some traditional Irish hand-woven scarves and throws, or some artisan jam or delicious Irish chocolate.

Dinner

Ireland's foodie scene has indeed been flourishing with a fresh wave of innovative chefs and producers revitalising the country's culinary landscape. From traditional dishes like Guinness stew and smoked salmon to modern creations using locally sourced ingredients, there are plenty of gastronomic delights to explore. The finest local ingredients and produce are at the forefront of these restaurants.

Experience the best of Ireland's diverse culinary landscape with Country Cottahe Stables at award-winning restaurants in local seaside villages, the Wicklow Mountains, and old estate houses. Whether you are looking for a traditional Irish evening with Irish music and dancing, a home-cooked dinner at CCS Lodge, or wanting to dine at trendy new restaurants, there is something for everyone to enjoy and savor.

Dietary restrictions

Vegan and veggie options are available upon request. Please note that changes to menus are outside their control.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

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

What's included

  • 7 days of riding
  • Daily horse riding adventures and lessons
  • Excursions
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Natural fountain water, tea, and coffee
  • AIRE riding instructors and guides
  • Airport transfers
  • Private driver - door-to-door daily transfers
  • Hard hats and boots

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Insurance
  • Your own hard hats and boots if prefer
  • Drinks at the hotel and restaurants
  • Upgrade to Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa upon request

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Dublin Airport (DUB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Country Cottage Stables will pick you up from the airport. A private driver will be your holiday chauffeur and take you to and from the stables, riding locations, excursions, and restaurants. Please let them know if you will be organizing your transfers on the first and last day as some guests hire their vehicle.

Airport: Dublin Airport Airport transfer included: Dublin Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% 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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