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Join Killarney Riding Stables' trail for an unequaled opportunity to explore the highlands of Kerry with the majestic McGillicuddy Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountain range. You will ride on country lanes and mountain tracks, on some of the beaches at Waterville,and on the magnificent stretch of golden sand at Rossbeigh. The Iveragh Peninsula, with many places of archaeological and historic interest stretches Southwest from Killarney for nearly 40 miles and is highlighted by the world renowned Ring of Kerry. Join and ride in this most beloved tourist spot!
During this horse riding holiday, you can choose to be accommodated in twin, double, or single rooms. The accommodation will be in small family run hotels and bed and breakfast accommodations along the route. All rooms will have a private shower and toilet with towels provided.
There are no formal plans and no riding on this day as riders will be checking in at different times throughout the day. Check-in is before 18:00, if later you must advise the Stables. You are required to check-in at Killarney Riding Stables to meet with one of the O’Sullivan Family, to discuss experience level and general trail ride information.
You will then be taken from the Stables to your overnight accommodation in the Killarney area. Killarney Riding Stables try to keep all riders at the same location each night so if you don’t bump into any others on Saturday, you will easily identify the people in riding clothes at breakfast on Sunday morning.
You will be collected at the selected hotel at 10:00 and be dressed for riding. The day begins with a short trip to the base of Seefinn Mountain, where the first day’s ride starts. When horses and riders have been introduced, the ride heads off, and up over the Windy Gap, viewing the splendour of Caragh Lake and the valley beyond. The ride then continues on to Coomasaharn Lake enclosed by Horseshoe Mountain, followed by a scenic ride over an Irish Bog, finishing for the day at their stable in Mountain Stage.
The overnight stop for Sunday and Monday night is by the quaint village of Glenbeigh. (Glenbeigh comes from Gleann Beithe, the Glen of the Birch Trees). Surrounded almost entirely by mountains, Glenbeigh offers a famous friendliness and humour. The beauty of the area is breath-taking, with the River Behy and Rossbeigh Strand close by. History is evident throughout the locality and such a destination as Winn’s Folly Castle is well worth a visit.
After breakfast, riders are collected at the selected hotel and returned to the stables of the previous evening to begin Monday’s ride. The day is spent on Rossbeigh beach, galloping along stretches of golden sand. Enjoy the panorama of Dingle and the Iveragh Penninsula to the North and South. You will enjoy lunch on the beach followed by some more galloping, before returning from the beach via the Cliff Road.
Enjoy your breakfast and after, it's time to check out. You can take the bus back to Killarney.
You’ll stop for lunch each day for approximately 1 hour, please take what you need for lunch out of the saddle bag, as the horses are kept separate from the group and allowed to rest. Please do not disturb them or feed them.
Times for Monday’s rides are unpredictable to tell until the evening before. This is due to both tidal and weather conditions. Schedules are subject to change.
Killarney Riding Stables require that all riders participating on the trail ride are able to walk, trot (post), and canter competently in an English saddle. Killarney Riding Stables advise western riders to take some English style lessons before participating on this trip in order to familiarise themselves with English tack and style of riding.
Each horse is fitted with a saddle bag, so riders may carry personal items with them, such as; rain clothing, water bottle, camera, sun block, etc.
All horses have English saddles, and bridles. The saddles used are the ‘Swiss Ranger’ saddle, made by Peter August Spirig (Switzerland). These are designed for comfort for the long-distance rider and their horse. So extra gel pads etc. are not necessary, but if you wish to bring them, you are more than welcome to.
The horses used for the trail are a mixture of Irish Drafts, Irish Cobs, and Percheron Crosses.
Renowned for its beauty and famed for the splendor of its scenery, Killarney is one of the world's best-loved tourist spots. 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 9,000 and the main economic base is tourism.
Killarney offers a wide and varied range of hotels from the large and luxurious to the small and intimate. There are super 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. 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.
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. 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. There is a narrow strait called the “long-range” which leads to the island-studded upper lake.
Around these islands are luxurious woods of oak, arbutus, holly, and mountain ash while beneath grows a profusion of fern and other plants. It adds 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 or 1,050 meters which are the highest peak in Ireland.
Glenbeigh comes from the words “Gleann Beithe” which means the glen of the birch trees. The village is almost entirely surrounded by mountains and the area offers a famous friendliness and humor which is nowhere better found than in this tranquil and charming region of Kerry. The scenery within the area is breath-taking with the River Behy and Rossbeigh Strand close by. The village is full of history and such a destination as Winns Folly Castle is well worth a visit.
Waterville (meaning the little whirlpool) is the small coastal village which nestles on a narrow strip of land between Lough Currane and the Atlantic Ocean right in the heart of southwest Kerry. Its location, between the seashore and the impressive mountains and headlands, gives the area many interesting scenic points and fine beaches.
By all accounts, the first Celtic invaders are reputed to have landed in Ballinskelligs Bay which is coming ashore near the village. The beginnings of the Gaelic Nation are echoed by the archaeological site remains on Church Island, Derrynane Abbey and Skellig Michael which is thus giving the area a wealth of history.
You will have full Irish or continental style breakfast daily at the accommodations, 2 picnic style lunches out on trail (bread, fruit, meat, cheese etc.). You can also have coffee / tea / water. Dinner is not included; all villages and towns have a selection of pubs and restaurants serving food. Most pubs / bars and restaurants accept credit card payments.
Killarney is the ideal playground for the sporting enthusiast. In Killarney, you can enjoy:
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Please book your flight to arrive at Kerry Airport (KIR). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
Killarney Riding Stables provides airport transfers from Kerry Airport (KIR) (10 miles / 15-minute journey) which costs 26 EUR, Shannon Airport (SNN) (70 miles / 2-hour journey) which costs 180 EUR and depends on the number of travelers, and Cork Airport (ORK) (60 miles / 1.5 to 2-hour journey) which costs 140 EUR but extra charge applies when the number is over three persons.
You can take a bus from Shannon and Cork to Killarney. Meanwhile, you can also take a bus from Kerry Airport (KIR) to Killarney. Once you have reached Killarney, you can call Killarney Riding Stables and the staff will be happy to collect you. The collection transfer service is free of charge. Please send Killarney Riding Stables an inquiry for more information.
You can take the train from Dublin to Killarney and from Cork. Once you have reached Killarney, you can call Killarney Riding Stables and they will be happy to collect you. The collection transfer service is free of charge. Please send Killarney Riding Stables an inquiry for more information.
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