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7 Days Killarney Reeks Trail Horse Riding Holiday in Kerry, Ireland

Killarney Riding Stables, Ballydowney, Coollegrean, Killarney, County Kerry, Munster, Ireland

Adventurous Horse Riding Holiday Ireland

Come and join this adventurous horse riding holiday in Killarney, Ireland, to explore the highlands of Kerry, take in the majestic MacGillycuddy Reeks, and ride in Ireland’s highest mountain range. This trail ride covers a variety of terrain, including country lanes, forests, mountain tracks, bogs, and some of the beaches at Waterville and on the magnificent 6.4-kilometer (4-mile) stretch of golden sand at Rossbeigh. Experience an amazing horse riding holiday here!

Key information

  • Tack Type: English tack
  • Horse Breed: Irish Draught horse, Irish Cobs horse, and Percheron Cross horse


  • 5-days of guided riding sessions
  • Visit to Waterville and Glenbeigh
  • Visit to Rossbeigh and Waterville Beach
  • 6 breakfasts and 5 picnic lunches
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • Use of horse and tack

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, German, Swedish, English
Airport transfer available:
Cork Airport (US$155 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Kerry Airport (US$28 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Shannon Airport (US$200 per person)
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Check-in Time:

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 in Killarney, Glenbeigh, and Waterville, with luggage moved to each accommodation each day. All rooms will have a private shower and toilet with towels provided.




Check-in for the trail is on Saturdays from 08:00 to 18:00. It is necessary to advise Killarney Riding Stables of approximate arrival time so that there will be a member of the O’Sullivan family there to meet with you. Additionally, if arriving after 18:00, Killarney Riding Stables needs to be advised so as to arrange that someone is available to check you in.


On Sunday morning with horses, riders, and all luggage ready, the day will begin with a short trip to the base of Seefinn Mountain which will be about 20 minutes’ drive. Once Killarney Riding Stables have introduced horses and riders, the group will head off and up over the Windy Gap taking in panoramic views and the splendor of Caragh and the valleys beyond. Once the Windy Gap has been conquered, the ride will be continued on to Coomasaharn Lake which is enclosed by horseshoe mountain and followed by a scenic ride over an Irish bog. The first day will be finished for at the stables in Mountain Stage.


After breakfast on Monday, you will return to the stables of the previous evening to begin the second day of the trail ride. Today will be spent on Rossbeigh beach which you will be galloping through the water's edge and along stretches of golden sand. The day will be finished with the ride taking the old cliff road back to the stables with stunning views of Dingle Bay and the Dingle Peninsula.


Tuesday morning brings the next move, so you will need to have all luggage packed and downstairs for it to be collected by the staff. Today will be a relaxing trail which will give horses and riders a chance to recover after the last two days, and get ready for the next two. The morning ride will take you from Kells Station through the bogs of Cnoc Bawn and on to Liss Bawn with some spectacular views of Caherciveen and its surrounds. It will be then continued on through Island Boy and the Inny Valley and finished alongside the Tulligane Woods where you will have an old school house dating back to 1915 for the day.


On Wednesday, you will be brought back to the old school house and have an adventurous morning in Tulligane Woods, riding through the Inny Valley and lunching back at the school house alongside the Inny River. The afternoon ride will take a scenic route into Waterville along the old Glencar / Waterville Road with splendid views of the famous fishing lake of Lough Currane.


Thursday will be the final day of riding on the trail and also the day the last accommodation transfer will be made. The morning will begin with either a brisk ride to Waterville beach to enjoy some exciting gallops, or a trip around the panorama of Hoggs Head and Ballinskelligs Bay (the tide dictates which one you will do first). Once you have finished riding for the day, it will be time for you to say goodbye to your horses and guides before everyone and everything will be transferred back to Killarney. This last night will be spent in Killarney accommodation.


Friday brings your departure and you will check-out after breakfast.


The horses used for this horse riding holiday are a mixture of Irish Draught, Irish Cobs, and Percheron Crosses. Furthermore, all horses are equipped English saddles and bridles. The saddles are the ‘Swiss Ranger’ saddle, made by Peter August Spirig (Switzerland). These are designed for comfort for the long-distance rider and the horse. So, extra gel pads etc. are not necessary, but if you wish to bring them, you are more than welcome to. 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.

Riding ability

You are required to be able to walk, trot (post), and canter competently in an English saddle to join this horse riding holiday. Killarney Riding Stables advises western riders to take some English Style lessons before participating on this horse riding holiday in order to familiarize themselves with English tack and style of riding.

Safety rules

  • Please listen to guides instructions and respect them.
  • Please ask for clarification if you do not understand any instruction from your guide.
  • Since trail riding will involve long and hard hours on both horses and riders, it will be up to the guide to dictate the pace and at no time is anyone allowed to pass the leader or set the pace. Any riders behaving in a manner likely to cause an accident or disregarding the instructions of the guide will be removed from the ride.

Note: Please note that the ride start times each day may change and vary for reasons out of the control at short notice such as due to tides, weather, and unforeseen circumstance.



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.


During this horse riding holiday, you will get six breakfasts and five packed lunches. The menu for breakfast will be either full Irish or continental style breakfast. It will be served daily in the accommodations. For lunch, you will get five picnic-style lunches out on the trail which includes bread, fruit, meat, cheese, etc. Furthermore, you will also get complimentary tea / coffee / water. Dinner is not included, but you can have dinner at pubs or restaurants in the nearby village and town. Most pubs / bars and restaurants accept credit card payments and serve various food types.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Drinks

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)

Killarney is the ideal playground for the sporting enthusiast. In Killarney, you can enjoy:

  • Canoeing
  • Golf
  • Mountain climbing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

What's included

  • 5-days of riding sessions (4+ hours per day)
  • 6 breakfasts and 5 picnic lunches
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • Horse, tack, and guide

What's not included

  • Arrival or departure transfers
  • Evening meals

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

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 25 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.

Arrival by bus

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.

Arrival by train

You can take the train from Dublin to Killarney and from Cork. Once you have reached Killarney, you can call Killarney Riding Stables and the staffs will be happy to collect you. The collection transfer service is free of charge. Please send Killarney Riding Stables an inquiry for more information.

Airport: Cork Airport Airport transfer available: Cork Airport (US$155 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Kerry Airport Airport transfer available: Kerry Airport (US$28 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Shannon Airport Airport transfer available: Shannon Airport (US$200 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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This horse riding holiday is available from April 28, 2018 until October 13, 2019 with arrival on Saturdays. Please select an arrival date below.

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