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Have you always wanted to learn about how to handle and look after horses? Join this short activity break in the beautiful County Tipperary of Munster, Ireland, the ideal place to stay that is within reach of all major Irish cities and attractions! In this holiday, you will experience a ride through the unspoiled mountain pastures rich with landscapes, legends, and hidden Irish history with knowledgeable instructors guiding you through this stunningly beautiful countryside. Experience the magic of the mountains from your horseback here!
Tipperary Mountain Trekking Centre provides on-site accommodation in Rusheen House which is their family home. The guests' accommodation is on the second floor of the house. It comprises a spacious en-suite family room which can sleep up to six people and a further double bedroom. You may use the spacious sitting room complete with a grand piano and a library of books. Free parking and free Wi-Fi are available and Tipperary Mountain Trekking Centre can provide you with free hairdryers and towels on request.
Your holiday will consist of a five-hour horseback pub ride. You will ride along treks and go through the countryside ridden over by the legendary Ned of the Hills, and your experienced guide will tell you all about it. The pace of the treks will vary from a gentle walk through the countryside for novice riders to fast riders with exhilarating gallops, and natural jumps for experienced riders. All treks will be accompanied by an experienced leader. The Upperchurch pub ride is suitable for physically fit adults and older children. It includes a two-hour ride to the pub, a stop for a meal and drinks, as well as a ride home.
When you arrive, your riding ability will be assessed in a sand arena. The assessments will include basic instruction in stopping, starting, and turning. For more experienced riders, the assessments will include evaluations of safety in trotting (posting), cantering, and jumping. Your trek will be tailor-made to suit the needs of your party and will be based at the level of the least experienced rider in your party. You can feel no worries as Tipperary Mountain Trekking Centre does not mix groups.
Tipperary Mountain Trekking Centre uses intelligent horsemanship techniques in the care and management of both horses and riders. The teaching techniques incorporate student-centered learning as well as human and equine behavioral psychology. Tipperary Mountain Trekking Centre is dedicated to helping riders understand how to communicate sensitively with horses so that they can interact and ride happily, confidently, and effectively. In addition, Tipperary Mountain Trekking Centre can provide livery facilities for those who want to bring their own horse with them.
Tipperary Mountain Trekking Centre's facilities are annually inspected and approved by the Association of Irish Riding Establishments (AIRE). This means that you can ride with them assured in the knowledge that they will achieve the high equine welfare and rider safety standards required for membership of the association. Please note that Tipperary Mountain Trekking Centre does not teach western riding and do not provide western saddles. The style of the ride will be in English riding only.
Tipperary Mountain Trekking Centre is based at Rusheen, a townland between Borrisoleigh and Upperchurch in County Tipperary, Munster, Ireland. They are located between Thurles, Templemore, and Nenagh in the beautiful and unspoiled Tipperary Uplands, home to the legendary Ned of the Hills. Located in the center of Ireland, Tipperary Mountain Trekking Centre is easily accessible by car from Dublin, Cork, Limerick, and Galway which are all under 120 kilometers away. Their central location means that they are a great stopping off point for a trek or an overnight stay if you are traveling from coast to coast.
Tipperary Mountain Trekking Centre has access to hundreds-acre of unspoiled mountain pastures with panoramic views and fabulous wildlife. The treks through the beautiful surroundings can take in the remains of a Bronze Age settlement, an Iron Age hill fort, Celtic ring forts, a standing stone around 6,000 years old which was more recently used as a mass rock, and the romantic ruins of ancient farmsteads. Locally, County Tipperary has the best pub in Ireland (as awarded by the Irish Times in 2015) as well as a climbing wall, open farms, restaurants, a craft brewery, and artisan products.
You will be provided with full board meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The breakfast includes continental style buffet of cereals, yogurts, toast, fruit, juice, and other beverages. The meals are meat-free but may contain gluten, dairy, eggs, and fish (organic where possible). Tipperary Mountain Trekking Centre can provide lactose and gluten-free alternatives as well as any specific dietary needs, but please send Tipperary Mountain Trekking Centre an inquiry before your stay if you require these.
Please book your flight to arrive at Dublin Airport (DUB), Cork Airport (ORK), and Shannon Airport (SNN). Transfer from and to these airports is available upon request.
Tipperary Mountain Trekking Centre can help you with airport transfers and local car hire, but if you would like another option, there are buses going from Dublin Airport (DUB) and Shannon Airport (SNN) directly to Nenagh. Tipperary Mountain Trekking Centre can arrange pick-ups from Nenagh. Please send an inquiry for more information.
You can travel to the nearest ferry ports which are located in Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Cork, and Rosslare.
There are trains that go from Limerick, Cork, and Dublin to Thurles. Tipperary Mountain Trekking Centre can arrange pick-ups from Thurles. Please send an inquiry for more information.