Exceptional Horse Riding Holiday Ireland

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Experience an amazing horse riding holiday in County Wicklow, Ireland! Wicklow Equi Tours offers an all-inclusive holiday with five days of varied terrain riding and luxury accommodation in the best hotels Wicklow has to offer. The rides incorporate both the tranquility of the Vales of Glenmalure and Clara and the exhilaration of galloping the length of the golden-sanded beach of Brittas. With a perfect location only, 50 minutes from Dublin Airport (DUB), a holiday with Wicklow Equi Tours marries convenience with charm. Whilst Wicklow Equi Tours cannot guarantee the Irish weather, they do guarantee the most memorable horse-riding holiday you will experience in Ireland!

Highlights

  • 5 days of horse riding adventures
  • Approximate daily riding time: 1 - 5 hours
  • Penultimate ride in the beautiful Brittas Bay beach
  • Stunning views of Carrick and Wicklow Mountains
  • Lunch, snacks, and water on the rides
  • 5 nights of accommodation

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5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area

Wicklow Equi Tours offer bed and breakfast accommodation with the partnering four-star luxury hotels. Accommodation is inclusive of your package. The partner hotels are The Parkview Hotel and Tinakilly House. All booking for you (subject to availability) is done by Wicklow Equi Tours.

Program

Itinerary

Day 1 - Ride to Carrick Mountain

The holiday kicks off at 10:00 from Wicklow Equi Tours base farm in Glenealy, County Wicklow. All accommodations are within a fifteen-minute drive. The group amalgamates on the farm and after a quick introduction, you will meet the mounts; all the horses are family raised. Although all horses have different shapes and sizes, each horse is handpicked by Wicklow Equi Tours for being comfortable, trustworthy, and suited to the trekking terrain in County Wicklow.

An introductory trek to acquaint riders and horses follows the farm boundary and neighboring Coillte forest will be conducted. Once everyone is happily mounted and you are riding comfortably as a group, you will depart immediately for the stunning neighboring Carrick Mountain.

You will trek across the picturesque village of Glenealy to begin the ascent of Carrick. The winding forest trail will take you through beech trees and sand trails which is perfect for a canter if you like. You will ride to the summit, 360 meters above sea level, where you will be rewarded by the breathtaking views of Glenealy hinterland, Wicklow town, and the East Coastline.

Lunch is eaten on the track close to one of the many natural springs. A total of four hours in the saddle, undulating scenic terrain, and a welcome return to base camp will serve to wet your appetite for what is to come!

Day 2 - Glenealy to Laragh

This is an unforgettable day! You will set out for Laragh, passing briefly through Carrick to reach the hinterland. You will view the picturesque village of Laragh from the summit of Trooperstown Hill. From the Trooperstown plateau, you will see the monastic settlement of Glendalough, the Glenmalure Valley, and the breathtaking Wicklow Way mountains. Set firmly in the heart of the garden of Ireland, Laragh offers amongst the most spectacular scenery in Ireland. You will be blown away every time you ride this exquisite land.

You will have a hearty lunch in Laragh village where the horses will stay overnight. You will have the evening to stroll to Glendalough, stay and enjoy the Irish Pub craic in Laragh, or return early to rest up and consolidate the memories.

Day 3 - Laragh to Glenmalure

Your ride today starts from the village of Laragh where the horses have stayed overnight. You will trek steadily towards the historic Glenmalure glacial valley, passing through wooded trails and across vast open mountainsides. Glenmalure is most famous for the 1580 Battle of Glenmaulre in which an English force unsuccessfully tried to take an Irish rebel chieftain with the loss of over 500 men. A commemorative boulder is inscribed on the single road entering the valley.

Although not guaranteed, this trail often is a good viewing site for natural wildlife as wild Irish deer, moving frequently visited the group between forest areas. The four-hour ride finishes in the Glenmalure valley from where you will have the opportunity to visit the famous Lodge Inn and be transported directly back to your accommodation.

Day 4 - Glenmalure to Glenealy

The return ride from Glenmalure to Glenealy offers an alternate view of the stunning Wicklow Mountains. You will follow the Avonbeg River which leads you through the beautiful Vale of Clara. This is a favorite area for both those who seek solace and artists. You will cross the old stone bridge over the Avonmore River. The old Irish church at the water crossing sets the backdrop for this unique vale.

You will ascend the vale towards Glenealy traversing mixed forestland and undulating terrain. Lunch is eaten en-route as the aim is to arrive back at the farm within five hours.

Day 5 - Brittas Bay beach ride

Brittas Bay is your location for the penultimate ride. After an early wake-up call, you will mount by the dunes and climb steadily over the sand to ascend to one of the most beautiful beaches Ireland has to offer! You will then ride the sandy shoreline at a comfortable pace as you splash in and out of the low tide. If you’re up for an adrenaline rush, you will have the opportunity to gallop the four kilometers shoreline - truly dream rides are made of!

You will depart the beach for the infamous Castletimon Wood. Famous for all the wrong reasons, no trip to the locality would be complete without a trek through!! The wood is surrounded by both the Potters River and the Aghutruha River so is truly water locked. You will ride past the old chapel ruin and the ancient wooded graveyard. Despite its rather unusual history, Castletimon serves as an excellent trek - beautiful Irish forestry and numerous springs flowing to the surrounding rivers.

The ride finishes by the coast on Brittas Bay where your early start means you’ll have four hours in the saddle before lunchtime. Many guests spend the afternoon in the scenic locality. However, you are free to depart on your journey as the horses are taken home for a well-earned weekend off.

Location

This horse riding holiday will take place in County Wicklow, Ireland. During the horse riding, you can enjoy the beautiful sceneries of Carrick Mountain, Vale of Clara, Glenealy hinterland, Wicklow Way mountains, and more.

Nearby places

  • Dublin Airport (DUB) - 50 minutes

Food

The lunch is provided only after the five hours trek and it is when you arrive in Laragh. In the four hours trek to carrick mountain, the two and half-hour trek to Old Bawn beach, and the three hours trek around Wicklow forest / mountain, you will be served with snacks. On the other hand, in the one hour trek to Brittas Bay, which is in the early morning, only water is provided.

The snacks can include crisps, fruits, chocolate. Water is always provided and sandwich will also be served in the four hours trek.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

What's included

  • 5 days trail-riding
  • Full Irish breakfasts
  • Lunch, snacks, and water
  • 5 nights' accommodation

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 17% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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