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Wild Connemara Trail

8 days / 6 days riding from £ 1,345

Riding levels

Each of our trips is assigned a minimum level of riding ability required. This reflects whether there is technical riding required; the terrain to be covered; the liveliness of the horses; the length of the riding days and the riding fitness required.




For novice riders, these riding holidays will give beginners the chance to get used to being in the saddle. In general, a beginner/ novice hasn't learned how to canter and has not yet mastered rising trot. They are able to mount safely and to control a horse at a walk. 



For intermediate riders who are at ease at 2 paces (walk and rising trot and are starting to canter in a forward seat) out in open countryside. The intermediate rider is able to mount and dismount their horse unassisted, use basic riding aids, ride at a rising trot for at least 10 minutes, to change and control the pace from a walk to a trot and comfortably canter over short distances.



For experienced riders who have mastered all 3 paces (walk, rising trot, canter in a forward seat) over uneven terrain. The experienced rider rides regularly, has a good seat and is confident of their own ability. They are able to control the horse at speed and change direction of their horse at any pace and in any circumstance as needed.



For advanced riders who have mastered all 4paces (walk, rising trot, canter gallop in a forward seat) over uneven terrain on all types of horses including those that are very spirited. The advanced rider rides regularly has good physical fitness, has good soft hands and has the ability to gallop for long stretches without getting tired.



For all riders, whether they are novices, intermediate level, experienced or advanced. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance training, natural horsemanship, trail riding orcentre based safaris.



For beginners and intermediate level riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capability of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For beginners, intermediate level  and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level, experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtrainingendurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.

Comfort

Each of our rides has been assigned an expected level of comfort

Nights in hotels, guesthouses, B&B's or homestays. Double or twin rooms with bathrooms.

 

EQUUS JOURNEYS Fingerpost Cottage
Hopton Wafers
Shropshire, DY140NA. UK
Phone : +44 (0) 1905 388977
INFO@EQUUS-JOURNEYS.COM

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IRELAND-Wild Connemara Trail

8 days / 6 days riding from 1345£


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Discover mythical Connemara on this horseback trail west of County Galway. Where the mountains meet the sea, forming breathtaking peninsulas, lakes, fjords and deserted islands, ride brave Connemara ponies and experience the legendary Irish hospitality.

Strengths

- Discover one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland
- Explore mountains, moors, jagged coastlines and dramatic bays
- Canter down the beach and perhaps swim with your horse
- Welcoming B&B accommodation with typical Irish hospitality
- A charismatic Irish guide!

Itinerary

Day 1: LONDON - DUBLIN - GALWAY - No riding

You can fly to either Dublin or Galway airport.

If flying to Dublin airport then you should take a bus to downtown Galway and your hotel (Bus X20 or 20 run almost every hour from Dublin Airport to Galway City - www.buseireann.ie)

If flying to Galway then you should take the airport transfer into downtown and your hotel.

Dinner and overnight in Galway. This night is not included but we can recommend hotels downtown.

PS - please note that although you arrive in Galway on D1, you will depart from Lougrea on your last day. Please make sure to keep this in mind when making your travel arrangements.

Day 2: GALWAY - MAAM CROSS - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : WELLFIELD FARMHOUSE B&B

Meet your group at the Meyrick Hotel, Galway at 10am and then transfer c. 30mins by road to the stables where you will be introduced to your horse.

Set off riding on country lanes, passing stone wall fences where sheep and cattle graze, enjoying the rolling greeen hills of Ireland. You ride into the mountains, passing old, abandoned cottages from the 1840 famine.

After lunch, you climb a long hill to reach the edge of the bog, and the road continues across the rocky hills with great views of the colourful valleys and pristine lakes. Riding out of the hills, onto the abandoned Galway-Clifden railway with possibly the opportunity for a long canter.

Leave the horses near the lake and head to your guesthouse to overnight.

Day 3: MAAM CROSS - BALLINAFAD - 7 hours riding

Accommodation : BEN VIEW B&B

Today is a beautiful seven hours ride from Maam Cross to Ballynafad. The ride begins by crossing the bogland. Hidden amongst the trees is an old limekiln, where limestone would have once been burnt to produce lime for whitewash and fertilizer.

Picnic lunch on a small village green before riding through beautiful forests and a mountain with the most glorious views over the "Twelves Bens" and mountain lakes. Late in the afternoon, stop for a cup of tea before a canter along the old railway line.

You leave the horses to graze and drive to Clifden for the night - Ben View B&B or similar.

Day 4: BALLINAFAD - BALLYCONNEELY - 5-6 hours riding

Accommodation : BEN VIEW B&B

Today's ride offers a great variety of beautiful scenery. The morning begins by crossing a winding stream and passing small fields filled with sheep and one of the oldest cemeteries in Connemara. You also ride through the grounds of a 15th Century castle. After long trots and canters, stop for a picnic lunch near a small cottage.

In the afternoon, you ride throufg Roundestone Bog, passing extensive peat bogs and the harvested piles of the dired peat that are stacked by the roadside. In the early evening, your group reaches Ballyconneely and the sea.

Drive to Clifden for your second night.

Day 5: CLIFDEN COAST - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : BEN VIEW B&B

Today is spend enjoying Mannin beach which great for canters and gallops - if the conditions are right, you may also be able to swim with the horses! Keep an eye out for the seals that are usually found in these sheltered waters.

Picnic on the beach and return to Clifden before nightfall.

Day 6: CLIFDEN - LOUGHREA - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : FAIRHILL HOUSE HOTEL

Leave the coast and head towards Toombeola in the heart of the mountains, crossing small farms scattered across the moors. Cross the Errisbeg mountain and reach the village of Roundstone which overhangs Dogs Bay and the ocean. The views in the mountains are spectacular, overlooking the sea and the Connemara mountains.

Leave the horses here and overnight in Loughrea (subject to availability).

Day 7: DARTFIELD - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : FAIRHILL HOUSE HOTEL

You will be collected from your hotel in the morning and taken to the equestrian centre where you will ride around the 350 acres estate, passing through woodland and across fields. There is the option to jump some of the cross country fences too.
Lunch is taken at the centre and there is the chance to visit their museum dedicated to the Irish horse breeds. Another oppoturtunity to hack around the estate in the afternoon.

Day 8: LOUGHREA - GALWAY - DUBLIN - LONDON - No riding

Transfer by bus back to either Galway or Dublin airport for your flight home. This bus transfer is to your own account. We recommend a flight in the afternoon to allow time for the bus journey. (flight not included)


Price details

- Flights are not included.

- Groups are comprised of 1-20 riders.

- The prices above are based on staying in B&B accommodation, in shared twin or double rooms. Single supplement in B&B is €200 (c. £185) in 2019 and 2020. The single supplement is payable if you are travelling on your own. This is refunded if we find a sharer for you.

- The first night in Galway is not included, so you can choose whether you would prefer to stay in a hotel, B&B, guesthouse, etc. We can arrange this first night for you on request.

- If you wish to upgrade to hotel accommodation during the ride (rather than B&B) there is then a supplement (2019-20 rates):
> €140/£130 in April, May, June & September
> €110/£100 in July & August
> Single supplement is €250/£225
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

PRICE INCLUDES

Support Team

1 English speaking horse guide

Logistic

1 vehicle and driver
1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle

Inland transports

Private bus for 10 riders

Accommodation

Double room in Bed and Breakfast

Meals

Full board from pack lunch day 2 to lunch day 7

Extra equipment

First aid kit

OPTION

Accommodation

Single room supplement in B&B
Single room supplement in hotel
Upgrade to hotel accommodation instead of B&B accommodation

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Meals

Beverage and personal extra
Dinner on day 1 and 7 to your own account

Accommodation

Hotel accommodation on the first night - we can arrange this on request.

Transports

Bus transfers from Dublin/Galway airport to your first hotel on D1, and from Loughrea to Galway/Dublin airports on the last day.
International flights bookable on request

Extra

Tips to local team
Park, museum and touristic sites fees

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurances are not included. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend to take out an insurance policy as soon as your travel is booked in case of cancellation.

TIPS

Tipping is always well received but is not essential. Service is often already included in bills at restaurants. If you wish to tip your guides then you should give what you feel is appropriate.

HORSES

Most of the horses are Connemara ponies or Irish hunters. They are very versatile, sure-footed, docile and steadfast.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

You must be comfortable riding at all paces and be able to control your horse across open terrain. It is mandatory to wear a riding helmet on this ride.

Rider weight limite - 110 kgs. Heavier riders please contact us.

PACE

There are plenty of opportunities for trots and canters where the terrain allows, and even some gallops on the sandy beaches.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

You are required to groom, tack and untack your own horse during the week. You are also welcome to help with feeding and watering the horses if you wish.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

There are no particular difficulties, but you should be prepared for a variable climate and rain is always a possibility.
Previous experience of riding a trail for several days would be an advantage but is not essential.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

Riding helmets are required and you should take your own to ensure the correct fit.

Saddlebags are not provided so if you wish to have one then you shall take your own.

COMFORT

You stay in small hotels or typical B&B's in double/twin rooms with private bathrooms.

CLIMATE

Galway has an oceanic climate which is changeable and can be wet. In Spring the temperatures range from 8-12c. April is particularly pleasant. In summer (May-July) the highest average temperatures are 18-20c, whilst in Autumn (Aug - Oct) the temperatures range from 14-18c. September is considered to be mild and temperate. The coldest months are January and February and sometimes temperatures drop below zero. Snow is rare, but there can be heavy rainfall at any time of year.

Meals

Breakfasts are provided at the hotels/B&B's.
Lunches are picnics whilst on the trail.
Dinners are included in local restaurants or hotels.

Support Team

Guide and local team

Your guide is a local Irishman called Willie.

Packing list

Head
- You are required to wear a helmet on this ride. We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit. Helmet makers (GPA, HKM, LAS Helmets, Lamicell, Troxel, Equithème) now offer horse-riding helmets that are ventilated, strong, light and comfortable.
- Sunhat: cap for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana for protecting your neck and face from the sun and dust

Upper Body
- Thermals in case of cold weather (long or short-sleeved T-shirts)
- Short or long-sleeved cotton shirts (to provide protection from the sun) or T-shirt in a quick-drying material
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- Warm polar fleece or equivalent (plus a spare in case one gets wet)
- Warm Goretex-style jacket (water-proof and breathable)

Legs
- 2 pairs of jodhpurs or long leather trousers
- 1 change of trousers (riding trousers or jeans)
- 1 pair of waterproof over trousers)
- A swim suit may be useful
- Cotton or synthetic underwear (non-irritant)

Hands and feet
- 1 pair Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps or long boots
- 1 pair of sandals
- Lightweight shoes or trainers for the evenings
- Several pairs of socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, wind or rain whilst riding

Other useful items
- Small bumbag to be worn whilst riding
- A soothing cream may be useful to treat areas irritated by long hours in the saddle
- Backpacks are not to be worn whilst riding. Everything should be kept either in pockets or in a bumbag : lip balm, sun screen, small camera, glasses, rope etc.
- Water bottle (1.5 litres or 2 equivalent)
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs
- Toiletries
- Toilet paper and a lighter to burn it after use
- Swiss army knife or equivalent (in checking-in luggage!!)
- Small plastic bags for you rubbish
- Ear plugs (may be useful)
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery

Medical kit
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Any medication you regularly take
- Vitamin C tablets
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc..
- 10cm wide bandage
- Painkillers
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel

General information
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- In your hand luggage carry any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes is highly recommended - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

ENTRY FORMALITIES

To enter Ireland, a passport valid for the duration of stay is required by all nationals except UK nationals travelling direct from the UK.
Ireland is classed as part of the Common Travel Area of the UK, which is why UK nationals don't need to take a passport. It remains advisable to take one though, and airlines and ferry companies nearly always require some form of photographic ID.
Visas for Ireland are not required by the nationals below for the following durations:
• Nationals of EU countries for an unlimited period.
• Nationals of Australia, Canada and the USA for stays of up to 90 days.
Types and cost:
Transit visa: €25; single-journey visa: €60; multi-journey visa:
British Embassy in Ireland
Telephone: (1) 205 3700 Website: http://www.britishembassyinireland.fco.gov.uk/en

BREXIT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The rules for travel to most countries in Europe will change if the UK leaves the European Union (EU) with no deal.

After 29 March 2019:

You should have 6 months left on your passport from your date of arrival. This applies to adult and child passports.

If you renewed a 10 year adult passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport's expiry date. These extra months will not count.

The new rules will apply to passports issued by the UK, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-brexit

Addresses of consulates

  • Ambassade de la République d'Irlande
    4 rue Rude
    75116 Paris
    Tél. : 01 44 17 67 00
    Fax : 01 44 17 67 60
    paris@dfa.ie
  • Ambassade à l'étranger
    66 Fitzwilliam Lane
    Dublin
    Tél. : 353 (1) 277 50 00
    Fax : 353 (1) 277 50 01
    admin-francais.dublin-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr
  • Ambassade d'Irlande
    Kirchenfeldstrasse 68
    3005 Bern
    Tél. : +41 31 352 14 42/43
    Fax : +41 31 352 14 55
    berneembassy(at)dfa.ie
  • Ambassade d'Irlande
    89/93 Rue Froissart
    1040 Bruxelles
    Tél. : (02) 230 53 37
    Fax : (02) 230 53 12

HEALTH

There are no vaccinations legally required to travel to Ireland. The country has a relatively good public health infrastucture, with hospitals, generally good doctors and widely available medicines etc.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

TELEPHONE AND JET LAG

The telephone dialling code is +353
Ireland is in the same time zone as the UK, so GMT.

BUDGET AND MONEY

Ireland has adopted the Euro (ISO code: EUR, symbol: €) as its official currency. One Euro is divided into 100 cents, which is sometimes referred to as eurocents, especially when distinguishing them with the US cents.
Euro banknotes come in denominations of €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500. The highest three denominations are rarely used in everyday transactions. All Euro banknotes have a common design for each denomination on both sides throughout the Eurozone.
The Euro coins are 1 cent, 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, €1 and €2. Some countries in the Eurozone have law which requires cash transactions to be rounded to the nearest 5 cents. All Euro coins have a common design on the denomination (value) side, while the opposite side may have a different image from one country to another. Although the image side may be different, all Euro coins remain legal tender throughout the Eurozone.
Visa and Mastercard are generally accepted, though American Express can be a bit harder.

VOLTAGE

The electrical supply in Ireland is 230v 50hz. The plugs and sockets are a three-pronged formation, the same as those used in the United Kingdom. If your appliances operate on a different current you will need a power converter and plug adapter.

ACTIVITY :Trail Riding

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Discover mythical Connemara on this horseback trail west of County Galway. Where the mountains meet the sea, forming breathtaking peninsulas, lakes, fjords and deserted islands, ride brave Connemara ponies and experience the legendary Irish hospitality.

  • On horseback on Connemara's wild coast
    Connemara wild coast on horseback
  • Poney in the countryside
    Riding in Connemara, Ireland
  • On horseback in the Connemara dunes
    Connemara on horseback, Ireland
  • Riding in the countryside of Connemara
    Horseback trail ride in Connemara, Ireland
  • On the shores of a lake in Ireland
    Riding in wild connemara in Ireland
  • Exploring the Connemara
    On horseback in Ireland
  • Exploring the irish countryside
    Ireland on horseback
  • Cantering in the irish countryside
    Horseback trail ride in Ireland

STRENGTHS

- Discover one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland
- Explore mountains, moors, jagged coastlines and dramatic bays
- Canter down the beach and perhaps swim with your horse
- Welcoming B&B accommodation with typical Irish hospitality
- A charismatic Irish guide!

ITINERARY

Day 1: LONDON - DUBLIN - GALWAY - No riding

You can fly to either Dublin or Galway airport.

If flying to Dublin airport then you should take a bus to downtown Galway and your hotel (Bus X20 or 20 run almost every hour from Dublin Airport to Galway City - www.buseireann.ie)

If flying to Galway then you should take the airport transfer into downtown and your hotel.

Dinner and overnight in Galway. This night is not included but we can recommend hotels downtown.

PS - please note that although you arrive in Galway on D1, you will depart from Lougrea on your last day. Please make sure to keep this in mind when making your travel arrangements.

Day 2: GALWAY - MAAM CROSS - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : WELLFIELD FARMHOUSE B&B

Meet your group at the Meyrick Hotel, Galway at 10am and then transfer c. 30mins by road to the stables where you will be introduced to your horse.

Set off riding on country lanes, passing stone wall fences where sheep and cattle graze, enjoying the rolling greeen hills of Ireland. You ride into the mountains, passing old, abandoned cottages from the 1840 famine.

After lunch, you climb a long hill to reach the edge of the bog, and the road continues across the rocky hills with great views of the colourful valleys and pristine lakes. Riding out of the hills, onto the abandoned Galway-Clifden railway with possibly the opportunity for a long canter.

Leave the horses near the lake and head to your guesthouse to overnight.

Day 3: MAAM CROSS - BALLINAFAD - 7 hours riding

Accommodation : BEN VIEW B&B

Today is a beautiful seven hours ride from Maam Cross to Ballynafad. The ride begins by crossing the bogland. Hidden amongst the trees is an old limekiln, where limestone would have once been burnt to produce lime for whitewash and fertilizer.

Picnic lunch on a small village green before riding through beautiful forests and a mountain with the most glorious views over the "Twelves Bens" and mountain lakes. Late in the afternoon, stop for a cup of tea before a canter along the old railway line.

You leave the horses to graze and drive to Clifden for the night - Ben View B&B or similar.

Day 4: BALLINAFAD - BALLYCONNEELY - 5-6 hours riding

Accommodation : BEN VIEW B&B

Today's ride offers a great variety of beautiful scenery. The morning begins by crossing a winding stream and passing small fields filled with sheep and one of the oldest cemeteries in Connemara. You also ride through the grounds of a 15th Century castle. After long trots and canters, stop for a picnic lunch near a small cottage.

In the afternoon, you ride throufg Roundestone Bog, passing extensive peat bogs and the harvested piles of the dired peat that are stacked by the roadside. In the early evening, your group reaches Ballyconneely and the sea.

Drive to Clifden for your second night.

Day 5: CLIFDEN COAST - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : BEN VIEW B&B

Today is spend enjoying Mannin beach which great for canters and gallops - if the conditions are right, you may also be able to swim with the horses! Keep an eye out for the seals that are usually found in these sheltered waters.

Picnic on the beach and return to Clifden before nightfall.

Day 6: CLIFDEN - LOUGHREA - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : FAIRHILL HOUSE HOTEL

Leave the coast and head towards Toombeola in the heart of the mountains, crossing small farms scattered across the moors. Cross the Errisbeg mountain and reach the village of Roundstone which overhangs Dogs Bay and the ocean. The views in the mountains are spectacular, overlooking the sea and the Connemara mountains.

Leave the horses here and overnight in Loughrea (subject to availability).

Day 7: DARTFIELD - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : FAIRHILL HOUSE HOTEL

You will be collected from your hotel in the morning and taken to the equestrian centre where you will ride around the 350 acres estate, passing through woodland and across fields. There is the option to jump some of the cross country fences too.
Lunch is taken at the centre and there is the chance to visit their museum dedicated to the Irish horse breeds. Another oppoturtunity to hack around the estate in the afternoon.

Day 8: LOUGHREA - GALWAY - DUBLIN - LONDON - No riding

Transfer by bus back to either Galway or Dublin airport for your flight home. This bus transfer is to your own account. We recommend a flight in the afternoon to allow time for the bus journey. (flight not included)

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