- Explore sandy beaches perfect for long canter.
- Enjoy typical Irish hospitality. Irish people are very welcoming and always happy to share a Guinness with you.
- Choose between B&B's or hotel accommodation
Day 1 1: UK - DUBLIN - GALWAY - No ridingYou can fly to either Dublin or Galway airport - flights are not included.
If flying to Dublin airport then you should take a bus to downtown Galway and your hotel (www.citylink.ie / www.buseireann.ie)
If flying to Galway then you should take the airport transfer into downtown and your hotel. Your transfers and this first hotel night are not included, but we can arrange accommodation for you on request.
You will have dinner and spend the night in Galway.
Day 2 2: GALWAY - SHANNDAONNELL - 3-4 hours ridingYou will be collected from your hotel at around 10:00 transferred to Tumbiola where the horses will be waiting for you. After being allocated a horse according to your experience and preferences, you will ride over Cashel Hill and have lunch overlooking the sea near Bolgers. In the afternoon, a shorter ride takes you to Shannadonnell where you leave the horses to roam free for the night.
You will have dinner and spend the night in either a B&B or hotel depending on your choice when booking.
Day 3 3: SHANNADONNELL - MWEENISH - 4-5 hours ridingIn the morning, you drive to Shannadonnell's mountains to catch your horses. This morning's ride will take you to the beautiful lakes dotting the mountains and enjoying the beautiful views of green Connemara. Lunch will be had by a lake, followed by an afternoon ride that sees you riding towards the sea. Depending on the tide, you could ride to Mweenish or ride out to Mweenish Island.
In the evening, you will return to your B&B/hotel.
Day 4 4: MWEENISH - CARNA - 4-5 hours ridingAs on Tuesday eve, depending on the tide, you ride out to Mweenish Island this morning and explore the different beaches here. Alternatively you will ride to Finish Island. After coming back on shore from the Island, you will enjoy a lovely lunch at your guide Willie's beach house. After lunch we can enjoy a fun canter on the beach and explore the sea side around Carna Village.
Back to your hotel for the night
Day 5 5: CARNA - KILKERRIN - DERRYRUSH - 4-5 hours ridingThe day's ride will continue through little pathways into Carna Village. You will ride over mountains and beautiful lakes overlooking the sea. Throughout the day's ride, you should come across herds of the famous Connemara ponies which roam the area. You will stop for your lunch near a former mill and then continue riding along a mountainous path to Kilkerrin and its salmon farm.
Your ride will come to an end at Derryrush where you will leave the horses in a meadow and you will be transferred to your hotel/B&B.
Day 6 6: DERRYRUSH - OUGHTERARD - 4-5 hours ridingToday you ride from Derryrush to Rosmuck village through coastal pathways. An early lunch is on the cards today, to make sure you have enough time for the long afternoon ride to Screebe house and fishery. You will be taken back to your accommodation for the night.
Day 7 7: DARTFIELD - 5 hour ridingYou 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 will be the option to jump some of the cross country fences too.
Lunch will be had at the centre and there will be the chance to visit their museum dedicated to the Irish horse breeds. You will have another oppoturtunity to hack around the estate in the afternoon.
Last dinner and overnight in Ireland.
Day 8 8: LOUGHREA - GALWAY - DUBLIN - LONDON - No ridingTransfer by bus from Loughrea back to either Galway or Dublin airport for your flight home (bus and flight not included). We recommend a flight in the afternoon to allow time for the bus journey.
Dates & prices
- Rates are per person, based on two riders sharing a twin or double room during the ride.
- Groups are composed of a minimum of 1 international riders and a maximum of 20 riders, plus guides.
- If you sign up to the ride as a solo rider and there are no other riders likely to share your room, you will be charged a single room supplement of €200/£185 in 2020 and 2021. You will then be reimbursed if a sharer is found for you at a later date.
- 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 (2020-21 rates):
> €140/£130 in April, May, June & September
> €110/£100 in July & August
> Single supplement for hotel accommodation is €250/£225
- Weight limit: 110kg. Heavier riders please contact us.
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.
1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle
Price doesn't include
Beverages and personal extra
Park, museum and touristic sites fees
Upgrade for a double room in hotel and optional hotel single supplement
Minimum riding ability
Minimum riding ability
Weight limit: 110kg. Heavier riders please contact us.
Tacking ability and participation
Trip conditions and Requested experience
Previous experience of riding a trail for several days would be an advantage but is not essential.
Please note that the riding is in large groups and you must be able to control your horse in a group.
Saddlebags are not provided so if you wish to have one then you shall take your own.
Lunches are picnics whilst on the trail.
Dinners are included in local restaurants or hotels.
Guide and local team
- A riding helmet is mandatory. 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
- 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)
- 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 of comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps or long boots.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel
- 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!
Visa & Health
Ireland, along with the UK, is a member of the Common Travel Area. British nationals travelling from the UK don’t need a passport to visit Ireland. However, Irish immigration officers will check the ID of all passengers arriving by air from the UK and may ask for proof of nationality, particularly if you were born outside the UK. You are therefore advised to take your British passport with you.
For more information about the types of ID you might be asked to present, see the website of the Ireland Citizens Information Board.
Before travelling, check with your carrier about their ID requirements, as most airlines and other transport providers won’t carry passengers to and from Ireland unless they’ve seen satisfactory photographic ID.
If you’re using a passport to enter Ireland, it should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.
The rules on travel will stay the same until 31 December 2020.
Please visit for the FCO website for up-to-date information - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/ireland/entry-requirements
Addresses of consulates
- Ambassade de la République d'Irlande
4 rue Rude
Tél. : 01 44 17 67 00
Fax : 01 44 17 67 60
- Ambassade à l'étranger
66 Fitzwilliam Lane
Tél. : 353 (1) 277 50 00
Fax : 353 (1) 277 50 01
- Ambassade d'Irlande
Tél. : +41 31 352 14 42/43
Fax : +41 31 352 14 55
- Ambassade d'Irlande
89/93 Rue Froissart
Tél. : (02) 230 53 37
Fax : (02) 230 53 12
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.
Budget and money
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.
Telephone and jetlag
Ireland is in the same time zone as the UK, so GMT.
Did you know?
Did you know?
The Connemara Pony Show
Every year, the Irish hold a festival to celebrate their beloved Connemara pony: the Connemara Pony Show.
This festival takes place in the city of Clifden, Co. Galway, always mid-August. Every year, the city teems with horse lovers come from all over the world to admire the best Connemara ponies of Ireland. Ponies compete in in-hand classes, ridden classes, working hunter classes, and in a puissance competition.