Cross-country training at Castle Leslie

Perfect for hunters and eventers, this programme involves up to 3 hours training every day with a focus on cross-country jumping. Castle Leslie, located in Co. Monaghan, Ireland, is one of Europe’s finest equestrian playgrounds and boasts an impressive cross-country course. After your ride, enjoy a variety of activities including walking, fishing or clay-pigeon shooting, and relax in your cosy room at the Lodge. All levels are welcome and itineraries can be personalised.
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Centre based holidays
6 days (5 days riding) or 4 days (3 days riding)
From £870
Family holidays
from 11 y.o
Open to non-riders
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- Impressive equestrian facilities, with excellent indoors/outdoors arenas and over 300 cross-country jumps
- A personalised programme to suit all riding abilities, from novice to experienced riders
- Highly qualified and competent instructors, all BHS approved
- A great selection of horses suitable for riders of all levels
  • Day 1 1 : UK - DUBLIN OR BELFAST - CASTLE LESLIE - 1 hour riding

    The Lodge at Castle Leslie
    Castle Leslie is easily accessible from either Dublin or Belfast airport.
    You can either request a private transfer from the airport, take a bus to the closest city (Monaghan) or rent a car.

    After you settle into your room at The Lodge, depending on your arrival time, you may like to take a walk around the estate. Your first assessment lesson will be at 4.15 pm: it is a good opportunity to discuss your requirements for the week ahead with your instructors.

    Your package includes half-board accommodation, with dinners (2 course meals) at Conor's Bar.

    PLEASE NOTE - The following programme is tailored for competent riders who have previous cross-country experience. However, all riding abilities are welcome to Castle Leslie and we would be happy to create an itinerary in keeping with your requirements and riding skills. Activities are weather-dependent and might change to work around weather conditions. Lessons scheduled below are just an example and we will construct an itinerary to suit your flight times and other activities you may like to do while in Ireland.
  • Day 2 2 : CASTLE LESLIE - 3 hours riding

    The Lodge at Castle Leslie
    After a leisurely breakfast, head to the stables for your 10 a.m. Estate ride (2 hrs). You will have the chance to catch of glimpse of the impressive cross-country course that unrolls across the grounds of the Castle.

    After lunch (to your own account), a jumping lesson is planned at around 3 p.m. All instructors at Castle Leslie are experienced and BHS qualified, and will be able to help refine any riding issues you may have.

    After your lesson, you may like to relax in the spa or avail of one of the many activities on offer at the Castle: clay pigeon-shooting, kayaking, fishing... Activities and access to the spa are at an extra cost, payable locally. Please contact us for a full list of activities.

    Dinner at Conor's Bar and night at the lodge.
  • Day 3 3 : CASTLE LESLIE - 3 hours riding

    The Lodge at Castle Leslie
    In the morning, another ride takes you around the stunning Castle grounds for around 2 hrs. There are over 21 miles of bridleways for you to enjoy, with good canters to be had.

    Lunch (to your own account) will be followed by a jumping lesson to consolidate yesterday's skills.

    In the afternoon, you may want to explore the surroundings, as the area teems with local attractions and opportunities for outdoors pursuits.

    Dinner at Conor's Bar and night at the lodge.
  • Day 4 4 : CASTLE LESLIE - 3 hours riding

    The Lodge at Castle Leslie
    Now that you are familiarised with the horses and the instructors, it is time to get ready for your first cross-country training session. This morning, you are likely to ride in the indoors arena, focusing on your technique and position over indoors cross-country jumps.

    The afternoon ride (2 hrs) will see you tackle Castle Leslie's renowned cross-country course! Probably one of the best courses in the country, there are jumps for all levels of riding and more than enough fences for thrill-seekers.

    Dinner at Conor's Bar and night at the lodge.
  • Day 5 5 : CASTLE LESLIE - 3 hours riding

    The Lodge at Castle Leslie
    In the morning, another cross-country jumping lesson awaits. With over 300 jumps around the Estate, you may like to try out new jumps or combinations or go over your favourite jumps again.

    Every rider knows that good flatwork is key to a successful course. This afternoon, a 1h lesson will focus solely on your skills over the flat.

    If you wish, you may book an additional lesson at any time - why not try side-saddle riding? (subject to availability, at an extra cost).

    Dinner at Conor's Bar and night at the lodge.
  • Day 6 6 : CASTLE LESLIE - 2 hours riding

    Right after breakfast, enjoy your last cross-country ride. This is your last opportunity to work on your skills and ask your last questions to Castle Leslie's instructors before the end of your training programme.

    You are transferred to the airport of your choice (Dublin/Belfast) after your ride.

Dates & prices

Price details

PLEASE NOTE - Flexible arrival and departure dates - there is a minimum stay of 3 nights and longer stays are possible. Please enquire with us for availability with your preferred dates.

- Flights are not included. Rates are based on a 3 or 5-day package, with half-board accommodation in the lodge, riding activities as mentioned in the itinerary included

- This programme is based on two people sharing at the Lodge. Single riders will be charged a single supplement (see below for single rate)

- Lessons are in groups of 6 riders maximum

- Tips, extra activities and extra activities are not included

- Transfers from/to Dublin or Belfast airport are not included are payable locally (2019/2020):
Transfer from Dublin or Belfast (1 pax), one way: €90 (approx. £80)
Transfer from Dublin or Belfast (2-5 pax) pp, one way: €40 (approx. £35)
Transfer from Dublin or Belfast (6+ pax) pp, one way: €30 (approx. £25)
Alternatively you can also take a bus from Dublin or Belfast to Monaghan and a taxi can be arranged between the station and the Castle. Please contact us for the fare.

- If there is no availability on your preferred dates, please do contact us as self-catering cottages are also available.

- Children 7-11 yo and non-riders are welcome and benefit from a discount, please see below for details.

5 Night Programmes (2019/2020)

Based on two sharing (price per person) – £1,400/€1,570
Single rider - £1,770/€1,985
Child 7 – 11 yrs sharing – £1,125/€1,260
Non riding partners (based on two sharing a room) – £865/€970
Non rider (single occupancy) – £1,235/€1,385

3 Night Programmes (2019/2020)

Based on two sharing (price per person) – £870/€975
Single rider – £1,120/€1,255
Child sharing 7 – 11 yrs old – £720/€805
Non riding partners (based on two sharing a room) – £610/€680
Non rider (single occupancy) – £840/€940
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 or 2 BHS qualified instructor(s)


1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle


Double room at the lodge, half-board. Dinners are either a Conor's bar (two course meal) or Snaffle restaurant (one course meal)

Extra equipment

First aid kit

Price doesn't include


Beverage and personal extra


Transfers to and from Dublin or Belfast airport
International flights bookable on request


Tips to local team


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.



Single room supplement
Room upgrade (please consult us)
  • September - October 2020

    Departure Return Price without flights Price including flights Status
    24/09/2020 27/09/2020 £870 Open Book now
    01/10/2020 04/10/2020 £870 Open Book now
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    15/10/2020 18/10/2020 £870 Open Book now
    22/10/2020 25/10/2020 £870 Open Book now
    29/10/2020 01/11/2020 £870 Open Book now
  • November - December 2020

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    05/11/2020 08/11/2020 £870 Open Book now
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  • January - February 2021

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    07/01/2021 10/01/2021 £870 Open Book now
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  • March - April 2021

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    04/03/2021 07/03/2021 £870 Open Book now
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    25/03/2021 28/03/2021 £870 Open Book now
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    29/04/2021 02/05/2021 £870 Open Book now
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  • May - June 2021

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    06/05/2021 09/05/2021 £870 Open Book now
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    13/05/2021 16/05/2021 £870 Open Book now
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  • July - August 2021

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    01/07/2021 04/07/2021 £870 Open Book now
    01/07/2021 06/07/2021 £1,400 Open Book now
    08/07/2021 11/07/2021 £870 Open Book now
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Equestrian info


An excellent selection of Irish draughts, Irish sport horses and cobs, ranging from 14'2 to 17'. Some are suitable to nervous riders while others will be perfect for riders looking for a challenge.

Rider weight limit: 16 stone/100Kgs/224Ibs

Minimum riding ability

Minimum riding ability

No particular conditions. The listed programme is tailored to competent riders with previous jumping experience, but we are able to organise holidays for riders of all abilities. Please contact us for full details.

Children aged seven years old or older are welcome to ride.


The pace of the rides and lessons will be dictated by your riding abilities. There is plenty of excellent riding for good riders, while less experienced riders will ride according to their skills.

Tacking ability and participation

Your horse will be looked after for you but you are welcome to help should you want to.

Trip conditions and Requested experience

No particular conditions. The listed programme is tailored to competent riders with previous jumping experience, but we are able to organise holidays for riders of all abilities.

Equestrian equipment

You ride in English tack.

It is compulsory to wear a helmet at all times, and it must comply with the official regulations (fixed peaks are not acceptable when cross-country jumping).
Body protectors are mandatory for jumping and cross-country jumping.

The centre has helmets and a selection of body protectors to lend, however we always recommend you bring your own. The below riding great is provided on a complimentary basis to all guests:
· Skull and Peaked hats to the correct standard (Snell E2001, SEI ASTM 95,
ASTMF1163 2004 and PAS 2015)
· Jodhpur boots
· Long rubber riding boots
· Riding Crops
· Back Protectors to the correct standard (Beta Level 3)

Travel info


Accommodation is normally in the Lodge, located close to the stables, with very comfortable and tastefully-decorated rooms. Upgrades to the Castle are available, please contact us.

Self-catering cottages are also available for groups or families at a very interesting rate.


Half-board accommodation.
Breakfast: full Irish or continental
Dinner: two-course meals at Conor's bar or one one course meal in Snaffles restaurant.


The weather in Ireland is similar to that in the rest of the British Isles, although it is more likely to rain. You should always be prepared with a good quality raincoat and dress in layers as you might enjoy a glorious sunny day followed by one which is rather more wet and cold.

Guide and local team

All the instructors at Castle Leslie are all fully qualified and BHS approved.


Tips are not mandatory but very welcome if you are pleased with the service provided.

Packing list

- Helmets are mandatory. Your riding hat must comply with the official regulations (fixed peaks are not acceptable when cross-country jumping).

Upper Body
- The weather can be unpredictable in Ireland so we recommend bringing tops you can wear in layers, T-shirts, sweatshirts and vests etc.
- Body protector
- Half or long-sleeved cotton shirts (to provide protection from the sun) or T-shirt in a quick-drying material
- A light raincoat that you are comfortable in
- A lightweight fleece or jumper
- A swimsuit

- 2 pairs of jodhpurs or riding trousers
- 1-2 pairs of trousers suitable for dinner at the Conor's bar
- Cotton or synthetic underwear (non-irritant)

Hands and feet
- Short jodhpur boots and half chaps are the best option as they are much cooler and easier to transport, but if you are used to riding in your long boots and want to wear them this is fine.
- Lightweight shoes for the evenings
- Several pairs of socks
- Gloves

Other useful items
- Toiletries
- Small medical kit
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Insect repellent
- Any medication you regularly take
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc..

- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- Any liquids in your hold luggage, such as shampoo, moisturizer, over 100ml should be decanted into small, clear, plastic ziplock bag. We recommend biodegradable washing products where possible.
- In your hand luggage take any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Travelling in your boots/ hiking shoes and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in you hand luggage is highly recommended - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

Visa & Health


British citizens: other nationalities, please contact us.

Passport validity
Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.

If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Ireland

The rules on travel will stay the same until 31 December 2020.
Please visit for the FCO website for up-to-date information -

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
  • Ambassade à l'étranger
    66 Fitzwilliam Lane
    Tél. : 353 (1) 277 50 00
    Fax : 353 (1) 277 50 01
  • Ambassade d'Irlande
    Kirchenfeldstrasse 68
    3005 Bern
    Tél. : +41 31 352 14 42/43
    Fax : +41 31 352 14 55
  • Ambassade d'Irlande
    89/93 Rue Froissart
    1040 Bruxelles
    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.


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.


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.

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.

Telephone and jetlag

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

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Equus Journeys’ team member Iris has been fascinated by Ireland for as long as she can remember. Countless trips around the island and almost two years living in Co. Kerry later, she has listed five reasons why you should consider Ireland for your next riding holiday. See "five good reasons to ride in Ireland" on the blog.