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Irish History Trail

Prices from

€945.00

Duration

6days


Enjoy a combination of visiting ancient Irish castles and monastic ruins with lovely guided trail rides through Irish bogs, fields and local farmland.

On this four day ride you will visit the impressive Portumna Castle which was the seat of the Earl of Clanricarde and Pallas Castle, one of the best preserved tower houses and castle grounds of the 14th century. You will also take a boat ride to Holy Island on the river Shannon to explore the ruins of one of Ireland's most important monastic settlements, and you will ride to a 5000 year old Celtic tomb.


Details

Duration:

 

6 days (5 nights)

Tour dates 2018:

 

Fixed dates: 7th to 12th April; 21st to 26th April; 5th to 10th May; 19th to 24th May; 9th to 14th June; 23th to 28th June; 7th to 12th July; 21st to 26th July; 4th to 9th August; 18th to 23rd August; 8th to 13th September; 15th to 20th September; 6th to 11th October.

Other dates are available on request for groups.

Level:

 

Moderate. Participants need to be able to trot, canter and gallop.

Equipment:

 

All tack for horses is provided and helmets for riders. All other riding equipment, such as rain gear, boots, jodhpurs, gloves etc have to be provided by the participant.

Accommodation:

 

Renovated 300 year old farmhouse

Meals:

 

5 full Irish breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 traditional dinners are included.

Transfers:

 

All luggage transfers required as part of the riding programme are included. Transfer to and from Shannon Airport to the riding centre on day of arrival and departure can be arranged at a cost of €35 per person each way.

Miscellaneous:

 

Non-riders are also welcome. The rate is €695.00 pps.

Meeting point:

 

If transfer from Shannon Airport is required you will be met at the meeting point in the arrival’s hall of Shannon Airport and brought to the Riding Centre. This has to be booked in advance.

Further info on getting to/from Ireland and your tour start point can be found here


Itinerary

Day 1

Saturday

Arrival in Shannon airport and transfer (if booked) to your Riding Centre which takes approximately two hours. You will be staying here for 5 nights. On the arrival day you can just relax and recover from your journey, or take a stroll on the well mapped nearby East Clare Walking Trail. In the evening, you will get to know all your fellow riders for this week. You will have dinner by candlelight and open turf fire, in the tastefully restored 300 year old farmhouse in the Riding Centre.

Day 2

Sunday

After breakfast you and your fellow riders will meet the horses and every rider can get used to his own horse for the week by brushing and tacking it himself, but do not worry there are always lots of helping hands around you! Your first ride (two and a half hours) takes us along forest tracks and country lanes, passed
abandoned farms of the 18th century. After lunch you will be driven to nearby Mountshannon harbour, from where you will visit Holy Island by boat. Pilgrims travelled to this island until mid-19th century. You will see the ruins of five churches, early monastic cells, a pre-12th century cemetery and an 80 foot round tower. Back to the riding centre for a delicious dinner.

Day 3

Monday

On today’s ride (2 and ½ hours) you will ride into the hills of the Slieve Aughty Mountains and enjoy fascinating views over the majestic River Shannon. This afternoon’s visit will bring you to Pallas castle, one of the best preserved tower-houses and walled castle grounds of the 14th century.
After dinner you can join us to meet the locals on a visit to an Irish village pub.

Day 4

Tuesday

This morning’s ride (2 and ½ hours) will take you on quiet tracks through Ireland’s beautiful rural countryside. In the afternoon you will get to visit the Portumna workhouse museum, where the poor and destitute took shelter 250 year ago and then also visit the impressive Portumna Castle of the 17th century where the Earl lived.
You will also have time for shopping in the town. Relax by the peat fire and a traditional home cooked dinner.

Day 5

Wednesday

Today is a full day ride. The 2 hour morning ride brings us across the magical landscape of bog and heather. We will have our lunch picnic out on the trail, where we meet our minibus with all the supplies for horses & riders. On the 2 hour afternoon ride we will pass by a typical Celtic dolmen, which is believed to be 5000 years old!
The ride will finish on a field where the horses are happily turned out. Tonight is the final dinner in the comfy atmosphere of the riding centre.

Day 6

Thursday

After breakfast it is time to say "Slan abhaile" and to get ready for the transfer (if booked) back to Shannon.


Accommodation

A tastefully restored 300 year-old farmhouse is at the heart of the riding centre. The ambiance of times gone by is carefully maintained and yet all modern facilities for the riding guests are provided.

Guests can relax in individually decorated ensuite rooms after a day spent in the outdoors. In the cosy dining room, warmed by the glow of an open turf fire, guests enjoy a hearty Irish Breakfast and traditional farmhouse cooking.

This is a place offering all that is good in Irish hospitality in a traditional, nurturing yet professional way.


Price

All prices shown are in EURO and are per person.

It is possible for people to avail of the food and accommodation only as part of a booking for €670 per person sharing. This does not include the horse riding element of this tour.


B&B

Double/Twin/Triple

€945.00

B&B Single

€1,035.00


Terms and conditions

To secure your booking, we will request 30% deposit per person. Please note this is a non-refundable payment. The balance payment is due 30 days before the tour starts.

If your tour start date is within 30 days of booking, the full, non-refundable payment is required upon booking.

We do not organise travel to/from Ireland. However there is some useful information on our “Getting To Ireland” page.