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Ireland

September 2021

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Riding Experience

This amazing ride will introduce the enthusiastic horseback rider and traveler to the Gaelic cultural richness of the Connemara countryside. This region of Galway is renowned for its outstanding scenery. It is a stunning patchwork of bogs, lonely valleys, pale grey mountains and small lakes that shimmer when the sun shines. There is no better way to experience this delightful area of Ireland than from the back of a horse.

 

Signature Moments

  • Explore beautiful Ireland by horseback
  • Stay in quaint hotels and guesthouses
  • Enjoy picnic lunches in the Irish countryside
  • Step back in time as you ride through quaint villages
  • Enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in the world

 

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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 6 days riding (5 - 6 hrs per day) Irish Hunter or Connemara Ponies
  • 2 nights Historic, 4 star, Meyrick Hotel
  • 6 nights small, quality hotels
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Picnic lunches
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Dartfield Horse Museum
  • Experienced local equistrian guide
  • Team to handle luggage, bring picnic lunch and help with horses
  • Gratuities
  • Women's Travel Club tour host
Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrive Galway

Welcome to Ireland!
Arrive at your leisure to Shannon airport and check in to your room at the outstanding Hardiman Hotel. Use your day to explore Galway. Join the group this evening for a welcome dinner in a local pub.
Accommodations - The Hardiman Hotel

 

Days 2 - Oughterard

Depart our hotel at 10:00 AM and start our adventure. We will be introduced to our guide and back up team who are on hand to move luggage, bring the picnic and help with the horses. There is a short drive to the start point of the ride at Oughterard. After meeting your horse or Connemara pony, we mount up and begin the ride on country lanes, passing stone wall fences where sheep and cattle graze, enjoying the rolling green hills in the distance before reaching the mountains. The scenery changes dramatically as you and your horse climb into the hills. Watch for hidden stone houses of the "Ferocious O'Flahertys" while riding. These are the houses where they lived after being banished from Aughanure Castle as they were at constant odds with the forces of Galway. A long trot will bring you to the edge of Oughterard where riders follow the river out of town for a rest and picnic lunch. After lunch, climb a long hill to reach the edge of the bog which the trail must cross. The route will then continue across the rocky hills with great views of the colorful valleys and pristine lakes below. Riding out of the hills, onto the abandoned Galway-Clifden railway line where there may be the opportunity for a canter. Turn the horses loose by a beautiful lake near Maam Cross, return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.
Accommodations - Tiernakill Farmhouse

 

Days 3 - Ballynafad

Today is a beautiful seven hours' ride from Maam Cross to Ballynafad, a few miles from Ballynahinch. The ride begins by crossing the bogland, on a small road that Willie had built. In the middle of the bog is a small crop of limestone rock where a small copse of hazel trees grow. Hidden amongst the trees is an old limekiln, where the stone would have once been burnt to produce lime for whitewash and fertilizer. Enjoy a picnic lunch on a small village green before riding through beautiful forests and a mountain with the most glorious views over the Twelve Bens and mountain lakes. Late in the afternoon stop for a refreshing cup of tea before a canter along the old railway line. Leave the horses grazing in Ballynafad and drive to Clifden for the night.
Accommodations - Zetland Country House Hotel

 

Days 4 - Clifden

Today’s six-hour ride offers great variety in 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. Ride through the grounds of Ballynahinch Castle built in the 15th century, ancestral home of Humanity Dick; a local landlord, MP and one of the chief forces behind the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. After long trots and canters on the old railway line, stop for a picnic lunch near a small cottage. In the afternoon, ride through Roundstone bog, where Alcock and Brown landed on the first flight in a by-plane across the Atlantic. Pass extensive peat bogs and the harvested piles of the dried peat that are stacked by the roadside awaiting collection. In the early evening riders reach Ballyconneely and the sea. Turn the horses loose for the evening and drive to Clifden for dinner and overnight.
Accommodations - Ben View Guesthouse

 

Days 5 - Mannin Beach

Today is a full day on the fantastic Mannin Beach. The day is free to canter along the wide white sand beaches and swim with the horses if the conditions are right. Keep an eye out for the seals that are usually found in these sheltered waters. Mannin Bay is a regular hauling out and breeding site for common seals which can be seen with some difficulty as they lie almost motionless as they wait for the tide to lift them away. Leave the horses in a field nearby and drive back to Clifden for dinner and overnight.
Accommodations - Ben View Guesthouse

 

Days 6 - Errisbeg Mt

Today’s route follows the coast. Lunch is eaten in at the foot of Errisbeg, the mountain that we ride over in the afternoon. The horses graze loose close to where the riders eat lunch. After lunch the ride climbs over the mountains above the village of Roundstone. The views in the mountain are spectacular, overlooking the sea and the Commemara mountains. After leaving the horses, return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Accommodations - Loughrea Hotel and Spa

 

Day 7 - Loughrea

Spend the day at Willie's Dartfield Horse museum. Riders can trail ride around the museum, or test their skill on the cross country course. The event course has fences to suit all levels, from beginner to advanced riders so everyone will have fun and the chance to improve their riding and jumping skills. Riders have the opportunity to look around the museum, which is dedicated to the Irish horse and Connemara. Pony and is the only one of its kind in the world. Riders stay in Loughrea on last night.
Accommodations - Loughrea Hotel and Spa

 

Day 8 - Galway

Today we check back into the beautiful Hardiman Hotel. Be sure to get some time in the jacuzzi after your long week of riding. Tonight we will return to the pub for a farewell dinner.
Accommodations - The Hardiman Hotel

 

Day 9 - Depart

It is time to say good-bye to this beautiful destination, fabulous new friends and the wonderful horse that we have been so connected with all week.

 

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

 

Important Details & Pricing
Pre-Booking Only

Pre-book now to hold your spot. As soon as we have full details and pricing we will let you know. At that time you can decide if you would like to confirm this tour. If you do book you will save $100 off the tour as a thank you for showing us your interest.

 

Rates

Double Occupancy - TBA

Single Occupancy - TBA

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy may be limited. CAD = Canadian dollars. USD = United States of America dollars. Conversion to USD is approximated by current exchange rates and subject to change. You will be charged in CAD and your bank may charge a slightly different rate or fees.

Deposit of TBA per person due at time of booking.

Final Payment due - TBA

*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions. Prices are subject to change and availability.

 

Activity Level

Moderate Activity
You will be riding a horse each day. While you don't need a lot of riding experience you will be much more comfortable if you are used to being on a horse and in a saddle.

 

Riding Level

Low - Moderate
You will need to advise your height, weight and riding level on the booking form, this is to help us choose the best-suitable horse for you to have a pleasant ride.
Level 1 - Someone who has never sat on a horse.
Level 2 - Has done a couple very easy rides.
Level 3 - Can ride rising trot.
Level 4 - Has had a number of lessons and is reasonably confident on a horse at walk, trot and canter.
Level 5 - Confident and in control on a forward going horse at a steady canter in the open over uneven ground. Has ridden for a number of years.

 

Group Size

Minimum - 6 ladies
Maximum - 15 ladies

 

Exclusions
  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuities on personal expenses
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel

 

Hosted by:

Linda Reavley
Linda Reavley has been teaching, training and competing in dressage for 30 years. Encore Equestiran offers lessons from beginner right through to FEI levels. Students range in age from 5 years old to seniors.

 

Flight Information

We will notify you once this tour is a guaranteed departure. Please do not book your flights until you have been notified.

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
A Women's Travel Club agent is available to help you book your flights. Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed. Follow this link to a form to request flight options and quotes. A Women's Travel Club agent will send you back the recommended flight option that best suits you. We are pleased to offer a flight booking service for your tour. As quoting of flights can be a time-consuming endeavor, a service fee of $113 ($100 plus HST) will apply.

Arrive to Shannon International Airport (SNN)
Depart from Shannon International Airport (SNN)

Flight Quote

Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
Use this link to request an insurance quote.
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Accommodations
Women's Travel Club Ireland Riding Experience
The Hardiman Hotel

Standing proudly on the famous Eyre Square since 1852, The Hardiman Hotel offers generous hospitality with a familiar, easy charm that makes guests feel right at home. For over a century and a half, this Grand Old Lady has played host to many notable guests and countless special occasions. Now it’s your turn to be part of this long tradition.

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Tiernakill Farmhouse

Tiernakill Farmhouse is situated approx 1km from Maam Bridge where there is a bar & shop, and Lough Corrib a well known trout and salmon fishing lake.

Women's Travel Club Ireland Riding Experience
Zetland Country House Hotel

Zetland Country House Hotel, Connemara - Luxurious Four Star accommodation stands on the edge of Cashel Bay in Connemara, Galway, an area of outstanding beauty. Set amid an untamed landscape of mountains, bogs, lakes and a sea-coast brimming with white sandy beaches, this elegant country house hotel with its mature gardens, exudes charm from every room.

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Ben View Guesthouse

Charming mid 19th century town house of immense character that has been owned and family managed since 1926. They have been extending traditional family hospitality to their guests since then. Recommended by Frommer and Le Petit Fute Guides. Enjoy all the modern comforts and special ambience of this elegant guesthouse, surrounded by antiques and old world atmosphere.

Women's Travel Club Ireland Riding Experience
Loughrea Hotel and Spa

With an impressive location overlooking the majestic Loughrea Lake, this four star hotel offers superb state-of-the-art facilities and 91 stylish, modern bedrooms in contemporary surroundings. The Lough Rea Hotel & Spa has a beautiful, peaceful, and yet convenient location, just 20 minutes from the city of Galway, on the M6.

Extra Hotel Nights

Often ladies will book a night at the first hotel prior to the tour. This gives them a chance to relax after a long flight and settle in before the tour starts. Let us know if you would like pricing and information on the hotel.
Follow this link to request pre or post tour hotel nights.

Hotel Request