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  • Best horseback riding in Ireland


    I did search, and I'm sure this topic has been covered, but I can't find it so apologies in advance if this is a duplicate request!

    My husband, grown son and I are heading to Ireland in the near future and I am very interested in scheduling a ride. My husband and son are not riders, so I am looking for suggestions for places with safe horses, nice trails and great scenery.


  • #2
    What part of the country will you be in?


    • #3
      When I was in Ireland for work I went here


      • Original Poster


        We'll be moving around. Still nailing down the itinerary, but mainly Dublin (start/finish of trip), Galway, Lahinch, Killarney...


        • #5
          Peter Williams, of Mountain View Horse Riding Centre (website is is a fabulous option. There are several different rides available for various sceneries, the guides he employs are wonderful, and his horses are stellar. There's horses for all riding levels and they are so well trained, good minded, and decent souls that are both generally comfortable to ride and are very well behaved even for the most novice of riders. Do call and book ahead though, especially if you're interested in the beach ride. He's got a very good reputation and has pretty brisk business - it's not a place that you can necessarily just show up 30 minutes before something is scheduled to go out and manage to get in on the ride.


          • #6
            I lived in Ireland for 3 months out of Dublin and did a number of rides in different areas. This was by far my favorite. I got to gallop in the surf on a Gypsy Cob. Super safe horses, catered to your riding level. (your husband and son could stand halted if you wanted to take a gallop through the surf)

            I got there by taking a bus from Galway and it was the prettiest scenery I've ever seen. If I could do it over I'd take more time in that area and rent a car to be able to explore. On the way there is also a cute town called Clifden with lots of Connemara ponies and horse shopping and I would have added a day there.



            • #7
              Stargzng386, my husband and I were on holiday in Connemara and fell in love with Clifden! In fact, we want to buy a holiday home there one day. The horse shopping was great too
              A Kiwi living in New England
              Grade V Para Dressage rider


              • #8
                We did a beach ride last summer with Mountain View, followed by a (wet!) hack over the moors. It was great!
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                • #9
                  I know someone who went to Castle Leslie and l.o.v.e.d. it.
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                  • #10
                    Castle Leslie is in Northern Ireland, not where the OP is going. Honestly there are tons of places to ride, and if you're moving around you can check with the hotel where you're staying for suggestions. If you're in Galway, I'd head out to Dartfield which is legendary Irish Horseman Willie Leahy's horse museum. You can arrange for a ride through them on their cross country course. It's not too far outside of Galway about 20 minutes or so. You can probably arrange something a few days before your arrival in Ireland or when you get there. I'd take your own helmet just to make sure you have a helmet that fits.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Edre View Post
                      Peter Williams, of Mountain View Horse Riding Centre (website is is a fabulous option. There are several different rides available for various sceneries, the guides he employs are wonderful, and his horses are stellar. There's horses for all riding levels and they are so well trained, good minded, and decent souls that are both generally comfortable to ride and are very well behaved even for the most novice of riders. Do call and book ahead though, especially if you're interested in the beach ride. He's got a very good reputation and has pretty brisk business - it's not a place that you can necessarily just show up 30 minutes before something is scheduled to go out and manage to get in on the ride.
                      I second this! Ride with Peter last fall, did the beach ride back through the mountains. My husband, who rode exactly once before this was given a saint of a horse and I felt he was very safe. My horse was a bit more forward but very well trained and fun. Highly recommend!


                      • Original Poster

                        Thanks for the suggestions and feedback!


                        • #13
                          Friends and I rode out of the Killarney Riding Stable (Donie O'Sullivan's). We had a mixed ability group and they were very accommodating so we could ride together. We did the week long pub to pub ride and had a blast. It was such a great experience we added one of their 2 hour park rides after we finished the long ride. The horses are well cared for, the saddles were comfortable, and the staff friendly.


                          • #14
                            We are planning a trip to Ireland summer 2020 and more than anything my daughter (will be 14 yr old by then) would love to do some riding while we are there. I think she would like to get lessons and do some cross country. My husband and I would not likely ride. I would love info on a place we could stay where she could ride daily for a few days if anyone has any suggestions! Thanks!


                            • #15
                              My husband (non-rider) and I went riding on the beach in Galway. The guide met us at the local beach access point with his horse van and all the equipment! It was such a great experience. My horse was completely calm, but was a puller and I remember my hands hurting because I didn't have gloves. lol but we had such a fun gallop! and she was super comfortable.

                              I think if we could have brought my husband's horse home, he would have readily agreed to it. She was SO sweet and calm. He hung back while the rest of the group had our run. He fell in love with her

                              I tried to look back through email and I can't 100% confirm but after some Googling, I think we rode with Moycullen Riding Centre.


                              • #16
                                I have two recommendations.

                                In about 2010 I rode out cross-country with Brennanstown Riding School. We were a small group of mixed students of the stable and yours truly, a guest for the day. The horses were in wonderful condition and their property and hacking were stunning. We didn't have the opportunity to do a good deal of jumping because it was a dry time of year and the instructor worried about the footing- a big change from home in Maryland, I thought the footing was lovely! But appreciated their call for the welfare of the horses. I rode a big dark bay fellow with lovely manners. I can't speak for how they'd be able to mount your two non-riders.

                                A few years before that I was lucky to spend two days riding at Clonshire Equestrian Center. The first day was in their arena and the second day we went out cross country. My sister and I both rode, and at the time she was a 10-year-old string bean doing the 2' pleasure ponies at home whereas I was showing in the big eq. The stable was equally able to mount both of us and teach each one of us a good lesson. My sister rode a chunky spotted cob who was the sort of animal everyone would like for their mother to ride- kind, pleasant, and well-schooled. The first day in the ring I rode a nice crossbred chestnut horse and the second day cross-country an absolutely marvelous Thoroughbred mare whom I'd have liked to bring home.
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