Riders will travel from the Shannon Airport to a guest house located at the riding center.
Riders will become acquainted with their horses, and then continue to travel into the tranquil woodlands of the Slieve Aughty Mountains. You will ride across Ireland’s rural pastures, making your way towards old tracks of the famous Sarsfield Ride. As you trot along, the tracks will carry you beside the bog, venturing through the expanse of Irish peat bogs and covering of moss.
A ride over the rolling Slieve Aughty hills will bring you to the winding Shannon River and Lough Derg, a one of a kind region as it still embodies the temper of older times with its still and quite way. Riders will delve into history as you learn about the famous potato famine while modern-day farmers demonstrate how to cut bog in a traditional manner. The Lough Derg region becomes truly remarkable as riders experience a 9th century megalithic tomb and monastic settlement on the nearby Holy Island.
You will make your way down the hills to Laugh Graney’s sandy shores as you trot along the beach with your riding companions. A lively canter along the shores brings riders to the lush, green pastures in the countryside filled with grazing sheep and boundless stone walls.
This day begins riding in the “Valley of the Irish Kings,” riding along the tracks of Glandaria. After riders stop for lunch, the journey will continue as you make your way to Burren National Park, seeing the breathtaking Galway Bay for the first time on this adventure. As the evening approaches, riders will continue on to the village of Corofin, a charming location with endless pubs to experience the lively Irish culture.
The landscape of Burren surrounds today’s ride, filled with uniquely vibrant vegetation and animal life. Many historical and archaeological sites are here to explore including ancient Celtic ring forts, wedge tombs, and Dolmens. As the day progresses, riders will approach an ancient cooking location known as fulacht fiadh and after, you will make you way to Lisdoonvara. Lisdoovara will be your stopping point for the evening and this village is filled with lively and traditional music for you to enjoy.
Riders have the opportunity to gain some archaeological knowledge as you learn about the astounding Poulnabrone Dolmen and the caves surrounding the site. After, riders will climb the final hill on horseback, making their way to a jaw-dropping view of the Atlantic Ocean, the Connemara Mountain range, and the Aran Islands. After, riders will canter on to view the renowned Cliffs of Moher.
You will travel to the airport after enjoying breakfast.