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Markree Castle Coast Trail Trip Itinerary

Day 1

You will travel from either the train station or airport to meet your riding companions and guide at the Bed & Breakfast.

Day 2

Riders will get to know their horse by riding in an indoor arena and a ride through the pastures. After lunch, riders will continue through the tree-covered path through Rathcarrick woods, followed by the Gibraltar Strand to meet the Atlantic Ocean with a canter along the shores.  After your evening meal, you and your riding companions will get a taste of Irish culture by venturing into local pubs to hear lively music and dancing.

Day 3

On horseback, you will ascend the Knocknarea Mountain, a truly unique site with its monolithic  look. As you reach the summit,  the famous grave of Queen Maeve, one of Ireland’s greatest warriors, will be visible. From the summit the magnitude of the Emerald Isle can be truly appreciated for all of its beauty. Riders will eat lunch at the famous Irish Strand Bar in the unique surfer village of Strandhill. After, the afternoon consists of an revitalizing ride on the beach, bringing you to the small Silgo Bay island known as Coney Island where the population is currently 7.

Day 4

This day requires a hearty breakfast as your busy adventures leaves no time to stop for lunch. Before you begin your riding, you will enjoy a tour throughout a megalithic cemetery dating back to 4000 BC. The afternoon trail ride traverses from Carrowmore through the Union Pine forest, ending at the Markee Castle. Along the way, riders enjoy exploring four historical passage tomb cemeteries located at the center-point of Ireland’s prehistoric ritual landscape. As you reach the castle’s estate, you will travel by horseback through the impressive Markee grounds, bringing your horse to the castle stables where they will rest for night. You and your riding companions with venture out to the local pub to enjoy a craic Irish time with music and Guinness.

Day 5

In the morning, you will ride across the Markee Castle grounds, exploring the remnants of historic houses that once housed Irish peasants under the English rule. You will enjoy an afternoon lunch at the castle stables and after, riders will return to Carrowmore through the Ballygawley Forest where grazing wild fauna can be spotted.

Day 6

Today, riders take a break from riding to tour the Parkes Castle dating back to the 14th Century and the famous poet Yeat’s grave located in Drumcliff. If you’d like, riders can trek to the famous Celtic Seaweed baths located in Strandhill.

Day 7

Tide allowing, today’s day will be dedicated to riding along the beaches of Ireland.  You will begin riding from Kellystown to Culleenamore Beach, circling the Knocknarea Peninsula and continue along the shoreline to Strandhill. After you reach Strandhill, you will continue on the strand to Cumeen and venture across to Carty’s strand. Today’s ride is adventurous, challenging, and memorable. You will end the evening by visiting the local pubs for the last time, reflecting with your companions over fun times and a Guinness.

Day 8

You will travel to airport for departure after breakfast.

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