This magnificent tour of Ireland allows you to enjoy Dublin City as well as enjoying some of the most rural and beautiful parts of the country that include Ireland’s deeply rooted equestrian culture. With access to the best treks and trails Ireland has to offer; let the local Irish experts here at Destinations customize your dream equestrian experience in Ireland.
Day 1: Arrive in Shannon Airport, pick up your rental car. Stay in Connemara 2 nights.
Day 2: Errislannan Manor Riding Centre, day of trekking.
Day 3: Galway City & Galway equestrian Centre, tour & Stay 1 night.
Day 4: Cliffs of Moher, burren, Ailwee Caves. Stay in Killarney 2 nights.
Day 5: Visit The Killarney Riding Stables for trekking adventure.
Day 6: Drive North. Tour Kilkenny. On to Co. Wicklow, stay 1 night.
Day 7: Tour Glendalough & Irish National Stud. On to Dublin, stay 3 nights.
Day 8: Explore & tour Dublin City today.
Day 9: Explore Dublin City today.
Day 10: After breakfast, go to Airport & return home.
Price: Please contact our travel experts for current pricing 1800-832-1848
Day 1: Arrive in Shannon Airport, and pick up your rental car. Drive to the magnificent Ballynahinch Castle in Connemara Co. Galway where you’ll stay for 2 nights. Get settled in to your accommodations today, and take in all that Connemara has to offer. There are a number of charming fishing villages dotted along the coast for you to explore, and the scenery will take your breath away. Bask in the deeply rooted culture, delicious food, and incomparable hospitality.
Day 2: Today, visit ‘Errislannan Manor Riding Centre’. Established in 1970, this equestrian Centre is renowned for its beautiful scenery. Also see the‘Manor Connemara Pony Stud’. The riding Centre offers long or short treks over heather covered moors and along the shores out to the end of the peninsula, home of hares, larks, otters and all kinds of seabirds. The Connemara ponies are homebred, and sound. Don’t miss out on this magical opportunity!
Day 3: Depart Connemara and continue on to Galway City, where you’ll stay 1 night at the Twelve Hotel. Enjoy a great day exploring Galway City, known as the “City of the Tribes” since the time it was ruled by patrician families hundreds of years ago. Galway is a thriving and bustling city famous for the arts. Enjoy a delicious meal and traditional Irish music at a local pub. Explore the ‘Galway Equestrian Centre’ and take a ride this afternoon. Enjoy your time at their superb facilities and perhaps visit their tack shop.
Day 4: Drive south today towards Killarney, Co. Kerry, where you’ll stay for 2 nights at The Carrig House. En Route to Kerry, stop and visit the Cliffs of Moher. Soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic ocean on the coast of County Clare, this site will astound you. Don’t miss the opportunity to walk on the Burren, with its limestone lunar landscape, druidic altars, stone age fireplaces and exotic plant life. Explore The Ailwee Caves, home to majestic underground waterfalls, and the Birds of Prey Centre, which houses birds from around the globe. Enjoy a hands on experience with professional Hawk handlers.
Day 5: Spend today at ‘The Killarney Riding Stables’, which were established in 1968. Approved by the Irish Tourist Board and the Association of Irish Riding Establishments, the Stables are home to some 70 horses. Killarney Riding Stables offers Hacking, Trekking and Trail Riding into the ‘Killarney National Park’. The trails go into the Knockreer Estate north of Lough Lein, taking in stunning views of mountains, lake, wildlife, flora and fauna. This is a remarkable way to see the beauty of Killarney.
Day 6: Depart Kerry today, and drive North East towards Co. Wicklow. En route, stop in Kilkenny for a tour, visit Kilkenny Castle, and a have a bite to eat. Kilkenny is Ireland’s finest example of a medieval town. Onward to Co. Wicklow where you’ll stay for 1 night at The Rathsallagh House. Wicklow is Ireland’s ‘horse Country’, bordering with County Kildare which features The Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens.
Day 7: Visit the enchanting treasure that is ‘Glendalough’, the ruins of the sixth century monastic settlement founded by St. Kevin. The ruins feature the finest example of an ancient round tower. Tour the ‘Irish National Stud’ today. Nowhere better symbolizes all that is great about County Kildare, the beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry, than the stud, a unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty that is home to some of the most magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens to be found anywhere in the world. The Irish National Stud’s Japanese Gardens, renowned throughout the world and the finest of their kind in Europe, the gardens were created between 1906 and 1910. Drive on to Dublin this evening, return your rental car, and check into Brooks Hotel in the heart of the City, for a 3 night stay.
Day 8: Explore Dublin City today. Dublin is a prosperous and dynamic capital city, with a proud colorful past and a thriving present. Dublin is filled with fantastic restaurants and traditional pubs, where you may sample cuisine from around the world. Take a horse and carriage ride through some of Dublin’s historic Georgian Squares. Meander through the Temple Bar area of the city, and take in some traditional Irish music. Perhaps enjoy a show in Dublin’s famed ‘Gate Theater.’
Day 9: Today, we recommend taking a ‘Hop on, Hop off’ double-decker bus tour of Dublin. It’s a fantastic way to get around and see all the best sights! Highlights include Trinity College, Dublin Castle, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Stroll down Grafton Street, Dublin’s premier shopping area. Visit the Guinness Brewery at St. James’ Gate and enjoy a taste of the real thing right from the source. We recommend a visit to the Brazen Head Pub for their evening of traditional Irish folklore, storytelling, music and food.
Day 10: After a delicious Irish breakfast, enjoy your private transfer to Dublin Airport, where you’ll prepare for your return flight home.
Price: Please contact our travel experts for current pricing 1800-832-1848
- Deluxe accommodations for 9 nights
- Full Irish Breakfast each day
- Self-Drive rental vehicle OR Upgrade to the services of a Professional Driver Guide
- All taxes & service charges
- 24 / 7 Concierge service in Ireland while travelling
- Touring Map of Ireland & insiders list of recommended pubs, restaurants and places of interest
- Private Car transfer to your hotel on arrival
- Deluxe portfolio of travel Documents & Personalized Itinerary
- Prices based on per person sharing. Single supplement will be additional. Call for details
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Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara
The Twelve Hotel, Galway City
The Twelve Hotel, a 4 star Galway hotel is located in Barna, Galway city’s most stylish neighborhood.
Carrig House, Kerry
This charming and meticulously restored Victorian residence has a sense of timelessness about it that has captured the imagination of poets and adventurers alike.
Rathsallagh House, Co. Wicklow
Rathsallagh Country House Hotel is beautiful and romantic place located on the Kildare / Wicklow border.
Brooks hotel, Dublin
Situated only minutes from Grafton Street in the fashionable heart of Dublin city, Brooks Hotel is the perfect place to stay.