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Coast Trail Connemara

What to Bring for Coast Trail Connemara

In Ireland riding helmets are mandatory. The riding center has several models to choose from, but you might be better off to bring your own that fits.

A client's helmet will need to meet one of these standards:
  • PAS 015:1998
  • SNELL E2001
  • ASTM F1163
  • AS/NZS3838 2003
  • VG1 01.040 2014-12
Riders must wear hard hats, which can be rented at a minimal cost, and suitable footwear! Regular riding wear (jodphur, boots, helmet) or chaps and leggings with short boots are also acceptable. Riding gloves, rain-gear, a warm wind jacket and a sweater should also be included in the riding wardrobe, as Irish weather can be unpredictable.

Comfortable clothing - there is no dress code.

  • Jodhpurs or comfortable jeans – long hours are spent in the saddle, don't bring pants that will rub!
  • Long riding boots (leather or rubber) or short boots and chaps. Training and running shoes are not safe riding wear!
  • Pair of boot laces – you can use these to tie coats to the front of your saddle when not being worn.
  • The trail doesn’t use saddle bags, but feel free to bring your own if you want to carry cameras etc. We prefer saddle pads with pockets built in, or ones that sling over the horse.
  • Rain gear. Either waterproof trousers and jacket, or long riding coat. Definitely no capes! All rain gear should be lightweight, but hard wearing.
If you are traveling from the USA you may wish to check out unlocking your cell phone to use and Irish SIM card. Check out
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Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Personal Travel Insurance
Visa (check with your consulate)


Jodhpurs or comfortable jeans (used if possible!)
Long riding boots: leather or rubber or boots and mini chaps.
Riding helmet  (mandatory)
Riding gloves
Windproof Jacket/Wax Jacket
Hat (with chin strap) for sun protection
Lightweight Waterproof pants and jacket or long riding coast. No capes


Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Underwear and socks
Bag for dirty clothes
Warm jacket
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and extra batteries
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm
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Coast Trail Connemara
Tour Code: IT-IRRT02C
7 days / 6 nights ~$2,210.00
Dates : May to Sept

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Tack: English and Western
Horses: Irish Hunter, Connemara, Showjumpers
Pace: Moderate with trots and canters - 4-6 ...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Shannon
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