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Connemara Trail


Itinerary for Connemara Trail



Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1 (Monday): Arrival & Ride to Maam Cross
The riders meet at the Meyrick Hotel (formerly the Great Southern Hotel), Eyre Square, in the heart of Galway at 10am. Here you are introduced to your guide and the back up team who are on hand to move luggage, bring the picnic and help with the horses.
There is a short drive, out of the city (approx. 30 min) to the start point of the ride, at Oughterard. Here you will have your first sight of the horse or pony which is to become your companion for the week. The horses and ponies are assigned to the riders, according to the rider's ability, weight, height etc. After tacking up the ride departs and heads straight into the mountains for a long ride that will finish at Maam Cross, the site of the famous October horse fair.
The trail takes the riders past the ruins of cottages abandoned since the famine, in the 1840's, which decimated the Irish population. As the trail winds its way through the spectacular scenery the view is magnificent, spanning the horizon is the vast expanse of Lough Corrib, the largest lake in southern Ireland.
After lunch the ride continues through the mountains, traversing the bogs and rocks and wading through streams. Way below the trail is the 'Quiet Man Bridge', made famous by the John Wayne movie. The day ends with the first of many canters along the abandoned Galway to Clifden railway line. At the end of the day the horses are turned loose into a lakeside pasture while the riders travel to their accommodation.
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Connemara Lake Hotel in Oughterard or Marion Keane near Maam Cross


Day 2 (Tuesday): Maam Cross to Ballinafad
Having spent the night at the lakeside pasture at Maam Cross the horses are refreshed and ready to begin the ride. The first stage of the ride goes through Willie's land at Maam Cross, where a path takes the riders alongside the beautiful Lough Sindle and past the remains of a long forgotten lime kiln, hidden in a grove of hazel trees.
Some of the trees in the area are ancient, yet they remain tiny, bent by the harsh Atlantic winds that batter this area during the winter. Lunch is eaten on a small village green, while the horses graze.
After lunch it is back into the saddle for the final stage of the days ride, through silent woodlands and through the beautiful Inagh Valley. On a clear day riders can see right over the spectacular Connemara landscape to the coast at Rosmuc. The day ends with another canter along the old Galway to Clifden railway line, before the horses are turned out in a pasture at Ballinafad, before the riders return to their accommodation.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Zetland Hotel in Cashel Bay or Marion Keane near Maam Cross


Day 3 (Wednesday): Ballinafad to Mannin Bay
This morning the horses wade through a wide mountain stream before heading up into a short stretch of mountain above the ancient Ballinafad cemetery.
The riders then go through the grounds of Ballinahinch Castle, enjoying a long canter through the woodland beforehand. The castle was once the home of an Indian Prince and also Richard Martin who founded the humane society for the protection of animals.
There is a long canter along the old railway line. The grassy track is great fun for a long canter. The horses are set free on the edge of bogland close to Clifden while the riders eat lunch.
Then it is back into the saddle for the afternoon ride which goes along a grassy track close to Clifden and then heads inland over the Roundstone Bog, site of the landing of the historic flight of Alcock and Brown, who piloted the first transatlantic biplane and the site of the Marconi wireless station. Then we follow the coast to the seaside pasture where the horses will spend the next few nights. The riders then head to their accommodation in Clifden where they will spend the next few nights.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel or Ben View Guesthouse in Clifden


Day 4 (Thursday): Mannin Bay Beach Ride
This is a full day spent on the fabulous Mannin Bay beach. There is mile after mile of sandy beach where riders can gallop and jump over the small stone walls and sandy banks.
This is an unforgettable day. Riders are welcome to swim their mount in the clear water of the ocean. It is a unique and very special experience as the horse begins to swim under you. The horses dry off and rest in a beach side pasture while the riders eat a picnic lunch on over the beach over looking the ocean. Then it is back into the saddle for another ride along the beach to discover more of the wonders of this coastline.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel or Ben View Guesthouse in Clifden


Day 5 (Friday): Mannin Bay to Toombeola
The ride begins at the sea and ends at Toombeola, inland over the mountains.
The ride follows the coastline, passing small farmsteads, where generations of small farmers have lived and worked. The coastline is beautiful, the water often the colour of a tropical sea. The ride continues into Errisbeg mountain along an old grassy track before our lunch stop, which is eaten in the mountains, overlooking the pasture where the horses eat. Then they are saddled for the ride that takes us high into Errisbeg mountain high above the seaside village of Roundstone. Watch out for the leprechauns that are known to inhabit this area. Below is the stunning scenery of Dogs Bay, which curves out into the Atlantic Ocean.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Loughrea Hotel and Spa or Fairhillhouse in Loughrea


Day 6 (Saturday): Dartfield Horse Museum
Spend the day at Willie's Dartfield Horse museum. Riders can trail ride around the museum, or test their skill on the cross country course. The event course has fences to suit all levels, from beginner to advanced riders so everyone will have fun and the chance to improve their riding and jumping skills. Riders have the opportunity to look around the museum, which is dedicated to the Irish horse and Connemara. Pony and is the only one of its kind in the world.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Loughrea Hotel and Spa or Fairhillhouse in
Loughrea

Day 7 (Sunday): Departure
Departure after breakfast. Please not that on your last day after the trail, you will depart from Loughrea and NOT from Galway City.
Meals included: Breakfast


Non-Riders
There are many things in the area for non-riders to do. They include river fishing, deep-sea fishing, golf, cycling, mountain climbing, walking, and swimming. There are also many interesting castles and other sites to see in the area. Non-riders should have a rental car for greatest flexibility.
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Connemara Trail
Tour Code: IT-IRRT02
7 days / 6 nights ~$1,910.00
Dates : May to Sept

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
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.
CIntermediate
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.
EAdvanced
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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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
B 2020 05/11 - 05/17 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP - Hotel (low) 4 /15 Expired
D 2020 05/11 - 05/17 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP - Guesthouse ... 4 /15 Expired
B 2020 05/25 - 05/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP - Hotel (low) 4 /15 Expired
D 2020 05/25 - 05/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP - Guesthouse ... 4 /15 Expired
B 2020 06/08 - 06/14 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP - Hotel (low) 4 /15 Expired
D 2020 06/08 - 06/14 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP - Guesthouse ... 4 /15 Expired
B 2020 06/22 - 06/28 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP - Hotel (low) 4 /15 Expired
D 2020 06/22 - 06/28 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP - Guesthouse ... 4 /15 Expired
A 2020 07/06 - 07/12 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP - Hotel (peak... 4 /15 Expired
C 2020 07/06 - 07/12 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP - Guesthouse ... 4 /15 Expired
A 2020 07/20 - 07/26 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP - Hotel (peak... 4 /15 Reserve
C 2020 07/20 - 07/26 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP - Guesthouse ... 4 /15 Reserve
A 2020 08/03 - 08/09 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP - Hotel (peak... 4 /15 Reserve
C 2020 08/03 - 08/09 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP - Guesthouse ... 4 /15 Reserve
A 2020 08/17 - 08/23 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP - Hotel (peak... 4 /15 Reserve
C 2020 08/17 - 08/23 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP - Guesthouse ... 4 /15 Reserve
B 2020 08/31 - 09/06 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP - Hotel (low) 4 /15 Reserve
D 2020 08/31 - 09/06 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP - Guesthouse ... 4 /15 Reserve
B 2020 09/14 - 09/20 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP - Hotel (low) 4 /15 Reserve
D 2020 09/14 - 09/20 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP - Guesthouse ... 4 /15 Reserve
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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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