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Atlantic to Markree Castle Ride

Atlantic to Markree Castle Ride
Sligo Ireland

This ride explores the unspoiled Irish coastline, with its sandy beaches, deserted islands, mountains and forests of this most beautiful area of Western Ireland. Nestled between Knocknarea mountain and Union forest, on the Atlantic coast of Ireland, sits Carrowmore, site of one of the oldest collections of Megalithic tombs and burial chambers, some dating to 3500 B.C. This area is said to be the first site settled by man in Ireland.

This special corner of Ireland is not only home to prehistoric tombs but also to Irelands' foremost equestrian centre with excellent quality facilities, professional guiding and safe and well trained riding horses. From the endless Atlantic beaches for galloping to the green mountains and pine forests for gentle hacking, this truly is a horseman's paradise. The rides each day vary and are a mixture of all the gaits (walk, trot, canter with some lovely gallops), so you need to have a good seat and be able to control a horse in the wide open spaces.
While some riding days are far more relaxing, some days will be quite strenuous, so you should probably ride a few times before coming out on this adventure to be prepared as this will allow you maximum enjoyment and comfort. 

Friday is a sightseeing day and we will take you to visit all the places of interest and historical significance of this ancient region of Ireland, including a visit to Parkes Castle (a 14th century castle restored by the Irish government) and Yeat's Grave in Drumcliff. For those who wish to, we can  also organize a trip to the famous Celtic Seaweed baths (extra).

Progressive Ride (no camping)
Suitable for riders over 210 lbs

Meeting: Sligo Airport
Airport: Sligo / Dublin
Transfer: Sligo Train Station or Airport- included or take taxi on your own
Riders: Min 4 riders
Max 15 riders

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    Atlantic to Markree Castle Ride
    Tour Code: IT-IRSR01
    8 days / 7 nights ~$1,730.00
    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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    A 2021 08/22 - 08/29 8d / 7n 8 day trip, B&B 4 /15 Expired
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    Tack: English
    Horses: Irish Hunter & Connemara ponies
    Pace: Moderate with some fast canters 3-5 hr...
    Walk, Trot, Canter,
    Airport: Sligo / Dublin
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