Dingle Horseriding Holiday Options:
Our THREE DAY to FULL WEEK trails take riders around the Peninsula, through breathtaking scenery in areas of outstanding natural beauty. We keep our groups small and we ride for around 5 to 6.5 hours depending on the pace. On our week long trail, we explore both the south western area of the Dingle Peninsula and the north coast via the Conor Pass, which is one of the highest Irish mountain passes. We overnight at each destination before returning to Dingle at the end of the week.
2017 Post to Post Trail Ride Dates:
- Friday 18th August – Thursday 24th August
- Saturday 2nd Sept – Friday 8th Sept
- Saturday 16th Sept – Friday 22nd Sept
- Monday 25th September – Sunday 1st October
We can offer 3 – 7 day trail rides; the example below outlines all the routes on the 7 day rides. With shorter holidays, we choose the trails that best suit the tides and weather on the day. The shorter trail rides are incorporated into these week long trails. Riders look after their own food apart from breakfast; Dingle and the Peninsula is renowned for its superb restaurants and cafés. If you have a specific date you are looking at for a riding holiday and we have not listed it above, please contact us. We will try our best to put a package together, but we would need a minimum of 5 riders to do so.
WEEK LONG TRAIL includes:
- 7 x nights Bed & Breakfast.
- 6 x days trail riding the Dingle Peninsula.
- Midday Canapés and refreshments at Dingle Horseriding .
- 2 x picnic lunches.
- Necessary transfers between venues.
- Luggage transfers – please note that on the trail we can carry one bag per rider weighing up to 10 kg with maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 20 cm, plus 1 small bag up to 35 x 20 x 20 cm during the trail, larger / heavier luggage can be stored at Dingle Horse Riding.
- Cocktails & Canapés on our final evening.
- Cost: €2,500 per person sharing – single supplement €30 per person per night.
- Booking: Please contact us in advance as booking is essential.
MINI TRAIL includes:
- 3 x days riding.
- 3 x Bed and Breakfast.
- Necessary transfers between venues.
- Luggage transfers -please note that on the trail we can carry one bag per rider weighing up to 10 kg with maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 20 cm, plus 1 small bag up to 35 x 20 x 20 cm during the trail, larger / heavier luggage can be stored at Dingle Horse Riding.
- Cost: €1,250 per person sharing – single supplement €30 per person per night.
- Each consecutive day thereafter please add €420/day.
- Booking: Please contact us in advance as booking is essential .
Example of Our Week-Long Trail:
EVENING 1: Arrive at your Dingle B&B
DAY 1: On arrival at Dingle Horse Riding you meet your fellow riders and trail the local Dingle area, this allows us to ensure that all our riders are happy with their allocated horses. After Canapés and refreshments we head via Kilfountain river to the most westerly mainland point in Europe, towards Smerwick Harbour (the sight of much of the filming for Ryan’s Daughter).Riding down towards the ancient Gallarus Oratory (a 12th Century church) we have magnificent views of The Three Sisters and Ceann Sibeal. At Gallarus we take the opportunity to explore Gallarus Oratory and also see an audio visual display of the surrounding Peninsula that we shall trail over the next 6 days. afterwards we head for a gallop on Murioch and Beal Bán beaches before heading for Kilmackader through the beautiful countryside and green roads of the West Kerry Gaeltacht.
DAY 2: After a morning gallop on Muiríoch beach we head inland across the Brandon Mountain Range via a section of the Pilgrim’s Route. Mount Brandon is the second highest peak in Ireland, and as we climb you can see spectacular views of the Dingle Peninsula, as far as the Blasket Islands and Skellig Rocks, as well as the Iveragh Peninsula and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. The terrain is challenging; at the highest point we cross the pass at 400m, but the horses are surefooted and take it in their stride. We continue down the mountain enjoying the vast panoramic views of Brandon Bay and its massive beaches. We head towards the quiet villages of Cloghane via magnificent valley lakes and narrow, winding bohareens overlooked by the Conor Pass, which was carved out of the cliff face during famine times. Today, there will be a fair amount of trotting but the steep climb up and down means this ride is at a slower pace as the terrain is taxing on both horse and rider. Tonight we overnight in O’Connors B&B in Cloghane.
DAY 3: The most beautiful beach riding day; The beaches between Cloghane, Castlegregory and the Maharees were made for horse riding. We spend the day cantering along many miles of unbroken (and largely deserted) wide sandy beach, stopping for lunch at a local pub in Castlegregory. In the afternoon we explore the area before we cross back from the southern side of the Peninsula to overnight at Rohans B&B near the Maharees. Today we shall have covered many miles at a fast pace, and both horse and rider will deserve a well-earned rest.
DAY 4: We leave the Maharees and Castlegregory and head towards Derrymore (Doire Mór in Irish) which lies between the Slieve Mish mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, some 11 km (7 miles) west of Tralee on the Dingle peninsula. This sandy beach known as Derrymore Strand is a nature reserve supporting many rare plant communities and is an important high-tide roosting area for shore birds. The name Derrymore is an anglicization of the Irish doire mór, meaning “great oak grove”. After lunch at the Railway tavern we cross over the Finlglas river into Camp village where we stay tonight.
DAY 5: Leaving Camp village this morning we set off towards Cathair Con Rí passing through Gleann Na nGealt (the Valley of the Mad) via an ancient bog route with spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean. Inch Beach, made famous by its part in the film Ryan’s Daughter, is a world renowned strand that attracts all types of water sports: surfing, snorkeling, fishing, gliding, and of course horseriding. The surrounding lanes and bohareens offer spectacular views of Cathair Con Rí, Inch, Dingle Bay, and the Ring of Kerry. After lunch we head for spectacular gallops along Inch. Tonight we stay at Inch Guesthouse above Sammy’s Restaurant and the beach.
DAY 6: After a morning Atlantic wade we climb up to the Dingle Way to take advantage of stunning views of the Wild Atlantic Ocean and the valleys around Lake Annascaul, carved out by glaciers and giants over millions of years! After a picnic lunch at the Lake under the Slieve Mish range we explore Átha-na-Scáil, meaning, in English, the River of the Hero – the legendary hero being Cú chulainn, whose grave is reputed to be on the side of the mountain above Droumavalla, north of Annascaul – (The birthplace of Tom Crean the Antarctic explorer). Tonight the horses are boxed home from Minard Castle to Dingle Horse riding. As we complete our ride, we will have covered many miles, had some fantastic riding and enjoyed the most spectacular views Ireland has to offer. We will meet back in Dingle Horseriding for conversation, libation and theorisation! Tonight we stay in Dingle where you will again be able to sample the culinary delights of the many cafes and restaurants.
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