Trail Riding Ireland – Horse riding holidays - Riding on the beach – Trail Riding at the sea
Ireland on horseback – Riding at the coast of the Atlantic Ocean - Itinerary by Day

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Trail Riding Connemara

Grazing Horses

Through the Water

Connemara Coast Trail

Trail Riding on the Beach

Riding by the Sea

Gallop on the Beach

Dartfield Park

Cross Country Course

The Connemara Coast Trail began almost 40 years ago to compliment the Connemara Trail.
The trail rides through the most wild and beautiful scenery that Ireland has to offer. Riding is available from April to October.
Riders are in the saddle for four to six hours per day. Lunch is eaten on the trail.

Coast Trail - Itinerary by Day

Meet at 10 am in Galwy at the Meyrick Hotel (formerly Great Southern). The ride begins at Toombeola from where we ride over Cashel Hill and have lunch overlooking the sea near Bolgers where there was once a shop and pub. After lunch we ride along the road for about 15 min until we turn into a side road where we pass the Zetland Hotel. After another hour we leave the horses in Willie’s mountain in Shannadonnell for the night.

Drive into Willies mountain to catch and tack up the horses. Then we ride along beautiful lakes in Willies mountain and enjoy the stunning views of the landscape and vegetation. After we cross over the mountain, which takes about 1.5 hrs, we will we have lunch by a lake. After lunch we make our way off the mountain towards the sea, where depending on the tide, we either ride to Mweenish where we may leave the horses for the night, or ride out to Mweenish Island.

As on Tuesday eve, depending on the tide, we ride out to Mweenish Island this morning and explore the different beaches here or alternative we ride to Finish Island. After coming back on shore from the Island Lunch is eaten usually at Willies beach house. After lunch we can enjoy cantering on the beach and explore the sea side around Carna Village.

We ride from Mweenish into Carna village along little lane ways where we get over mountains with beautiful lakes and overlooking the sea. We will have lunch at the water tower. After lunch we ride up a quiet high mountain which overlooks Kilkerrin where there is a salmon farm. This brings us down to a road where we have to ride for about an hour to get to Derryrush.


This is a new ride and may change a bit going forward. We ride from Derryrush to Rosmuck village which is still along the coast and we have quiet an early lunch because we will have along ride in the afternoon over a beautiful moutnain looking over screebe lodge and the very famous screebe fishery. That’s brings us to the end of  Friday. The riders travel to Loughrea to their accommodation.

You will spend Saturday night again in Loughrea from where you will depart after breakfast on Sunday morning.
The riders will be collected from the Hotel / Guesthouse in the morining and brought to Dartfield, Willie's purpose built Equestrian and Heritage Centre. After a warm welcome with hot Port or Whiskey we will tack up the horses and enjoy trekking through the 350 acres estate. The ride goes through woodland and across fields and there is the option to jump in our Cross Country Course which already hosted an international 3 Star event. Lunch will be in our Cafe here at Dartfield and you have the chance to visit the only Museum in Ireland dedicated to Irish horses / ponies and  Dog Breeds and browse our Tack and Gift Shop.

The afternoon is again spent riding here at Dartfield, going out hacking and jumping before it is time to say good bye to your horse.

Aille Cross Equestrian Centre
Connemara Trails
Loughrea, Co. Galway

Dartfield Equestrian Centre
Horse Museum
Kilrickle, Loughrea, Co. Galway

Tel. No. 091 843968
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