We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Horseback Riding Anyone? Co. Clare and beyond...

Oak Park, Illinois
Level Contributor
4 posts
Save Topic
Horseback Riding Anyone? Co. Clare and beyond...

We will be spending the first full week in October at a golf resort in Bodyke of County Clare. Unfortunately, we are not golfers. Can anyone offer opinions and suggestion on stables in the area that offer trail riding? Weather permitting; we may like to go more than once. Should we pick one and stick with it? What about cycling on road (scary?) or on the trail (are there any?). Any help will be appreciated!

County Clare...
Destination Expert
for County Clare, Aran Islands, Bunratty, The Burren
Level Contributor
8,389 posts
35 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Horseback Riding Anyone? Co. Clare and beyond...

Gerald, my favourite topic, for starters, have a look at:

http://www.shannonregiontrails.ie/

There are good (horse) trks from Mountshannon, Quin (through Dromoland woods) and through the Burren:

E.g horseriding-ireland.com/horseriding-west-of-…

Oak Park, Illinois
Level Contributor
4 posts
Save Reply
2. Re: Horseback Riding Anyone? Co. Clare and beyond...

Thanks very much, Ferdia!

We’ve already been referred to Castlefergus Riding Stables and described here discoverireland.com/us/…

Also, I wonder if you have you seen this site, which has a fair number of operators listed in Ireland.

www.equitrekking.com/travel_guide/regions.php

…any further comments?

We're ready for a good walk, trot, canter!

Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
5,248 posts
12 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Horseback Riding Anyone? Co. Clare and beyond...

Another place that offers trail riding is the Slieve Aughty Centre between Whitegate and Loughrea (on the Clare/Galway border)

www.riding-centre.com/index.php…

They also offer day walks with a pony or a donkey exploring the surrounding countryside :-)

www.riding-centre.com/index.php…

also this place in Whitegate

http://www.ansibinriding.com/index.html

Dartfield horse Museum also offers some horseriding

http://www.dartfield.com/

Didn't check Ferdia's previous links so apologies if there are repeat links :-)

County Clare...
Destination Expert
for County Clare, Aran Islands, Bunratty, The Burren
Level Contributor
8,389 posts
35 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Horseback Riding Anyone? Co. Clare and beyond...

Gerald,

For hiking, these routes are nearby, in the East Clare area:

shannonregiontrails.ie/FindaTrail/…en.html

shannonregiontrails.ie/FindaTrail/…en.html

shannonregiontrails.ie/FindaTrail/…en.html

shannonregiontrails.ie/FindaTrail/…en.html

shannonregiontrails.ie/FindaTrail/…en.html

A little further north, towards the cliffs of Moher and the Burren:

shannonregiontrails.ie/FindaTrail/…en.html

shannonregiontrails.ie/FindaTrail/…en.html

shannonregiontrails.ie/FindaTrail/…en.html

shannonregiontrails.ie/FindaTrail/…en.html

shannonregiontrails.ie/FindaTrail/…en.html

shannonregiontrails.ie/FindaTrail/…en.html

Mid Clare has:

shannonregiontrails.ie/FindaTrail/…en.html

Also, the very doable:

shannonregiontrails.ie/FindaTrail/…en.html

And for great views:

http://tinyurl.com/yczxur8

Cycling - the Burren way is a great way to go, or any of the way markes that I have listed above - mid Clare is very rewarding, with potential diversions to Quin, Craggaunowen, Cullane Lake, Knappogue and Dromoland - areas steeped in history.

Bikes are easy to locate, B&Bs stock them in Doolin, or for Loop Head to the south of the county:

http://www.loopheadclare.com/

clare-tour.com/activities/…

You can also see Scattery island, or dolphin watch from this area ( check seasonal sailings.)

heritageireland.ie/en/…

The Aran islands ferry service will run until mid November and offers great scope for all outdoor activities.

http://www.inisoirr-island.com/

The Castlefergus stables, yes absolutely - right by Ballyhannon castle - or down the road there another one at Ballyhannon house, Hassets - request a trek through Dromoland woods and make sure you go to see Mooghaun hill fort.

These are both nearby the fantastic little village of Quin, and both pass through tat mid Clare way marked trail that I linked you to above.

Try this link for the details of the Mountshannon / Whitegate one that I mentioned above, which gives the details of routes and other choices:

http://tinyurl.com/ya3f65o

If not just click on equestrian on:

http://www.clare.ie/activities/

This is a handy link, but my Hasset suggestion is not included:

Hassett John L M.V.B. M.R.C.V.S.

Ballyhannon hse Quin Co. Clare

(065)6825645

http://tinyurl.com/yduvg5x

What about boating Lough Derg?

http://www.discoverloughderg.ie/

If your finances are up to it, there's nothing better than taking out a cruiser and and stopping by these places over a couple of days:

http://www.mountshannon.com/

http://www.discoverkillaloe.com/

Emerald offer late avaialbility for €266.50 for three days from Portumna

http://www.emeraldstar.ie/vacancescourtes

http://www.shannon-river.com/BoatHire.asp

http://www.portumna.net/

www.garrykennedycottage.com/villageviews.html

If the idea of a couple of days on the cruiser is not a runner, have alook at:

http://www.killaloe.ie/whelans/

Okay - probably too much detail to wade through - I've had this post open and typing between getting work sorted:) - so anything specific, just let me know.

For eating, this place in Tulla (used to be anyway)is good.

ireland-guide.com/establishment/flappers_res…

County Clare...
Destination Expert
for County Clare, Aran Islands, Bunratty, The Burren
Level Contributor
8,389 posts
35 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Horseback Riding Anyone? Co. Clare and beyond...

One other thought (hi Suzy:) this will come in handy:

http://www.aaireland.ie/routes_beta/

Also, for guided walks (really worth it, about to book one myself)

http://www.burrenwalks.com/

http://www.heartofburrenwalks.com/

County Clare...
Destination Expert
for County Clare, Aran Islands, Bunratty, The Burren
Level Contributor
8,389 posts
35 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Horseback Riding Anyone? Co. Clare and beyond...

just one other thing, no - try more than one, you'll get a variety of scenery - I would suggest either of the Quin trails and either the Burren or a beach trail.

Cycling - yes, gets darker in the evening by October, but Loop Head and the Arans (very few cars) are safe.

Someone has mapped your area on bikey:

http://tinyurl.com/y9jhsmw

Western Ireland...
Destination Expert
for Southport, Connemara, County Clare, Portumna
Level Contributor
19,052 posts
59 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Horseback Riding Anyone? Co. Clare and beyond...

We have lots of Cycle routes up here on the Slieve with little or no traffic(passed 2 cars dropping down to Loughatoick the other day but realised it was the school run. If you pop down to Ennis check out Broganns, probably too far but we are off to Westport for arts wk. everyone has covered everything else so enjoy your stay only link as Ferdia + Westport;

discoverloughderg.ie/MapZone/…

www.westportartsfestival.com/

Co. Clare
1 post
Save Reply
8. Re: Horseback Riding Anyone? Co. Clare and beyond...

Check out Mountain View horseriding centre near Lisdoonvarna in Co. Clare - they've beautiful well looked after horses and ponies, with a different treks to suit all abilities! Have been there a few times myself, and really enjoyed it. They've a website now too - www.horseriding-ireland.com

Chicago
Level Contributor
2 posts
8 reviews
Save Reply
9. Re: Horseback Riding Anyone? Co. Clare and beyond...

We are staying there for a week in october 2010. Do you have an itinerary?

Thanks,

Kerry

Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
52 posts
13 reviews
Save Reply
10. Re: Horseback Riding Anyone? Co. Clare and beyond...

Do these places offer western style riding?