With so much to see and do in County Galway it’s no wonder that it’s one of the top holiday destinations in Ireland. If you’re looking for an equestrian holiday then look no further, Galway is the place for you. Galway is no stranger to all things equestrian! It proudly hosts the spectacular, lavish and colourful Galway Races each year, which is one of the biggest events in the Irish Racing Calendar. Galway is also home to The Ballyconneely Pony Show and not forgetting the world famous annual Ballinasloe Horse Fair. It’s a magnificent platform for a trekking holiday with its rugged hills, breathtaking coastline, rivers, lakes and leafy forests.
Below is a selection of equestrian centres in County Galway.
At Ashford Equestrian Centre ride Irish horses on your holiday and get to places seldom seen. With Tom Clesham you can set forth each day and explore the mountains, valleys and forests of this romantic area, featured in "The Quiet Man" film. We specialise in groups of four to six with four hours of riding each day.
Callatra Stables is a family business run by The Daniels Family. There is a wide range of facilities on offer catering to both visitors and horses alike. Whether you are pony mad or very nervous but keen to give horse riding a try, the welcoming and supportive environment of Callatra Stables is the place to be. <br><br>
Callatra Stables is set in the beautiful countryside of the West of Ireland, just 14km from the town of Loughrea and 45mins drive from Galway. Kylebrack forest and Slieve Aughty Mountains are both within riding distances where many fun hours of riding and exploring can be done.
Callatra Stables is always full of activity with lessons, forest rides or preparing for an shows weekends. This vibrant environment is an ideal place for people to learn a new skill and get some hands on experience while enjoying the pleasure of breathtaking countryside all around them.
The Cleggan Beach Riding Centre is an approved riding school and is Connemara's most renowned beach trekking centre. The centre provides a variety of trekking options including short and long treks and mountain treks. Our most popular ride is our 3 hour trek across a huge spectacular beach to Omey Island at low tide. We have 3 resident qualified instructors with over 30 years experience and a large number of well-schooled horses and ponies suitable for all ages and standards.
Experience the real Ireland with Connemara Adventure Tours, the leading Irish Tour Operator with more than 20 years experience in organising guided, self-guided and customised travel packages for cyclists, walkers, golfers and horse-riders. Tours include visits to local islands Inishbofin and Inishmore, walking the western way, family tours of Connemara and luxury tours staying in the finest 5 star hotels.
The Connemara Trail, run by Aille Cross Equestrian Centre is not just for riders, but for anyone who enjoys other activities in a peaceful Irish atmosphere. Connemara a vast region where you will meet a man with a very original personaiity, Willie Leahy; the very incarnation of an lrish horseman, who will be your guide during a week or more of trekking through the gaelic West. For beginners and experienced riders alike, Willie Leahy provides the suitable horse and leads you to the discovery of the Connemara / Coast Trails. Six days or more of exciting and relaxing holidays, where, after you spending four to six hours a day on horseback, you are accommodated in luxurious hotels or guesthouses while the horses graze freely in a nearby field. <br><br>Guided by this friendly centaure, you cross the wild green hills, the rust coloured bogs through which, alone an experienced man knows his way. Among castle and manor ruins and along mountain paths, there is a picnic stop. The Trails are not confined to horselovers. On demand, many activities such as river fishing and deep-sea fishing, golf, cycling, mountain climbing or walking the little deserted roads, swimming etc. can be organised. Non-riders will meet their riding Partners every evening to share their daily experience in the hotel pub.
Set on the Connemara coast four miles south of Clifden, Errislannan Manor is a stately old manor estate with gardens, woodlands, a trout lake and equestrian centre that breeds Connemara ponies and guides tours by horseback through the estate and into Connemara's moors and mountains.
Sheltered by a surrounding wood the Manor overlooks the trout lake and houses the Errislannan Manor Connemara pony stud and riding centre. Erisslannan Manor provides the rare opportunity for riding and trekking on the famous Connemara ponies. Since 1960 Errislannan has also bred Connemara ponies, using the same female bloodlines. Also on the Errislannan Estate is an impressive garden that has earned membership into the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland Irish gardens for charity scheme.
Pony trekking takes place each morning from Mon to Friday each morning and rates are charged by the hour. Generally 1-2 hours provides plenty of time in the saddle. Private treks can be arranged.
Feeneys Riding Stables established 15 years ago by Gerard Feeney, is located in Thonabrocky, three miles from Galway city and one mile from Knocknacarra. Feeney's provides a wide range of services including regular horse riding lessons, trekking in the countryside, and livery. It caters for adult riders and children. Please contact us for bookings.
Flowerhill is located in the West of Ireland near Portumna Co. Galway. We offer equestrian holidays to all competent riders. At Flowerhill we can offer you a holiday that will cater for all tastes. Obviously we have horse riding and disciplines but also on offer locally is karting, fishing, boating, golfing and shooting.
Galway Equestrian Centre is situated 15 minutes from Galway City. This family run AIRE approved centre offers horse riding instruction for children and adults of all ability from beginners to advanced. Offers friendly, experienced staff, a large outdoor school, a variety of riding activities for all levels and ages, many different types of horses and competitive prices. GEC also offer trail riding during the summer months and is the only EAGALA approved centre for EAL in the west of Ireland.
Escape from the stresses of life and enjoy one of the most relaxing and restorative holidays you will ever experience. Loughrea Equestrian Centre offers a variety of Equestrian activities for the whole family. Enjoy our trail rides, partake in some cross country activities or join us for the truly exciting and invigorating challenge that is fox hunting.
Discover Connemara, a beautifully scenic region just north of Galway City with Lally Tours. This tour includes stops at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Gardens, Leenane Village, Killary Fjord and the village of An Spidéal overlooking Galway Bay.
Cliffs of Moher & The Burren Day Tour
The unmissable Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour with Lally Tours includes up to 2 hours at the cliffs and includes stops at the lunar-like Burren region, Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Caves & Birds of Prey Centre and the charming village of Doolin overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Cliffs of Moher Express Bus
A Non-Stop Express Shuttle Service to the Cliffs of Moher with Lally Tours. Experience Ireland’s natural, mysterious, 214m (702 ft) high cliffs and interactive visitor centre. You’ll have 2 full hours to explore on your own before heading back to Galway.
Galway City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Explore Galway with one of Lally Tours' friendly guides to learn about this colourful city and see it from the best vantage point: an open top bus! You’ll see everything from medieval walls in the city centre to the sandy beaches of Salthill. Hop on and off as much as you’d like and your ticket is valid for 24 hours.