Slieve Aughty Mountains Ride

Connemara/Galway Ireland: (IT-IRRT03-S)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/Slieve_Aughty_Mountains_Ride.aspx

Introduction
Connemara/Galway Ireland
Ireland is undoubtedly a nature lover's paradise. In the West of Ireland, a truly unique combination of sand-and limestone soils, bog lands, lakes and woodlands exist.

The peat or bog land is one of Ireland’s greatest natural assets, not only as an energy source, but as some of its last wild areas. In some places, you can even spot the Celtic toughers still crossing the bogs. The Burren is a unique limestone landscape with a truly spectacular beauty. The high degree of light, the Gulf Stream and the warm limestone enables arctic-alpine and contrasting Mediterranean plants to grow together. For thousands of years it has been used as excellent grazing land. The rich concentration of stone monuments, castles, churches and tower houses prove the significance of settlers in this natural treasure. Riding along the never ending stone walls and historical famine roads is an exclusive Irish experience. For six days you will be discovering Ireland's beauty and colorful history on horseback. Your horse will be carrying you about 140 Miles from County Galway, westwards through the rural areas of County Clare and into the unique Burren region.

The ride begins with the peaceful forests of the Slieve Aughty Mountains and their fascinating views over the majestic Lough Derg and River Shannon. Along the track we will be passing old farm ruins and miles of stonewalls, before we head across the extensive areas of bog land. Leaving sheltered pasture, we then head for the top of the hills and onto the sandy shores of Lough Graney. Lovely wood tracks take us further westwards overlooking Glandaria, the wide fertile valley of the River Shannon, and we will cross the boggy uplands. County Clare unfolds around us, in the distance rising hills of the famous Burren National Park. The distinctive scenery of the world renowned Burren will accompany us for the last two days of the ride. The lunar like landscape of this limestone area not only bears an immensely individual flora and fauna, but boasts a stunning variety of prehistoric settlements. Dolmens and Wedge Tombs line up next to Norman stone fort ruins and Celtic ring forts. Eventually we head westwards through the Burren and up the last hill for the breathtaking view over the Atlantic Sea, the famous Aran Islands and the rugged Connemara Mountains. The extremely rough shore  line of County Clare stretches out under us for the last hard gallop!

Accomodation


Accommodations

This is a stationary ride so all nights will be spent in one location.

Description
We will overnight in the tastefully restored 300 year-old farmhouse - the heart of the riding center. The ambiance of old times gone by is carefully maintained and yet all modern facilities for the riding guests are provided. You can relax peacefully in your individually decorated rooms with private bath. It's said that this special place, called "The Mountain", is an inspiration to all who stand on its threshold and recapture the simplicity and peace of this idyllic setting. You'll find yourself in a home away from home as you cozy up to the peat fire with a tea or coffee in hand with the sounds of the farm and life to serenade you.
Washing machines are available to use, but we do not have a dryer. There is WIFI access at the riding center and farmhouse.

Room Occupancy
Single supplement is mandatory is we are unable to find another rider to share.



Meals

All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8. In the comfortable dining room the guests enjoy the hearty Irish Breakfast and traditional farmhouse cooking, sitting by the open turf fire. You will enjoy fresh home cooked meals, gourmet-style with many locally grown ingredients, and traditional homemade bread and cakes. Alcohol is not included, but can be purchased or guests can bring their own.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to dietary restrictions given prior notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Saturday is a resting day for our horses!

Horses
The Irish horse is renowned for its stamina, versatility and gentleness and will therefore provide an ideal companion for an unforgettable vacation. You will make friends here with proud examples of several typical Irish breeds such as the tall but gentle Irish Draught, the lively and clever Connemara, the fine and energetic Irish Hunter, the beautifully coloured Irish Piebald and the intelligent and comfortable Irish Cob.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary


This is the perfect riding holiday for the novice or the experienced rider in the heart of the Irish nature. It includes 6 riding days with a total of 15 riding hours - trail riding or lessons.
The riding center is in the rural West of Ireland, just a few miles from the little village of Mountshannon with it’s unique monastic settlement on Holy Island in the Lough Derg. The riding centre is nestled in the rolling hills of the Slieve Aughty Mountains with miles and miles of riding tracks all around us. Heather covered bog land and extensive woods invite us to discover the beautiful nature on our horses. Again and again the rider can enjoy the fascinating views over the majestic river Shannon and the juicy green fields enclosed by miles of story telling stonewalls.

There are lots of beautiful and ancient places to be discovered on horseback day after day: from the remnants of the poteen makers cottage to the dolmans (Celtic burial sites up to 5000 years old) can be visited on horseback! The experienced rider can go for daily guided rides, always discovering a new area on little tracks, forest lanes and quiet roads (15 hours in the week). The more novice rider will be introduced to the skills of horseman ship and can take part in the basic riding tuition in a relaxed atmosphere. Of course every novice rider will also get to enjoy his/hers new equine friend on hacks through the lovely countryside. The central feature of our riding center is the 300-year old tastefully restored farmhouse.
Our guests are staying in individually decorated ensuite rooms and can relax in the cozy ambiance of the sitting room. The hearty Irish breakfast, the tasty lunch snack and the traditional home cooked dinner are enjoyed in front of the open turf fire.

Non-riders are also welcome, there is plenty to for them to do including hiking, cycling, sightseeing, fishing, golfing etc.


Rates and Dates for Slieve Aughty Mountains Ride

Rates include:

Accommodations at the riding center with private bath, all meals, 6 riding days with 15 riding hours (trail or lessons).

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20198 day trip, AP€960$1155
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2019 Transfer round trip from Shannon airport or hotel, per person, return 85 $105
2019 Single supplement 140 $170
2019 Non-rider rate, dbl, pp 625 $750
2019 Child discount (11 and younger) -95 $-115

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 09/14 - 09/21 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /8 Expired
A 2019 09/21 - 09/28 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /8 Expired
A 2019 09/28 - 10/05 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /8 Expired
A 2019 10/05 - 10/12 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /8 Expired
A 2019 10/12 - 10/19 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /8 Expired

Dates Note:
Available weekly from SA to SA. Shorter stays are possible on request.

Rates do not include:

Insurance and Riding helmets (both mandatory).. We can provide hard hats for you, although it is better to bring your own.

Other Info
Meeting: Whitegate
Airport: Shannon
Transfer: Shannon

Climate:
                                               Whitegate area


Month

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Average High Temperature (°F)

48

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62

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52

49

Average Low Temperature (°F)

40

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51

55

55

52

49

44

41

Average High Temperature (°C)

9

9

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11

9

Average Low Temperature (°C)

5

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Average Precipitation (days of rain)

17

14

15

12

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12

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15

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17

Source: NOAA
 

Seasons
In the West of Ireland, the influence of the Gulf Stream with its warm, moist and "soft" air stream and the very small winter/summer temperature differential enhances the growth of many commonly known plants, as well as several rare kinds of flora.
The dominant influence on Ireland's climate is the Atlantic Ocean. Consequently, Ireland does not suffer from the extremes of temperature experienced by many other countries at similar latitude.

Average annual temperature is about 9 °C. In the middle and east of the country temperatures tend to be somewhat more extreme than in other parts of the country. For example, summer mean daily maximum is about 19 °C and winter mean daily minimum is about 2.5 °C in these areas.

Mean annual wind-speed varies between about 4 m/sec in the east midlands and 7 m/sec in the northwest. Strong winds tend to be more frequent in winter than in summer. With southwesterly winds from the Atlantic dominating, rainfall figures are highest in the northwest, west and southwest of the country, especially over the higher ground. Rainfall accumulation tends to be highest in winter and lowest in early summer.

Average rainfall varies between about 800 and 2,800mm.

What To Bring:
Riders must wear equestrian hard hats and suitable footwear.

A client's helmet will need to meet one of these standards:
  • PAS 015:1998
  • SNELL E2001
  • ASTM F1163
  • AS/NZS3838 2003
  • VG1 01.040 2014-12
A relatively warm waterproof coat or jacket and warm sweater should also be included, as the Irish weather can be unpredictable! We can provide hard hats for you, although you can also choose to bring your own. Your own is best to guarantee comfort. Saddle bags are not provided, but you  are welcome to bring your own. You may even bring your own saddle if you prefer. 

Please keep in mind that credit card and traveler cheque acceptance is very, very low in the rural West of Ireland!! Please get EURO cash at the airport upon arrival or bring some EURO with you  from home (your bank branch can usually order Euros in for you and you will also get a better rate of exchange than at the airport). Most bank debit cards will work in Irish ATM's. Cell phone rental is available and can be pre-booked through www.rentaphone-ireland.com

If you are traveling from the USA you may wish to check out unlocking your cell phone to use and Irish SIM card. Check out www.unlockitfree.comwww.bilemo.com/unlock

We highly recommend you have your own medical and travel insurance!!

This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
Personal Travel Insurance information
Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR
Jodhpurs or comfortable jeans (used if possible!)
Long riding boots: leather or rubber or boots and mini chaps. Running shoes are not safe riding wear
Riding helmet  (mandatory)
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strap) for sun protection
Lightweight Waterproof pants and jacket or long riding coat. No capes.

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjamas
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and extra batteries
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm