I invite you to come on retreat with me, Teresa Wolf, Certified Retreat Coach and Equine Facilitator to experience Ireland from the back of a horse! Well trained Irish horses await riders to transport you across the whole country of Ireland all the way to the coast! You will be traveling through juicy green pastures, ride along a rock wall, ride through lovely woodland trails and boggy uplands, see beautiful flora and fauna and on till you reach the craggy cliffs overlooking the sea along the coast of Ireland.
The first 4 nights are all in the Inn and the last 3 nights are spent in different locations on your way across Ireland to include a bed and breakfast and a country inn.
The ideal traveler is the traveler who is interested in history and culture. The setting is comfortable and intimate and accommodates the traveler who likes to solo travel as well as couples and groups.
You will be staying at a lovingly restored 300-year-old farmhouse for the first four nights. On the arrival day feel free to relax and recover from your journey, or take a stroll on the well mapped nearby East Clare Walking Trail. There is also the possibility to take a guided boat tour to the historical Holy Island with its monastic settlement dating back to the 9th century. In the evening, meet the other riders for the week. Dinner is served in the tastefully restored 300-year-old farmhouse by candlelight and open turf fire.
Itineraries: Day 1 - Saturday - Arrival and Exploration Arrive to Shannon Airport and transfer to the riding centre to start your Ireland equestrian vacation. The transfer from Shannon to Whitegate is approx. two hours.
Day 2 - Sunday Introduction to your horse and start riding along the peaceful slopes of the wooded Slieve Aughty Mountains and across widespread bog lands.
Day 3 - Monday Enjoying the fascinating views over the majestic Lough Derg. Ride by traditional turf cutting areas, listening to the myths of Neolithic dolmen, ancient burial tombs, and learn about the well-preserved ruins on Holy Island.
Day 4 - Tuesday Heading for the top of the hills. we will overlook endless woods and miles of storytelling. There are rough old stonewalls sheltering the juicy green pastures. The sandy shores of the Lough Graney invite us to a canter along the beach and on goes the trail ride right across the gentle lapping lake.
Day 5 - Wednesday Lovely wood tracks guide you to the bogy uplands where County Clare unfolds all around you up to rising hills of the Burren National Park and the first glimpse of Galway Bay. Overnight in Corofin.
Day 6 - Thursday You will experience the very special and totally different moon like landscape of the Burren, with its rare and colourful flora and fauna and the stunning variety of pre-historic settlements. Overnight in Lisdoonvarna.
Day 7 - Friday Riding further westwards until you reach the edge of the shredded coastline, you will be delighted by the breathtaking views of the endless Atlantic Sea, the famous Aran Islands, the rugged Connemara Mountains and the fascinating Cliffs of Moher. Overnight in Lisdoonvarna.
Day 8 - Saturday - Departure After breakfast you will be transferred back to the airport for your journey home.
* Please note that this itinerary is flexible and subject to changes and revisions based on the weather and other unforeseen circumstances.
For riding guests: $2295 for double or twin rooms •3 twin rooms and 2 double rooms available
Private rooms: $2495 •3 private rooms available
Fees include airport transfers, lodging, food, horses.
You are responsible for your own airfare into Shannon airport.