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    03-30-2013, 01:03 PM
Equitrekking in Ireland?

I have saved my pennies and finally have enough to make a trip to Ireland to visit relatives. I wish to combine the trip with a riding vacation. Because of this, I am limited to visiting the County Clare area, which is fine with me.

Anyone ever do a trip like this? Or know someone who has? Pros and cons are welcome.
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    03-30-2013, 09:25 PM
My friend did a riding vacation in Ireland last spring and said it was fantastic. I don't any of the details other than they rode several hours each day and have picture after picture of castles and beautiful scenery. I'd do it in a second if I had the $$.
    03-31-2013, 01:19 AM
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
My friend did a riding vacation in Ireland last spring and said it was fantastic. I don't any of the details other than they rode several hours each day and have picture after picture of castles and beautiful scenery. I'd do it in a second if I had the $$.
That's good to hear.

Yeah, I had to raise three kids and get them through college before I could even start to think that this might happen.

I've looked into websites and there seem to be several options. Some of what are essentially trail rides. Some trail rides with a focus on history. Some focus on skill building. And, I've found some where you can rent a house and lease a horse for the week.

*shrug* I don't know. I suppose any would be interesting and very much different.

I've asked the relatives and they weren't much help. The older ones don't know people in the business anymore and the younger ones are more interested in what I will tell them about American pop culture. I'm going to have to start paying attention to it. Lol
    03-31-2013, 11:28 AM
Yes, my husband and I did a three-day trek around the Ring of Kerry in 2006. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life (didn't hurt that it was my honeymoon :)) We rode pretty much 7-8 hour days, with a stop for lunch, and the company arranged B&B stays for us each night and took care of the horses overnight.

I know you said you have a limited geographic area, but Ireland is a compact country, so I would suggest if it's something you really want to do, think about renting a car so you can hit a destination like County Kerry, which just isn't that far away in the grand scheme of things.

I think the pictures speak for themselves...

Climbing the hills:

Hitting the beach:

Lunchtime break for the horses:

Group photo (we had a mix of Americans, Canadians, Brits, Germans- and as you can see, young and old, male and female. It was a nice, friendly group, but the group time wasn't annoying or overwhelming).

Heading back up from the ocean on our last day:

Also, the title of your thread reminded me that there is a PBS show called Equitrekking, and they did an Ireland episode (I think you have to pay $4 to watch the full episode on YouTube-but this is a two minute trailer). Might help target your search.

Bottom line- if you've been saving for this and dreaming about it for so long, try to make it the trip you're really dreaming of. For me, that met the hills, the ocean, the B&B experience. Hope you have an amazing time.
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    03-31-2013, 02:56 PM
Egrogan -- Glad to hear the group time wasn't overwhelming. Other than the internet, I live a somewhat solitary life and like it.

I do want to focus on the Clare area, but since this is a once in a lifetime thing, perhaps I should budget for an extra week and do the Kerry ride, too.
    03-31-2013, 05:27 PM
Boots, I wasn't saying that you have to ride in Kerry, just that since Ireland is pretty small and easy to get around, just let yourself think about what your dream "riding in Ireland" trip really means, and don't necessarily limit yourself to the general area where your family is.

I totally agree with you on not liking to spend time with big groups- and I particularly felt that way on my honeymoon! The ride I was on had a few couples, a grandmother-mother-daughter trio, and a small group of friends. Everyone was friendly and told their personal stories at lunch time, but people did their own thing in the evenings (we stayed at B&Bs/inns in small towns, so most people just ate at the pub, but there was no pressure to be chummy about it).

The ride specified that you had to be able to walk-trot-canter comfortably, so there wasn't a lot of "how do I ride a horse" chatter, and while the guides would tell us about the historical or geographical features as we rode past, I remember the riding time being pretty quiet (probably because for half of it, it was raining so we were all bundled up in rain gear :) )

The rowdiest the group got was when the stable owner met us at the end of each day with a bunch of bottles of whiskey and told us all his old stories in front of the fire before we all headed our own way for dinner.
    03-31-2013, 06:07 PM
Sounds great! Wish I was packing right now!
    03-31-2013, 09:51 PM
Ohmigosh I think you should save up for me and bring me with you!!
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