Horse Riding Holidays in Ireland...

Horse riding holidays in Ireland are as diverse and varied as the personalities who live there, catering to all levels of rider – beginners to advanced. Just like USA dude ranch vacations, horseback riding vacations in Ireland offer trail riding, with plenty of hill riding and coastal riding, too. Three-day eventing courses are also popular in areas of Connemara, Galway, Sligo, Donegal, and Kerry - great for experienced riders seeking a more adventurous horseback riding holiday in Ireland. Head to guest ranches or luxury dude ranches in one of these areas and you'll have ample opportunity to view Ireland's historic buildings, breathtaking mountain ranges and long, sandy beaches - just climb in the saddle and go!

Known as the 'Emerald Isle, Ireland maintains a well-established horse riding history and is known as one of the best places to experience unbounded countryside horseback riding. Many of Ireland’s horse riding vacations involve rides over Ireland’s beautiful rolling countryside and sometimes across farmlands. Riders keen on cross-country riding find ideal opportunities for a horseback riding vacation involving jumping and hunting.

Guests looking for a luxury riding vacation may try Castle Leslie in County Monaghan – a secluded 1,000 acre estate - one of only 30 Irish castles still run by the original family. At Castle Leslie, you can relax with 4-star comfort, explore the countryside horseback, and set out on an amazing cross-country horseback ride on the estate’s own cross-country course. And did you know that ex-Beetle Paul McCartney and (now ex-wife) Heather Mills got married at Castle Leslie?

Enhance your equestrian skills for your horse riding tours at Offaly Equestrian Centre near Dublin. Offalay Equestrian Centre runs equestrian clinics for novice to advanced riders and horseback riding lessons - mainly focusing on cross-country riding.

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