Make your own way to Cleggan Village riding center on Ireland’s northwest coast. After meeting your instructor, you’ll be introduced to the center’s equine residents and matched with a suitable horse – there are a variety of breeds, sizes, and temperaments to suit all levels, including first-time riders, so you’ll be sure to find the perfect partner. Before heading out, you’ll have chance to ride in the arena, where instructors can access your level, or for beginner riders, teach you the basics of stopping and steering your horse.
Once you’re feeling confident, follow your guide along beautiful off-road trails and quiet country lanes, looking out for the region’s famous Connemara ponies grazing in the fields along the way. Arrive at Omey Beach, where experienced riders will have the chance to trot and canter across the sands, while beginner riders stay safely at a walk or trot. Finally, cross over to Omey Island, a conservation area and natural landmark along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way tourist route, where you can pose for photos and cool off as you splash through the waves with your horse.
Return to the riding center for lunch (own expense) – Oliver's Seafood Bar in Cleggan is a popular choice – before meeting back up with your guide for the second ride of the day.
The afternoon ride heads to nearby Selerna Beach, where you’ll enjoy spectacular views of Inishbofin Island to the west and the mouth of Cleggan Bay to the east. Here, there will be more opportunities to trot and gallop, as well as passing some fascinating megalithic tombs, and enjoying a view of the distant Twelve Bens mountain range.
After a thrilling afternoon ride, return to the riding center, where you tour ends.
Please note: hats and boots are supplied by the riding center, but please make sure you bring appropriate clothing for riding and a raincoat.