''The Clew Bay Trail Ride takes small groups of experienced riders along Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way through new and ever-changing landscapes of small villages, breathtaking sandy beaches, sea and off-shore islands, country lanes, mountain tracks and local heritage sites, stopping for a picnic along the way''. ''Your host Padraic Foy is a Qualified Riding Instructor, a Monty Robert's Certified Instructor and an accomplished Irish horseman whose family have been involved with horses in the locality for generations. This combined with the spectacular Clew Bay region, quality Irish horses and excellent accommodation ensures is a horse riding adventure holiday you will cherish forever''.
"One of the best experiences of my life. Padraic and Ailise were so wonderful and attentive, the scenery was picture-postcard every day, everywhere you looked, the horses were absolutely marvelous (love you Noah!!!) and so well cared for. Padraic couldn't do enough for us and was kind and accommodating at every turn. This is an A++ outfit and will be a cherished memory for the rest of my days."
"Absolutely delightful! Padrac and crew were careful but made sure the ride was challenging and exciting for our level of experience. The horses were brilliant! I would do this beautiful ride again in a heartbeat."
Katie Healy Knight
"Ok this ride was super awesome!!!!! We started out riding through hills, pastures with cows and sheep, a scenic road, crossed a couple of rivers and ended up at the beach for one of the best gallops I’ve ever had!!!! I loved this ride so much! The horses were awesome, had energy but still very easy to ride. A horse lovers dream."
Jennifer Eisele Sims
Sunday : On arrival to Westport, check in to your accommodation which is where you will be staying for the trail.
Monday : Transfer to Drummindoo Stud to meet your host Padraic Foy, your horse and the other riders. After an assessment ride in the indoor arena, riders and horses are transferred to the village of Aughagower for the Aughagower Ride. This takes us through the villages of Curvey, Lankill and Knappagh Beg where we picnic on the shores of Knappagh Lake, then on to Drumhill before returning to Aughagower via Peggy's Boreen. After riding there is a chance for riders to visit the round tower and monastic site which dates back to the 7th century.
Tuesday: Transfer to Cloona just outside of Westport. Today we take the Skelp Ride towards the east side of Croagh Patrick (Ireland's Holy Mountain which has been a site of worship for over 3,000 years.). This mountain path gives us a great view of Clew Bay. We ride through Prospect and picnic near the ruins of a holmestead which dates back to pre famine times. Then on to Teevnacroagha where we ride in the footsteps of St. Patrick (Ireland's patron saint) and Brackloon before finishing the day at Cloona.
Wednesday : Transfer to the village of Culeen for the Culeen Ride. This ride takes us to the west of Croagh Patrick, through quiet country lanes at Kilsallagh and Kinnock and then to bog roads at Dereen where we will have some long canters. We picnic on the bog and get to see the harvesting of the bog peat at close hand. We then return via a river crossing at Bellakip to finish the day at Culeen.
Thursday : We pick up the trail again at Formoyle (our base for the next two days) for the Feenone Ride. This takes us over a mountain pass, close to a megalithic burial site (one of many in the area), through the Carrowniskey River and on to the bog roads at Feenone. Clare Island (Grainne Uaile, Ireland’s famous Pirate Queen resided there in the 1500,s and controlled all the waters of Clew Bay) and Inishturk Island can clearly be seen. We then head for Carrowniskey beach where we can canter and gallop before returning to base.
Friday : Today we make our way to Doughmakeon for the Doughmakeon Ride. We ride the beach at Carrowniskey before crossing the Carrowniskey river and on to Cross Strand. There are ample opportunities to gallop today. We picnic next to Clapper Bridge (the bridge with the eyes). We can see the coastline of Connemara in the distance. There are many standing stones in the area dating back to megalithic times. We ride along Cross Strand and Carrowniskey beach again before returning to our base where you will say goodbye to your equine companion.
In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your host Padraic in one of Westport's fine restaurants.
Saturday : Depart after breakfast with fond memories of your equestrian adventure.
Note : The Itinerary of The Clew Bay Trail Ride may change slightly due to circumstances beyond our control such as bad weather, tidal variations etc. and we reserve the right to change this without prior notice.
Ireland is known as The Land Of The Horse. A temperate climate and good soil conditions make it an ideal place to raise horses. An ability to cross any country has ensured that the Irish Horse is surefooted and looks after it's rider. The Irish people have a natural affinity with the horse and this is evident in the horses they have. The majority of our trail horses have competition experience and have been started by us.
Featured Breeds : Connemara Ponies, Irish Sport Horses, Irish Draughts or Irish Cobs.
Size : 13.2hh (138cm) to 16.2hh (168 cms).
Suitability : good temperaments and stamina make our horses ideal for the trail.
We normally have at least 10 horses available for the trail.
SOME OF OUR HORSES
You need not be an expert to ride our trail as we take great care to ensure that each rider is matched with a suitable horse, however you should be able to ride securely and confidently at a walk, trot and canter in open country.
Riding Level : intermediate.
Fitness Level : participants should be reasonably fit and we suggest you go riding a couple of times a week before coming on our trail.
Pace : this is a progressive ride with the pace varying from slow to fast depending on terrain and weather conditions.
Tack : English.
Note : upper weight limit of 90 kg (200 lbs).
Group size : 2 to 8 people (for private groups this can be increased to 10).
For groups of 4 or more there is an accompanying backup guide.
Children 12 years and over are welcome if accompanied by an adult.
What To Bring : we recommend that you bring a waterproof jacket and layers of clothing to cope with changing weather conditions. Hard hats which we can supply and boots with a heel must be worn to comply with insurance regulations.
The guest house accommodation for our trail has been carefully chosen and is located either in or close to Westport Town. They are approved by the Irish Tourist Board and provide a quality personal service. The bedrooms, which are en-suite are both comfortable and relaxing. Various breakfast options are available including Full Irish and continental. Special dietary requirements can be catered for. As the accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis this gives you the opportunity to choose from the many fine, award winning restaurants in Westport for your evening meal.
Picnic lunches on the trail consist of sandwiches, fruit, snacks, drinks etc. and can be tailored to individual needs.
DATES AND RATES
2020 Start Dates
May 3rd to May 9th
May 10th to May 16th
May 17th to May 23rd
May 24th to May 30th
May 31st to June 6th
June 7th to June 13th
June 14th to June 20th
June 21st to June 27th
June 28th to July 4th
July 5th to July 11th
July 12th to July 18th
July 19th to July 25th
July 26th to August 1st
August 2nd to August 8th
August 9th to August 15th
August 16th to August 22nd
August 23rd to August 29th
August 30th to September 5th
September 6th to September 12th
September 13th to September 19th
September 20th to September 26th
September 27th to October 3rd
May, June : €1,495 pps
July, August, September : €1,545 pps
Single Room Supplement : €175
The above rates include: 6 nights bed and breakfast guest house accommodation + 5 days trail riding (4+ hours per day), horse, tack and guide + 5 picnic lunches and all transfers during the trail. The above rates do not include: evening meals, arrival or departure transfers.
Note : extra nights before and after the Trail can also be booked. Please contact us with your requirements.
2020 Non-Rider Rates
May, June : €375 pps
July, August, September : €405 pps
Single Room Supplement : €175
The above rates include: 6 nights bed and breakfast guest house accommodation. The above rates do not include: evening meals, arrival or departure transfers.
Once we confirm a booking we will invoice you for a 25% deposit via PayPal. We will invoice you for the balance 30 days prior to the start date.
Cancellation : in the event of cancellation (4 weeks notice is needed), the deposit is retained by the Clew Bay Trail Ride and the balance in full is refunded to the client.
Insurance : we recommend that all clients take out personal accident as well as baggage insurance as the Clew Bay Trail Ride can in no way be held responsible for accident, loss,damage or injury to person or baggage.