Cap Rando Selection : Trips organized by Cap Rando partners
Type
In line progressive trail rides
Comfort
In 2-3 person bedrooms, single bedrooms with supplement
Level
Level 3 :You must be able to walk, trot, canter and gallop outdoor
Highlights

 A horseback ride in Ireland that takes you from the interior to the west coast of Ireland.

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Horseback trail ride in the heart of Ireland. For six days, you will be discovering Ireland’s beautiful nature and colourful history on horseback. Your horse will be carrying you about 150 km from County Galway which is situated in the Midwest of Ireland westwards through the rural areas of County Clare into the unique Burren region and on to the rough Atlantic coast overlooking the spectacular Cliffs of Moher.

Itinerary
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Programme intro

HORSEBACK TRAIL RIDE IN IRELAND
INDICATIVE ITINERARY *

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Day 1 - Saturday - Transfer to our equestrian centre. Transfer from Shannon airport to Whitegate approx. one hour 30 minutes. You will be staying here for the first four nights. On the arrival day you can just relax and recover from your journey, or take a stroll on the walking trails around our property. For the more adventurous among you, there is also the possibility to go on a guided boat tour to historic Holy Island with its monastic settlement of the 9th century. In the evening, you will get to know all your fellow riders for this week. You will have dinner in the tastefully restored 300-year-old farmhouse in our riding Centre by candlelight and turf fire.

horseback riding in irelandDay 2 - Sunday - After breakfast you will be brought to the start of the trail, where your guide will allocate the horses according to your experience. Every rider can then get used to his horse for the week by brushing and tacking up - don’t worry there are always lots of helping hands around you! We will then leave for an easy ride across the extensive areas of bog land. There we might see local farmers cutting and drying the turf in the traditional way. A Neolithic dolmen - with the legendary name Oisin`s and Grainne`s Grave - beside the track proves that this area was already mystified about 5000 years ago. Much more recent (about 9th century) are the ruins of the monastic settlement on Holy Island, which we can easily spot by the typical round tower. We finish the first day ride on one of our fields where the horses stay overnight and we drive back to the guesthouse for lunch. For the afternoon riders and horses take a rest and enjoy a relaxing evening.

Day 3 - Monday - Today’s ride brings us across huge areas of heather and bog land with fascinating views over the majestichorse riding trip in ireland Lough Derg and River Shannon. Along the track we will be passing old farm ruins and miles of stonewalls and your guide will tell you about Irelands most significant incident in history: About 150 years ago many farms and villages where left because of the Famine. This was the time of the severe potato blight, which destroyed for a couple of years the sole source of food supply for the rural and poor Irish peasant and their livestock. In addition to that a Typhus- and Cholera epidemic enforced the disaster, leading to a flood of thousands of people emigrating to other countries. After our lunch break in the forest we will head on along the surrounding peaceful trails through the Slieve Aughty Mountains and ride past some rural farms to a new overnight field for the horses.

Day 4 - Tuesday - Leaving the sheltered pasture we are heading this morning for the top of the hills overlooking endless woods and grazing land to the north, west and south. Long before we get there we can spot way under us the sandy shores of Lough Graney where we are heading for. After lunch our trail ride goes along the water and then we will be splashing right across the refreshing lake with our horses! The ride in the later afternoon takes us through typical farmland of rural Ireland with its juicy green fields and the endless old stone walls surrounding the peacefully grazing sheep and cattle.

ireland horsebak trail rideDay 5 - Wednesday - Today’s lovely wood tracks take us further westwards overlooking Glandaria (the valley of the Kings) the wide fertile valley of the River Shannon, where hundreds of years ago Irelands kings preferably used to settle. After the lunch break near a typical mountain river we will cross the boggy uplands. County Clare unfolds all around us up to the in the distance rising hills of the famous Burren National Park. On a clear day we will even catch the first glimpse of Galway Bay. This afternoon our horses will be transferred by lorry across the main road, to tomorrow’s ride across the fascinating landscape of the Burren. You will be staying tonight in the charming village of Corofin with its countless pubs and great Irish music sessions.

Day 6 - Thursday - The totally different and unique scenery of the world renowned Burren will accompany us for the next two days. The moon like landscape of this limestone area bears not only an immensely colourful flora and fauna with a large number of very rare species, but also reveals a stunning variety of prehistoric settlements. Dolmens and Wedge Tombs line up next to Norman stone fort ruins and Celtic ring forts. With a beautiful view across the Burren landscape, we will enjoy our lunch. It is amazing how many eye-catching sites this at first sight so vast looking landscape can offer us. The next two nights you will be staying in the Lisdoonvarna area, which is famous for the traditional music in the pubs.

Day 7 - Friday - Today we head westwards through the Burren, learning about the impressive Poulnabrone Dolmen, and thehorsebak trail ride in ireland extensive - and dangerous - cave systems in this special area. We lead our horse down along an old Irish famine green road, then rest for lunch overlooking the story telling rocky landscape. After the break we lead our horses up the last hill for the breathtaking view over the Atlantic Sea, the famous Aran Islands and the rugged Connemara Mountains. The extremely rough shore of County Clare stretches out way below us as we enjoy the last canters along the old stone walled tracks on Slieve Elva. In the glittering afternoon sunlight the impressive silhouette of the Cliffs of Moher rise in the distance. Near the ruins of Ballinalaken Castle our ride ends.

Day 8 - Saturday: After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airport for your onwards journey.

* The itinerary might change due to weather conditions or circumstances beyond our control without prior notice.

MEETING/DEPARTURE

MEETING: 
Saturday afternoon. Optional transfer from Shannon airport.

DEPARTURE: 
Saturday morning after breakfast. Optional transfer to Shannon airport.

TRANSFERS:
Transfers from/to Shannon airport: 70 € (round trip).


FLIGHTS:
Flights are not included in our prices because it is generally more interesting to book your flights yourself, an inclusive flight package is generally more expensive with agency commissions. However, we are at your disposal to help you find the best rates or to offer you a trip including transport on request: free service.


Riding

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RIDING LEVEL:
You must be able to walk, trot, canter and galop outdoor on open spaces.

GUIDE:
English and German speaking guide. 


horseback ride in irelandHORSES:
Irish horses, trail ride horses. 

TACK:
English saddles.

Comfort

ACCOMMODATIONhorseback trail ride in ireland
In comfortable hotels and guesthouses. Single bedrooms available with supplement.

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MEALS:horse riding vacation in ireland
An assistant prepares nice buffets at picnic places. Dinners in hotel restaurants and in guesthouses..


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LUGGAGE TRANSFERS: 
Luggage is transfered each day by car.

Rates
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2022 PRICES / PER PERSON: 
High season (June / July / August): 1 575 € / person in 2-3 person bedrooms
Low season (other months): 1 460 € / person in 2-3 person bedrooms
Single bedroom supplement: 175 €
Transfers from/to Shannon airport: 70 € (round trip)

PRICES INCLUDE: 
Horse and tack rental, guide, assistant, accommodation, all meals, luggage transfers, financial bond for your payments by our travel agent guarantee.

PRICES DON'T INCLUDE: 
Individual insurance, drinks, visits, tips, transfers from/to Shannon airport, transports, all that is not indicated in "PRICES INCLUDE".

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Booking
How to book
HOW TO BOOK:

By booking with Cap Rando, you get the benefit of the French travel agency law, one of the strictest in the world: an unlimited financial guarantee for all your payments !

BOOKING PROCEDURE:

1. CHECK THE AVAILABILITY, PRICE, DISCOUNT:
Check the availability and price (depending on the type of accommodation and after possible discounts) by contacting us through the availability & quote request form or by phone +33 (0)483431321, whatsapp +33(0)609520324, or e-mail: [email protected]

2. BOOKING:
Fill out the online registration form: 
https://www.horsebackridingvacations.eu/form/formulaire-d-inscription


3. INSURANCES:
Cap Rando is covered for its professional civil liability: GENERALI contract n ° AL974010.
To register on a Cap Rando holiday, you must be covered by an individual liability insurance covering your activity, individual accident, assistance, repatriation, and possibly cancellation (strongly recommended not to lose your payment in case of unforeseen your cancellation insurance contract). We offer Europe Union citizens to subscribe the "Cap Protection Insurance" from Chapka Insurance: see prices. This covers you for cancellation, interruption of stay, individual accident, assistance 24h / 24h, medical expenses abroad, luggage insurance, civil liability. You can also only take a cancellation insurance if you have insurance covering other risks. If you pay by credit card, depending on your card, you may be fully covered: check your contract.
For non West European citizens, you can subscribe directly an insurance for instance on: https://www.axatravelinsurance.com/

4. PAYMENT:
A 30% deposit is required upon booking, the balance being due 60 days before the stay date. Less than 60 days before your departure date, full payment is requested at registration.
You can pay:
- By credit card on our secure payment website: Click here to access the server
- By bank transfer: Bank information

Your payments are guaranted by our GROUPAMA travel agent bond.
If you book a trip through Cap Rando, you have the guarantee not to loose any payment. 
The French law is the strongest and requires all French travel agencies to have an unlimited financial guarantee for their customers in case of financial failure.


5. CONFIRMATION:
You will receive a confirmation file and contract with the invoice and all practical information within 24 hours after reception of your registration form and payment.

6. CANCELLATION POLICY:
See general conditions and special covid conditions: cancellation conditions.
Please note: Any stay may be canceled in the event of insufficient bokkings to ensure the stay up to 21 days before the starting date. In this case, a replacement stay may be offered to you, if it does not suit you: full refund is guaranteed without compensation. We advise you to book refundable flights / trains.

Useful information

CLIMATE IN IRELAND:

Ireland's climate is mild, humid and variable with abundant rainfall and few extreme temperatures. Ireland's climate is defined as a temperate oceanic climate, with generally hot summers and cool winters. The circulation of the Gulf Stream offers Ireland a milder climate than other temperate oceanic climates at similar latitudes. The prevailing wind blows from the southwest and breaks on the high mountains of the west coast. July and August are the hottest months, with average daily temperatures of 14 to 16 ° C, while average daily maximums in July and August vary from 17 to 18 ° C near the coast, at 19 to 20 ° C inside the ground. The sunniest months are May and June, with an average of five to seven hours of sunshine per day. During the summer months, and particularly towards the end of July / beginning of August, thunderstorms can develop.

Coast temperatures, +2 to +5 ° on average inland:

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Rain:

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