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Exploratory Castle & Estate Ride, Ireland

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Believe me when I say, our Exploratory Castle & Estate ride in County Monaghan, Ireland is a fairytale wonderland for ANY equestrian enthusiast. Where do I start? How about here – the estate is home to 300 cross-country jumps (including PLENTY of water obstacles) to leap, ping or pop over on your Irish sport horse. Kilometres upon kilometres of bridle trails (yep, that’s what they call trails in Ireland!) that are sprawled across the 1000-acre estate flanked by ancient forests and open grazing pastures. The castle and surrounding estate is awash in history, and is one of the LAST great Irish estates still in the hands of its founding family.

Back to the equestrian wonderland, there is an indoor arena (let’s face it this is a MUST in Ireland) with show-jumping courses that will make your eyes water with excitement. For any globetrotter who has a fascination and desire to visit Ireland and ride their revered horses, than THIS ride is the perfect fit.

What I also love is the flexibility of this Castle & Estate ride – non-riders are welcome with open arms (they can clay target shoot, kayak, fish, walk the numerous trails, enjoy a hot air balloon ride, a horse and carriage ride, or relax at the on-site spa) and all riding abilities are welcome from beginners through to advanced riders. There are a handful of instructors and guides, so if you’re not up for a cross-country scoot, you can opt for an estate ride or a dressage class. Now when you’re out of the saddle, you’ll feel part of the royal family.

As a globetrotting group, we’ll be staying in The Lodge and is known as one of the finest Castle hotels in Ireland, so much so, that former Beatle, Paul McCartney and model Heather Mills got married at the Castle back in 2002. It doesn’t get any better than ThIS Globetrotters.

FAST FACTS

time in saddle: a scheduled 3 hours per day as a group. *Guests also have the option for additional ride hours at an additional cost.

breed of horses: a herd of 27 riding horses to choose from with thoroughbreds to Irish draughts

type of tack: English all-purpose saddles

pace: the pace varies depending on the equestrian activity you’ve scheduled for the day. As a riding group we’ll have the choice of show jumping, cross country, dressage and estate rides. Therefore the pace will vary from walking, trotting and cantering.

riding ability: beginner to advanced

weight limit: maximum of 100 kgs

accommodation: one of the highlights to this entire itinerary is the ancient castle and the surrounding 1,000 acre estate. As a Globetrotting group we’ll be staying in the lodge on this beautiful estate. The guest rooms are chic, country-house boutique. Each bedroom has been decorated in keeping with the building’s period features and designed with comfort in mind. Guest rooms offer a blissful king size bed or twin bed accommodation, a free-standing Victorian roll top bath, separate walk-in shower. To be honest, the lodging is said to be one of the best Ireland has to offer. *Insert squeal of excitement here.

seasons: the equestrian program is available all year round.

group size: maximum 12 guests

ride length: 5 days, 5 nights

2018 departure date:

October 7 to 12, 2018 – SOLD OUT!

2018 ride rate:

€1600* per person twin share

Non-riders are more than welcome to join this departure at a non-riding rate of €925 per person. Activities include clay pigeon shooting, kayaking, falconry etc (at an additional cost).

A single supplement charge of €400 will apply (subject to availability) for guests not wanting to share a room.

*The price includes all accommodation, 3-hours riding per day, breakfast and dinner.

*The price does not include international or regional flights, travel insurance (compulsory), alcohol or transfers to and from the estate.

*Lunch is not included in the riding package. However, we’re told by our Irish hosts that after eating an Irish breakfast, you normally don’t need to eat anything until evening. However, if you do become peckish, Conor’s Bar (on-site) is open for lunch.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Accepted payment is by credit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all credit card payments. Since you’ll be paying in a foreign currency, in this case EURO, we believe paying via credit card is the most cost effective and easiest option for you.

Why is the price quoted in European Euro?

With our overseas riding destinations (rides other than in Australia), the currency is dictated by our partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.

TRANSFER INFORMATION

There is a taxi service (price available on request) to and from the estate, which is located in County Monaghan, Ireland, an 80-minute drive from Dublin International Airport. We recommend hiring a car so you have the flexibility to explore the surrounding region when not in the saddle.

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