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Believe me when I say, our 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 like part of the royal family, staying in either The Lodge (which looks over the Equestrian Centre) or the Castle itself. It’s 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.
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 (subject to availability).
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 scheduled for the day. Depending on the equestrian program you choose, you will have the choice of dressage, show jumping, cross country and estate rides. There will be walking, trotting and cantering involved each day.
riding ability: beginner to advanced – there are different programs available depending on your riding ability and interests. *If you are a beginner rider, you’re expected to be capable of riding your horse at a walk, posting/rising to the trot and be willing to try cantering.
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 globetrotter, you will have the option of choosing to stay either in the Castle itself, or The Lodge which overlooks the stables (both are subject to availability). The Castle exudes old world grandeur, filled with beautiful furniture, antiques and heirlooms and offers complete respite from the world. The guest rooms in The Lodge are chic, country-house boutique, each 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 finest Ireland has to offer. *Insert squeal of excitement HERE.
seasons: the equestrian program is available all year round.
group size: this is variable, depending on the number of guests booked in during the week. However you can expect to ride in a small group of no more than 6 people each day, sometimes less.
ride length: 5 days, 5 nights or 3 days, 3 nights itineraries available. *4 day, 6 day and 7 day custom itineraries available upon request (subject to availability).
2019 departure dates:
May 18 to 23 – TWO globetrotters booked
July 3 to 8
August 12 to 17 – ONE globetrotter booked
September 23 to 28
October 13 to 18
*Custom departure dates are available all year round upon request (subject to availability).
2019 ride rates:
5 day riding package:
€1570 EURO per person twin share
€1985 EURO per person for a single room
€1260 EURO per child
*A non-rider rate of €970 EURO per person twin share is available (subject to accommodation availability)
3 day riding package:
€975 EURO per person twin share
€1255 EURO per person for a single room
€805 EURO per child
*A non-rider rate of €680 EURO per person twin share is available (subject to accommodation availability)
*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 also NOT included in the riding package, but 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.
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.
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. However, we recommend hiring a car so you have the flexibility to explore the surrounding region when not in the saddle.
FURTHER READING & VIEWING
To really whet your appetite, check out this amazing video we shot on our exploratory ride!
If you’ve got a day or two in Dublin either side of your ride, don’t miss our Dublin city guide! It’s got everything you need to know about sightseeing, food and drink, accommodation and getting around.