Castle & Estate Ride | Horse Riding Holidays in Ireland | Globetrotting

Castle & Estate Ride, Ireland

3-7 NightsBeginner to AdvancedFrom €1,950 EUR?Tour costs €1,950 EUR which is approximately $3,200 AUD

Believe us when we say our Castle & Estate Ride in County Monaghan, Ireland is a fairytale wonderland for ANY equestrian enthusiast.

This estate is home to 300 cross country jumps (including PLENTY of water obstacles) to leap, ping or pop over on a brave Irish horse. Miles upon miles of bridle paths (yep, that’s what they call trails in Ireland!) are sprawled across the 1000-acre grounds, 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, the indoor arena (let’s face it, this is a MUST in Ireland) has show jumping courses that will make your eyes water with excitement. We also love the flexibility of this holiday: non-riders will be welcomed with open arms (they can kayak, fish, walk the numerous trails, try clay target shooting or falconry, enjoy a hot air balloon ride or a carriage ride, and relax at the on-site spa) and riders of all abilities are welcome, too, from beginner through to advanced. The three unique equestrian programmes offer everything from mechanical horse and arena lessons to endless trail rides to cross country, show jumping and dressage.

Out of the saddle, you’ll feel like part of the royal family, accommodated at The Lodge, overlooking the equestrian centre. 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.

For any globetrotter who has a desire to visit the Emerald Isle and ride the revered Irish horses, THIS ride is the perfect fit.

Fast Facts

  • Horse Breed:A herd of 27 riding horses to choose from including Irish Sport Horses, Irish Draughts, Thoroughbreds, Connemaras, cobs and ponies. *Please note, you can expect to ride a variety of horses throughout your stay.
  • Pace:Variable - depending on the program you choose. There are 3 riding programmes, designed to suit all riding levels and interests with dressage, show jumping, cross country and estate rides on offer. There will be walking, trotting and cantering each day.
  • Weight Limit:A maximum of 100kg / 220lbs.
  • Type of tack:English all-purpose saddles and bridles.
  • Seasons:Available year-round.
  • Group size:Variable, but you can expect to ride in a group of no more than 6 people each day, often less.
  • Time in Saddle:3 hours per day.
  • Riding Ability:Beginner to advanced. There are 3 riding programmes available, designed to suit all riding levels and interests.
    *Please note that for health and safety reasons, all guests must complete a brief practical riding assessment regardless of level and ability. Guests MUST be deemed safe and capable before they will be allowed to jump.
     Not sure what your riding ability is? Watch THIS video to find out.
  • Accommodation:One of the highlights of this entire itinerary is the ancient castle and the surrounding 1,000 acre estate. As a globetrotter, you will be staying in The Lodge, which overlooks the stables (both are subject to availability). The guest rooms in The Lodge are chic, country-house boutique, each offering blissful king size bed or twin-bed accommodation, a free-standing Victorian roll top bath, and separate walk-in shower. The lodgings are said to be some of Ireland’s finest. *Insert squeal of excitement*
  • Ride Length:5 day, 5 night and 3 day, 3 night itineraries are available. *Please note: 4, 6 & 7 day custom itineraries are available upon request.
  • Inclusions:

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

  • Exclusions:

    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.

 

DEPARTURE DATES & RATES

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3-night stays begin at €1200 EURO per person twin share.

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Please note: solo travellers are required to pay the single rider price, unless we can find another guest willing to twin share.

Child rate applies to children aged between 7 to 11 years only.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price includes all accommodation, 3 hours riding per day, breakfast and dinner.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price does NOT include international or regional flights, travel insurance (compulsory), alcohol or transfers to and from the ride.

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 or debit card only. Depending on the ride you choose to book and your country of residence, there will be a 1.2% to 2.9% surcharge.

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WHY IS THE PRICE QUOTED IN EUR?
With our riding destinations, the currency is dictated by our ride partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.

Itinerary

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*Please note, this is a suggested itinerary only and subject to change at the discretion of your guides due to weather and other influencing factors.

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  • Important Itinerary Notes

    On the Castle & Estate Ride, there are 3 riding programmes, designed to suit all riding levels and interests:

    LEARN TO RIDE: For beginners and riders who wish to improve their skills whilst enjoying some gentle trail rides around the Estate. Each rider will receive a series of lessons (flat work in the indoor arena, mechanical horse sessions to work on body positioning, 1-hour estate rides, etc) culminating in a 2-hour ride around the Estate.

    HAPPY HACKERS: For anyone who enjoys the simple pleasure exploring the countryside on horseback. After the assessment lesson, the riding consists of delightful trail rides around the estate.

    HORSE SPORT: For more experienced riders looking to improve their skills. A mix of cross country, show jumping, dressage and trail rides. Cross country jumping is very different to jumping in an arena, and on this programme you’ll make that transition safely and with confidence. Please note, you won’t be allowed out on the cross-country course until day 4 of your itinerary.

    *For groups with varying abilities, or where some riders are eager to jump and others are not, it is possible for everyone to ride together on the ‘Horse Sport’ programme, provided everyone is comfortable riding at a walk, trot and canter. Those who do not wish to jump will be under no pressure to do so on any of the scheduled rides.

    **Please note: While every effort will be made to confirm all elements of each programme, availability of each equestrian activity cannot be guaranteed. Thanks for your understanding.

    ***Please also note that you will only be allowed to participate in jumping and cross-country if the instructors deem you capable and safe to do so. This is for the safety of both you and your horse.

    ALL riding holidays will begin with a one-hour assessment lesson to determine which horses will best suit you. Remember, you’ll be riding a variety of horses throughout your stay, which helps you become a better rider, as you’re introduced to different equine personalities and abilities.

    Below is just a sample itinerary for a 5 day, 5 night ‘Horse Sport’ ride. Please remember, this is a suggested itinerary only and subject to change due to your riding ability, local weather conditions, and other influencing factors.

  • Day 1

    With bubbles of excitement and anticipation, you’ll arrive at the castle in County Monaghan today. You’ll check in and be shown to your deluxe room in The Lodge where you can unpack, settle in and pinch yourself – you’re finally here!

    Then you’ll head to the on-site equestrian centre where you’ll have a one-hour lesson/assessment in the afternoon. This is purely an introductory ride so you can be matched to a selection of horses that best suit your ability. The castle has a herd of 27 riding horses from Thoroughbreds to Irish Draughts, Irish Sport Horses, Irish Cobs and even ponies (for the children). Generally, you’ll ride a different horse every day.

    As part of your stay, each night you’ll have the choice between a 2-course meal at Conor’s Bar, a traditional Irish pub with hearty country cooking located on the ground floor of The Lodge, or 1 course at the more intimate and award-winning Snaffles Restaurant (also located at The Lodge).

  • Day 2

    Wake up and feast on a full Irish Breakfast. From traditional porridge topped with cream, to fresh fruit and pastries, to hot breakfast made to order, it’s so elaborate and filling you won’t look twice at lunch! (Remember, lunch is not included in the price, but is available from Conor’s Bar. Alternatively, you can ask for a takeaway container at breakfast and fill it up with some pastries or fruit to snack on throughout the day.)

    Today you’ll be in the saddle for three hours, broken up with a two-hour estate ride and a one-hour jump lesson. An estate ride will see you exploring the 1000-acre estate, winding through ancient woodlands and skirting shimmering lakes. Your Irish riding guide will be a wealth of knowledge about the region, the castle and of course its rich history. The afternoon’s riding activity will see you head to the indoor arena for a one-hour jump lesson to gain confidence and pointers from your instructor.

    When you’re not in the saddle, there are plenty of opportunities to do absolutely nothing, or walk around the estate, lie under an elm tree and read a book, or stroll into the nearby village. This riding holiday has the perfect balance between riding and relaxation, that’s for sure.
    Dine again tonight in either Conor’s Bar (2 courses) or Snaffles Restaurant (1 course) before hitting the hay.

  • Day 3

    Another exhilarating day ahead, where the nerves have well and truly abated and the smell of horse sweat, jumping and intoxicating Irish landscapes makes you tremble with excitement. Another estate ride might be on the agenda this morning, where you’ll trot and canter to your heart’s content. With a riding group of no more than six, plus your guides, you’ll have the flexibility to explore a range of terrain and soak up your emerald green surrounds.

    This afternoon you’ll saddle-up for an indoor cross-country jumping session where you’ll get invaluable tuition and pointers from your instructor. As riders, we’re always learning, so there is nothing better than being in a small group on capable horses with knowledgeable instructors.

    When the sun sets, you can enjoy a bevvie at Conor’s Bar before choosing whether to stay and dine there or head upstairs to Snaffles Restaurant. No matter which one you choose, you’re in for an exceptional dining experience.

  • Day 4

    Just another day waking up in the stunning grounds of a castle – say what?! And TODAY is the day your Globetrotting posse hit the cross country course, with over 300 jumps and water elements. Hip hip HOORAY! All the training and tuition leading up to this moment will have given you the confidence and ability to enjoy the cross country course wholeheartedly and, most importantly, safely.

    The afternoon’s session will be a one-hour dressage lesson where you might even try your hand at a musical ride. ALL will be discussed over a hearty Irish dinner that evening, either at Conor’s Bar or Snaffles Restaurant.

  • Day 5

    Today is ALL about the love and desire to fly on horseback. That’s right, you’re jumping for three whole hours (rest assured, globetrotters, if jumping is not your thing, you can easily ride around the jumps, or take a flat lesson, depending on your riding programme). At 10am, you will head to the cross-country course for a two-hour leap-frog session. Then in the afternoon, you’ll enjoy a one-hour show jumping lesson.

  • Day 6

    BOO HOO! Today is your final day in the castle and estate that you’ve called home for the past five days. The good news is that you’ll be going out with a BANG! At 10am you will mount up for the last time and hit the cross country course for two hours of uninterrupted jumping time. This is what Globetrotting dreams are made of: scooting over logs, through brush and splashing through water in an equestrian wonderland.

    After an adrenaline-filled morning, you’ll bid farewell to your horses (who you’ll no doubt secretly want to take home with you!), hosts and guides, and depart for your onward travels.

  • Transfer Information

    The estate is located in County Monaghan, Ireland, an 80 minute drive (121 kilometres) from Dublin International Airport.

    There is a taxi service available between Dublin or Belfast and the estate. The costs are €170 for one guest one way, €80 pp for 2-5 guests one way, or €70 pp for 6+ guests one way. (Please note, prices are subject to change.)

    Bus Eireann also has a frequent and well-priced service between Dublin city centre and Monaghan town, which is a 15 minute taxi ride from the estate.

    There is also the option of hiring a car so you have the flexibility to explore the surrounding region in your free time.

    Globetrotting is happy to provide a competitive quote on international flights, travel insurance, car hire and hotels before and after your ride. We can also assist with teeing you up with another globetrotter if they are booked on the same departure date so that you can share the cost of a hire car.

What our valued Globetrotters say about The Castle & Estate Ride

Castle & Estate Ride, Ireland, Globetrotting Horse Riding Holidays

Ellie W

‘Globetrotting is addictive! I wish I had endless trips booked because it reminds me how much I love to ride. Even though I don’t have my own horse or ride as much as I’d like, or be as experienced as I would like, these trips wipe all those thoughts away and I’m nothing but happy and at peace. Our first cross-country lesson was a standout experience. I hadn’t jumped since being a child, and Steven really helped me regain my confidence. I felt very safe with my pony, Eric. I wish I could return as soon as possible!’

Castle & Estate Ride, Ireland, Globetrotting Horse Riding Holidays

Emma W

‘The whole thing was magical, an incredible family experience. We loved the opportunity to walk through the castle and its grounds (laughing at the hordes of robot mowers cruising around), hang in the stable, help with tack and untack and relax in the Lodge terrace for an afternoon drink. As promised the breakfasts were excellent. Everyone was happy. Staff all round were very helpful. We loved all of the horses, Henry with the moustache who also did the carriage rides was a standout for his appearance. Russell was an incredibly beautiful gentle giant. The Lodge was simply a stunning place to stay.’

Castle & Estate Ride, Ireland, Globetrotting Horse Riding Holiday

Lauri O

‘I just came back from the Castle & Estate ride in Ireland. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. My room at the Lodge overlooking the stable was perfect. I kept my window cracked every night so I could fall asleep to the quiet sounds of the yard. The food was incredible. I would put any meal up against the finest restaurants I have ever been to. I feel the staff went above and beyond to make my stay with them warm and inviting. As for the trainers and barn staff. I wanted to take them home with me. I feel that each one of them gave me a level of bravery I didn’t know I had. Each ride was a building block for the next. I loved that! Every moment I spent in the barn with the instructors and guides was so appreciated. The horses! Magical! All of them were magical. They are so well trained and know their job. Every ride was special. Thank you Globetrotting for the trip of a lifetime. I will be back!’

 

Castle & Estate Ride, Ireland, Globetrotting Horse Riding Holiday

Kim H

‘The Castle & Estate ride was organised and well-guided by the engaging and experienced stable staff and riding instructors. The horses all have unique personalities and enjoy their assigned jobs. It is apparent that they are loved and well-cared for. The rides each day offered new journeys and adventures around and about the entire estate. The views of this lush green country and blue skies for days will be forever embedded in my heart. My room at the Lodge was quite nice and overlooked the stable; as a lifelong equestrian, I soaked in the view, smells, and sounds of the stable from my personal deck area at every opportunity. The food and dining experiences at every turn were TOP SHELF. I highly suggest that you bring your best-listening EARS for the plethora of riding instruction opportunities. I ride and show quarter horses, mainly western and the Hunter Under Saddle/Equitation (Flat). I am 58 years old and successfully jumped for the first time in my life. It was AWESOME. Amazing horses and INSTRUCTORS, just listen and let them guide you, even if it is different from how you’ve been taught. Learn. Live. Enjoy the Ride.’

 

Castle & Estate Ride, Ireland, Globetrotting Horse Riding Holiday

Tarni K

‘The Castle & Estate ride was pure perfection. I had the pleasure of riding a lovely selection of horses over the six days but mainly stuck with my noble steed, Arnie, for XC. Every instructor was amazing, all so knowledgeable, making you get the most out of every ride. The scenery is WOW! I just want to spend all day out there on the hills, jumping XC jumps and riding through the forest. I didn’t want the ride to end. The accommodation had everything you needed, and the food was delicious at both restaurants. Can’t wait to book another holiday!’

Castle & Estate Ride, Ireland, Globetrotting Horse Riding Holiday

Chelsey U

‘Where do I start? First off, the horses and trainers were amazing. For someone who used to ride western and hasn’t ridden constantly for quite few years I was not sure what to expect or if I even could Cross Country jump at all, but thanks to the incredible trainers and lovely horses I was doing all the jumps by the end of the week! I couldn’t have been more happy! The estate was absolutely beautiful, the accommodation was 10/10, and the two restaurants onsite had the best food I’ve ever had in my entire life. I would go back to for that! Overall, it was one of the best trips I have ever done in my life and far exceeded my expectations. I will be going back!’

Castle & Estate Ride, Ireland, Globetrotting Horse Riding Holidays

Tracy K

‘This was my perfect ride – great horses in a gorgeous environment learning something new but always in a way that built confidence, so we had fun doing it. I don’t get to ride or jump outside the ring very much, so the program that builds your skills and experience through the week was perfect for me. At the start, I’d pass by the cross-country jumps during the estate rides and think I was out of my mind because by the end of the week, I was flying up the bank out of the lake and loving it! The feeling of accomplishment was huge for me. The instructors are fantastic, challenging you without taking the fun out of it. The estate is stunning, the food is fabulous, the details are well thought out, and the people are welcoming and helpful.’

Erica B

‘This was truly the trip of a lifetime! The accommodations were a horse lover’s dream, as everything was equestrian-themed, and even our balcony overlooked the stables. The horses were superb! You will no doubt find a favourite (or two) in the herd. I described more than a few of the horses as “perfect.” They know their job and take care of their rider. The estate grounds were so beautiful, and galloping through the fields over logs is something I have always dreamed of. The instructors were with us every step of the way, and I am a much better rider today because of them. I cannot wait to return and do this ride again!’

Castle & Estate Ride, Ireland, Globetrotting Horse Riding Holidays

Rudolf Jaffe

‘Our Castle & Estate Ride in Ireland was one of the best vacations we have ever had! The horses were great, the people were lovely, the countryside was beautiful, and we were lucky to have good weather. The Lodge was wonderful and perfect for those interested in horse riding. The rooms were super comfortable, the food was great, and the services provided were excellent. It was also conveniently located right next to the barn! During the trip, I rode four different horses. Russell, who was a towering 18.2 hands, was terrific in both the arena and during cross-country jumping. Arnie and Willow were my favourites and were also great jumpers. Lastly, there was Blueberry, who was very forward and a good jumper. It was an unforgettable experience, and we found both the Irish people and horses to be wonderful.’

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