Trip Dates: Sept. 14 - 20, 2019
Class III | Bed and Breakfast
7 days, 6 Nights
The beauty of Ireland is legendary — rolling green hills, rugged mountains, striking sea cliffs, ancient relics, castles and abbeys, and warm local pubs soaked in charm — and there’s truly no better way to see it than from the back of a horse.
As tourist season slows and the island settles into itself again, we take to the saddle and explore one of the most stunning areas of the emerald isle, the ring of Kerry, in a week-long horseback riding trip you’ll never forget. On the backs of well-trained Irish Sport Horses, we’ll explore highlands of Kerry with the majestic McGillycuddy Reeks, Ireland's greatest mountain range; ride on country lanes, mountain tracks (on one of the few post-to-post trail rides available in Ireland) through forests, over bogs and on some of the beaches at Waterville and on the magnificent 4 mile stretch of golden sand at Rossbeigh. The Iveragh Peninsula with many places of archeological and historical interest stretches south west from Killarney for nearly forty miles and is highlighted by the iconic, world renowned Ring of Kerry.
We’ll spend nights in bed and breakfasts in Killarney, a vibrant hub full of history, shopping, and lively pubs bustling with traditional Irish music, as well as two smaller seaside towns, Glenbeigh and Waterville, full of that famous Irish charm. Each morning starts with a hearty breakfast before we hit the trail again, with a lovely picnic lunch breaking up our 4 - 6 hours of riding, daily. Our nights are free to explore these wonderful Irish towns before catching a good night’s rest.
With a maximum of 10 riders, our trip through the mountains, valleys, bogs, and beaches of southwestern Ireland is intimate and personalized, with special care taken with any nervous riders. We ask that all participants be comfortable at a walk, trot, and canter in English tack in the open, and be prepared for 4 - 6 hours in the saddle on this trekking trip.
Every AdventurHER trip is led by a professional local guide and a Dedicated Adventure Manager (our DAM girls) from AdventurHER.
Activity Level: Class III; Involves full days of physical activity, and riders should be confident at a walk, trot, and canter on the trail.
Lodging: Irish bed and breakfasts
Included Meals: Breakfasts, picnic lunches, and dinner on the first night.
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Our trips are kept small and personal. Make sure to secure your spot with a deposit.
We meet in Killarney on Saturday. Work with your DAM girl to arrange the best way to travel down to County Kerry based on the airport you come in from. We can help arrange a shuttle from the Shannon airport, or you can journey with us through the Irish countryside by train if you’ll be in Dublin before the start of the tour. After a quick rest and refresh, we meet our equine companions and get acquainted on a short trail ride in the beautiful Killarney National Park. On this first night of the trip, we all have dinner together in town to get to know one another and celebrate our coming adventure!
After a good breakfast, the day begins with a short trip to the base of Seefirtn Mountain, where the first day’s ride starts. When horses and riders have been introduced, the ride heads off up over the Windy Gap, viewing the splendour of Caragh Lake and the valley beyond. The ride then continues on to Coomasaham Lake enclosed by Horseshoe Mountain, followed by a scenic ride over an Irish Bog. Sunday and Monday are spent in the little coastal town of Glenbeigh, meaning Glen of the Birch Trees. Surrounded almost entirely by mountains, Glenbeigh offers a famous friendliness and humour which is nowhere better found than in this tranquil and charming region of Kerry.
After breakfast, we return to the stables of the previous evening to begin Monday’s ride. The day is spend on Rossbeigh Beach, galloping along stretches of golden sand, returning from the beach via Cliff Road.
A morning ride takes horse and rider from Kells Station through the bogs of Cnoc Bawn and on to Liss Bawn, taking in some spectacular views of Caherciveen and its surrounds — we promise that by the time we ride through them, you’ll be able to pronounce them! We’ll have lunch in a nearby forestry. After lunch continue on through Island Boy and the Inny Valley, finishing for the day alongside the Tulligane Woods. Tuesday and Wednesday nights are spent by the coastal village of Waterville. Waterville (the little whirlpool), nestles on a narrow strip of land between Lough Currane and the Atlantic Ocean, in the very center of southwest Kerry, and this area is purportedly where the first Celtic invaders landed.
Wednesday brings an adventurous morning spent in Tullingane Woods, lunching alongside the Inny River and at an old school house. Afterwards, we take a scenic ride into Waterville via Old Glencar / Waterville road, along the shores of the famous fishing lake, Lough Currane.
The day begins with a brisk ride to Waterville Beach, spending the morning enjoying some exciting gallops. The panorama of Hoggs Head and Ballinskelligs Bay concludes the afternoon ride in Waterville. Afterwards, both horses and riders are transferred back to Killarney for the night.
After breakfast, we depart our trekking adventure in the Land of the Horse, saying “slan” to the emerald isle. If you would like us to help you arrange transport back to the airport or to another area in Ireland, let your DAM girl know!
THIS TRIP INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:
Double occupancy accommodation in BnBs each night (single available for an extra cost)
Guided horseback riding tour
Helmet and boot rentals (or bring your own!)
Breakfast, lunch, and many snacks every day
Dinner the first night
Full support from your Designated Adventure Manager (DAM Girl) before, during, & after the trip
Local certified guides
Flights to and from Ireland
Dinner nights 2 - 6
Transportation to Killarney — your DAM girl can help arrange this; the cost of the transfer will depend on where you’re coming from and your mode of transportation.
Gratuities for local guides (optional)
A deposit of $500 will reserve a spot on this trip. This is fully refundable minus a processing fee for the first 7 business days, whereupon it becomes half refundable until 8/5/2019. The balance for the trip will be due 8/5/2019 and the deposit becomes fully nonrefundable.
The prices on our site are in USD but are subject to fluctuate based on exchange rates until you put down a deposit and lock in your rate!
This trip runs rain or shine! Bring good rain gear — including rain pants. There’s only one way this island got so green, after all!
Each traveller coming from outside Ireland must have a valid passport for travel into Ireland. US citizens do not need a visa for travel to & from Ireland.
This trip is set up to give you extra time in Ireland if you want it! The riding tour is over as of Friday morning, allowing for folks who work M-F to take Friday and Saturday to explore Ireland on their own before heading back on Sunday. If you’d like recommendations, talk to your DAM girl!