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paulg Apr 13th, 2017 09:36 PM

Horseback riding in Ireland (or Scotland)
We are researching horseback riding tours in Ireland for this July. We have some candidates, though many are more for intermediate or expert, especially with English saddle. We are a family of 4 with kids 10 and 16.

Does anyone have personal experience with a tour they liked in Ireland (Killarney, Kilkenny, Doolin areas) or Scotland (Edinburgh, Skye, Glencoe, Aberfoyle areas) that is more for beginners and family friendly?

Thanks in advance.

Tony2phones Apr 14th, 2017 03:06 AM

The problem you Could have is the 10yr old. Irish stables might be a bit fussy when it comes to the terms of their insurance. Not all will be the same but check.
Local to here would be the Slieve Aughty centre, An Sibin, and Willy is based near here used to live down the road but runs rides on the Connemara Aille Cross.

hetismij2 Apr 14th, 2017 03:22 AM

Do you mean a multi day tour, or a single day or half day pony trek?

A multi day tour would be very ambitious for beginners. A pony trek of a few hours would be doable though. Places offering such treks are used to total novices, and will normally see how good you actually are in the menage before taking you out.
They should have a variety of sizes of animals and a variety of temperaments to match the rider.
If you do a search for pony trekking you should find something that suits.
They will probably provide hard hats. Don't wear jeans unless they are Wranglers type with a flat inside leg seam, or you will end up with very sore legs.

dugi_otok Apr 14th, 2017 12:11 PM

Killarney Riding Stables should meet your requirements

janisj Apr 14th, 2017 12:41 PM

Yep -- search 'pony trekking'. Most stables/farms that offer it will accept beginners. I'm pretty sure you wouldn't want a 'tour'. What you want is a guided half day (or shorter) ride.

They are all over

paulg Apr 14th, 2017 03:18 PM

Thanks, everyone. Yes, I am referring to a ~ 2 hour trek. Any more than that is not recommended (we have ridden some) for begginers. I value my hind quarters too much. So a nice scenic guided walk on a coast, hill/mountain, loch, etc. I'll check out the recommendations listed so far.

Tony2phones Apr 15th, 2017 02:06 AM

Taking the "tour" out of the equation I would recommend

paulg Apr 15th, 2017 02:55 PM

Looks nice, Tony. Unfortunately the furthest north we are going is Doolin (then on to Dublin), so this looks a bit out of the way.

Tony2phones Apr 15th, 2017 04:00 PM

Mountain View and Dalys Equestrian are on my West Clare Map

Doolin is a great place to get the Inis Oirr and Cliffs of Moher combi cruse. wouldn't personally stay in the villages. I generally recommend Lahinch with younger folk.

janisj Apr 15th, 2017 08:17 PM

This place is on the Lake of Menteith very close to Aberfoyle and Callander

paulg Apr 16th, 2017 08:22 AM

Thanks, Tony and Janis, I'll check those out as well. We'll be visiting Lake of Menteith for the Priory so that one would also be convenient.

Tony, our trip is fully booked, we are now just adding on a few activities (like horse trekking). We are staying in Doolin and have the combo cruise booked, so we are set for that part of the trip.

hetismij2 Apr 16th, 2017 08:48 AM

For Scottish places have a look at
It also has suggestions on what to wear, including shoes - no trainers please! in Glencoe.

paulg Apr 18th, 2017 08:17 AM

Thank you, hetismij2.

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