Curra Farm House our Irish guide Cait’s B&B. Situated on & Lough Corrib it features 4 bedrooms with shared baths for guests, a cozy open concept kitchen/living room/dining room with a large purpose built riding arena overlooking Lough Corrib, the largest lake in southern Ireland!
You will be collected at the tourist office in Galway city to travel to Moycullen, at the gateway to Connemara and then on to Curra Farm, the breeding ground of our Connemara Pony herd. Before your riding adventure begins you'll have an opportunity to settle in, relax in your room, refresh in the bath or take a walk around the farm. Once you’ve settled in we will have a quick familiarization with our tack and the English style of riding before being paired up with the Connemara Pony that will be your partner for your vacation. You will be joining Julie Goodnight in the arena as she coaches you on the “Golden Moments” with your new equine partner and after an initial assessment in the outdoor arena, you will be ready to set off for a short trail ride around the farm before our chef cooks a traditional Irish meal in the comfort of your home away from home. Relax on out boat shaped deck or have a glass of bubbly in our outdoor hot tub...
Today our ride takes us to the beautiful outdoor arena and we will continue our adventure of strengthening our partnership with our new mount under Julie’s tutelage. After enjoying our clinic with Julie and grooming the ponies down after the long ride, you will have a chance to refresh yourself before we visit the home of Connemara Marble and onwards for a tour of Aughnanure Castle. This evening, we will light up the BBQ and enjoy a relaxing evening on the boat shaped deck in the garden with wonderful views of Lough Corrib.
Today, now that your pony/rider relationship has developed, you will have a chance to improve your English riding skills in the arena with Julie. We can practice our dressage skills and the grand finale will be our musical group ride. You choose the music and you will be surprised at how synchronized the ride will look when we play it back later on the TV. After lunch we travel to Bridgits Garden for a tour and time to relax in the cleverly landscaped representation of the four Celtic seasons of the year. Tonight we dine out in one of our local award winning restaurants to sample Irish style gourmet dining at its best. Schedule subject to change through 2-10-2018
Nights 4,5 & 6: Renvyle House Hotel & Resort
The historic Renvyle House first opened as a hotel in 1883. The bedrooms vary in size and style but all in keeping with the features of the historic house. The characteristics are simple, clean lines and the use of solid Irish oak and furniture are apparent throughout. The fabrics and furnishings are, as much as possible, made and woven by skilled local craftsmen.
Onsite facilities (all free of charge) at the resort include an outdoor heated swimming pool, a seaside outdoor hot tub, a 9 hole golf course, tennis courts, beautiful garden walks, bowling greens, fishing, lake boats, kayaks.
Today we pack our bags, horses and tack for the onward transfer to our second accommodation, the wonderful Renvyle House Hotel & Resort. En-route, we visit the hidden treasure of Glengowla Silver Mines where we descend over 120ft in into the mine shaft to witness the hardship of the mining industry that many locals endured to survive centuries ago. The owner Keith will take you on a tour of the onsite “Klondike” film set before he gives us a working sheepdog and turf cutting demonstration.
After check-in at the 4 Star Renvyle House Hotel & Resort, your ponies will be ready for a ride around the 150 acre hotel property, taking in the spectacular views while soaking up the fresh Wild Atlantic Way air. This will work up your apetite for the 5 course meal ahead, to be prepared by Renvyle’s award winning chefs.
A tour of the Abbey, the Gothic Church and the spectacular walled gardens. After lunch at the abbey, you will be met for the short transfer to the hotel located on the Renvyle Peninsula where you can relax after a quick tour of the grounds to see what the resort has to offer. We ride around the peninsula in the late afternoon for spectacular views of the Wild Atlantic Way coastline. Dinner will be prepared by Renvyle’s award winning chefs. Prepare to indulge in one of the finest 5 course meals you have ever experienced!
After being spoilt by choice with the extensive “cooked to order” breakfast menu, we travel though the Quaker village of Letterfrack, the home of Connemara National Park, to the grounds of the wonderful Kylemore Abbey. We normally allow 3 hours for this tour, taking in the abbey itself, the spectacular gothic church (modelled on some of Europe’s biggest cathedrals) and the wonderful walled gardens. Our ride today takes us around the Renvyle Peninsula. More spectacular scenery and history talks along the way allow us to envisage the life and traditions of the generations gone before us. Later, at the hotel, take a dip in the ocean, the outdoor heated swimming pool or Canadian Hot Tub, of simply relax with one of the many books in the hotel library before dinner.
Today we will load up the horses for our trip though Clifden town where you will have an opportunity to stop and stroll around the town and maybe visit some the Connemara Pony Museum and some of the gift shops and art galleries before our ride at the wonderful Omey Island. Omey is a tidal island situated near Claddaghduff on the western edge of Connemara. From the mainland, the island is inconspicuous and almost hidden. At low tide, it is possible to ride, drive or walk across the large sandy strand to the island by following the arrowed signs. Again, the pace will be your choosing and if you dare, you can even swim with your horse before we stop off at the local pub with spectacular views of the island for a chowder or fresh crabmeat salad to name but a few choices from the menu. Dinner that evening will be served at the hotel.
Today, after a hearty breakfast you will say farewell to the ponies and horses and your private coach will take you from Renvyle House back to the Tourist Office in Galway City for your onward journey.
All of this for the approx. cost of €2,950 (Euro) per person double occupancy (approx. $3500-$3600) USD depending on conversion rate. For todays conversion check here: http://eur.mconvert.net/usd/2950
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Julie Goodnight Natural Horsemanship Training™
Goodnight Training Stables, Inc.™
PO Box 397 · Poncha Springs CO · 81242
Phone (719) 530-0531 · Fax (719) 530-0939