Jumping on the cross-country course, Castle Leslie, Ireland
Pause for a drink, Castle Leslie, Ireland
Jumping on the cross-country course in the grounds of Castle Leslie, Ireland
A few members of the equine team, Castle Leslie, Ireland
The two-legged contingent of the equestrian team at Castle Leslie, Ireland

Castle Leslie in County Monaghan, is an idyllic setting for horse riding in Ireland. Imagine over a thousand acres of rolling hills, parkland and lakes to explore on horseback. In addition tuition with frequent clinics by top competition riders and 300 cross country jumps are part of a top quality range of facilities. Accommodation is in the four star Lodge right next to the riding centre with it’s own bar and restaurant, and an organic Victorian Spa with Treatment rooms. This is truly the perfect setting for a luxury riding holiday in Ireland.

Please Note: The opinions expressed in these reviews are the author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of Unicorn Trails Ltd. These reviews are "directly from the horses mouth" and unedited. Unicorn Trails may make additional comments for clarification clearly identified in red.

Review received from JW of Palmer on 06/11/2022

Ride Summary
What was your overall impression of the holiday
Overall impression
Unicorn Trails sales staff

Riding tour leader

Additional Comments
The riding instructors were all very good. Orla was a particularly amazing cross-country jumping instructor!
Horses and Tack

Additional Comments
The horses are very good at taking a wide variety of riders on 2-hour hacks and cross-country jumping.
Meals

Accommodation

Miscellaneous

Was this trip accurately described to you beforehand?
YES
Please give more details to explain your response:
We enjoyed daily 2-hour hacks or 2-hour cross-country jumping lessons in the morning across a beautiful and giant estate with very good horse trails and cross-country jumps.
Was there anything you should have known and were not told? NO
Please give more details to explain your response:
What could we do to improve this ride?
The horse tack could be improved by regular cleaning and, in a few cases, by replacement (one synthetic saddle was worn out).
How would you rate the difficulty of this ride out of 10 where 1 is very easy and 10 is very advanced?
3
Please explain why you scored it as you did:
This ride has lessons and horses for the very beginner rider, however the group lessons are generally set up for riders with some previous and basic knowledge/skills for riding. I think the 2-hour hacks are excellent for riders who are comfortable riding with minimal guidance. The jumping lessons are good for riders who have some basic jump-position knowledge before they arrive. Overall the horses are well-schooled for their duties. The instructors do a very good job of pairing riders with appropriate horses.

There are many, many cross-country jumps around the estate and the jumps are a wide variety of styles (jumps, banks, water features, hills, fields, forests, etc.). The jumps seem to be mostly 2'-2'6" with a few exceptions (both lower and higher).
Would you recommend Unicorn Trails to your friends?
YES
Please give more details to explain your response:
Jo was very responsive and accommodating. The only frustration with Unicorn Trails was not getting a refund for a May 2020 trip that was canceled due to Covid.
May we use you as a reference for other people wishing to go on this ride?
YES
Any other comments:
Unicorn comments: Thank you for your ride comments and glad you had a great time in Ireland and finally managed to use your credit from you cancelled covid trip to use at Castle Leslie.

RIDING

Castle Leslie boasts superb equestrian facilities. Tucked away behind the Lodge top class ammenities include:

  • 1,000 acres of private estate for hacking
  • 300 new cross-country jumps from knee high to knee tremblers built by Willis Bros. of Badminton Horse Trials fame
  • 21 miles of bridleways for meandering along
  • Mile-long all-weather gallop
  • 56 stables
  • Virtual horse for beginners
  • 50 x 30 metre indoor arena with indoor cross-country fences
  • Tiered seating for 200 plus private dining/viewing room
  • Catering for all levels from 4 yrs upwards


    Riding Programmes

    Starter Pack/Learn to Ride in 5 Days 
    For beginners or riders who wish to improve their riding skills whilst enjoying some gentle hacks around the Estate. Each rider will receive a series of lessons culminating in a 2 hour ride around the estate. This is a 6 day programme. 3 hours riding per day, 5 nights Bed & Full Irish Breakfast and a choice of a 2 course meal in Conor’s Bar each night or a main course in Snaffles Restaurant.

    Horse Sport
    For the more experienced rider looking to improve their riding skills. This package incorporates a mix of show jumping, cross country, dressage & estate rides. This can be taken for 4 to 8 days. For example, on a 4 day programme: 3 hours riding per day, 3 nights Bed & Full Breakfast and a choice of a 2 course meal each night in Conor’s Bar or a main course in Snaffles Restaurant.

    Happy Hackers
    Happy Hackers is for anyone who enjoys the simple pleasure exploring the countryside on horseback. This package involves daily estate rides. This can be taken for 4 to 8 days. For example, on a 4 day programme: 3 hours riding per day, 3 nights Bed & Full Breakfast and a choice of a 2 course meal each night in Conor’s Bar or a main course in Snaffles Restaurant.

    Non-riders
    The non-rider price advertised is for non-riders sharing a room with a rider.

    Children
    Child rates apply to child from 7 – 11 years only.

 

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Reading List
We're avid readers here at Unicorn Trails and have selected several books connected to this ride. If you're interested in reading more about the area before you travel, or want to get into the cultural background, here are some suggestions that may inspire you. Click on the links for more information.

Round Ireland With A Fridge - Tony Hawks
Culture Shock! Ireland - Patricia Levy
Bushmills Irish Pub Guide - Sybil Taylor
The Dubliners - J.Joyce
Mother Ireland - Edna O’ Brien
Barrytown Trilogy - R. Doyle
Woodbrook - David Thomson.

Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

There is a huge range of top quality horses available to choose from. Schoolmasters are available for beginners and some top class cross country horses with experience are available for improvers and better riders. Facilities include: 1000 acres of private estate 100 new cross-country jumps from knee high to knee tremblers built by Willis Bros. of Badminton Horse Trials fame 21 miles of bridleways for meandering along Mile-long all-weather gallop 56 stables Virtual horse for beginners 50 x 30 metre indoor arena with indoor cross-country fences Tiered seating for 200 plus private dining/viewing room Catering for all levels from 4 yrs upwards The tack used is English and riding style English.


Rider requirements

Riders of all abilities are catered for here with instruction and riding tailored to the level of ability of the rider. Qualified instructors assess the riders ability before planning the riding programme. The minimum riding age for this programme is 7 years.

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 224 lb/102 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

There are three options for accommodation at Castle Leslie to match different budgets.



Located right at the entrance to the estate, the charming Lodge has been carefully restored to offer guests everything they need for complete comfort and relaxation. The Lodge is known as one of the most charming hotels in Ireland. Located just 10 minutes from Monaghan town, the Lodge and the cut-stone stable courtyard retain all their natural beauty and original character. It remains a family-friendly venue full of local character and offers guests many more facilities for complete comfort and relaxation. The Lodge boasts 29 bedrooms, Victorian Treatment Rooms, cosy Cellar bar and contemporary restaurant. The Equestrian Centre is tucked behind the Lodge making it an ideal base for horse-lovers. When it's time to relax, drop by the Victorian Treatment Rooms and let the therapists massage your aching muscles after an exhilarating day's riding or just because you deserve it. Booking in advance is recommended for the Spa.



If you prefer a more relaxed experience you might wish to stay in the Old Stable Mews or the Village Cottages. Here you have the convenience of hotel service combined with the comfort of private luxury home rental. The Old Stable Mews offer a private 2 bedroom accommodation set in a picturesque cut-stone courtyard only 15 minutes’ walk from the castle. Each Mews has living and dining areas, a Geneva guild bathroom, complimentary WiFi, flatscreen television, a fully equipped playroom for children, tea and coffee making facilities and a fully equipped kitchen. Guests can choose to cater for themselves or make use of the restaurants on site. Food supplies can be delivered directly to your kitchen on request. A minimum of 2 adults are required for booking a Mews.



The Village Cottages are beautifully decorated houses offering 4 and 5 bedroom luxury accommodation in the nearby village of Glaslough, just a couple of minutes’ walk from the estate. Built around the village square and green, each cottage offers comfortable and spacious living with an open fire, TV, DVD player, complimentary WiFi, an open plan kitchen, en suite master bedrooms, additional family bathroom and downstairs toilet. . Guests can choose to cater for themselves or make use of the restaurants on site. Food supplies can be delivered directly to your kitchen on request. A minimum of 4 adults are required to book a Cottage.



Wireless internet access is now available in all public areas in the Lodge. Meals can be enjoyed at Snaffles Restaurant for around £77 per person for a five-course meal. Enjoy delicious meals and an extensive wine list with a wonderful view of ancient woodland. Set on a mezzanine floor, the open-plan restaurant is light and spacious with its dramatic hand-carved ceiling and robust oak beams blending effortlessly with a striking wall of contemporary glass. The delicious menu uses the highest quality local ingredients without compromising on taste and choice. Offering a fresh approach to Mediterranean cuisine, food is cooked in the state-of-the-art wood-burning stone oven. This healthy style of cuisine complements the wellness concepts of our Victorian Treatment Rooms. Alternatively unwind at Conor’s Bar & Lounge - The social hub of the Estate, brings locals and guests together in an atmosphere of conviviality and comfort. It is the ideal place to relax with a pint of Guinness. Guests can enjoy casual dining in Conor’s Bar & Lounge with traditional country home cooking. With a variety of dishes served throughout the day, there’s something to suit all guests from hungry horse-riders and starving walking-enthusiasts to health-conscious guests on a breather between treatments at The Victorian Treatment Rooms. Guests can unwind here after an activity-filled day while enjoying a 2 or a 3 course meal and relaxed conversation with family and friends. Or retreat to a cosy corner with the newspaper or a good book.


Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.

Documents - Visa and Consulate Info

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip.

NB: Be sure to check the COVID status of the country you plan to visit including entry procedures and requirements while travelling.

Passport and Visa requirements can change regularly depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country.

Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate should you need a visa.

In the UK the British Foreign Office gives advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/ireland

In the USA: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Ireland.html


In Canada: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/ireland

Climate Summary

Spring, summer and autumn is generally a good time to visit and the days are sunny and warm. Be aware that it can rain at any time!

Climate Chart

Health

COVID: Be sure to check the latest COVID regulations for travelling in any country you visit.

Please refer to your country’s latest health guideline for travel in Ireland and contact your own GP for up to date advice on vaccinations and prophylaxis prior to travel.

Health (ride specific)

There are no particular health issues for this holiday.

Electricity

In Ireland the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Ireland, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 - 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa).

Film and Camera Equipment

As mainland UK. Mobile phone signal should not be a problem. Contact your supplier for network coverage

Packing List

Light summer clothing is needed on summer departure dates, also waterproofs! You need a riding helmet or broad rimmed hat which must stay on firmly. A body protector is also required if you're participating in any jumping. Two pairs of riding trousers, half chaps are recommended, riding gloves, jersey, warm jacket (Spring and Autumn), shorts, long sleeve shirts, T-shirts, waterproofs, sun block, camera on a shoulder strap with a pouch which can be secured to your belt, binoculars lightweight riding boots. And don’t forget the waterproofs!

Riding hats, body protectors and boots can be borrowed from the Equestrian Centre.

Programmes

There are different programmes available to cater for all levels of ability and interest and these are available all year round.

Departure Dates

2022/23: On request all year around.
FULL IN 2022

Pricing
Single supplement must be paid if booking alone.

Non rider and child prices available - please ask your travel consultant for details

No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
2022 Happy Hacker 4n5d/4n4double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,105
2022 Happy Hacker 4n5d/4n4single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage295
2022 Happy Hacker 4n5d/4n4Child under 12 sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage885
2022 Happy Hacker 4n5d/4n4non-rider sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage685
2022 Horse Sport 4n5d/4n4double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,105
2022 Horse Sport 4n5d/4n4single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage295
2022 Horse Sport 4n5d/4n4Child under 12 sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage885
2022 Horse Sport 4n5d/4n4non-rider sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage685
2023 Horse Sport 5n6d/5n5double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,539
2023 Horse Sport 5n6d/5n5single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage385
2023 Horse Sport 3n4d/3n3double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage945
2023 Horse Sport 3n4d/3n3single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage269
2023 Starter Pack 5n6d/5n5double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,539
2023 Starter Pack 5n6d/5n5single supplement pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage385
2023 Horse Sport 4n5d/4n4double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,229
2023 Horse Sport 4n5d/4n4single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage305
2023 Horse Sport 4n5d/4n4Child under 12 sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage975
2023 Horse Sport 7n8d/7n7double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage2,149
2023 Horse Sport 7n8d/7n7single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage535
2023 Horse Sport 7n8d/7n7Child under 12 sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,705
2023 Happy Hacker 3n4d/3n3double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage945
2023 Happy Hacker 3n4d/3n3single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage269
2023 Happy Hacker 4n5d/4n4double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,229
2023 Happy Hacker 4n5d/4n4single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage305
2023 Happy Hacker 4n5d/4n4Child under 12 sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage975
2023 Happy Hacker 5n6d/5n5double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,539
2023 Happy Hacker 5n6d/5n5single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage385
2023 Happy Hacker 7n8d/7n7double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage2,149
2023 Happy Hacker 7n8d/7n7single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage535
2023 Happy Hacker 7n8d/7n7Child under 12 sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,705
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
2022 Happy Hacker 4n5d/4n4double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,259
2022 Happy Hacker 4n5d/4n4single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage335
2022 Happy Hacker 4n5d/4n4Child under 12 sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,009
2022 Happy Hacker 4n5d/4n4non-rider sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage779
2022 Horse Sport 4n5d/4n4double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,259
2022 Horse Sport 4n5d/4n4single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage335
2022 Horse Sport 4n5d/4n4Child under 12 sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,009
2022 Horse Sport 4n5d/4n4non-rider sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage779
2023 Horse Sport 5n6d/5n5double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,749
2023 Horse Sport 5n6d/5n5single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage435
2023 Horse Sport 3n4d/3n3double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,075
2023 Horse Sport 3n4d/3n3single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage305
2023 Starter Pack 5n6d/5n5double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,749
2023 Starter Pack 5n6d/5n5single supplement pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage435
2023 Horse Sport 4n5d/4n4double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,399
2023 Horse Sport 4n5d/4n4single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage349
2023 Horse Sport 4n5d/4n4Child under 12 sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,109
2023 Horse Sport 7n8d/7n7double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage2,449
2023 Horse Sport 7n8d/7n7single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage609
2023 Horse Sport 7n8d/7n7Child under 12 sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,939
2023 Happy Hacker 3n4d/3n3double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,075
2023 Happy Hacker 3n4d/3n3single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage305
2023 Happy Hacker 4n5d/4n4double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,399
2023 Happy Hacker 4n5d/4n4single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage349
2023 Happy Hacker 4n5d/4n4Child under 12 sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,109
2023 Happy Hacker 5n6d/5n5double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,749
2023 Happy Hacker 5n6d/5n5single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage435
2023 Happy Hacker 7n8d/7n7double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage2,449
2023 Happy Hacker 7n8d/7n7single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage609
2023 Happy Hacker 7n8d/7n7Child under 12 sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,939
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description $
2022 Happy Hacker 4n5d/4n4double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,389
2022 Happy Hacker 4n5d/4n4single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage369
2022 Happy Hacker 4n5d/4n4Child under 12 sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,115
2022 Happy Hacker 4n5d/4n4non-rider sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage859
2022 Horse Sport 4n5d/4n4double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,389
2022 Horse Sport 4n5d/4n4single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage369
2022 Horse Sport 4n5d/4n4Child under 12 sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,115
2022 Horse Sport 4n5d/4n4non-rider sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage859
2023 Horse Sport 5n6d/5n5double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,935
2023 Horse Sport 5n6d/5n5single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage479
2023 Horse Sport 3n4d/3n3double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,189
2023 Horse Sport 3n4d/3n3single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage339
2023 Starter Pack 5n6d/5n5double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,935
2023 Starter Pack 5n6d/5n5single supplement pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage479
2023 Horse Sport 4n5d/4n4double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,545
2023 Horse Sport 4n5d/4n4single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage385
2023 Horse Sport 4n5d/4n4Child under 12 sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,225
2023 Horse Sport 7n8d/7n7double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage2,705
2023 Horse Sport 7n8d/7n7single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage675
2023 Horse Sport 7n8d/7n7Child under 12 sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage2,139
2023 Happy Hacker 3n4d/3n3double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,189
2023 Happy Hacker 3n4d/3n3single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage339
2023 Happy Hacker 4n5d/4n4double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,545
2023 Happy Hacker 4n5d/4n4single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage385
2023 Happy Hacker 4n5d/4n4Child under 12 sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,225
2023 Happy Hacker 5n6d/5n5double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage1,935
2023 Happy Hacker 5n6d/5n5single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage479
2023 Happy Hacker 7n8d/7n7double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage2,705
2023 Happy Hacker 7n8d/7n7single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage675
2023 Happy Hacker 7n8d/7n7Child under 12 sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage2,139
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
2022 Happy Hacker 4n5d/4n4double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage13,889
2022 Happy Hacker 4n5d/4n4single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage3,669
2022 Happy Hacker 4n5d/4n4Child under 12 sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage11,145
2022 Happy Hacker 4n5d/4n4non-rider sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage8,579
2022 Horse Sport 4n5d/4n4double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage13,889
2022 Horse Sport 4n5d/4n4single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage3,669
2022 Horse Sport 4n5d/4n4Child under 12 sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage11,145
2022 Horse Sport 4n5d/4n4non-rider sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage8,579
2023 Horse Sport 5n6d/5n5double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage19,349
2023 Horse Sport 5n6d/5n5single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage4,809
2023 Horse Sport 3n4d/3n3double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage11,889
2023 Horse Sport 3n4d/3n3single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage3,375
2023 Starter Pack 5n6d/5n5double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage19,349
2023 Starter Pack 5n6d/5n5single supplement pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage4,809
2023 Horse Sport 4n5d/4n4double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage15,479
2023 Horse Sport 4n5d/4n4single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage3,849
2023 Horse Sport 4n5d/4n4Child under 12 sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage12,255
2023 Horse Sport 7n8d/7n7double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage27,089
2023 Horse Sport 7n8d/7n7single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage6,735
2023 Horse Sport 7n8d/7n7Child under 12 sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage21,439
2023 Happy Hacker 3n4d/3n3double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage11,889
2023 Happy Hacker 3n4d/3n3single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage3,375
2023 Happy Hacker 4n5d/4n4double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage15,479
2023 Happy Hacker 4n5d/4n4single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage3,849
2023 Happy Hacker 4n5d/4n4Child under 12 sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage12,255
2023 Happy Hacker 5n6d/5n5double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage19,349
2023 Happy Hacker 5n6d/5n5single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage4,809
2023 Happy Hacker 7n8d/7n7double pp Lodge/Mews/Cottage27,089
2023 Happy Hacker 7n8d/7n7single supplement Lodge/Mews/Cottage6,735
2023 Happy Hacker 7n8d/7n7Child under 12 sharing Lodge/Mews/Cottage21,439
Recommended Reading

‘Around Ireland with a Fridge’ – Pete McCarthy; ‘Culture Shock! Ireland’ –Patricia Levy; ‘Irish Pub Guide’, ‘Dubliners’-J.Joyce; ‘Mother Ireland’ – Edna O’ Brien; ‘Barrytown Triology’- R. Doyle and ‘Woodbrook’ –D. Thomson. For the equestrian traveller who would like to see what is possible on horseback visit www.thelongridersguild.com also a fantastic place to acquire your equestrian travel books is www.horsetravelbooks.com

Other Activities

- Fishing on the picturesque lake – some of the best pike fishing in Europe (fees apply)
- Relaxing in the Victorian Treatment Rooms complete with an outdoor hotub
- Strolling around the many country estate walks. On the Estate, in the village of Glaslough and in the local area, there are a whole host of exceptional walks from short jaunts to long leisurely strolls.
- Kayaking (fees apply)
- Clay Pigeon Shooting (fees apply)
- Falconry (fees apply)
- Golf. There are an abundance of golf courses situated close to Castle Leslie Estate.

Wildlife

Typical fauna of Ireland include: red squirrel, bank vole, wood mouse, European rabbit and Irish hare, European hedgehog, pygmy shrew, a variety of bats, dolphins, porpoises, red fox, mink, stoat, pine marten, badger, otter, seals, red deer, road deer, fallow deer and the bilberry goat.

Other Country Information

Ireland is a land of almost mythical beauty, often wild and windswept it is said there are fifty shades of green in the landscape but none of them are jaded. The Irish seem to have been put on the earth to restore faith in humanity, their charm and delight in spinning a good tale will entertain you for hours.

The pub culture in Ireland is part of the national identity. The folk music traditional has been unhindered here and live, spontaneous music is actively encouraged- you will often stumble across a raucous singalong fired by Guiness and whiskey. The ban on smoking in public places is now in force in Ireland and, with fines of up to €3,000 for ignoring it, a lively sub-culture can now be found on the pavements outside Irelands plentiful watering holes huddled against the often biting wind.

They are famed for their love and skill with horses, in racing Irish trainers and jockeys are among the best in the world, and the wild ponies of the Connemara in Galway crop up in many myths and legends in Irish folklore. In some areas you will often see kids messing around on horses with nothing but a headcollar and a handful of mane.

Ireland is on GMT and they use imperial weights and measures, so inches, feet, pounds and stones. The international dialling code is +353.

Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Castle Leslie
Transfer:
Payable on site. 1 person €140 pp each way, 2-5 people €60 pp each way, 6+ people €50 pp each way from Dublin and Belfast, airport or hotel. You can also book a taxi. Transfer times are approximately 1 hour from Belfast, 1.5 hours from Dublin and about 2.5 hours from Shannon.
Flight Guide:
London - Dublin/Belfast/Shannon from £50 return
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