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 KN of New Berlin on 23/07/2018

Ride Summary

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Amazing holiday. impressive people and experience. I would highly recommend and worth every penny!
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Wonderful horses that made the experience!
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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.

    ACCOMMODATION

    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 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.

    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.
     

    OTHER ACTIVITIES

    The Victorian Treatment rooms - Recommended as one of the best Spas in Ireland by Image Magazine
    Relaxation and revitalisation are the key words at the luxurious Victorian Spa. With its seven treatment rooms and outdoor hot-tub, the spa provides an oasis of calm and indulgence, a place to relax and unwind, to soothe tired muscles and re-energise body, mind and soul. Booking in advance is recommended for the Spa.

    On the Castle Leslie Estate:
    • Fishing on the picturesque lake – some of the best pike fishing in Europe
    • 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. Enjoy the fresh country air and stunning scenery as you walk through the beautiful undulating landscape.
    •  Hawkwalking can be arranged for guests by pre-arrangement.

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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 16st /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 over a drink in Conor's Bar - a snug cellar bar with its roaring fire, cosy corners, great music and lots of craic. It's the perfect place to relax with a pint, or enjoy the traditional country home cooking in a more casual setting. A main meal from the bar menu costs approx. £15 per person.

    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. If Visa’s are required the requirements can change from year to year 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 on request.

    General information:

    Visa are not required for U.K. or other European nationals. In the UK the British Foreign Office gives travel advice on travel insurance, passport and visas, health and vaccinations, legal issues and emergency issues. They can be reached on 0207 008 0232/0233 or at www.fco.gov.uk.

    The British Embassy in Ireland is at 29 Merrion Road, Dublin 4. Tel: +353 (01) 2053700. Email: management.dubli@fco.gov.uk.

    The Embassy of Ireland in the U.K can be found at 17 Grosvenor Place, London SW1X 7HR. Telephone: (020) 7235 2171.

    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

    No special health precautions are required for visits to Ireland, for further details please see your local doctor.

    For up to date information on specific health concerns please contact the Medical Advisors For Travellers Abroad. Their website can be found at www.masta.org

    Health (ride specific)

    There are no particular health issues for this holiday.

    Electricity

    Voltage and plugs are the same as the UK.

    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

    All year round on request from 1st January - 20th December. (Closed from 6 January until 5 February 2019)

    Pricing
    Single supplement must be paid if booking alone.


    No of   
    days/nights
    Riding days Product item description £
    2018 Starter Pack 5n6d/5n5double pp Lodge1,379
    2018 Starter Pack 5n6d/5n5single supplement Lodge369
    2018 Starter Pack 5n6d/5n5Child under 12 sharing Lodge1,109
    2018 Starter Pack 5n6d/5n5non-rider sharing Lodge849
    2018 Horse Sport 3n4d/3n3double pp Lodge855
    2018 Horse Sport 3n4d/3n3double pp Mews/Cottage849
    2018 Horse Sport 3n4d/3n3single supplement Lodge249
    2018 Horse Sport 3n4d/3n3Child under 12 sharing Lodge709
    2018 Horse Sport 3n4d/3n3non-rider sharing Lodge599
    2018 Horse Sport 5n6d/5n5double pp Lodge1,379
    2018 Horse Sport 5n6d/5n5single supplement Lodge369
    2018 Horse Sport 5n6d/5n5Child under 12 sharing Lodge1,109
    2018 Horse Sport 5n6d/5n5non-rider sharing Lodge849
    2018 Horse Sport 6n7d/6n6double pp1,655
    2018 Horse Sport 6n7d/6n6single supplement445
    2018 Horse Sport 6n7d/6n6Child under 12 sharing1,329
    2018 Horse Sport 6n7d/6n6non-rider sharing1,019
    2018 Happy Hackers 3n4d/3n3double pp Lodge855
    2018 Happy Hackers 3n4d/3n3double pp Mews/Cottage849
    2018 Happy Hackers 3n4d/3n3single supplement Lodge249
    2018 Happy Hackers 3n4d/3n3Child under 12 sharing Lodge709
    2018 Happy Hackers 3n4d/3n3non-rider sharing Lodge599
    2018 Happy Hacker 5n6d/5n5double pp Lodge1,379
    2018 Happy Hacker 5n6d/5n5double pp Mews/Cottage1,339
    2018 Happy Hacker 5n6d/5n5single supplement Lodge369
    2018 Happy Hacker 5n6d/5n5Child under 12 sharing Lodge1,109
    2018 Happy Hacker 5n6d/5n5non-rider sharing Lodge849
    No of   
    days/nights
    Riding days Product item description
    2018 Starter Pack 5n6d/5n5double pp Lodge1,499
    2018 Starter Pack 5n6d/5n5single supplement Lodge399
    2018 Starter Pack 5n6d/5n5Child under 12 sharing Lodge1,205
    2018 Starter Pack 5n6d/5n5non-rider sharing Lodge925
    2018 Horse Sport 3n4d/3n3double pp Lodge929
    2018 Horse Sport 3n4d/3n3double pp Mews/Cottage925
    2018 Horse Sport 3n4d/3n3single supplement Lodge269
    2018 Horse Sport 3n4d/3n3Child under 12 sharing Lodge769
    2018 Horse Sport 3n4d/3n3non-rider sharing Lodge649
    2018 Horse Sport 5n6d/5n5double pp Lodge1,499
    2018 Horse Sport 5n6d/5n5single supplement Lodge399
    2018 Horse Sport 5n6d/5n5Child under 12 sharing Lodge1,205
    2018 Horse Sport 5n6d/5n5non-rider sharing Lodge925
    2018 Horse Sport 6n7d/6n6double pp1,799
    2018 Horse Sport 6n7d/6n6single supplement479
    2018 Horse Sport 6n7d/6n6Child under 12 sharing1,445
    2018 Horse Sport 6n7d/6n6non-rider sharing1,109
    2018 Happy Hackers 3n4d/3n3double pp Lodge929
    2018 Happy Hackers 3n4d/3n3double pp Mews/Cottage925
    2018 Happy Hackers 3n4d/3n3single supplement Lodge269
    2018 Happy Hackers 3n4d/3n3Child under 12 sharing Lodge769
    2018 Happy Hackers 3n4d/3n3non-rider sharing Lodge649
    2018 Happy Hacker 5n6d/5n5double pp Lodge1,499
    2018 Happy Hacker 5n6d/5n5double pp Mews/Cottage1,455
    2018 Happy Hacker 5n6d/5n5single supplement Lodge399
    2018 Happy Hacker 5n6d/5n5Child under 12 sharing Lodge1,205
    2018 Happy Hacker 5n6d/5n5non-rider sharing Lodge925
    No of   
    days/nights
    Riding days Product item description $
    2018 Starter Pack 5n6d/5n5double pp Lodge1,749
    2018 Starter Pack 5n6d/5n5single supplement Lodge465
    2018 Starter Pack 5n6d/5n5Child under 12 sharing Lodge1,405
    2018 Starter Pack 5n6d/5n5non-rider sharing Lodge1,079
    2018 Horse Sport 3n4d/3n3double pp Lodge1,085
    2018 Horse Sport 3n4d/3n3double pp Mews/Cottage1,075
    2018 Horse Sport 3n4d/3n3single supplement Lodge315
    2018 Horse Sport 3n4d/3n3Child under 12 sharing Lodge899
    2018 Horse Sport 3n4d/3n3non-rider sharing Lodge759
    2018 Horse Sport 5n6d/5n5double pp Lodge1,749
    2018 Horse Sport 5n6d/5n5single supplement Lodge465
    2018 Horse Sport 5n6d/5n5Child under 12 sharing Lodge1,405
    2018 Horse Sport 5n6d/5n5non-rider sharing Lodge1,079
    2018 Horse Sport 6n7d/6n6double pp2,099
    2018 Horse Sport 6n7d/6n6single supplement559
    2018 Horse Sport 6n7d/6n6Child under 12 sharing1,685
    2018 Horse Sport 6n7d/6n6non-rider sharing1,295
    2018 Happy Hackers 3n4d/3n3double pp Lodge1,085
    2018 Happy Hackers 3n4d/3n3double pp Mews/Cottage1,075
    2018 Happy Hackers 3n4d/3n3single supplement Lodge315
    2018 Happy Hackers 3n4d/3n3Child under 12 sharing Lodge899
    2018 Happy Hackers 3n4d/3n3non-rider sharing Lodge759
    2018 Happy Hacker 5n6d/5n5double pp Lodge1,749
    2018 Happy Hacker 5n6d/5n5double pp Mews/Cottage1,695
    2018 Happy Hacker 5n6d/5n5single supplement Lodge465
    2018 Happy Hacker 5n6d/5n5Child under 12 sharing Lodge1,405
    2018 Happy Hacker 5n6d/5n5non-rider sharing Lodge1,079
    No of   
    days/nights
    Riding days Product item description SEK
    2018 Starter Pack 5n6d/5n5double pp Lodge15,829
    2018 Starter Pack 5n6d/5n5single supplement Lodge4,219
    2018 Starter Pack 5n6d/5n5Child under 12 sharing Lodge12,715
    2018 Starter Pack 5n6d/5n5non-rider sharing Lodge9,759
    2018 Horse Sport 3n4d/3n3double pp Lodge9,815
    2018 Horse Sport 3n4d/3n3double pp Mews/Cottage9,729
    2018 Horse Sport 3n4d/3n3single supplement Lodge2,849
    2018 Horse Sport 3n4d/3n3Child under 12 sharing Lodge8,125
    2018 Horse Sport 3n4d/3n3non-rider sharing Lodge6,859
    2018 Horse Sport 5n6d/5n5double pp Lodge15,829
    2018 Horse Sport 5n6d/5n5single supplement Lodge4,219
    2018 Horse Sport 5n6d/5n5Child under 12 sharing Lodge12,715
    2018 Horse Sport 5n6d/5n5non-rider sharing Lodge9,759
    2018 Horse Sport 6n7d/6n6double pp18,995
    2018 Horse Sport 6n7d/6n6single supplement5,065
    2018 Horse Sport 6n7d/6n6Child under 12 sharing15,259
    2018 Horse Sport 6n7d/6n6non-rider sharing11,715
    2018 Happy Hackers 3n4d/3n3double pp Lodge9,815
    2018 Happy Hackers 3n4d/3n3double pp Mews/Cottage9,729
    2018 Happy Hackers 3n4d/3n3single supplement Lodge2,849
    2018 Happy Hackers 3n4d/3n3Child under 12 sharing Lodge8,125
    2018 Happy Hackers 3n4d/3n3non-rider sharing Lodge6,859
    2018 Happy Hacker 5n6d/5n5double pp Lodge15,829
    2018 Happy Hacker 5n6d/5n5double pp Mews/Cottage15,335
    2018 Happy Hacker 5n6d/5n5single supplement Lodge4,219
    2018 Happy Hacker 5n6d/5n5Child under 12 sharing Lodge12,715
    2018 Happy Hacker 5n6d/5n5non-rider sharing Lodge9,759
    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 passenger €100 per person each way, 2-5 passengers €40 per person each way, 6+ passengers €30 per person 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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