Enjoy riding through the Killarney National Park, exploring the highlands, riding over mountain passes, beside lakes, galloping along miles of golden beaches and walking over Irish bog lands. Experience the reowned charm of the region and the tranquility of some truly impressive and beautiful scenery. The Irish bred horses are willing, reliable and safe allowing you time to take in the sights. Knowledgeable, experienced guides lead all the trails and riders are split by ability so no-one's enjoyment is spoilt and everyone meets up for dinner in the evenings. Accommodation is in comfortable twin bedrooms in B&B's along the way. Dinners are not included in the package. Short breaks are also available.

One of the top 15 'World's Greatest Horse Treks' as compiled by CNN International

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 LB of Scarborough on 25/07/2018

Ride Summary

What was your overall impression of the holiday
Was very good. Well organised. Good horses. Owners were very helpful.
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Was well prepared and very helpful.
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Very good horses. Pleasure to ride. Good character.
Meals
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Was this trip accurately described to you beforehand?
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Was informed about destinations.
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What could we do to improve this ride?
Probably not a lot.
How would you rate the difficulty of this ride out of 10 where 1 is very easy and 10 is very advanced?
5
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It is easy ride. Doesn’t need too much experience.
Would you recommend Unicorn Trails to your friends?
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It is professional organisation with plenty to choose from
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Unicorn comments: Thanks for the feedback - glad you enjoyed :)
Day 1
Arrival and check-in.

Day 2
Riders assemble at the stables on Sunday morning with horses and all luggage ready for transfer (20 min journey).
The day will begin with a short trip to the base of Seefinn Mountain, where the ride will start. Once horses and riders have been introduced, the ride will head off, up over the Windy Gap, viewing the splendour of Caragh Lake and the valleys beyond. You will continue onto Coomasaharn Lake enclosed by Horseshoe mountain, followed by a scenic ride over an Irish Bog, finishing for the day at stables in Mountain Stage.
 
Your overnight stop will be in the quaint village of Glenbeigh. (Glenbeigh comes from Gleann Beithe, the 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. The beauty of the area is breath-taking, with the River Behy and Rossbeigh Strand close by. History is evident throughout the locality and such a destination as Winns Folly Castle is well worth a visit.

Day 3
After breakfast you will return to the stables and begin Monday's ride. The day will be spent on Rossbeigh beach, cantering along stretches of golden sand and exploring magnificent sand dunes, returning from the beach via the cliff road. The evening will be spent in Glenbeigh village once again.

Day 4
On Tuesday, whilst your luggage is transferred to Waterville, a morning ride will take you from Kells Station through the bogs of Cnoc Bawn and on to Liss Bawn, taking in some spectacular views of Caherciveen and its surroundings. Lunch will be served alongside a nearby forestry.

After lunch you will continue on through Island Boy and the Inny Valley, finishing for the day alongside the Tulligane Woods. You will spend tonight in 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 centre of south-west Kerry. Situated as it is between the seashore and the impressive mountains and headlands, the area has many interesting routes to offer and many fine beaches. The first Celtic invaders are reputed to have landed in Ballinskelligs Bay, coming ashore near Waterville. These beginnings of the Gaelic Nation are echoed by the Archaeological remains such as those on Church Island, at Derrynane Abbey or Skellig Michael, giving the area a wealth of history.

Day 5
Wednesday brings an adventurous morning departing from the Old School House for a forestry ride, leaving the Inny Valley behind and crossing over to Derriana, to take the old road to Cahersavane. Lunching with views over Lough Currane. Afterwards continue a scenic ride into Waterville.

Day 6
On Thursday the final accommodation transfer will be made. The day will begin with a brisk ride to Waterville beach, spending the morning enjoying some exciting gallops. The panorama of Hoggs Head and Ballinskelligs Bay conjures up the afternoon ride in Waterville. Afterwards, both horses and riders will be transferred back to Killarney which marks the end of your riding holiday.

Day 7
Departure is Friday morning after breakfast.
Please note that alternative accommodation may be used for last-minute bookings depending on availability.

Please follow this link for a map of this itinerary: Kerry Trail Ride
Alternatives to transfers:

You can take a train from Dublin to Killarney for €81.50 return and from Cork for €49.50 return (Please note that these are approximate rates and may vary slightly) www.irishrail.ie
 
You can take a bus from Shannon for €34.50, Cork to Killarney €31.50, Kerry Airport to Killarney €8.50 (Please note that these are approximate rates and may vary slightly) www.buseireann.ie

Your hosts will collect you from Killarney free of charge.

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 wide variety of Irish bred horses and something to suit everyone, from schoolmasters to very forward going horses. All are ridden in English tack and riding helmets are available.

Rider requirements

Riders must be comfortable at all paces and have experience of riding out.

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 15 st/209 lb/95 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

Accommodation is in comfortable twin en-suite bedrooms in B&B's along the way. Evening meals are not included.

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

Electricity

Voltage and plugs are the same as the UK.

Film and Camera Equipment

There is electricity available each night in your B&B to recharge any battery or cameras. Most types of batteries can be purchased at nearby towns and film is widely available.

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 and sunglasses with string. 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. Don’t forget waterproofs!

Programmes

Saturday arrivals every week between early May and early October are available.

Departure Dates

2019: Every Saturday from 11 May to 12 October.

Pricing
No single supplement is charged if the rider is willing to share with someone of the same sex, and a sharer can be found.


No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
20197d/6n5double pp1,469
20197d/6n5single supplement225
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
20197d/6n5double pp1,595
20197d/6n5single supplement245
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description $
20197d/6n5double pp1,859
20197d/6n5single supplement285
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
20197d/6n5double pp16,829
20197d/6n5single supplement2,575
Other Activities

Angling, shooting, golf, tennis, boating, sailing, surfing, mountaineering, hill climbing, walking and cycling can all be enjoyed within this wild and beautiful peninsula. This is not included in the package.

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):
Kerry (KIR), Cork (ORK) or Shannon (SNN)
Transfer:
2019: Prices are approximate and each way per vehicle: Kerry €26 1-3pax €40 4-8pax, Cork €140 1-3pax €160 4-8 pax and Shannon €180 1-3pax €200 4-8pax. Transfer times are approximately as follows; Cork 2 hours, Shannon 2-hours and Kerry 15-minutes. Payable on site.
Flight Guide:
London - Cork, Kerry or Shannon return from £50 with Ryanair
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