Dartfield and Aille Cross Equestrian Centre

Connemara Trail and Coast Trail
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The Connemara Trail


Connemara Trail

Willie Leahy leading the group through the surf of Mweenish Island

Beach Fun

A timeless land of wild beauty. Famous for its spectacular scenery. This is a region of contrasting landscapes. Dramatic mountains, silent lakes, rust coloured bogs. The countless colours of the landscape change constantly beneath the shifting sky. It is a wilderness of extraordinary beauty, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. The Connemara and Coast Trails bring riders right into the hidden heart of this landscape.

Your adventure through Connemara will be guided by
Willie Leahy and his family, quintessential Irish horsemen. Willie Leahy was the first man to lead a vacation trail ride, anywhere in the world. Willie is the largest breeder of Connemara ponies in the world and is also the Field Master of the famous Galway Blazers Hunt. For over 30 years the Leahy family have enjoyed introducing visitors to this very special part of Ireland. Their friendly care ensures that every rider goes home with special memories of a wonderful holiday.

Experienced or novice riders alike can enjoy this holiday. Riders spend four to six hours a day on well-mannered, surefooted Irish hunters and Connemara ponies. Your mount for the week is selected with a caring and experienced eye to ensure that equine and rider are well matched. The trail guides have an extensive knowledge of the history and nature of the area. This is a unique way to see the spectacular scenery of Connemara. Amongst the breathtaking scenery you will see deserted villages, meet unforgettable Irish characters, ride along empty beaches, maybe even swim with your horse in the ocean.

Overnight accommodation is in either hotels or guest houses. All are chosen for their friendly atmosphere and pleasant facilities. Lunch is eaten on the trail, amidst the splendour of the surrounding landscape.

Non-riders are welcome to accompany riding partners.

There are plenty of activities for them in Connemara, walking, golf, sight-seeing, fishing, climbing etc.

Aille Cross Equestrian Centre
Connemara Trails
Loughrea, Co. Galway

Dartfield Equestrian Centre
Horse Museum
Kilrickle, Loughrea, Co. Galway

Tel. No. 091 843968
Fax No. 091 843969
From Europe:
Tel. No. 00353 91 843968
Fax No. 00353 91 843969
From U.S. and Canada:
Tel. No. 011 353 91 843968
Fax No. 011 353 91 843969


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