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Shore Excursion: Private guided Beach Horse Riding: Wild Atlantic Way Connemara

Cleggan, Ireland

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

The rocky coves and windswept beaches along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way offer a dramatic backdrop to a horseback riding tour. This full-day horse riding excursion can be tailored for both complete beginners and experienced riders, so you can gallop along the beach, soak up the scenery of Connemara on a leisurely hack, or ride past ancient Megalithic tombs and herds of semi-wild Connemara ponies.
  • Full-day horseback riding excursion in Connemara
  • Explore Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way on a guided trail ride
  • Walk or gallop along Omey Beach, Selerna Beach, and Cleggan Bay
  • Admire views of Inishbofin Island, Omey Island, and the Twelve Bens mountain range
  • No experience necessary: suitable for first-time riders or experienced riders
  • Enjoy morning and afternoon trail rides, with a break for lunch in-between
Professional guide
Riding gear: helmets and boots
Food and drinks
Lunch
Transportation to/from attractions

Departure Point

Cleggan Beach Riding Centre, Trean, Cleggan, Co. Galway, Ireland

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your own way to Cleggan Village riding center on Ireland’s northwest coast. After meeting your instructor, you are introduced to the center’s equine residents and matched with a suitable horse—there are a variety of breeds, sizes, and temperaments to suit all levels, including first-time riders, so you are sure to find the perfect partner. Before heading out, you have a chance to ride in the arena, where instructors can access your level, or for beginner riders, teach you the basics of stopping and steering your horse.

Once you’re feeling confident, follow your guide along beautiful off-road trails and quiet country lanes, looking out for the region’s famous Connemara ponies grazing in the fields along the way. Arrive at Omey Beach, where experienced riders have the chance to trot and canter across the sands, while beginner riders stay safely at a walk or trot. Finally, cross over to Omey Island, a conservation area and natural landmark along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way tourist route, where you can pose for photos and cool off as you splash through the waves with your horse.

Return to the riding center for lunch (own expense)—Oliver's Seafood Bar in Cleggan is a popular choice—before meeting back up with your guide for the second ride of the day.

The afternoon ride heads to nearby Selerna Beach, to enjoy spectacular views of Inishbofin Island to the west and the mouth of Cleggan Bay to the east. Here, there are more opportunities to trot and gallop, as well as passing some fascinating megalithic tombs, and enjoying a view of the distant Twelve Bens mountain range.

After a thrilling afternoon ride, return to the riding center, where your tour ends.

Please note: hats and boots are supplied by the riding center, but please make sure you bring appropriate clothing for riding and a raincoat.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Omey Island
The guide will lead you offroad, where you will pass Courthoor Lough and you can see some famous Connemara Ponys in the fields. Arriving in Claddaghduff, you are right on the Wild Atlantic Way and you will make your way to one of the Wild Atlantic Way Signature Points - Omey Island, which is a designated Special Area of Conservation. On the beautiful Omey Beach you have the chance to take pictures and depending on your level of experience you can canter or gallop across the white strand. Novices are kept safely in walk and trot. Then you cross Omey Beach the guide leads you to the other side of Omey Island, where you have a fantastic view over the wild Atlantic. Then you make your way back to Omey Beach, where the horses can cool themselves while riding through the sea. After this you depart Omey Beach and rideback to the riding centre and dismount.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Selerna Beach
The guide leads you through the village towards Selerna Beach. It is a scenic cresent shape sandy beach, which looks towards Inishbofin Island to the west and the mouth of Cleggan Bay to the east. Stroll, trot or gallop across this quiet WIld Atlantic Way shoreline. There is a megalithic wedgetomb up on the field to the right of the beach. Spend some moments appreciating the  Atlantic Ocean and islands beyond, before turning back along the backroads with its many horses, cows and sheep in the fields and the magnificient Twelve Bens mountain range in the background. Then, make your way back to the riding centre where you dismount again and this is where your tour ends.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cleggan Court Tomb
Ride along this beautiful beach surrounded with history!
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately with footwear to suit stirrups.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Rider weight limit is a maximum of 90kgs/200lbs.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Connemara Wild Escapes

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Shore Excursion: Private guided Beach Horse Riding: Wild Atlantic Way Connemara?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Shore Excursion: Private guided Beach Horse Riding: Wild Atlantic Way Connemara.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Shore Excursion: Private guided Beach Horse Riding: Wild Atlantic Way Connemara?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Shore Excursion: Private guided Beach Horse Riding: Wild Atlantic Way Connemara.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Shore Excursion: Private guided Beach Horse Riding: Wild Atlantic Way Connemara?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Shore Excursion: Private guided Beach Horse Riding: Wild Atlantic Way Connemara.

Product code: 11121P2

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