The magical charm of the Emerald Isle makes Ireland an ideal destination for horseback riding. We have a wide variety of riding vacations from jumping to trail riding which have been well tested and proven over the years. Hundreds of our clients have enjoyed them. Few countries revere the horse as much as the Irish and horseback riding is deeply woven into the culture. The Irish usually like their American cousins anyhow, but a common love of horses adds an additional bond. Irish horses like the Connemara are world famous and much sought after.

The rural countryside with its stone walls, green fields and rolling hills is very pleasant to explore trail riding in company with a good horse. There are miles and miles of open beach which are ideal for a gallop and the horses always love it. Of course the rich history of the country is everywhere to be seen dating back to very early times of St. Patrick and before when Ireland saved our Western Civilization. Try to read Thomas Cahill’s wonderful book, “How the Irish Saved Civilization” before you go.

  Peak Season

May, June, July , August, September

  Quiet Season

January, February, March, April, October, November, December

  Timezone in Ireland

Western European Time Zone (GMT)

  International Airports

Dublin Airport (DUB), Shannon Airport (Irish: Aerfort na Sionainne) (SNN)

Climate in Ireland

Ireland is called the “Emerald Isle” for good reason; although it is never really cold or hot, it does rain frequently in all seasons. As the Irish say, “In the winter it is cool and damp and in the summer it is warm and damp”. This should not be a discouragement!  The Gulf Stream warms the island all year, resulting in a mild and pleasant temperature.

During the summer, temperatures during the day are a comfortable 60° to 70° on average, with July and August being the warmest months.  When it rains it is usually light drizzle of short duration, which does not interfere with riding as long as the proper raingear is worn.

  Average Temperature

70 °F » 38 °F


Browse 2 Trips in the destination Ireland

All tours

Clew Bay Ride

The Clew Bay Ride is based out of Westport, an award winning town in County Mayo in western Ireland. Clew Bay is overlooked by Croagh Patrick, a holy mountain where the saint spent forty days fasting in the year 441 AD. Said to contain... Read more

Castle Leslie Equestrian Center

The private Castle Leslie Estate covers 1,000 secluded acres of undulating Irish countryside, dotted with ancient woodlands and glittering lakes; the perfect location for a horse-riding holiday. The estate sits just behind the  lodge. There are 300 cross-country jumps including natural obstacles such as... Read more

Loading Trips...

Thanks so much for facilitating the riding trip in Ireland. I wanted to let you know that the trip was absolutely fabulous!! The horses were amazing and the ride organizer and his team did a great job with everything. I already have friends who have seen my pictures and want to go next summer!

Ford, 2014

Related Articles

Read articles related to Ireland

A Stay at Castle Leslie Estate in Ireland

Celebrating Retirement by riding in Ireland and Iceland

Introducing the Clew Bay Trail

Family ride in Donegal

Family ride: Destination Donegal

Loading Articles...