Aille Cross Country Trail

  • Trip Duration
  • 7
    days
  • 6
    nights
  • Riding Time
  • 6
    days riding
  • 4-6
    hrs per day riding
  • Group Size
  • 2 - 15
    Guests per group

Aille Cross Country Trail

Ride Overview

Ride cross-country from one farm to another with opportunities to jump a variety of natural and man made obstacles. The horses are all excellent hunters experienced following hounds with the Galway Blazers. During hunting season you may, if you wish, hunt up to three times during the week. The trail’s varied terrain includes the Slieve Aughty Mountains, large tracts of forestry, rolling hills and green fields set off by a latticework of lacy stone walls, and small country roads.

The base for this ride is about an hour’s drive from Shannon Airport. Accommodations are at the Loughrea Hotel and Spa, or a local B&B. Program: Begins any Monday, with optional hunting on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday during hunting season (mid October to mid February). The ride provides cross-country jumping and trail riding for riders with advanced abilities. Ride cross-country through the surrounding area and jump a variety of cross-country courses. There are inclines, drops and double stone walls at Knock Ash, and fallen tree trunks on the forest ride to Killnadema where the landscape is laced with single walls. It is walls and more walls which make this landscape so distinctive. There are also superb event courses, which give your guides the opportunity to increase your confidence and ability in controlled conditions.

Accommodations

Riders have the option of hotel or B&B accommodations.

Hotel lodging during the week is at the Loughrea Hotel & Spa. Contemporary and, at times, quirky in design, all guest rooms feature creature comforts such as luxurious bedding, high-speed internet, gorgeous en-suite bathrooms and either lake or countryside views. Hairdryers and tea and coffee making facilities are available in each room.

The Rectory Guesthouse is a late 19th century Georgian three-story house owned by Joe and Mabel Barrett. The main hallway has a splendid winding staircase and balcony leading to six bedrooms with en-suite baths. Attached to the house is a large enclosed orchard garden and courtyard.

When the Rectory Guesthouse is not available riders choosing the B&B option will be staying at the Fairhill House in Loughrea run by Ann Donnellan. This is a modern two-story guesthouse with 5 bedrooms, all have en-suite bathrooms.

Meals & Drink

A hearty Irish breakfast is served each morning at either the hotel or the guesthouses. Picnic-style lunches are provided at the Aille Cross. Dinners are taken at a variety of local restaurants.

Ride & Horse Details

  • Overview:
    The Aille Cross Equestrian Centre maintains a large variety of horses year round, including the largest herd of Connemara ponies anywhere in the world. These Irish horses and Connemara ponies, each being of the highest quality, are known worldwide for their fantastic jumping ability, gentleness, intelligence and stamina. There is a horse to suit every rider’s needs whether a beginner jumper or someone with years of experience. Quality English tack is utilized.
  • Horse Breeds:
    Irish Hunter, Connemara
  • Trip Pace:
    moderate to fast, with jumping
  • Tack:
    English
  • Weight limit:
    250 lbs

Meeting Point

Loughrea

With first-hand knowledge of the exciting tours we offer, the ride consultants at Equitours look forward to answering any questions you might have about this ride. We want to help make sure that you select the trip of your dreams. Please call or email and get ready to pack your bags for a wonderful adventure!

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