Donegal from the Saddle

  • Trip Duration
  • 8
  • 7
  • Riding Time
  • 5
    days riding
  • 3-4
    hrs per day riding
  • Group Size
  • 1 - 10
    Guests per group

Donegal from the Saddle

Ride Overview

This ride is based at Dunfanaghy, a picturesque coastal village in the remote northwest of Ireland. It has some fabulous unpopulated beaches for glorious gallops on willing Irish hunters and Connemaras. The congenial hotel, with its Irish pub and excellent cuisine, provides an ideal base for rides in the wild surrounding area.

There are many chances to interact with local people. Riders follow some of the roads built during the time of the Great Famine, which still lives in some memories here.

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The accommodations on this ride are at the Arnold Hotel, a quaint family run business established in 1922. The hotel has comfortable ensuite rooms, a traditional Irish pub, a colorful bistro, and a formal dining room. Arnold’s is a local favorite with a reputation for exceptional food and service.

Meals & Drink

A hearty breakfast is served each morning in the hotel’s bistro. This includes hot or cold cereals, brown bread, fruit juice, tea or coffee and a full Irish breakfast that includes eggs, bacon, sausage and/or ham and toast. Lunches comprised of soup, sandwiches, hot tea and coffee, freshly baked bread, and muffins are served along the trail on most of the days, while gourmet dinners are served in the restaurant or bistro at Arnold’s Hotel each night.

Ride & Horse Details

  • Overview:
    The horses are Irish Hunters and Connemaras and are especially steady and sure-footed. Connemaras generally stand 13-14.2 HH and are the sole indigenous horse of Ireland. They are known to be fast, courageous, sensible, and remarkable jumpers. Irish Hunters are natural jumpers, agile and very athletic. They typically stand 16-17HH. The tack is English. Riders need not groom or tack up.
  • Horse Breeds:
    Irish Hunter, Connemara
  • Trip Pace:
  • Tack:
  • Weight limit:
    210 lbs

Activities for Non - Riders

While riders are on horseback, there are no separate activities planned for non-riders, who can enjoy the accommodations and region independently.

Meeting Point


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