Bring Your Own Horse Gourmet Food and Wine Weekend

Explore the Wild Atlantic Way on your own horse with our 3 Day Riding Breaks In Connemara

How better to relax, chill out and reconnect with yourself and nature than on our 3 Day Bring Your Own Horse Food & Wine Weekend Break in Connemara?

Stay in the comfort of an award winning Renvyle House Hotel & Resort on the shores of the Wild Atlantic Way while you enjoy your 3 days of trail riding.

Expect great guided treks, delicious food and evening entertainment over the course of your stay.

Bring Your Own Horse or hire one of our trusty, native Connemara Ponies or Irish Draught Horses. There’s nothing better than exploring the magical Connemara countryside on horseback. Breath in the fresh Wild Altantic Way air while absorbing the views of the many mountains, rivers and lakes through the ears of your pony or horse.

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  • Explore the shores of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way on horseback this April. Come and join in on our Wild Atlantic Way Culinary Weekend with Food & Travel writers John & Sally McKenna and Eurotoques Executive Chef Tim O’Sullivan in 2016.
  • Stay in the comforts of an award winning four star hotel in Connemara with stables on the grounds for your four legged companion. With great guided trails on your own horse or one of our trusted home bred Connemara Ponies and Irish Draught Horses over the course of your stay, great food and evening entertainment.
  • Package Includes:
    2 nights Bed &Breakfast,

    Daily guided scenic trail rides
    Chef demonstrations at Kylemore Abbey and a tour of the walled garden with head gardener
    Wild Atlantic Way shoreline food foraging with Sally McKenna
    A Bronze Age Cook-In at Renvyle House with food tastings from the prehistoric era
    Evening entertainment on both nights
    A five course European Region Of Gastronomy Banquet dinner with accompanying wines in the Renvyle House Hotel & Resort award winning Restaurant on night 2
    from €325 per person sharing
Stabling, bedding, feed and muck out service for your horse at €25 per night
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Enjoy 2-4 hours of riding daily in the spectacular scenery on board your own horse or one of our trusted Connemara Ponies or Irish Draught Horses.
With a selection of beach rides you can explore the Wild Atlantic Way shores on horseback or enjoy the breathtaking views of the wonderful mountains, valleys, rivers and lakes of Connemara.
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*** Sample Itinerary ***
Arrive as early as you like on the first day morning and unload your horse into it's stable to rest after the journey.
A local trail ride around the grounds of the hotel will give you a feel of the wonderful scenery ahead of you for the weekend.
After checking in to your room and enjoy many of the hotel facilities or simply relax before choosing to choose from the bar food menu or treat yourself to a 5 course meal at the restaurant.
On day 2, after choosing from the very extensive breakfast menu, we head off from the hotel and ride around the Renvyle Peninsula. Stopping off for a picnic along the way, we will return to Renvyle House Hotel & Resort where you can use many of the facilities there or follow Sally McKenna along the shores of the Wild Atlantic Way for a foraging experience.
Tonight we will dine together at the Roisin Dubh restaurant and indulge in a seafood banquet with accompanying wines.
Day 3 lends to a ride in the Aughris Peninsula after breakfast, home to the famous Wild Atlantic Way treasure that is Omey Island. With a low tide, the strand there is playground, choosing what ever pace you like. You will have time for a soup/chowder or crab claws at a local pub with beautiful vistas of the island where you can reflect on your weekend on horseback.
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Renvyle House was rebuilt in the Arts & Crafts style of the 1920's after the Irish Civil War.  It is considered a building of architectural importance and, it has been the ethos of Renvyle's owners over the last few decades, to source bedroom furnishings designed and made in Ireland in keeping with the movement.
The bedrooms vary in size and style but all in keeping with the features of the historic house. The characteristics are simple, clean lines and the use of solid Irish oak and furniture are apparent throughout. The fabrics and furnishings are, as much as possible, made and woven by skilled local craftsmen.
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 April 13th - 15th Note : Other dates may be available throughout the year
3 days, 2 nights to include :
2 Nights Bed&Breakfast
Five course gourmet dinner on second night with accompanying wines.
Daily excursions and chef demonstrations including a guided tour of Kylemore Abbey Gardens
Entertainment on both nights
Three escorted trail rides in Connemara on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way
From €325 pps
Stable, feed and bedding for your horse, including all mucking out at €25 per night.
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Not too hot and not too cold – you'll find Ireland's climate just right!

In Ireland, everyone talks about the weather. Whether it's discussing the direction of the rain from a supermarket doorway, or musing that it's 75°F in March from a bar counter. Irish weather can be unpredictable, so we like to discuss it. A lot! Ireland's climate is influenced most by the Atlantic Ocean. As a result, it doesn’t have the extreme temperatures that other countries at similar latitude would have. The average temperature is a mild 50°F. A major warm ocean current called the North Atlantic Drift keeps sea temperatures mild too. Hills and mountains, mainly around the coast of Connemara, shelter the rest of the island from strong winds coming off the ocean. So while the weather can be changeable – it's rarely extreme.

The seasons: spring and summer

In spring (February to April), the average highest temperatures range from 46 to 54°F, with April considered particularly pleasant. In summer (May to July), the averages for highest temperatures are between 64 and 68°F. The warmest months, July and August, get about 18 hours of daylight and it gets dark only after 11pm. Hence the well-worn phrase in Ireland; "sure there's a grand stretch in the evenings".

The seasons: autumn and winter

In autumn, (August to October) highest temperatures hit between 64 and 57°F. September is considered a mild, temperate month. Winter air temperatures inland normally reach 46°F, while the coldest months are January and February. The temperature drops below freezing intermittently, and apart from a few freak cold snaps, snow is scarce.

When to visit Ireland

There's no such thing as a perfect time to visit Ireland. The summer months are considered high season for visitors. They come for the long sunny evenings, parks in full bloom and eating al fresco in cafés. And of course in summer, there are festivals around every corner. Autumn and spring are mid-seasons for travelers. You'll enjoy kicking bronze-burnished leaves about in autumn, while spring sees nature kick into gear and flowers blossom. As for winter, a walk through a national park on a clear, crisp winter's day can mean seeing nature at its most impressive.  
A little video explaining Ireland's Weather