St Patricks Day Escape 15th – 18th March

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As Irish as it gets on our St Patricks Day Escape 15th – 18th March

What could be better than spending St Patrick’s Day in Ireland? How about, spending St Patrick’s Day in Connemara?  

How about, spending St Patrick’s Day in Connemara?

Or better still, spending 4 days in Connemara, riding Connemara Ponies, immersing yourself in all things Irish, and riding one of our ponies at the parade on our St Patricks Day Escape – 15th – 18th March!

The Connemara Equestrian Escapes St Patrick’s Break promises a lively mix of horse-riding, music, culture and ‘craic’ (fun) over 3 nights and 4 days, based in Curra Farm, our own farmhouse, on the shores of Lough Corrib. 

You’ll arrive on March 15th and be introduced to your equine partner.

We’ll spend some time in the large, enclosed sand arena making sure you are the perfect match before heading out around the grounds for a short hack.St Patricks Day Escape 15 - 18 March 2016

Next we’ll pay a visit to nearby Connemara Marble Factory before enjoying a well-earned dinner.

The next morning, we’ll explore the shores of the Wild Atlantic Way on horseback before paying a visit to Brigit’s Garden. That evening, we’ll enjoy dinner and a music session in the nearby village of Moycullen, gateway to Connemara.

St Patricks Day Escape 15 - 18 March 2016There’s even more exploring on horseback on the agenda for Day 3, when you’ll get a sense of the huge diversity of the terrain in the Connemara area.

St Patrick’s Day will be busy because we will be preparing the ponies for display at the local St. Patrick’s Day parade, and you will be riding one of them!

You’ll have the opportunity to soak up the unique atmosphere and enjoy the music, dancing and craic before, during and after dinner!

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St Patricks Day Escape 15 - 18 March 2016

A trek in the forest to cleanse the soul

St Patricks Day Escape 15th- 18th March promises Connemara Ponies, Irish culture and history, and plenty of 'craic' (fun).

Expect exploring on horseback, learning about the unique features of the area and experiencing what it's really like to be Irish on St Patrick's Day by participating in the local parade riding one of our Connemara Ponies.  
Gentle hacking exploring local the forestry and choose your own pace on the beaches of the Wild Atlantic Way. The pace will depend on several factors, including weather conditions. St Patricks Day Escape - 14 - 18 March 2016  
St Patricks Day Escape 15 - 18 March 2016Arrive March 15th to Galway City for transfer to Curra Farm with riding in the afternoon, followed by a  visit to the Connemara Marble Factory before dinner. March 16th - option of a beach ride and trip to Bridgit's Garden for lunch and tour. Relax before dinner at The Forge, a local eatery. March 17th - Take part in the local St. Patrick's Day parade followed by dinner at The White Gables Restaurant. March 18th - enjoy a local ride onboard your Connemara Pony or Irish Draught horse  followed by transfer to Galway City.     Please note: Itinerary subject to change
Total cost: From €595. pps Price includes all meals, riding, and entrance to cultural activities March 15th - 18th  Contact us for details   St Patricks Day Escape - 15- 18 March 2016

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