Here are a few tips to help you plan your tour

Both you and your insurance company know that horse riding is a risk sport.

You must provide us with your insurance policy number, insurance provider name & contact details prior to your trip with us.

You will need to confirm with your travel insurance company that horse riding in Ireland is included in your cover along with cover for other activities on our itineraries.

Please contact your broker to ensure that you have adequate travel and health insurance

Weight and height questions?
At Connemara Equestrian Escapes, we don’t impose weight or height restrictions on our riders because lightness in the saddle does not necessarily relate to how tall you are or how much you weigh.

We are not catering for total beginner riders, which means that we know that you know how ride in a way that makes it easy for our horses or ponies to carry you.

Our Connemara Ponies are naturally strong and our Irish Draught Horses are designed to carry weight so we have an animal to match every physique.

If you have any concerns that your height or weight may be an issue, please contact us.

Travelling to Ireland and meeting us:
Most of our international customers fly in to either Dublin or Shannon airports.
We advise our customers to to fly in at least one day prior to their trip start date to get over any jet-lag issues and ensure your are energised for your first riding day. We recommend The Park House Hotel in Galway City for overnight stays prior to or after your stay with us. It’s an ideal location to explore Galway City for a day.

To travel from Dublin Airport to our meeting point at The Park House Hotel in Galway City, it’s best to take a comfortable coach service operating from directly outside the airport terminals.
You can pre-purchase your tickets in advance from the coach operator websites. operates 19 daily direct services between Dublin Airport/Dublin City and Galway with a journey time of just 2 3/4 hours. operates up to 18 direct daily departures between Galway, Dublin City and Dublin Airport. Services departing Dublin Airport to Galway City commence at 06:45 and operate up until 23:55
If you are travelling from Shannon Airport you can book the Bus Eireann coach service in advance using route X51 or 51 from the airport to Galway City.
Most coaches offer free wifi and have onboard w/c facilities.
The Park House Hotel is 2 minutes walk from Galway’s New Coach Station or the Bus Eireann depot.

Private airport transfers can be arranged with 30 days notice with a minimum of 4 passengers. Contact us for a quotation.

What to bring:

What you will need to take with you :
We have washing and drying facilities at our hotel locations but we advise you to bring plenty of lightweight, shower-proof clothing and a good sense of humour to fully appreciate the Irish weather!
Waterproof boots with a heel – preferably jodhpur boots with knee high chaps/gaiters or long riding boots recommended.
Safety helmets are mandatory.
Comfortable riding breeches/jodhpurs are recommended.
Bring a swimsuit if or two you fancy a swim in the sea or swimming pool.
A reflective vest is provided but bring a torch if you plan to venture outside at night time.
Please notify us in advance of any dietary requirements.


The following is a list of what is included in your package:

  • Transport to and from Galway city to our accommodations in  Connemara
  • Prosecco and chocolates on arrival
  • B&B for 6 nights
  • 6 x lunches
  • 6 gourmet dinners
  • Escorted rides on ridden holidays by professional guides
  • Transport to and entry into selected cultural activities/sightseeing trips


Not just riders!

Want to bring a non-riding guest with you?

Non-riders enjoy our sightseeing and cultural activities with you but we can also customise a trip to suit their interests and hobbies.

It’s not just riders we welcome to Connemara Equestrian Escapes!
Yes, that’s correct. Many of our customers since 2013 did not sit on a horse!!

We have teamed up with a number of other activity providers aimed at those who want to accompany their partners/friends on the trip but don’t want to ride.
We decided to cater for the ‘not just riders’ population too because we discovered that not all relationships made in heaven involved horses., and not everybody who loves being with horses wants to ride.
Many of our riding guests have partners, family members and friends who do not ride and we have an  ample selection of activities to design an itinerary around their interests.
Some people are eager to come and learn what our herd of Connemara Ponies has to teach without wanting to sit on their backs.

On our riding holidays, non-riders can choose to join in with the riders for lunch and cultural activities each day and rates can be negotiated to reflect this.
Ask us now about our non-rider adventures!