Women Only 7 Day Riding & Cultural Tour
Want to travel in a group of like-minded ladies, all while exploring Connemara on horseback and on the Cáit Coach?
Whether you want to round up your barn girlfriends or travel solo, you’ll be free to let your best self shine on our women only trips.
We are thrilled to start our 2024 season with our new Women Only tours right here in Connemara, on the beautiful west coast of Ireland.
We guarantee high doses of adventure with the support of an all-female group
So, whether horse riding is your hobby, you’re a competitive horse rider looking to get away from competitive horseback riding, this experience is not to be missed!
We are happy to announce we are running 2 Women only tours in 2024.
The first runs on June 29th
The second runs on July 21st
Guests will spend 3 nights at the farm and 3 nights at the coastal resort hotel.
Key Tour Facts
- Accommodation: 3 nights at Curra Farm, 3 nights at The Station House Hotel.
- Riding Level: Walk, trot, canter (optional). We NEVER push riders out of their comfort zone.
- Type Of Tack: Very comfortable English style saddles. Don’t worry if you only ride Western. You will fit like a glove!
- Guides: Professional riding instructors and guides.
- Horse Breeds: Our surefooted, kind-hearted, fun loving Connemara Ponies.
Some of our ponies are crosses with some TB and Irish Draught blood for a little extra height.
- Non-riders: Always most welcome! Even if you don’t ride, come and join us on the sightseeing and cultural tours.
- Solo Travelers: Always welcome – contact us for details.
- Private group bookings: Again, always welcome; if you’d like a private group tour, get in touch for details.
- Single rooms: Not available on this tour. Riders will share twin rooms with separate beds.
- Tour Transport: Luxury Private Coach including luggage transfers between accommodations.
- Meeting/Dropoff Point: The Park House Hotel, Galway.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner are all included.
(*All dietary requirements catered for, please advise us in advance).
Women Only 7 Day Riding & Cultural Tour Itinerary
You will need to arrive in Galway before 1pm (local time) on Day 1 of your tour. But, with 7 exhilarating action-packed days ahead of you, we highly recommend that you stay one night in Galway City before Day 1 of your tour, to help you get over any jetlag issues, so you arrive rested, relaxed, and raring to go.
Day 1 – From Galway to Curra Farm on Lough Corrib ‘neath the stars
Picking up from The Park House Hotel in Galway City at 1pm, we’ll travel onwards to Moycullen, a village at the mouth of Connemara, before arriving at Curra Farm, our homestead and your home from home, for the next 4 nights! Before your riding adventure begins, you’ll have an opportunity to settle in, relax in your room, or take a walk around the farm to meet our herd of Connemara ponies, which we breed right here on the farm. Once you’ve settled in and enjoyed a wholesome, home-cooked Irish lunch, it’s time for a quick rider fitness session with our instructor and Jack after which we familiarize you with both our tack and the English style of riding before being paired up with the Connemara Pony that will be your buddy for the duration of your trip. After an initial assessment in the outdoor arena, you’ll be all set to enjoy a short trail ride around the farm, before our chef cooks a traditional Irish meal in the comfort of your home away from home. Afterward, relax on our boat-shaped deck or enjoy a glass of bubbly in our outdoor hot tub, taking in the blissful sound of silence.
Day 2 – From Curra Farmhouse to the meandering forest trails, and onto Aughanure Castle
After breakfast, join Jack on our daily rider fitness class before our ride.
Today our ride takes us on a quiet country road from the farmhouse at Curra, to a local forest that can only be described as a scene from a Harry Potter movie. As we weave our way through the narrow passages through the trees, we pass through the remains of a famine village deserted in the late 1800s. Continuing to a sand track, we have an opportunity to up the pace for a while to feel the fresh Connemara breeze blowing in your hair. We will pass the remains of Moycullen Castle and learn a little bit about the local history and culture, before returning to the enchanting woods where we’ll stop for a picnic. After returning to the farm and grooming the ponies down after the long ride, you will have a chance to relax, unwind, shower and change, before we visit the home of Connemara Marble and onwards for a Tour of Aughnanure Castle. Finally, we dine out in one of our local award-winning restaurants, to enjoy gourmet dining at its very best, using the finest local ingredients and produce.
Day 3 –The art of dressage, winding forest trails, and breath-taking views of Lough Corrib
Now that your pony/rider relationship has developed, today you’ll have a chance to improve your English riding skills in the arena, under the guidance of one of our expert instructors. We’ll get to practice our dressage skills and the grand finale will be our musical group ride. You’ll get to choose the music and you’ll be amazed at how synchronized the ride will look when we play it back later on the TV! Alternatively, we truck the horses to another local forest for another forest trail with lots of winding and hilly paths; the perfect place to test your balance and the trust you and your equine partner have in each other. After lunch at St. Brigit’s Garden, you’ll enjoy a tour and some time to relax in the cleverly landscaped representation of the ‘Four Celtic Seasons of the Year’. We will have time to stretch the limbs with Jack’s daily rider fitness class in the surrounds of the spectacular Celtic gardens.
This evening, we’ll get the BBQ going and enjoy a relaxing evening on the boat-shaped deck in our garden area, surrounded by the wonderful views of Lough Corrib.
Day 4 – Travel day to our next accommodation.
Spectacular journey through Connemara visiting the stunning Kylemore Abbey
Today we pack our bags and make the onward transfer to our second accommodation, the wonderful Clifden Station House Hotel. En-route, we’ll visit the Quiet Man Bridge, one of the movie set locations where the famous John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara romanced.
From here, we’ll stop at Lough Inagh Lodge situated in the depths of the Inagh Valley. After a wholesome lunch we travel on through the spectacular scenery between the Twelve Bens and Maamturk mountain ranges to reach the wonderful Kylemore Abbey for a tour of the abbey and walled gardens before checking in at the Clifden Station House Hotel. As we travel back to our hotel, you’ll get to savour the spectacular evening Connemara views and breathe in the fresh wild Atlantic sea air; what better way to work up your appetite for a beautiful evening meal?
Day 5 – Trail through the grounds of Ballynahinch Castle & Shopping in Clifden Town
After being spoilt by choice with the extensive “cooked to order” breakfast menu, remember to leave a little room for a delightful lunch at Ballynahinch Castle after we trail on horseback though it’s wonderful forests and trails.
After lunch, take some time to explore the magnificent surrounds of the walled garden at Ballynahinch Castle.
We take the scenic ‘Bog Road’ route back to the hotel where you can take a dip in the indoor heated swimming pool & hot tub, spoil yourself with an (optional) spa treatment at the hotel spa or treat yourself(optional) to a heated seaweed bath in the town before visiting the stores of Clifden for a great selection of crafts, clothing, souvenirs or pay a visit to the Connemara Pony Museum and drop into some of the local art galleries.
Day 6 – A bird’s eye view of Connemara, coast and beach ride and a dip in the Wild Atlantic way…if you dare…!
Today we’ll load up the horses on the truck as they are brought to the coast for our beach ride. Pack your swimsuit for an opportunity to dive into the clean turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean after our long trail ride.
On the way to the start of beach ride by coach, we travel up the long and winding Sky Road where we will stop for a photo opportunity and witness the stunning views of the Connemara coastline and its neighbouring islands.
We ride along the Wild Atlantic Way coastline on the western edge of Connemara. Riding from beach to beach we view the greenery of Horse Island in the distance. From the mainland, the island is inconspicuous and almost hidden but at low tide, it’s possible to ride, drive, or walk across the large sandy strand to the island.
Having spent hours with the fresh Atlantic air caressing your face you will have worked up an appetite for lunch at the local pub after a dip in the Wild Atlantic Way….if you dare….!
Dinner on our final evening will be served at the hotel.
Day 7 – Sheepdog demonstration en-route to Galway where we bid our fond farewells
After a hearty breakfast and 7 awe-inspiring days of activity, it’s time to say goodbye to the Clifden area, as you board your private coach from the Station House Hotel.
En-route we will stop off at the hidden treasure of Glengowla Mines, where we descend over 120ft into the mine shaft to witness the hardship of the mining industry that many locals endured centuries ago. The owner, Keith gives us a fascinating working sheepdog and turf-cutting demonstration.
We return to Galway City and say our farewells before you commence your onward journey.