Clew Bay Short Break

5 Daysย  |ย  From ยฃ939pp

Ireland ( Best airport: Knock)

This short break takes small groups of experienced riders along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Pick up the pace on breathtaking sandy beaches, explore sea and off-shore islands and discover hidden mountain tracks on board responsive and willing Irish-bred horses. The ideal way to spend a long weekend and a fantastic introduction to riding in Ireland. Evenings are spent in the lively town of Westport where you can experience traditional Irish hospitality.

The Riding

Riders will explore small villages, country lanes, mountain paths, various sea and off-shore islands and, of course, the beautiful sandy beaches. You need not be an expert to ride this trail as great care is taken to ensure that each rider is matched with a suitable horse, however you should be able to ride securely and confidently at a walk, trot and canter in open country.

This is a progressive ride with the pace varying from slow to fast depending on terrain and weather conditions.

Level of Riding and Fitness

Participants should be reasonably fit, we recommend you go riding a couple of times a week before coming on the trail. Riders should be comfortable at walk, trot and canter in open spaces. The weight limit is 90kg.

Guides and Group Size

You will be guided by Padraic Foy who personally leads out all of the trail rides and is a qualified instructor as well as an accomplished horseman.

The maximum number of riders in a group is 8.

The Horses

The majority of trail horses have competition experience and have been started by your hosts on their stud. Featured breeds include Connemara ponies, Irish Sport Horses, Irish Draughts and Irish Cobs. Heights range from 13.2hh to 16.2hh. All the horses used for this ride have friendly temperaments and excellent stamina, making them ideal horses for the trail.

All the horses will have their own individual English saddle and bridle fitted to them.

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Accommodation and Dining

During the trail youโ€™ll be staying in a traditional Irish guesthouse in the bustling and vibrant town of Westport. Each morning you will be collected from your accommodation and driven to the start point of that day’s trail. All guesthouse bedrooms are en-suite and various breakfast options are available including Full Irish and continental. Special dietary requirements can be catered for.

As the accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis this gives you the opportunity to choose from the many fine, award-winning restaurants in Westport for your evening meal. Picnic lunches on the trail consist of sandwiches, fruit, snacks, drinks etc. and can be tailored to individual needs.

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Clew Bay Short Break

5 days / 4 nights / 3 days riding

Single supplement ยฃ119
Non rider sharing: ยฃ249

Flights & Airport transfers

Do not book flights until you have received the Booking confirmation email from

The closest airport is Knock. Transfers are also available from Shannon or Dublin airports.

Return Airport Transfers Per Vehicle (up to 8 people)
Dublin : โ‚ฌ800ย  Shannon : โ‚ฌ595ย  Knock : โ‚ฌ175

Complimentary transfers from Westport Train Station and Bus Depot
Train from Dublin (Heuston) direct to Westport. Visit:
Bus from Dublin, Shannon, Knock. Visit:

Price Includes
  • 3 full days of riding
  • 4 nights in a hotel in Westport
  • All breakfasts
  • All lunches
  • Daily transfers between accommodation and start of trail
  • Services of guide
Price Excludes
  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Evening meals

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