Ring of Kerry Trail

7 Daysย  |ย  From ยฃ1888pp

Ireland ( Best airport: Kerry)

Explore the highlands of Kerry with the majestic McGillycuddy Reeks, Irelandโ€™s greatest mountain range as your backdrop. Ride on country lanes, mountain tracks through forests, over bogs and on the golden beaches. Journey on historic Celtic trails stopping for picnic lunches in breathtaking landscapes, itโ€™s easy to see why this trail has been named one of the Worldโ€™s Greatest Horse Treks by CNN Travel. Accommodation in local hotels/b&Bs in traditional Irish villages and small towns.

The Riding

Situated in South-West Ireland, County Kerry boasts some of the finest scenery in the world and this trail takes you through the varied terrain of country lanes, beaches, forests and mountains. There truly is no better way to get under the skin of Ireland than on a horse, and this journey around Kerry is no exception.

There are opportunities for some fast canters on the beaches while the pace will be mainly walk and trot when exploring the more hilly and mountainous terrain. At all times the trail is accompanied by an experienced guide and special care is taken of nervous riders.

Level of Riding and Fitness

All riders need to be comfortable in walk, trot and canter to join the trail and should be able to ride competently in an English saddle. We advise western riders to take some English Style lessons before participating on this trip in order to familiarise themselves with English tack and style of riding.

Youโ€™ll be riding for between 4-6 hours per day so a basic level of fitness is required for you to fully enjoy the trail. The weight limit is 95kg.

Guides and Group Size

The stables were established in 1968 by Donie Oโ€™Sullivan and are still very much a family business with Donieโ€™s wife Noreen, their two daughters Lorraine and Aoife, and son William all involved. Approved by the Irish Tourist Board, the stables are home to some 70 horses. All guides are friendly and approachable adults and experienced guides.

The group size is between 2-12.

The Horses

The horses are willing and reliable, allowing you to take in all the sights and enjoy the faster riding confidently. There is a wide variety of Irish bred horses and something to suit everyone, from schoolmasters to very forward going horses. All are ridden in English tack, the saddles used are the โ€˜Swiss Rangerโ€™ saddle, made by Peter August Spirig (Switzerland). These are designed for comfort for the long distance rider and their horse. So extra gel pads etc. are not necessary, but if riders wish to bring them, they are more than welcome to. The horses used for the trail are a mixture of Irish Drafts, Irish Cobs and Percheron Crosses.

Ring of Kerry Trail - Horse Riding Holiday in Ireland

Accommodation and Dining

Accommodation along the route is in small hotels and B&Bs all handpicked for their friendliness and welcoming Irish atmosphere. Breakfast is included at all accommodations; either a full Irish or continental style breakfast. Lunch is a picnic, carried in saddlebags and eaten while out on the trail (usually comprising bread, fruit, meat, cheese etc.) as well as tea/coffee/water. Dinner is not included, all the villages and towns you will stay at have a selection of pubs and restaurants serving good, local food.

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Ring of Kerry Trail

7 days / 6 nights / 5 days riding

Single Occupancy ยฃ230
Non-rider Price ยฃ650

Flights & Airport transfers

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

Please plan your flights to/from as follows:

The closest airport is Kerry Airport (a 15 min drive). Alternatively you can also fly to Cork or Shannon (around 2 hours drive) and either be picked up at the airport or travel by bus or train to Killarney.

Please book flights to arrive between 9am-4pm on the first day of your holiday
Book departure flights to leave after 11am on the last day of your holiday

Airport Transfers

Cork: โ‚ฌ180
Shannon: โ‚ฌ220
Kerry Airport: โ‚ฌ50

The train can be taken from Dublin to Killarney and from Cork to Killarney. The hosts can collect from Killarney train station free of charge.

Price Includes
  • 6 nights accommodation in twin rooms
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • 5 days of riding (4-6 hours per day)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Tea, coffee and water
  • Return transfer from/to Killarney train station if required
Price Excludes
  • Airport transfers
  • Dinners
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips