Surrounded on three sides by 2,000ac of state-owned forestry in County Galway, Slieve Aughty Riding Centre has over 30 well-schooled horses and ponies of all types, including Irish hunters, cobs, Arabs and Connemaras. They have suitable mounts for complete beginners, experienced riders, adults, and children.
All forest horse riding treks are guided and tailored to your ability and can last from one hour to one day. Qualified instructors are available for dressage, show jumping, and cross-country lessons, and riding holidays can focus on either exploring the scenic countryside or intense instruction. Catering for families, Slieve Aughty welcomes complete beginners and non-riders, for whom walking with a donkey, golf, fishing, bicycle rental, and more can be organised. For adventurous riders, the cross-country course offers more than 40 natural obstacles, banks, water jumps, and stone walls spread out over 20ac of open field and forest.
The 30x50m all-weather arena provides a great warm-up and instruction area. All riders are required to wear safety-approved horse riding helmets, and body protectors must be worn when cross-country jumping. The horse riding centre has a selection of boots, gloves, and helmets for guest use, although they strongly recommend you bring your own equipment to ensure fit and availability.
Next to the stables is a locker room, classroom, and toilet/shower room where you can wash before a meal and store personal belongings. In the yard, you'll find a new arts and crafts room, built completely from recycled materials and available to rent for birthday parties and craft classes.
Quality accommodation and home-cooked meals are available at the Three Towers Eco House and Organic Kitchen.