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Out of the Tack

Experiences & Activities

Don't ride? No worries! Want to take a day off from riding? No problem! Our "Out of the Tack" experiences and activities are perfect for our non-riding guests or for riders to choose from on their free days! 

World-Class Golf

Ireland is famous for its plentiful & challenging golf courses offering some of the best golf in the world: From Old Head to Royal County Down or Royal Portrush to Ballybunion or Lough Erne - spend a day (or more) playing on some of our beautiful courses. After your round, carry on to the equally famous 19th hole! 

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A Day at the Spa

Unwind or recharge at a luxury castle or country estate spa. Whether being pampered for an hour, full day or half day, you'll leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Enjoy a hot stone treatment, detoxifying seaweed wrap or a range of full body massages that will indulge all of your senses. Perfect activity for a free day or after an day of riding! 

(Photo Courtesy: Adare Manor)

Ireland From Above

Experience the Causeway Coast, Galway Bay and Aran Islands from the air! Enjoy the thrill of a helicopter flight and the breathtaking nature of the dramatic Irish coastline. For golf enthusiasts, this is a great way to travel from course to course, maximizing your dream golf itinerary. 

Whisky Tour - Islay Scotland

Catch a morning ferry to Islay, Scotland where you’ll spend the day at the famous distilleries of Ardbeg and mighty Laphroaig. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a distillery before returning to Ireland late afternoon. 

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Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens

True Ireland treasure! This world-renowned stud farm is home to equine royalty—stallions can be seen and admired alongside mares, frolicking foals and athletic yearlings. Learn the history of Irish horse racing & stroll through the Japanese gardens.

Guinness Storehouse Tour 

Located at the heart of St. James's Gate Brewery, this seven story visitor experience is dedicated to the history and making of the world famous "black stuff". 

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River Fly Fishing

Relaxing & invigorating - - Ireland is an angler’s paradise! Spend a half or full day fishing the fresh Atlantic waters or cast your rod along the River Bann or River Cong. Rods, tackle, bait and experienced guides await you. 

(Photo Courtesy: Ashford Castle)

Culinary Experiences & Food Trails 

With so many fresh ingredients produced and sourced throughout Ireland, it’s only natural that good cooking is an essential part of Irish culture. Spend an afternoon alongside an award-winning chef or at a renewed cookery school to learn the cooking methods for traditional foods & dishes of the region. 

Garden Tours 

With a temperate climate and plentiful rainfall, Ireland is a gardener's paradise! From Powerscourt Garden in Enniskerry to Kylemore Abbey Walled Garden in Galway or Mount Stewart on the shores of Strangford Lough in County Down - gardening enthusiasts will be spoiled for choice on the Emerald Isle! 

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Tour of 'Game of Thrones' Film Locations

Ireland’s rugged coastlines, historic castles and breathtaking scenery make it the perfect setting for this epic story. From the Iron Islands (Ballintoy Harbour) to the King’s Road (Dark Hedges), Dragonstone (Downhill Strand) to the Stormlands (Cushendon Caves) or The Haunted Forest (Tollymore Forest) --Game of Thrones fans will love this tour! 

Tour of Glenarm Village & Glenarm Castle Lunch

Steeped in history and charm, take a guided tour of the picturesque coastal village of Glenarm. A local historian will introduce you to village shop owners and locals while telling the history of this quaint village before heading to the Glenarm Castle estate for a stroll through the walled gardens and lunch at the castle’s tearoom. 

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Traditional Afternoon Tea

Spend an afternoon savoring a traditional afternoon tea presented in its full, splendid glory. Whether by a roaring fire or in a stunning conservatory overlooking a tranquil garden or courtyard - Afternoon Tea is not to be missed on your riding holiday!

(Photo courtesy: Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Connemara)

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Horse Racing & Training Yard Visit

For centuries, the horse has been an integral part of Irish society and culture. It should be no surprise that the 'Sport of Kings" is an integral part of Irish society and culture. With over 26 racecourses on the island, there is no shortage to experience the thrill of this mighty sport. Watch a race or head to the training yards early in the morning to watch the jockeys exercise these magnificent athletes! 

(Photo courtesy: The Curragh Racecourse, Newbridge) 

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Listoke Distillery & Gin School 

Ireland's only interactive distillery and gin experience! 

Learn the colorful history behind the Listoke Gin brand, hand crafted in small batches since 1777 on the grounds of the Listoke Estate in County Louth. You’ll learn about the botanicals used to create gin and the chance to distill your very own bottle from the flavor profile selected. While your gin distills, you’ll be treated to some local food products and more ‘ginformation!’