Hey everyone! I’m new to this forum so don’t really know how it works. But, I was wanting to get opinions on the best ride to do in Ireland, and thought I could get some opinions here or at least get told where to post!
My mom and I (I’m 18) are going to Ireland next summer for a horse trekking vacation, and are trying to choose between two different rides. The main things we are looking for is a ride that will show us the quintessential beauty of Ireland, give us opportunities to swim with the horses (and for me some jumping as well), and overall just have a great time in a gorgeous place that includes riding in varied terrain (including mountains, beaches, and forests).
The rides we’re looking at are the Connemara Trail and the Connemara Coast Trail. They are guided by Willie Leahy, and are both 6 day treks in Connemara. The Coast Trail starts where the Connemara Trail ends, and follows the coastline for the most part, while the Connemara Trail goes up through the bogs, mountains, forests, and other terrain of that region and only has one day on the beach.
For reference, here are the itinerary’s for both rides:
Connemara Trail: http://www.hiddentrails.com/pub/tour.aspx?id=ireland_connemara_trail
Coast Trail: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/ireland_connemara_coast_trail.aspx
If anyone has experience with either of these rides or knows Ireland, input would be great! It’s a really hard decision, since both sound amazing. What one do you think is more scenic? Downsides and upsides?
One last question was when the best time was the go. We have been told late June/ early July, but wanted some other opinions.
Thanks so much!