The Donegal Trail is an unguided trail ride.
You can ride the Donegal Trail only with a minimum of two riders.
Trails are suited to a minimum of 2 persons - but, if you really
would like to ride a Trail and you don't have a
riding companion we have the possibility to help you find one
on our Meeting
Page on the Internet.
Opening Dates for 2017 Season: 04 May – 16 October 2017
(High Season 13 July – 24 August 2017)
(Closed 06 July – 13 July 2017)
Our arrival days are: Thursday or Saturday (10:00 a.m.)
1 - ARRIVE - Receive saddlebags, maps and have a trial ride
along the laneways near Horse Holiday Farm to Trawalud Strand
and dunes and return to the farm.
2 - LETTERHILLUE - Bogland and hand-knitted sweaters
Around lunchtime we Set oft from the Horse Holiday Farm. In the
morning you have a lot to do to prepare for the adventures
ahead of you. Your horse has to be taken care of, fed and groomed.
Saddlebags have to be packed properly. Don‘t be afraid —everything
you really need on your trail fits into your saddlebags. Many
riders who came before you can vouch for that.
We will transport you and your horse from the farm into County
Donegal. After about an hour, we drop you at the starting point
of the first day of your tail. Follow the yellow arrows and check
the route on your map from time to time. Depending an how fast
you tide you will arrive at Mrs. Logue‘s after about four
to five hours after a lovely trek across bogland and through
forests. An excellent dinner awaits you. Mrs. Logue owns a modern
farmhouse and you and your horse will be able to enjoy the best
facilities and if you talk to Mrs. Logue about Irish sweaters
there might be a bit of a fashion show after dinner!
3 - GLENTIES - Secluded mountains, Glen Tavern and an impressive
You will start the day with an
of cereals, cornflakes, bacon and egg, which gives you the strength
for a days riding, long and full of excitement. The trail goes
through the Blue Stack Mountains — secluded, majestic,
wild and romantic. You will enjoy picturesque views and impressive
scenery. The only living souls you meet along the way are the
sheep and birds. Enjoy the tranquillity and the wind, which accompanies
you on your way.
Care for same adventure? High up in the mountains it needs a
bit of courage to follow the signposted trail which crosses boggy
terrain. Don‘t worry though, the horses are familiar with
the area and will carry you safely across.
Hungry? Thirsty? After a few adventurous hours everybody welcomes
a rest. Riding down the mountain you will pass an impressive
waterfall and arrive at the welcoming Glen Tavern. Allow the
horses to relax for a short while and enjoy a pint of Guinness
or a pot of tea yourself. It will do all of you good.
4 - GWEENARRA - Romantic River Trail to Gweebarra Bay.
a hearty breakfast. The Bonners know exactly what kind of a day
you will have and a good breakfast will help you to manage those
hours in the saddle. They will be glad to discuss the route with
you before you leave and then a long and exciting trail lies
ahead of you.
At the beginning you follow an old railway line which is not
used anymore, then you ride an the road and finally you reach
a mysterious river and forest area heading to the Gweebarra River
Estuary, ride along the river to reach the open sea, the beautiful
white sands of Gweebarra Bay lie ahead. This tour offers a -wide
variety of scenery, new perspectives and exciting views, a wonderful
isolated area with such peace you cannot imagine. Did you ever
see such a beautiful beach? We are sure you will not be able
to resist galloping on the empty sandy beaches. Enjoyment and
excitement is the order of the day. Overnight near Clooney.
5 - CLOONEY
Today you will have the chance to decide what
you like best to do: riding in the mountains, through forests
or on the beach. We promise you will encounter the most beautiful
beaches on the other side of the peninsula beyond the Gweebarra
river, white sand as far as your eyes can see. Haw about a gallop?
Overnight again near Clooney.
6 - GLENTIES - White beaches and quiet bogland
Say goodbye to the sea? That‘s hard. Maybe you should
change your timing slightly and take two or three hours for
another ride along the
sea or through the lovely mud flats when the tide is out!
Then it‘s back to the Bonners residence which you will
reach after riding through picturesque mountains. You have time
to stop en route, pause for a moment above Lough Laragh and take
a look back to Gweebarra Bay and enjoy the lovely view which
is breathtaking — mountains, rivers, bogland and the glittering
sea in the distance. You will still remember it when you continue
on your quiet trail.
7 - TO INVER - Weary bones and a long trail through the heather
Slept well? Had a nice breakfast? Today
it is especially
important to be in top form since this is the day with the longest
trail of the entire week, but aches and pains are long forgotten
anyway and after a full Irish breakfast you are wide awake and
ready to prove that you are well able to manage any adventurous
trail. Bogland as far as you can see —dark muddy water
and green grass. The scenery looks totally different again. Make
the most of your last day, which ends at Terry and June Coyle‘s
Cloverhill House, again on the beach, at Inver.
8 - FAREWELL - Farewell to equine friends
Unfortunately, the week has come to end quickly. Time to
remember all the lovely
days and different experiences. Before lunch we collect you from
Terry‘s and drive you and your horse back to the Horse
Holiday Farm. Hopefully, you still have enough time to say goodbye
to your equine friend. You will probably shed a tear or two when
you watch your horse grazing for the last time. And we are pretty
sure that you will quietly tell him that you’ll be back
In order to participate in our Trail riders must be fit and able
to trot, canter and gallop at ease, You must also be capable
of taking good care of your horse: feed , groom and tack up.
On all programmes children must be over 12 years of age and good
riders and also must be capable of spending long hours in the
2017 Season prices!
The Donegal Trail West (1 week)
Includes 7 nights bed and breakfast, your horse for one week with all equipment and saddlebags. Transportation back to farm.
Price: July 13 – August 24, 2017 € 980.00
May 04 – July 05, 2017 & August 25 – October 16, 2017 € 920.00
ARRIVALS: Thursday and Saturday
Meeting time: 10.00 a.m. arrival at stables Horse Holiday Farm
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