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“Relaxing family holiday with riding centre”

Slieve Aughty Riding Centre
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Loughrea
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Slieve Aughty Riding Centre in the west of Ireland offers horse riding and donkey walking, kids birthday parties, and pony rides for seasonal festivals or for the fun! The centre's 25 horses and ponies are suitable for everything from the nervous beginner to the advanced rider. Facilities include a 30x50 all weather outdoor arena, cross country course, and miles of trails for scenic treks. Beside the riding centre is The Three Towers Eco House and Organic Kitchen, where you can grab a bite to eat after your ride or stay the night as part of a package riding holiday. Ponies carry children to the Enchanted Forest and back, and riding can be booked by the hour or by the day.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Stroller parking, Lockers / storage
Ireland
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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“Relaxing family holiday with riding centre”
Reviewed August 27, 2014

I was looking for a family break with my little daughter and found this place. People here was very friendly and easy going. When I booked this place, my daughter was 4 years old, so we got a great discount, which we were charged only for adults. My daughter couldn't take any horse riding lessons because of her age, so one of the staff took her and put her on the horse back for a while in the yard, which was very thoughtful. She still remember the days we stayed this place and talks about it. Food here is organic, so we had no worries of eating junk food during the stay. We liked the pizza night on Friday. The only thing I didn't like was breakfast was not available until 12pm lunch time on Sunday. We knew about it that they serve as Brunch, so we had to drive somewhere to eat breakfast and come back to eat as lunch as we got up early and couldn't wait to be served until lunch time! As a family with young children, we usually get up early to start the day, so it was a bit hard to adjust the routine, especially we were staying here only for the weekend. Everything here moves slowly, so if you are looking for relaxed time with your family, then it would be perfect.

Visited May 2014
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bluetopaz99, Guest Relations Manager at Slieve Aughty Riding Centre, responded to this review, August 28, 2014
Hi,

Thank you for taking the time to leave some feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed the area, the food and the activities.
We are a little bit confused about your comments on the Sunday morning breakfast. There must have been a big misunderstanding, and for this we apologise.
We serve breakfast at 10am every Sunday morning for our residential guests. The brunch option is available on our 'cafe menu' which is also open to the public.
To avoid confusion like this, we include our meal times in the Welcome and Information letter we provide in all our rooms.
Again, we apologise for the misunderstanding and the inconvenience it caused you and your family. We hope you return again some day when your daughter is old enough (5+ years) to go for a woodland trek!
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Clonaslee, Ireland
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Riding center with a difference ..”
Reviewed August 26, 2014

Love the calmness and sence of peace at slieve aughty .. the accommadation is fab .. food is great so organic and fresh ... Definitely worht a visit .. i will definitely go back ..
The food may be a bit expensive and notice must be given if you want to eat there !!!

Visited February 2014
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Thank anne1little
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Esther Z, Owner at Slieve Aughty Riding Centre, responded to this review, January 22, 2016
So glad you came and soaked up the relaxing atmosphere and enjoyed the place.

Our food prices are comparable to any quality restaurant with the added bonus that we are 100% organic - certified by the Irish Farmers and Growers Association. This means we go the extra mile and everything is prepared fresh. We make our own chips from organic potatoes and bake our own bread every day. Most people are willing to pay a small bit more for the quality and taste of organic, home made food. For this reason we do require advance booking for our buffet lunch and dinner. Meals are cooked to order and the menu changes daily, depending on what fresh ingredients are on hand. Booking allows us to make sure that there is plenty of delicious fresh food at each meal.
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Limerick, Ireland
1 review
“horse adventures”
Reviewed August 26, 2014

i have brought a couple of beginner friends along as a gentle introduction to horse riding here. i chose here because of its lovely calm atmosphere. i am only novice rider and was delighted to take a quiet trek through some truly delightful scenery. both times the instructor we rode out with was very friendly and helpful at putting my friends at ease. cant wait to go back for a more advanced adventure.

Visited September 2013
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Esther Z, Owner at Slieve Aughty Riding Centre, responded to this review, January 22, 2016
Thank you!
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Loughrea, Galway, Ireland
2 reviews
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“What a little gem”
Reviewed August 26, 2014

I love this riding centre. I live in Loughrea and always bring my family and friends to Slieve Aughty when they visit us. My sister visited this summer from Holland with her two girls aged 9 and 14, they were very taken with the place and as well as enjoying the Friday pizza night they also signed up for a half day workshop. They loved it and commented on how friendly and welcoming the place was not to mention good value for money. The food is wonderful and the whole atmosphere is second to none.

I would highly recommend a visit whether you are a local or a visitor it's a great place to add to your list of things to do.

Visited July 2014
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Thank Maureen F
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Esther Z, Owner at Slieve Aughty Riding Centre, responded to this review, January 22, 2016
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Dublin, Ireland
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28 reviews
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“Horse-Holiday Heaven..”
Reviewed August 20, 2014

''I know of the leafy paths that the witches take,
Who come with their crowns of pearl and their spindles of wool,
And their secret smile, out of the depths of the lake''

WB Yeats knew about the magic of Slieve Aughty and there isn't a place better situated to experience it for yourself, and what better way then to explore it on a horse.
From the sleepy fairy forest to the wide open paths perfect for a canter, and then into the murky well trodden trails for the more adventurous, it caters for everyone.

It is truly enchanting, from the beautiful centre itself to the fantastic hacking. The relaxed atmosphere and the facilities are second to none. Great value to take your own horse too.

Definitely a great place for visitors from outside Ireland to really enjoy the countryside.

I've attached a photo from my first visit back in 2011 where we were truly soaked to the skin and still thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, its beautiful and magical, rain or shine. I've visited many times since and hope to again and again.

Visited May 2014
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Thank Silverstork
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Esther Z, Owner at Slieve Aughty Riding Centre, responded to this review, January 22, 2016
Thank you!
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