The Donegal Trail is an unguided trail ride.
You can ride the Donegal Trail only with a minimum of two* riders.
*The unguided 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.
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.
After breakfast, receive instructions on tacking up and guidelines for the next 6 days. Then you and your horse will be transported to Belleek to commence your first day’s trail. This day takes you along the shores of Assaroe Lake and then through the forests of the Knader Wood to Cavangarden House, a beautiful country mansion set in its own 1,000 acres. Riding time 4 – 5 hours. You will be by-passing Ballyshannon – the oldest town in Ireland, created in 1613. Why not pay a visit in the evening and have a drink at Dorrians Thatched Pub.
From Cavangarden House you will ride through the farm to a quiet country road, which brings you to the famous surfing beach of Rossnowlagh, miles of beach and dunes stretch ahead of you. Rossnowlagh is the home of a beautiful Franciscan Friary which has a small museum housing stone age flints and old Irish musical instruments. Take a break at the Gaslight Restaurant, leaving at Murvagh to follow a small country road to a modern guesthouse. Approximately 4 hours riding.
Return to Murvagh – you will have the Golf Club in sight as well as a magnificent view to Slieve League and the Bluestack Mountains. Across the bay you will see many islands, Inishpat and Rooney’s Island are directly in front of you, keep to the shoreline and leave the sea at St. Ernan’s Island. Follow a small country lane rising all the time in the direction of Oughternid. Enjoy the magnificent views, Barnesmore on your left and spreads of blanket bog formed up to 7,000 years ago on your right. Arriving after approximately 5 – 6 hours at the Moorlands Guesthouse. Rosie and Walter also have a Health Centre, a massage from Rosie could do wonders for those aching muscles.
A rest day in Pettigo, can be arranged should you wish to visit the historic Donegal Town with its castle dating back to the 15th century and the ruins of Donegal Abbey built in 1474. There are also great shopping opportunities. You can also take a leisurely ride on the forest trails.
Departing the Moorlands, follow a forest track to the shores of Lough Derg, Ireland’s most famous Pilgrimage site, St. Patrick’s Purgatory on Saint’s Island – thousands of people travel here every summer for three days of prayer, penance and fasting.
Arrive at Avondale Farmhouse where a warm welcome awaits with tea and homemade treats from the Leonard family.
If availing of the rest day, explore the Pettigo area with its range of walks and local history. You can relax with a Reflexology treatment or Indian Head massage onsite with Mary who is a qualified therapist (Booking advisable) www.avondalefarmhouse.com or find them on facebook.
Leaving Pettigo follow a small track which brings you back to the shores of Lough Derg, this time on the North East shore. On leaving Lough Derg you follow a series of small forest tracks, riding along the Mullafa Mountain and Meenbog Hill, enjoying the peace and the comfort of wildlife to a warm welcome from Helena and Joe at Ardmourne Guesthouse.
After breakfast say goodbye to your equine friends of the past week.
Included – 7 nights bed and breakfast, your horse for one week ( 6 days) with all equipment and saddlebags. Transportation back to the farm.
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FOR MORE DETAILS :
Tilman and Colette Anhold
Horse Holiday Farm Ltd.
Telephone : +353(0) 87 1755588
The Horse Holiday Farm is Bord Fáilte (Irish Tourist Board) approved and
a member of A.I.R.E., the Association of Irish Riding Establishments.