From stunning Irish countryside to lakeshore landscapes and elegant estates, take to the trails on your next Blue Book getaway for a unique view of Ireland. Here are three of our favourites:

1. Castle Leslie Estate

This romantic castle hotel is located in County Monaghan, only 80 minutes from Dublin airport and 60 minutes from Belfast airport. Nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside, dotted with ancient woodlands and glittering lakes, the estate offers an idyllic setting for outdoor activity and adventure. As one of Europe’s finest equestrian playgrounds, Castle Leslie Estate offers memorable horse riding holiday experiences for riding enthusiasts of all levels.

With 21 miles of beautiful meandering bridleways among their acclaimed equestrian facilities, the trails are a must-do for any trip to Castle Leslie Estate; it's the perfect place to discover the thrill of exploring the beautiful Irish countryside on horseback. Riders of all ability and age groups are welcome, as long as you’re over seven! Castle Leslie offers expert tuition, gentle hacks and exhilarating cross-country rides.

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2. Glenlo Abbey

Discover the breathtaking scenery of Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate via horse and saddle. Enjoy a leisurely guided trek along the shores of Irelands largest lake, Lough Corrib, and the guided pathway ride, and take in views of the wonderous green of the Glenlo Abbey Golf Course. Riders will also witness the iconic Pullman Restaurant Carriages and the 18th century Abbey from all angles along their trek around the 138-acre estate.

The looped trail allows for uninterrupted beauty as riders see the whole of the estate grounds in all its glory, an experience that marries fun, adventure and convenience for guest’s leisure and entertainment. Surrounded by rich history, nature, and beauty, the Glenlo Abbey horse riding experience is nothing short of magical. 

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3. Ballyfin Demesne

Set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in Co. Laois, the 5 star luxury country house Ballyfin is a place of history and romance, of tranquility and great natural beauty. With 614 acres to explore, horse riding ariund the demesne is a wonderful experience. Experienced instructors will guide you around the demesne, trekking by the tower and lake deep into the estate. Horse riding lessons in the paddock can also be arranged with our experienced instructors, while guided horse-and-carriage tours highlighting the history of the demesne await you at your front door.

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