St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and if you’re really feeling like getting into the spirit, now is the perfect time to book a trip to the Castle Leslie Estate in Glaslough, County Monaghan, Ireland. This regal hotel sits on a thousand acres of prime, private country land, is less than 6 kilometers from Lemnagore Wood, and is close to the town of Monaghan. No matter your experience level, you can go horseback riding in Ireland through the most beautiful countryside with the Castle Leslie Equestrian Centre.
Horseback Riding Through the Irish Countryside
The Equestrian Centre has 56 stables and 28 horses, and all are immaculately clean and well cared for. You’ll be greeted by experienced and enthusiastic guides eager to show you the beauty of the estate’s 21 miles of trails.
This is one of the most magnificent areas to ride a horse in all of Europe. You will glide through ancient woodlands and meander along the edges of sparkling lakes, splash through streams and rivers and race across open meadows. The estate also has 300 new jumps throughout its network of trails for experienced riders who want to add even more excitement to their “hacks” (what we would just call a ride in the country). It truly doesn’t get better than this for riders eager for an adventure!
This horse lover’s paradise caters to people of all riding abilities. If you have never been on a horse in your life but always wanted to be, THIS is the place to do it. You can try out the Equestrian Centre’s horse simulator before tackling the real thing under the tutelage of the estate’s expert staff of teachers. Even more experienced riders could benefit from a lesson at the Equestrian Centre in between rides out on the estate.
Castle Leslie offers three- and five-day equestrian packages, but can also cater for longer getaways if desired. From the Learn to Ride package to the Getaway to Happy Hackers, each program offers plenty of activities to choose from so you’ll never have a dull moment. Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend with a sweetheart, an action-packed family trip, or a fun getaway with a group of friends, you’ll find it at Castle Leslie.
Enjoy Unique Accommodations and Old-World Grandeur
Castle Leslie is still in the hands of the original Leslie family, and is committed to preserving the traditional country estate experience for its guests. Don’t expect television or WiFi in your room — plan for a real getaway in luxurious seclusion. Each of the castle’s 20 rooms is decorated in a unique style, with elegantly-carved four-poster beds and large antique bathtubs as some of the highlights.
Spend your days however you’d like (in between rides, of course!). Choose a cozy chair in one of the castle’s many nooks and crannies and get lost in a book, or have a picnic in the woodlands. You’ll absolutely love the opportunity to really get away from it all!
There are numerous dining options, from seated formal meals with old-style service to group barbecues on the terrace. Castle Leslie sources artisan food from local producers, and you’ll enjoy the best in traditional Irish cooking.
A trip to Castle Leslie is truly a trip back in time! It’s a must-do for the equestrian enthusiast who loves nothing more than riding through picturesque country with no distractions.
And when you book through Journeys Equestrian Travels, you’ll be treated to special amenities and opportunities not available to the normal traveler. For information, or to start planning your trip, contact us!