go!trekking! WestportVisit Centre Website
About the Centre
Your base for your go!trekking! Equestrian Holiday is the Westport Woods Hotel & Spa which is one of the greenest hotels in Ireland and has been welcoming guests for over 40 years. Located in the award-winning town of Westport or “the Gem of the West” as it is more commonly known. Westport with its stunning beauty and countless famous attractions is situated right in the middle of the Wild Atlantic Way – the longest coastal trail in the world.
The go!trekking! equestrian centre itself is situated approximately 6km away from the Westport Woods Hotel & Spa and has its own enclosed sand arena with stunning views of Croagh Patrick in the distance.
We provide a range of different treks to suit everyone’s tastes, budget and riding experience. Whether it’s trekking along the foothills of Croagh Patrick, meandering through unchartered paths by deserted stone cottages dating back to pre-famine times, passing by the Bohea Stone were the setting sun appears to roll down the shoulder of Croagh Patrick which only happens on the 18 th of April or the 20 th of August, or perhaps our Tochar Phadraig heritage trek that takes you back in time and gives you an insight into local culture and Irish History. If you are feeling more adventurous, you might like to try one of our very popular and exhilarating beach treks along some of the 50km of coastal treks we have available to us with some of the most breath-taking views Ireland has to offer while you splash through the shallow waves and take in the fresh
About The Horses
All our horses are a mixture of home bred and carefully selected Irish sport horses, cob types and Pony’s. They are all well-schooled, each with their own unique personality yet all are highly confirmative and equally enjoy both a relaxing walk, as they do a gallop on one of the many sandy beaches we trek upon. Our go!trekking horses come in a wide range of sizes and constitution with the smallest pony we have at 13 hands and the biggest horse we have at 17 hands.
Through careful breeding selection and training we have managed to get the perfect combination between temperament and willingness to go forward when asked. No matter what your riding experience, we at go!trekking! will have the perfect horse and trek for you so that you can enjoy one of our many amazing treks with total comfort and confidence on our honest surefooted horses.
About the Facilities and Accommodation
The Westport Woods Hotel & Spa is ideally situated on 12 acres of private woodland and within walking distance of both Westport town & Westport Quay. Our Lake View restaurant which was recently nominated for the Irish restaurant awards, boasts windows from floor to ceiling and is located on the second floor so that you can enjoy the stunning elevated views of the lake and surrounding woodlands. You will also love our spacious Equine Themed Bench Café Bar where you can enjoy a refreshing drink, sit in front of a roaring log fire and eat from our delicious bar menu – all while you listen to the very best of traditional Irish music bands who we have performing regularly.
As our guest, you will have the complementary use of our Beech Health Club & Spa with its 18- meter swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym. Or If you feel like getting pampered, you can visit our Spa where you can avail of many different treatments. A revitalising massage may interest you to soothe away the rigours from your days riding, or if you prefer, you can soak your tired muscles in an Atlantic Sea Weed bath while you drift into a state of total relaxation and tranquillity. We also run a complementary go!kids! club for our guests during high season where our highly qualified and experienced Kiddie Organisers will keep your little ones entertained with their many games, the adventure facilities on site and even movie evenings while you relax and enjoy some alone time.
All our 120 tastefully decorated bedrooms come in a range different varieties from corporate rooms, double or twin rooms, triple rooms, deluxe rooms, family rooms to interconnecting rooms. Furthermore, all rooms at the Westport Woods Hotel & Spa come with 16 channel Satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer, iron, free Wifi, hot tub and tea/coffee making facilities as standard.
Directions to Centre
From Dublin Airport
The best way that you can get to us by using public transport from Dublin airport is by bus & train. Dublin Bus number 747 provides a daily service to and from the Airport to Heuston train station every 15 minutes and takes approximately 50 minutes and costs €6 per single ticket. Once in Heuston Station, there are four trains travelling daily to and from Westport which take approximately 3 hours to arrive in Westport train station. However, it is advisable to book train tickets online and well in advance as train tickets for this service tend to fluctuate and a single ticket can cost anywhere from €26.00 if booked and paid for in advance to €40 if buying the ticket at the station on the day.
From Ireland West Airport
There are four bus services traveling to and from Ireland West Airport to Westport daily – bus number 21 & 440. The journey takes approximately 70 minutes and costs around €9 per single ticket
Both the Westport Train Station and Westport Bus Station are within walking distance of the Westport Woods Hotel & Spa and are approximately a 15 minute and 10 minute walk respectively. If you don’t fancy walking, there are many Taxi’s around Westport town who will gladly drop you to the Hotel at an average cost of between €5 and €7 from either of these locations.
Alternatively, if you would like any further information on how to get to us please do not hesitate to contact our reservations team at the hotel on 098-25811 who will gladly answer any questions you may have.
About The Activities
Horse Riding Activities
- Beach treks
- Hill and mountain trekking
- Intensive weekend clinics with specialist tutors
- Trail rides around Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay
- Cross country lessons
- Le Trec equi-tourism activity
- Dressage and flatwork lessons with
- Showjumping lessons
- Sand arena lessons for beginner riders
- 0ne-to- One Training
- Spa treatments (in hotel)
- Swimming/workout – Beech Club Leisure Centre
- Evening entertainment – Bench Cafe bar (in hotel)
- go!kids! children’s club everyone can play (in hotel)
- Photography, Painting and Team Building Sessions (in hotel)
- Visit Westport House
- Railway Line Walk and Heritage walk of Westport Town
- Visit Clew Bay Heritage Centre
- Sea Angling
- Climb Croagh Patrick
- Short Treks
- Trail Riding
- Beach Riding
- Post-to- Post