About the Centre
Welcome to Slieve Aughty Centre and The Three Towers Eco House and Organic Kitchen in Western Ireland! We are a family owned and operated eco-friendly equestrian and activity centre set on 17 rolling acres. Remote and peaceful, the centre offers excellent hiking, horse riding and cycling tracks in more than 2,000 acres of the adjacent Kylebrack Forest and surrounding quiet country lanes.
Slieve Aughty Centre has been serving beginner to advanced equestrians of all ages for more than 25 years and offers everything from quiet forest treks to challenging gallops on the cross country course. Set away from the stress of the city, our guests enjoy beautiful natural surroundings, relaxed evenings in luxury accommodation, organic meals and lots of time with our wonderful horses and ponies. Our riding holidays offer everything from long scenic rides in the countryside to intense lessons twice daily in the large all weather sand arena or focus on cross country jumping. English Language instruction is available from the Shannonside Language Centre, making Slieve Aughty one of only 7 equestrian centres in the country with an approved language programme. Combine riding and cycling, walking or sightseeing for a custom tailored holiday with something for the entire family. All guides and instructors are highly qualified and the Centre is BHS (British Horse Society), AIRE (Association of Irish Riding Establishments), and Bord Failte approved. The Slieve Aughty difference is in the personal quality and care we provide for humans, horses and the Earth. We invite you to book a week or an hour with us and experience the Slieve Aughty difference yourself.
About the Activities
Slieve Aughty Centre offers several riding holidays, non-riding holidays or a combination of the two. Explore the scenic Irish countryside by horseback on an adult and family riding holidays, or venture even further afield to picturesque lakes on a Lake and Forest Trail holiday. Improve your riding with an intense training holiday, or focus on riding uneven terrain on a cross country training holiday. Prepare for hunting season with a pre-hunting holiday, or combine riding and working on the farm with a reduced cost working holiday. If you enjoy hiking, check out our walking holiday, where you can go for leisurely day hikes or post to post and bring a pony or donkey to carry your things. For the non-rider in your family, the trails are great for walking and cycling, and we can organise fishing, golfing and sightseeing excursions nearby. English language lessons are available with all holidays.
If you are visiting for the day, we offer hourly guided treks, day tours (a full day ride with a picnic), pony rides, riding lessons,cross country jumping rides, lunch or dinner and self-guided nature trails. If you are in Ireland during a special holiday such as Christmas or Easter, check out our web site to see what is going on! There’s almost always a festival, pony camp, charity event or other holiday fun to be had.
Horse Riding Activities
- Adult and family riding holidays
- Training holidays
- Trail holidays
- Working holidays
- Hunting and Pre-hunting holidays
- Cross country course
- Hourly treks
- Day Tours (5-6 hour rides with a picnic)
- Horse riding lessons
- Pony rides
- Walking and cycling holidays
- English language lessons
- Workshops and conferences
- Corporate trainings
- School tours
About the Horses
At Slieve Aughty Centre, our horses are family. The centre owns more than 30 horses and ponies, 5 donkeys, and 1 sheep. All are friendly and well cared for. Many of our dependable mounts were either born at the centre or were purchased as 1-2 year olds and have been with us most of their lives. They work hard in the summer, carrying guests during the day and grazing in the lush fields at night. In the winter they have a few months off to relax from their busy summer schedule. Most visitors are impressed by how healthy and happy our horses are, and this is something that is very important to us. We have a natural philosophy to stable management, and many of our horses and ponies even go in bitless bridles. Our orientation at the beginning of a riding holiday is an essential ingredient to our horses’ care as we introduce each horse to new guests and explain how we expect our horses to be handled and cared for by each rider. We also have a variety of horses and ponies to suit every size, shape and ability of rider, from 10 hand ponies to 17.1 hand Irish hunters. Although most of our horses are Irish sport horses and cobs, we also have Connemara crosses, welsh ponies, gypsy or hairy types, Arabians or half Arabians and thoroughbreds.
- Frisky is the first pony to be a part of the riding centre and was purchased as a yearling. He is 23 years old this year and enjoys treks, pony rides and walking holidays.
- Sunny is an 11 year old Irish Sport Horse, and our first horse to go bitless back in 2008! Sunny is a very responsive gentleman with a big stride and willing jump. Advanced riders enjoy improving their seat and jumping abilities with Sunny.
- Collin is one of the centre’s best horses. The youngest of 3 siblings born and bred on the farm and standing 17.1 hands high, he competed with Merel Zyderlaan at the 1 star event level before joining the riding holiday programme. He is calm and gentle and also does vaulting with children and adults.
- Harry is a gypsy or tinker horse with lots of thick, “feathered” hair on his legs. He is always a favourite with his smooth, sure-footed stride and comfortable back, and loads of personality to match.
- Bilbo is a lovely bay Sport Horse. He has been with us for about 9 years now and is a fantastic all rounder. When he isn’t trekking along on the forest trails he’s jumping the cross country course or taking part in lessons.
- Billy is another veteran pony who loves to jump but is quiet enough for a beginner.
About the Facilities and Accommodation
Guests stay at the Three Towers Eco House. Sustainably built and beautiful inside and out, this luxury guest house features 9 en suite bedrooms, 7 of which open onto scenic balconies. Each room is uniquely decorated to create a relaxing, comfortable atmosphere. Guests take buffet meals together in the ground floor Organic Kitchen and are welcome to enjoy a glass of organic beer or wine at the bar. Just beside the guest house are 2 eco-lodges, one for couples and one for families, with one or two bedrooms, sitting room, kitchen, and a bathroom. Eco-lodges are available self-catering from September to June. All unaccompanied teenagers stay at Cartron House about 5 miles from the centre.
Slieve Aughty’s riding centre features temporary and loose boxes for the horses, large tack room, wash area, 30 x 50 metre all weather sand arena, full course of show jumps and extensive and varied cross country course. Beside the riding centre yard are toilets, showers and locker room for guest convenience, and both are connected to the English classroom. Just around the corner, the full service restaurant serves organic meals and fresh tea and coffee for those just passing by. Beside the stables, you can check out the fruits, vegetables and flowers in the organic garden, as you’ll probably see them on your plate later!
We had a great time with everyone, the horses were very nice and we really enjoyed being able to feed the horses, to be involved in the life of the riding center, spending hours on horse back, going to the pub with Geri, eating very good food...
Stephanie Plantard, France
My absolute dream holiday, completely perfect. Gorgeous scenery, brilliant facilities, a wide choice of horses and friendly staff. Loved how there was freedom to vary what we did depending on how we felt. The food was brilliant, and we even got a tan which was a nice surprise.
E.P, United Kingdom
It was very nice to stay here, ride, work, eat, laugh all together. It was a very nice and good experience. I think I’ll remember for a long time my “sensation” about riding in a river, smelling wood scent, looking at crazy clouds in the strange sky, listening to the soft horses walk in the quiet forest, eating a very special Esther’s apple crumble and jumping for my first time in the forest with Ruby. Thank you for all.
Directions to Centre
Directions from Shannon Airport to Slieve Aughty Centre From the airport, follow the signs for Ennis (N18) on the N19. Take the N18 North to Ennis. Continue on the N18 past Ennis into Gort. In Gort, turn right onto the N66 to Loughrea. Follow the N66 into Loughrea. You will see the lake on your right side. Turn right onto Barrack Street just after the playground. You will pass the Loughrea Cathedral and take your next right at a small roundabout onto the Woodford Rd (R351). This will take you south out of Loughrea, passing the lake on the right. After about 10 km you will come up a hill with a pub called The Hill Bar on the left side. Go down the hill and after about 500 m you will meet a crossroad with a shop and small filling station on the left. Turn right opposite the petrol station. There is a large sign for the Slieve Aughty Centre at this intersection. Travel about 1/2 km and turn left across from the first house on the right (white). This is a narrow lane and there is a small sign at the top of the lane. Follow the road to the car park on the left.
Directions from Dublin Airport to Slieve Aughty Centre From the airport, follow the signs for Galway and the West to the M6. Note that the M6 is a toll road. Take the M6 all the way to Ballinasloe. Exit at Junction 15 towards Ballinasloe/Portumna. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the R355. At the next roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the R446. Stay on the R446 into Loughrea. You will come down a hill into the centre of town. Take the first left possible from the main street in Loughrea, a one way street. Don’t worry if you miss this turn – any left turn on the main street will be in the right direction! At the T junction, turn left onto Barrack Street. You will see the Loughrea Cathedral and take your next right at a mini roundabout onto the Woodford Rd (R351). This will take you south out of Loughrea, passing the lake on the right. After about 10 km you will come up a hill with a pub called The Hill Bar on the left side. Go down the hill and after about 500 m you will meet a crossroad with a shop and small filling station on the left. Turn right opposite the petrol station. There is a large sign for the Slieve Aughty Centre at this intersection. Travel about 1/2 km and turn left across from the first house on the right (white). This is a narrow lane and there is a small sign at the top of the lane. Follow the road to the car park on the left.
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