Ride around the Killarney Reeks trail, the Ring of Kerry and the famous Trail Riding routes of County Kerry. Located about a mile west of Killarney Town and known locally as “O`Sullivans”, Killarney Riding Stables were established in 1968 by Donie O`Sullivan and is still very much a family business.
Approved by the Irish Tourist Board and the Association of Irish Riding Establishments. The stables are home to some 70 pampered horses and new stabling constructed to the very highest standards.
Situated in South-West Ireland, County Kerry boasts some of the finest scenery in the world. It is an inspiration of the poet and artist with its high mountain ranges, its inlet studded coast, its woods, lakes, waterfalls, the ever-changing drama of its skies, and the eloquence of its people. It is the delight of the antiquarian and archaeologist, rich in Bronze Age tombs, ring forts, standing stones and early Christian monastic ruins.
Kerry is a paradise for the botanist and the bird-watcher, for its sub-tropical climate warmed by the Gulf Stream produces lush and rare vegetation, and on islands off its coast are some of the largest and most important bird colonies in Europe.
It is a haven for sportspersons: Angling, shooting, golf,
tennis, boating, sailing, surfing, mountaineering, hill climbing, walking,
cycling - within this wild and beautiful peninsula, can all be enjoyed.
Killarney is central, within a 50 mile radius is all of Kerry and the neighbouring regions. It is a centre for nightlife: drama, dancing, singing pubs, cinema, and performances of traditional music, song and dance. Killarney is a jewel, with strangely shaped and tumbled mountains, combined with the constant interplay of light on water and vegetation, creating a view that is seldom the same for more than an hour. Place, time, weather and landscape embodying beauty.
I went on the two hour trail ride within Killarney National Park, and was picked up at my hostel by Donnie. The stables are large, clean and professional and they provide a wide range of helmets and rubber boots. I had the great fortune of being the only guest on the ride.
The ride was led by Kiara, and I was paired with Ned, a forward and responsive Irish cob. We had lots of fun wandering through the bridleways, picking blackberries along the trail on horseback, and cantering through puddles!
There are many opportunities to take photographs as well, especially of the Kerry cow and wild sika/red deer which are often found near or even on the trail! All in all, a brilliant trip, and two hours simply isn't enough, especially if you're after an exciting ride.
On another visit I decided to take the five day ride with the stables and it was absolutely amazing. The horses are beautiful, well cared for, and well trained but have their own personalities and opinions. :) Over the five days we saw an enormous amount of beautiful Kerry scenery.
It was peaceful, majestic, and just an amazing trip. We got to gallop on the beaches and climb through the rolling hills. The guides were knowledgeable with a big focus on the safety of the horses and riders but also super friendly and personable.
We were given lunch every day out on the trail. It was plenty of food and all delicious. We stayed in very nice hotels every single night. I think our time in Waterville was one of my favourite parts of County Kerry. It was a wonderful five days (it helped that we had spectacular weather the whole time!) and I would recommend it to any horse lover.
Killarney Riding Stables,
Telephone: 00353 64 66 31686
Fax: 00353 64 66 34119
Telephone: 011 353 64 66 31686
Fax: 011 353 64 66 34119