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Ashford Equestrian Centre

#1 of 1 Fun & Games in Cong Features Animals
| Ashford, Cong, Ireland
+353 94 954 6507
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Great Activity

Just a short walk from the castle, plenty of horses, caters children too according to their age and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Absolutely Wonderful

I stayed at Ashford Castle for two nights as I toured through Ireland and it was THE highlight of... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2017
Elizabeth T
Atascadero, United States
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Ashford Outdoors designs and leads active and cultural experiences in the most spectacular of settings with panoramic views of lake, forest and Mountain. We specialise in outdoor activities that range from archery and mountain biking to horse drawn carriage rides and many other things besides. We have something to suit everyone. Ashford Outdoors has been offering activity and equestrian experiences in the West of Ireland for over 25 years. Our facilities include an archery range, Ireland's tallest tree climb as well as a large indoor arena. We are open to the general public and offer outdoor adventure and equestrian activities to holiday makers and groups 7 days a week. We provide corporate team building and bonding days as well as catering for youths and sports teams. We can also accommodate Hen and Stag parties and we offer bespoke activity packages for relaxation before or on the morning of your wedding day or special occasion! Our activities include archery, clay pigeon shooting, biking and mountain biking, tree climbing and abseiling, kayaking and guided archaeological and ecological tours. Our location is on the Ashford Castle Estate, next to the island village of Cong on the Galway/Mayo border in Western Ireland. Nestled between the great lakes of Lough Corrib and Lough Mask, Cong is the natural gateway to Connemara. We are only 45 minutes drive north of Galway city and a 45 minute drive south of Westport, Co. Mayo. Ireland West Airport Knock is less than an hour's drive away.
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| Ashford, Cong, Ireland
+353 94 954 6507
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Just a short walk from the castle, plenty of horses, caters children too according to their age and level.

Thank Sibelcay
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

I stayed at Ashford Castle for two nights as I toured through Ireland and it was THE highlight of my trip, especially the horseback ride through the amazing grounds. My guide was Joe, and I really enjoyed my time with him. He made sure that...More

Thank Elizabeth T
Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

This center is a bit of a walk or drive from the main castle of Ashford and there's a gate for accessibility. Near the town of Cong. I did not ride, but it was a joy to be at the center and watch others ride...More

1  Thank DoloresJacoby
Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

Simply amazing and wonderful! The experience you receive with the great people working with you! We had great guide in both zip lining and hourse back riding through the woods seeing Guinness tower that was built in the early 1800's

Thank Andreas G
Reviewed 4 November 2016

So far as a family, we have enjoyed horse riding through the grounds of Ashford Castle, tree climbing and zip-lining. We have throughly enjoyed each activity and would highly recommend. The staff are so friendly and have a lot of patience. When zip-lining, one of...More

1  Thank Laura Thompson D
Reviewed 18 October 2016

My wife went on two trail hacks during our two day stay at Ashford Castle, and her rides were the highlight of our 9 day trip in Ireland. She is an experienced rider, and they matched a great horse (Rosie) for her perfectly. After carefully...More

1  Thank WBBatlanta
AshfordOutdoors, Manager at Ashford Equestrian Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2016

Dear WBBatlanta, I would like to thank you personally for your very kind words that you left for us in your review. I am delighted that your wife enjoyed her riding experience. Hopefully we will have the pleasure of welcoming you both back to the...More

Reviewed 18 October 2016

We took a group of 15 work colleagues to the Outdoor Activity Centre based in the Equestrian Centre as part of a company day out/team bonding exercise. David O'Loughlin was a pleasure to deal with, professional, friendly and very very good at his job. He...More

Thank CosIreland
AshfordOutdoors, Manager at Ashford Equestrian Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2016

Dear CosIreland, Thank you very much for choosing to bring your team here to us and thank you for the kind review. It was a real pleasure working with you and providing a fun and fulfilling day for the group. Myself and all the team...More

Reviewed 17 October 2016

Stayed in Ashford Castle with work and decided to book in for a ride for some down time. The stables are a short walk from the castle - hats and boots provided if you don't bring your own. On arrival you are asked to fill...More

Thank neesonf
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Fiona was a terrific riding companion when we went for a ride through the castle grounds on Irish Cobb, Guinness and Irish draught Bramble. It was drizzling slightly but it really didn't detract from the ride and the horses certainly didn't mind. All done at...More

Thank caseyj1937
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

If you know how to ride a horse do not tell the women here. Especially if you are male. You will get an old horse as I did and they will lie to you about it as they did to me. The guide told my...More

Thank George B
AshfordOutdoors, Manager at Ashford Equestrian Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2016

Dear Gerorge, Thank you for your recent review and feedback. We are sorry to hear you did not have a good experience with us. Our first priority with all our guests is safety. Horses are assigned based on your riding experience, as indicated on your...More

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Is there a weight limit for horseback riding? Thank you
5 March 2017|
Response from AshfordOutdoors | Property representative |
Good Morning jcravenrn, We ask that if you are above 225lbs to contact us to discuss your horse riding reservation. Above this weight based on your height, weight, prior horse riding experience and the size of the group we... More
Luisa R
Hi, planning two rides with your centre in April (one trail ride for my partner and myself and one private lesson in addition for me), I'm curious to know what kind of breeds you have. Connemara ponies, I guess, and Cobs? Looking very much forward to this. Thanks in advance Luisa
6 February 2016|
Response from AshfordOutdoors | Property representative |
Hi Luisa, We look forward to welcoming you both in April. Thank you for your enquiry about our breeds of horses and ponies. We have Connemara ponies, Irish Draughts, Irish Sport Horses and Cobs. Please contact us by email... More