Horse Caravan Itinerary – 7 Nights

7 night itinerary

Arrival Wednesday or Saturday

Day 1: Wednesday or Saturday

Arrival at our farm at Cronybyrne:

Our family farm at Cronybyrne is located just 1 ½ hours from Dublin airport and 1 hour from Dublin city. Visitors can travel to us by an excellent bus link direct from Dublin airport/city to our local village at Ashford which runs on an hourly basis followed by a short taxi journey. We can also organise taxi transfers direct from the airport for our visitors, which stop en route to allow you to do some shopping for food supplies. We provide free parking for those with a rental car.

On arrival on our farm we will show you in to your caravan, give you a short tour of the farm and give you some time to settle in. Later that day we will do a route discussion and map marking session with you where we provide detailed information on the route and local attractions and mark you a map to follow for the trip.

Our 100 acre farm lies next to some beautiful forestry and a nature reserve with well-marked walks and once you are settled in to the caravan you are welcome to explore the farm, visit the horses and donkeys and collect firewood for you campfire.

Day 2: Thursday or Sunday

Horse Training and 1st journey

On the morning after your arrival, we do the ‘horse instruction’. This consists of your learning and practicing how to catch, look after, harness, yoke and drive a horse. Before you start on the comprehensive ‘horse instruction’, we will have talked with you and will match you with a horse suitable for your route and for your horse experience or lack of it. Following the instruction we introduce you to your horse and get you set on your first journey to Garryduff.

Day 2: Journey to Garryduff

This is one of the most scenic routes from our farm and brings you on a looped circuit to the tiny village of Moneystown with great views of green pastureland and Trooperstown Hill before returning to Garryduff where you set up camp in a charming farm setting. The overnight stop has spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, a great campfire area for toasting marshmallows and Freddy the donkey as company for you horse. Traditional home-baked soda bread is available to buy onsite.

Garryduff has a very rural setting so some of our guests organise a taxi to bring them Laragh to go for a meal at The Wicklow Heather and visit the famous lakes and monastic site at Glendalough. There are also lovely walks from the caravan stop to Carrick Mountain for which we give you a map.

Day 3: Friday or Monday

Travel from Garryduff to Greenan.

This is well known for the Greenan Farm Museum & Maze – well worth a visit for the wonderful 1/2 acre hedge maze, farm animals, wild nature walks and traditional farming museums. Visit the lovely tea-rooms for home baking and browse through the local arts and crafts in the craft-shop.

You will pass the village of Rathdrum on your way to Greenan and this is a good opportunity to stock up on some food supplies in the village supermarket. If you fancy a hot lunch why not try the traditional fish and chips from the local take-away restaurant.

Day 4 & 5: Saturday and Sunday or Tuesday and Wednesday

Continue towards the Wicklow Mountains travelling from Greenan to the glacial valley of Glenmalure.

Glenmalure is one of the most scenically beautiful mountain valleys of County Wicklow. Here the caravan is parked across the road from the Glenmalure Lodge, a lively family run pub and restaurant with excellent food and a cosy relaxed atmosphere.

The overnight stop is set along the Wicklow Way so there are a large selection of paths and walkways in the area and many visitors will walk to see the Glenmalure waterfall or Kelly’s Lake on Carrowaystick Mountain.

You spend 2 nights here and our recommendation is to hike across the Wicklow Way on your second day to visit the lakes and monastic site at Glendalough which is the most famous attraction in County Wicklow. You are rewarded with some of the most spectacular views of the valley, lakes and round tower by approaching it from this perspective!

For those that do not wish to hike it is a short taxi journey from one valley to the next or you can opt to hike one way and taxi home. Or of course you can choose to simply relax for day and enjoy the view from the caravan watching you horse enjoy his rest day munching grass on the river bank in your field.

Day 6: Monday or Thursday

Travel with the caravan to Ballinaclash.

A small village with only a pub and a shop all in the one building! Visitors park in a lovely field on the river bank directly across the road from the pub which is said to have the best Guinness in the area. This is a great place to relax, meet the locals, buy the kids an ice cream and have a campfire under the stars.

A short taxi journey and you can also visit The Meeting of the Waters, famous for where the Avonmore and Avonbeg rivers meet and Avoca village home of Avoca Handweavers, the oldest working mill in Ireland, the famous Fitzgerald’s pub and Avoca Studio Gallery.

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You may choose a slightly longer journey and travel past Ballinaclash to the valley of Avoca. Here you park the caravan bordering the Avonmore River, directly across from the Farriers In pub and Avoca Studio Gallery and a short walk from the famous Meetings of the Waters where the Avonmore and Avonbeg rivers meet. Avoca village is also in walking distance and you can visit Avoca Handweavers, the oldest working mill in Ireland and the lovely Avoca Café and famous Fitzgerald’s pub.

Day 7: Tuesday or Friday

Travel with the caravan back to our base at Cronybyrne and overnight in the caravan on our farm. This gives you plenty of time to pack and organize things for you departure the following day.

On returning to the farm you unharness the horse and then release him to the field with all his friends. A campfire and BBQ dinner can be great fun for the last night or we are happy to organize a taxi to bring you for a meal or to visit a traditional Irish pub.

Day 8: Wednesday or Saturday

Checkout is at 11.00

**All Overnight stops based on availability, nearby alternatives may be used**