Horse Caravan Itinerary – 4 nights

  • Phelans in Ballinaclash a stop on the donkey walking and horse caravan holidays

Day 1: 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.

Family friendly holiday in Ireland

Day 2: Sunday

Feed the horses and donkeys on a family holiday in Ireland

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.

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: Monday

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.

For those that want to do some extra sightseeing, Greenan Farm Museum and Maze is a short taxi journey/long walk away and 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.

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 and the lovely Avoca Café and famous Fitzgerald’s pub.

Crossing Ballinaclash bridge with a gypsy horse caravan

Day 4: Tuesday

Lighting a bonfire while on your glamping holiday in Ireland

Travel with the caravan back to our base at Cronybyrne.

Overnight in the caravan on our farm. 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 5: Wednesday

Checkout is at 11.00

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