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General

  • Equestrian and events centre in rural Co Galway
  • Eco-friendly and with miles of trails for walking, cycling and riding
  • Organic restaurant on site selling meals and picnics

Giddy up to Galway now... Slieve Aughty Centre is an equestrian centre set in 17 acres of rural Galway countryside, with miles of trails to trot along on horseback, by foot and by pedal – and 2000 acres of forest and quiet country roads as its surrounds... you shouldn't say Neigh to this.

Run by Esther Zyderlaan and her team, the centre was set up to combine a relaxing hol with the nature of the Slieve Aughty Mountains. The use of the toilet and shower facilities is included in the pitch price.

Also on site is a kitchen for guests' use, or you can order a picnic or meals from the Slieve Aughty organic restaurant. A craft room is also available at no extra cost.

The nearest pub to Slieve Aughty Centre is the Hill Bar, which has live music on Saturday nights.

Please note

Dogs are not allowed in the accommodation units.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.


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Great place, very relaxing. 09/11/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Darren W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    People, food, fishing

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What a fab friendly place 23/07/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom martin b. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The site was beautiful and relaxing the staff were amazing and the horses were fab. Loved Friday night pizza party!

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Hot tub

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Hard standings

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Forest

Gastronomic delight

Lake and/or mountain

Luxury

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Small (11-25 pitches)

Location

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  • Kylebrack West Loughrea, Co. Galway, Republic of Ireland, H62 DX77
  • Timezone Europe/Dublin GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 53.1340°N 8.4726°W

Directions


By car from Loughrea, Gort or Portumna, follow the R351 (Woodford-Loughrea). In Kylebrack, turn opposite the petrol station sign; if coming from the Loughrea-side to the right; if from Portumna or Gort to the left. Drive half a kilometre and take the first left onto a narrow lane which opens onto a large parking area on the left.

Local attractions

Whether your tastes are active or placid, there's plenty to do around Slieve Aughty Centre, such as countryside strolls, cycling, birdwatching, sightseeing, riding, golfing and fishing.

Have a walk around the local forest and countryside using one of the centre's detailed maps or recommendations; donkey and pony hire is available if you're here with young children. Another good walk in the area is around Lough Rea, where the Walkway trail covers around 15 acres of wild wetland and meadow for birdwatching.

A playground and picnic area is at the adjoining Fair Green, and if you're around in summer, Lough Rea Lake Beach is a popular spot for families who come to swim, walk and fish for trout; the beach has changing and shower rooms, parking and picnic areas, and is lifeguarded in summer.

Portumna Forest Park is another excellent walking locale, accessible from Portumna Castle and with buggy-friendly pathways. Native tree species are labelled along the first part of the walk, and the scenic shores of Lough Derg a little further along. Portumna Harbour, just beside the forest park, is a popular place for picnics and watching boats and swans.

This is also prime cycling country: ask the Slieve Aughty team for recommendations on easy surfaced roads or more challenging mud and stone paths in the forest. Bike hire can be arranged if you haven't brought your own wheels.

Or might you fancy some fishing? Lough Rea is a well-stocked lake for trout, perch and pike (remember to buy a fishing permit) and boats can be hired. More fishing – for free – is at the local rivers of Bullaun, Kilcolgan and Duniry.

There's stacks to do here foresightseers too, especially those who like old buildings and monuments: among the many options are the local ruin of Marble Hill; the site of Ireland’s only Carthusian foundation in Abbey Village, and Carmelite Abbey and St Brendan's Cathedral at Loughrea 10km away.

Among the many other options in the area are spotting hen harriers (some of the land at has been designated a special area for these rare birds); Dartfield horse museum and Turoe Pet Farm a few miles outside Loughrea in the village of Bullaun; Woodville Walled Garden and its covey of doves in Kilchreest; dressing up in medieval costume and trying archery at Athenry Heritage Centre, and taking the nature trails among the 1,000 acres of Coole Park outside Gort.

Finally, have a day or two among the sightseeing, shopping, beaches and nightlife of Galway city, finishing off with fresh mussels and a Guinness in Eyre Square.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  9 a.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart:  12 p.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  4 p.m. –  Anytime
Depart:  12 p.m.

Arrivals are from 9am to 7pm from May through August and from 9am to 6pm from September through April. Pitches must be vacated by 12 noon.

Slieve Aughty Centre cancellation policy

No refunds within 30 days of arrival date.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Slieve Aughty Centre will debit the balance from your card 30 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 30 days then the balance will be taken immediately.

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Dogs
Dogs are not allowed in the accommodation units.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
The bar and/or restaurant is open between 12noon and 9pm.
The grocery shop is open between 9am and 6pm.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Occupancy
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Pitches
Units should not be left unoccupied unless previously agreed with the management. Please speak to reception when the need arises, a fee may be charged for unsupervised units.
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Reception
Reception is open from 9am to 6pm between 01/09 and 30/04.
Reception is open from 9am to 7pm between 01/05 and 31/08.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Vehicles
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

Visitors
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

Additional terms

Family experience package (usually charged at €5 per child) is included in the rate. A great day out for families, visit the fairy folk in the enchanted forest, self-guided nature trails, arts and crafts, small animal farm, family games and toddler playground.

Please note that as an eco-tourism site, the centre does not offer chemical disposal facilities.

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