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- Equestrian and events centre over 17 acres 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 2,000 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 relaxing hols among the backdrop 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 crafts 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.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
No cars/motorcycles at the site. All cars must be parked in the designated area.
No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
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Primitive grass tent site
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Sadly we would not recommend this as a camping site.
Anne O. Confirmed
Online it got 5 stars but I wouldn’t even give it one star.
Megan S. Confirmed
From the manager...
If you put our GPS coordinates in Google Maps, we are exactly 11 km from Loughrea. This is a 15 minute drive for our staff.
We have lovely fields to pitch a tent and offered the Orchard (beside the tipi) to this couple as we had several large family groups camping that weekend and thought they might prefer the peace and solitude from all the children and families. Never did they tell us that this was not the case. If this had been told to us we would have been happy to let you pitch your tent in the field with all the families.
We have excellent reviews on our food and facilities, and all of our front of house speak are native English speakers - we do have some foreign staff in the stables.
If you had asked for a refund and removed your tent after one night we would have given it to you. But the tent was left pitched for 3 nights on the property.
Not sure why this is on the Pitchup website, we ...
From the manager...
We will no longer be accommodating caravans. As this family stayed on the property for less than 5 minutes, it seems unlikely to us that they would have any idea about the activities and/or facilities offered or be in any position to rate the overall experience, restaurant, or customer service.
From the manager...
Thanks very much. Slieve Aughty is a great place for children.
From the manager...
Leisure on park
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on park
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Propane/gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Barbecue grills allowed
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Cycle hire nearby
Horseback riding nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Convenience store nearby
Small (11-25 sites)
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.
Whether your tastes are active or placid, there's plenty to do around Slieve Aughty Centre, including 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 kids. 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; 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.
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.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|RV, trailer and tent sites|
|Arrive:||9 a.m. –||6 p.m.|
Arrivals are from 9am to 7pm from May through August and from 9am to 6pm from September through April.
Slieve Aughty Centre cancelation 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 cancelations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
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.
Payment methods accepted at the parkVisa