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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 provide relaxing hols flanked by 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.
Open from 04/02/2021 to 10/31/2021
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Very relaxed atmosphere, activities for kids were enjoyable & they …
From the manager...
Thanks for your feedback and glad you enjoyed your stay. The arts and crafts room is actually closed to the public this summer due to COVID-19 and we are using this space as a staff isolation room. We do have a sign on the door but sometimes the door is left open for ventilation.
Will be re booking ASAP. Stunning
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From the manager...
We do not agree at all as all of the other tent pitch reviews would justify - we offer a large field for tent camping, just like clifden eco camp, Westport House, and Lough Kee. The facilities are not far away unless you pitch at the far end of the field - some people prefer to do this as there is less foot traffic.
I camp around the country with my son a lot and I would highly recommend Slieve Aughty, not because I am staff but because there are so many activities for children, walks and nature, it is safe for children to run around, there are horses and farm animals on site and you can eat in the delicious organic cafe and book horse riding. Not many campgrounds can offer that.
Very enjoyable stay in a beautiful location with many facilities that
Leisure on park
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on park
Car parking by site/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Barbecue grills allowed
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Propane/gas cylinders available
Convenience store nearby
Small (11-25 sites)
Cycle hire nearby
Horseback riding nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
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 are 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.
- Does Slieve Aughty Centre have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Slieve Aughty Centre dog friendly? Yes View all features
- What attractions are near Slieve Aughty Centre? 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 … Read more
When can I check in and check out of Slieve Aughty Centre?
Camping and touring Arrive: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Depart by: noon
Arrivals are from 9am to 7pm from May through August and from 9am to 6pm from September through April.Read more