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Slieve Aughty Centre

8.5

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General

  • 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.


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8.5

Overall rating based on 8 reviews

 

88% would recommend this site to a friend.

88% would stay here again.

 

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Friendly, helpful staff. Clean,09/03/2020

Reviewer's country: IrelandAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Facilities like kitchen, dining room and ablutions. Location very good for walks.

    Disliked: 

    Poor drainage on the camping site

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Very relaxed atmosphere, activities for kids were enjoyable & they …08/03/2020

Reviewer's country: IrelandGlenda K.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Very relaxed atmosphere, activities for kids were enjoyable & they were fascinated by the enchantedforest, facilities were good with everything close to the tent area, would recommend

    Disliked: 

    Midges, bring insect repellent

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Highly recommend esp if kids want to pony ride08/03/2020

Reviewer's country: IrelandAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    We received a lovely warm welcome. All facilities (kitchen, toilets, playground, lounge) were clean and close to the campsite. The horses and ponies were the main attraction for us and we will always remember the pony ride to the enchanted forest. It really lived up to our best expectations and the kids were thrilled. We will definitely be back and have already recommended it to several friends.

    Disliked: 

    The arts and crafts room although looked really well stocked and displayed some brilliant pieces was really musty and needs a good spring clean. The kids ran out when we went to investigate and it would have been so nice to use it.

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.

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Will be re booking ASAP. Stunning08/03/2020

Reviewer's country: IrelandAmanda M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Beautiful quiet site, amazing location, extremely safe, Pizza party and horse trails a must

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We have just come back from this amazing place. Everything …07/26/2020

Reviewer's country: IrelandMarta G.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
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    We have just come back from this amazing place. Everything there is delightful: eco form for everything, contact with nature, peace, trust, smile, horses, dogs, food, forests, smell, pizza, playroom, playground, piggy, houses woven into the area, garden, window in the room to yoga, people, happiness. Children are fully satisfied, never bored and we were relaxed, because they were safe and happy. You come back to such places and cry when you have to leave. Thank you that we could be a part of this amazing adventure, we will come back for sure :)

    Disliked: 

    All great!!

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We loved everything about Slieve Aughty - the warm welcome, …07/14/2020

Reviewer's country: IrelandLisa B.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
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    We loved everything about Slieve Aughty - the warm welcome, beautiful organic gardens and grounds, and the amazing scenery on the various walking trails. Facilities were excellant, super clean and inviting. All Covid precautions were followed. Even though the weather was unsettled, our kids, 4 and 6, had the best time playing in the playgound, pony trekking, and visiting Eileen the pot belly pig. Pizza night on the night we arrived was so lovely. We had a such a good time, we immediatly booked a second holiday there for this August.

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No photos of the actual pitches on the website,08/21/2019

Reviewer's country: IrelandSeamus C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Easy to get to, very quiet location,

    Disliked: 

    Pitched in a field away from the advertised location, photos on the website are very misleading,

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.

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Very enjoyable stay in a beautiful location with many facilities that07/01/2019

Reviewer's country: IrelandEugene M.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    I am originally from west of Ireland and as a short camping Holiday it is a Hidden gem.
    For pet owners it is great you can bring one dog.
    Lots to do or just chill and relax over two or three days.
    Lots of things to see within an hours driving distance if you want to go farther away.
    Pub on site in main building is handy.
    Kitchen facial ties good and provided on site cups plates etc so if your a camper lees to pack.

    Disliked: 

    We booked continental breakfast the only option and some of the hot food could have been served hotter this food been self service. In general all food organic and delicious and well presented. Overall a very pleasant experience and I will be recommending to friends and staying again at some stage.

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Bar or club house

Cycle hire

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Fishing

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Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

TV room

Takeout

Tennis

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Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Bush

Gastronomic delight

Hikers’ paradise

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Communal fridge

Dump station

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Type

Farm

Small (11-25 sites)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Location

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  • Kylebrack West, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Republic of Ireland, H62 DX77
  • Timezone Europe/Dublin +0000 (GMT+00:00)   GPS 53.1342°N 8.4726°W

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Local attractions

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
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  • 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.

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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.

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

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.

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.

Occupancy
No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Vehicles
No cars/motorcycles at the site. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

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

Reception
Reception is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. between 01/09 and 30/04.
Reception is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. between 01/05 and 31/08.

General
The bar and/or restaurant is open between 01/01 et 31/12.
The grocery shop is open between 01/01 et 31/12.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

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

Sites
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.

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Visitors
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

Sites
You must follow management instructions when setting up your tent/rig and related equipment.

Additional terms

Family experience package (usually charged at €5 per child) is included in the rate. This includes visiting thr 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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