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At the Races tour


Calling horse lovers everywhere

Starting and finishing in Killarney

Going to the races in Dingle and Allihies, visiting stables and memorable sights of South West Ireland on the way




Day 1 August 9th we meet up in Killarney for a pony trap ride beside the lake at Muckross House then we make our way to Dingle for two nights. We will take a tour of Slea Head where the movie 'Ryan's Daughter' was made. Filmed in 1969 by David Lean it starred Robert Mitchum and Sarah Miles in probably her finest role


At Slea Head looking out to the Great Blasket and 'The Sleeping Giant'. The movie was made a few feet from this spot

Inch strand

Inch Strand on Dingle

Day 2 August 10th Dingle 'Derby Day'. We go to the Dingle Races for the main day of the year. It's been run for over a hundred years, it's fun and you will want to be there. All leading Irish jockeys started their careers as teenagers pony racing in Dingle

horse racing Racing in Dingle
Horse racing in Dingle

Day 3 August 11th We make our way south to the Iveragh Peninsula, the magical Ring of Kerry, where we go for a pony trap ride through the famous Gap of Dunloe with its lakes and steep ravine sides right in the heart of the Kerry hills.

Gap of Dunloe

Then it's on to Cahirciveen and Valentia Island where our bed for the night awaits us

Knightstown Knighhtstown
Knightstown on Valentia Island where we stay prior to going to Skellig Michael

Day 4 August 12th We go out to Skellig Michael for a tour of the monastic settlement and a trp around the island, then we go to Waterville for the night, famous for Charlie Chaplin and fishing

Skellig Michael Beehives
Skellig Michael with Little Skellig in background The beehive monastic settlement on Skellig Michael

horse and foal

Day 5 August 13th We continue our tour of the Ring of Kerry and visit Dromquinna Riding Stables, a long established stable close to the stunningly beautiful market town of Kenmare


Day 6 August 14th we take a backroads tour of the Beara Peninsula which will literally take your breath away, the lakes, mountains, small friendly villages with a big welcome. We spend the next two nights in the copper mining village of Allihies, where you can kick off your shoes, relax, enjoy the craic in the pub and look forward to Race Day

Glanmore Lake

Day 7 August 15th Is Race Day in Allihies. This is big event in South West Ireland, and has been for over a hundred years

Allihies horse race Allihies

2012 it celebrated 100 years of running the event. We take you into the track enclosure for a fabulous day out, where you will get up close to the horses and chance a bet. Out in the wilds of West Cork where the horses race around a field with back drops of Allihies village and the Atlantic Ocean. It's great fun, the people are real and afterwards we meet up in the village pubs for the craic

Day 8 August 16th We take you back to Killarney. Don't worry we take it nice and easy in case you have been celebrating into the night in Allihies


Allihies pubs



I have my own Public Liability Insurance (with LeisureInsure) It covers me for showing people around and out on location for workshops in Ireland. I suggest you bring some form of travel insurance with you

What's included in the tour price

Entry to all racecourses, including Dromquinna stables. places to stay, breakfast, trip to Skellig Michael and minibus for the tour

What's not included

Meals other than breakfast, plus single room supplement. (It is often really difficult to find single rooms for people in high season, so if you are on your own and could manage to share a room it would help me significantly)



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