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Discover Equestrian holidays in Ireland
Ever wanted to discover Ireland’s mountains and rugged coast all astride a saddle? Equestrian Holidays will allow you to explore many treks and trails that will bring you over peaceful and scenic landscapes at a leisurely pace. Or experience something a little different at The Irish National Stud - home to some of Ireland’s finest thoroughbreds and majestic gardens, where Queen Elizabeth II even visited in 2011. From horse to horticulture, the Irish National Stud offers a unique experience that can be enjoyed at your leisure, or as part of a guided tour. If festivals are your thing, The Galway Races is one not to be missed. The west coast’s leading racing event is an annual week-long celebration that brings a real carnival atmosphere to the bohemian city of Galway! Also along the west coast you will find the native Connemara Pony. Visitors are often charmed by this elegant breed with many choosing to take a pony trail around the area. You can also visit Clifden’s regular Connemara Pony Sales, where you can sit back and watch the guile and artistry of seasoned horse traders.
Uncover unique events, festivals and attractions
Ireland is home to some extraordinary events and attractions that draw visitors from all over the world. The National Ploughing Championships occur annually in September and is Europe's largest outdoor event, taking place on over 800 acres with 1,400 exhibitors. Events include machinery demonstrations, prizewinning livestock, live entertainment, tented trade villages, cookery and craft demonstrations, fashions shows, a food fayre, pony games, a forestry village, sheep dog trials, music and dancing and much more! Another agricultural attraction in Ireland is Dartfield Country Estate and Horse Museum. This 19,000 square foot purpose-built centre has fascinating and informative exhibits, all dedicated to the Irish horse along with a well-stocked gift and saddlery shop and café. Ireland is well known for its fresh local produce so it’s no surprise that food festivals are increasing in popularity. Food festivals come in many different flavours, but their chief ingredient is a celebration of Irish foods and the local producers, chefs and restaurateurs that champion them. Celebrate Oysters and their Atlantic heritage at one of many of Ireland’s Oyster Festivals. With a range of activities including oyster ‘shucking’ championships, it’s something you have to sea – and taste – for yourself.
Embark on an Irish culinary journey
A culinary trail around Ireland will make your mouth water like it never has before. From farm to fork - these Food Trails will showcase the best of the island’s culinary scene. All around Ireland there’s passionate people and artisan producers. From people smoking fish, making cheese, brewing craft beers or rearing free-range cattle, we have a wide variety. Journey around Ireland on one of our many Food Itineraries where you’ll find chefs taking fresh, seasonal ingredients and transforming them into mouth-watering dishes. We’ve got some of the purest waters in all of Europe. So no wonder Ireland’s latest food trends are coming straight from the water. If you’re looking for something different try Seaweed Foraging, which is becoming increasingly popular as seaweed is seen as the new darling of the Irish food scene. Over 600 types of seaweed or sea vegetables – the preferred term these days – have been identified on Ireland’s shores. If you want to give it a go yourself, it’s as simple as following the tide out to the lowest level and carefully giving the seaweeds “a little haircut” at the ends (never the roots) with a sharp knife or scissors
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the world's largest combined indoor agricultural fair and equine competition and takes place in the heart of Canada’s largest city. Over 5,000 animals including cows, sheep, pigs, goats and more plus 800 horses and ponies compete for the title of Royal Champion. See and learn about animals at work and play in the President’s Choice Animal Theatre, watch top chefs compete or sample the best in local food and wine at the Burnbrae Farms Food & Lifestyle stage; take in the Royal Horse Show where Olympic caliber riders and horses from around the globe compete for top honours; relax at one of 5 Royal restaurants and bars; shop at one of +350 unique vendors; discover The Royal Winter Gallery where top artists create and display their talents daily. There’s a lot to love at The Royal. It's 10 days of Farm fresh Fun November 6-15, 2015. Buy tickets in advance and save – www.royalfair.org