Interestingly, Castle Leslie Estate has been voted as one of the Lonely Planet's Top 10 equestrian destinations, worldwide.  It is also one of Europe's finest equestrian playgrounds, offering truly memorable horse riding holiday experiences.

The estate is located in County Monaghan, nestled in 1,000 acres of picturesque Irish countryside, dotted with ancient woodlands and pretty lakes. It is an idyllic setting for outdoor activity and true horsey adventure!   Riders of all abilities and age groups are welcome with expert tuition, gentle hacks and exhilarating cross-country rides to delight guests.

Packages include:

'Learn to ride in a week'

Consists of a 5-days holiday featuring three hours of daily lessons, culminating in a two hour ride around the estate. Dinner and breakfast included.

Price: £876 per person sharing. 

'Happy hackers'

A 3-days, or 5-days riding break exploring the countryside on horseback. Three hours riding per day. Dinner and breakfast included.

Price: £542 (3-days), or 5-days from £876 per person sharing.

'Horse sport'

For experienced riders wishing to expand their skills, or try a new riding discipline. Three hours riding per day. Dinner and breakfast included.

Price: From £542 (3-days), or £876 (5-days) per person sharing.

There is a variety of riding activities available at the Estate, including a state-of-the-art mechanical horse (ideal for honing riding skills before mounting the real thing), and side saddle lessons in full, authentic riding habits.

The Estate also offers falconry, clay pigeon shooting, kayaking, fishing, boating, hot air balloon rides, a health and beauty spa and walking trails, meaning non-riding partners and friends can enjoy a different activity while their companion takes to the saddle.

Guests can partake in delicious food at the Estate’s 2 AA Rosette Award winning Snaffles restaurant.  For those who enjoy a tipple, Snaffles is also renowned for its gin selection – a total of 64 available from around the world! 

Please visit for more information on Castle Leslie Estate's riding holidays. (Telephone: +353 47 88100)

(Note: Rates are quoted in sterling; based on current exchange rate. Guests' accounts are settled in Euros.)