Slieve Aughty Riding And Activity Centre

Slieve Aughty Centre is a family run 4 star guest house, certified organic restaurant, party venue, and equestrian centre in East County Galway. Set on 30 acres and surrounded on 3 sides by more than 2,000 acres of forest, Slieve Aughty Centre offers a wide range of activities for children of all ages in a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.  They are eco-friendly, which means they offer a lot with a small environmental impact, and Slieve Aughty Woods Cafe & Wine Bar offers fresh organic meals and private event facilities.

For a great day out, book an hour or two of horse riding, make a wish in the Enchanted Forest, bring a donkey for a walk, swing on the playground, feed Eileen the pot-bellied pig, paint a picture in the craft room, and try the famous organic pancakes in the café.  There is even more happening during the Easter, Halloween and Christmas fun-filled festivals.  Children over the age of 5 can go on a short lead rein on a quiet pony, and treks are tailored to the rider’s abilities, so no experience is necessary.  Riding lessons for adults and children are available and pony camps run every February Mid-term break, Easter break, summer, and October break. For adults, take a long walk to the river (bring a donkey to carry your picnic!), stay the night, and relaxin one of the beautiful accommodations.

For more advanced equestrians, take advantage of the extensive cross country course and large all weather arena for some lessons or schooling, on your own horse or on theirs.

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The Three Towers Eco House

The Three Towers Eco House accommodation in Galway Ireland has large bedrooms which are uniquely and individually designed to make you feel at home and comfortable. Carefully selected colour schemes and natural materials are used to create the bespoke bedrooms.
Seven of the nine rooms have access to shared balconies with stunning views of the forest, gardens and fields.

In keeping with their Eco ethos and policies, you will not find a television in your room and wifi access is only available in public areas. They believe the view from your window provides better entertainment!

A coffee/tea station is located on the first floor of the Eco House which all guests are welcome to use throughout their stay as these facilities are not provided in the rooms. Daily housekeeping services are included in the room rate and in keeping with their environmentally friendly ethos they give you the option to skip a day here and there.
The management team is here every day in case there is anything you need!

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Slieve Aughty Woods Café and Winebar

The Slieve Aughty Woods Café and Winebar is certified by the Irish Organic Association. They use certified organic ingredients from local suppliers and abroad, as well as fruit, vegetables and herbs from the certified organic garden at Slieve Aughty.

Slieve Aughty Woods Organic Café and Winebar in Galway offers home-cooked delicious organic food.  There is lots of space and plenty of outdoor seating for fine days.

Contact Elaine on 086 826 4712 to book a table or call in Friday to Sunday 10am to 5pm. Opening days are extended during school holidays and summer months. With creativity and a passion for organic food, their aim is to offer delicious, healthy meals using only natural and organic ingredients.

They specialise in private parties such as christenings, confirmations, birthdays, and family reunions.

For residents, an organic breakfast is served from 9-10am.

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In fine weather, Friday pizza parties are a great way to get some friends together for a unique dining experience. Offered every Friday from April to October. For those simply looking for a day out the cafe menu offers a lovely selection of home made treats to compliment a walk, horse ride, or visit to the Enchanted Forest.


Family Holidays At The Slieve Aughty Centre

Most people come to Slieve Aughty Centre  in Galway and wish they could stay longer.  With that in mind, book family holidays or short breaks for families.  During the day, try horse riding through the scenic forestry surrounding the centre, and the trails are great for walking and cycling too. Fishing, golfing and sightseeing opportunities are within easy reach, and supervised children’s activities can be organised while the adults have some quality time to themselves.

The Three Towers Eco House offers a unique family room to make getaways for large families comfortable and affordable.  This double size room easily fits 4 or 5 single beds and has a huge bath.  For smaller families, the triple room is perfect.  A toy corner in the restaurant ensures that the kids have something to do while adults enjoy their meal. The centre has 2 eco-lodges on site, the Chalet de Florence with 2 bedrooms and 2 sets of bunk beds, and the Birds n Bees lodge with one bedroom. All rooms are available B&B and eco-lodges can be booked self-catering all year round.

For more information, contact them Tel.090 97 45 246 or email [email protected]

Booking Online:- You can book on line here through our booking link directly to the Slieve Aughty Centre Family Breaks"The Slieve Aughty Riding and Activity Centre Galway"

Slieve Aughty Birthday Parties

You will have a great time with friends and families with a pony or donkey birthday party.  Parties at Slieve Aughty are easy, fun and memorable.  Make your own party or let them customise a party for your needs and budget and take care of all the details for you.  Most kids can’t get enough of ponies or donkeys, so they plan plenty of time with the animals, even painting and dressing them up.  Kids can go to the Enchanted Forest or play games in the sand arena, whatever you choose.  They will decorate the room for you and make a hot pile of Slieve Aughty famous pancakes with all kinds of sweet toppings.  All you need to bring is the camera!

For more information on Parties at Slieve Aughty, contact them Tel.090 97 45 246 or email [email protected]

Slieve Aughty School Tours

School tours with Slieve Aughty are fun and educational.  Programme choices include farm friends, pony rides, natural wonders, Leave No Trace and teambuilding (on foot or on horseback!).  Combine 2 programmes at no extra cost!  The centre has lots of excellent feedback from previous school visits and loads of information on Slieve Aughty School Tours.

Let Slieve Aughty make your next school tour one that students and teachers will enjoy and remember.

For more information contact them Tel.090 97 45 246 or email [email protected]

The Slieve Aughty Experience

The Slieve Aughty Experience is a day out for families which includes farm animals to pet, self-guided walks, self-serve arts and crafts, new toddler playground, family games, nature hut and the new Enchanted Forest.

The Enchanted Forest

The Enchanted Forest is truly amazing with a gnome village, fairy homes, witches hut, stone ring for fairy ceremonies, and a lovely arched entryway.  Each visitors receives a keepsake map and guide to the Enchanted Forest, fairy dust, wishing tree tag, nature journal and pencil- all of which are eco-friendly and biodegradable.  Kids ages 5 and up can travel to the fairy forest on one of Slieve Aughty’s quiet safe ponies (€10) and ride even further after for a full 40 minutes pony ride (€25)

For more information, contact them Tel.090 97 45 246 or email [email protected]

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Events At The Slieve Aughty Centre

Although Slieve Aughty is a fun, unique place to visit any time of the year, their festivals are especially wonderful.  They host 3 fantastic festivals a year, Spring, Halloween and Christmas.  Each one is a family event with loads to do in a welcoming, warm, non-commercial environment.  The Easter and Halloween Festivals include a charity ride to support activities in the local community or abroad.

For more information, contact them Tel.090 97 45 246 or email [email protected]

Booking:- You can book on line here through our booking link directly to the The Slieve Aughty Centre  – see ‘Book Now’ above, at the top of this page

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Slieve Aughty Centre Spring Festival

Visit Slieve Aughty any day during the Easter holidays and capture the joy of spring at the Spring Festival Galway! Spring is a lovely time at the centre as it coincides with warmer weather, emerging flowers and longer days that inspire us to shake out the dust of winter and get busy.

Take a short walk to the Enchanted Forest and see if you can spot some fairy folk. Find out who else lives in the forest following the Who Am I? animal cards in the Enchanted Forest. Visit Winnie, their pot belly pig, and take a ride on one of their friendly horses or ponies (included in the entry fee). With more than 2,000 acres of Coillte Forest beside the centre, longer walks and cycling routes are possible for the more adventurous. Why not hire a donkey and have a picnic by the river?

Step into The Three Towers Organic Kitchen and fill your senses with the scent of fresh, home-made cooking, or simply grab a hot coffee or tea and sit outside in the garden. The kids can make a Spring craft to bring home, get their face painted, and the whole family can try out a silly “spring” wardrobe and take some family photos. The playground is a big hit for the little ones. Pizza Party Fridays are a great start to any weekend.

Make the festival part of an unforgettable Spring getaway and stay in their cosy family accommodation.

Find out more here about the Slieve Aughty Spring Festival

Halloween Festival

The ghosts and goblins arrive in Kylebrack each year with plenty of spooky surprises.  Family activities all day every day, bring the kids for face painting, costumes, arts and crafts, pony rides, and pumpkin treats.

Visit the haunted house in the woods, and for the young ones follow the witch’s walk for a short adventure on foot. Slieve Aughty famous pancakes are made to order and don’t forget to enter to win a family pass to the Christmas Festival.

Find out more about Slieve Aughty Centre’s Halloween Festival.

Christmas At Slieve Aughty

Slieve Aughty Centre’s Christmas Festival offers something new and different. It’s non-commercial, family focused and fun.

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Directions To The Slieve Aughty Riding and Activity Centre Galway

Slieve Aughty is situated in the West of Ireland, about 45 minutes drive from Galway City and 15 minutes drive from Loughrea.

Directions from Loughrea:- from the N66 take the roundabout exit to Loughrea Town Centre. Take the R351 (Woodford Road) south from Loughrea. Lough Rea Lake will be on your right hand as you leave the town.

Travel approximately 10Km to The Hill Bar on your left side. After passing The Hill Bar take the next right turn at the four way junction. There is a petrol station and shop at this junction.

Drive a further 0.5Km and take the first left at the white house. This is a narrow lane and a small round sign with the Slieve Aughty logo at the top of the lane. Follow the road to the car park on the left.