Slieve Aughty Centre is a family run 4 star guest house and restaurant, equestrian centre and event venue in County Galway.
Set on 17 acres and surrounded 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.
Book an hour or two of horse riding, bring a donkey for a walk, or visit during a special event.
For a great family day out, book the Slieve Aughty Experience and check out the Enchanted Forest. Small children 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.
The new Slieve Aughty Experience includes a trip to the Enchanted Forest, where the fairy folk live and play, animals to pet, toddler playground, self-guided walks of 2-7 km, face painting, and self serve arts and crafts, all for only €5 per person.
Children ages 5 and up can take a pony to the Enchanted Forest or have a longer 40 minute ride around the property. Pony rides are €10 or €15 euro and are led by our staff, so no experience is necessary! Open Thursday to Sunday 12 to 6 Sept to June and 12-6 daily in the summer.
For more advanced equestrians and horse crazy older “kids”, 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. Pony camps by the half day and full day are available for ages 5 and up throughout the summer.
With a full service restaurant, make a family party of it!
Combine horse riding with a delicious meal, fresh pizzas fired in the clay oven, or book a pancake birthday party for a special boy or girl.
Parties are customised to your needs and budget and can include a variety of activities such as horse riding, donkey games, teambuilding, walking, arts and crafts, and more.
The food at the centre is home-made and organic, with most fruits and vegetables recently pulled from their own garden.
The Slieve Aughty chickens provide fresh eggs and close neighbours supply cheese and other products. Everything is made by hand and is fresh and delicious. The staff are also proud to offer fair trade products, including tea and coffee.
Festivals & Events
Although Slieve Aughty is a fun, unique place to visit any time of the year, their festivals are especially wonderful.
They host 4 fantastic festivals a year, Easter, Summer Solstice, 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, and their Santa won the Best Santa award in 2010