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Explore the Spectacular Irish countryside on horseback!Weekend

Today Dublin's hidden charms may be forgotten but its history resurfaces when Coolmine's guides greet guests from all over the world with a warm welcome and a "CEAD MILE FAILTE" - a hundred thousand welcomes!

Ireland’s vibrant history is reflected in a striking variety of prehistoric evidence scattered across the country, like megalithic tombs and dolmens, Celtic ring forts and burial sites - each of them with its own individual local legend and myths. The Celtic culture and language dominated Irish history for thousands of years, and even now, that legacy is still in Ireland. There is one section of this settlement remaining at the Lynch family farm, where Coolmine Equestrian Academy riders can trek, overlooking the outdoor arena where trail rides begin.

Imagine starting your riding trail at the last standing section of an Ancient Monastic Site, following a winding path through Coolmine Equestrian's 80 acre estate, through streams, over jumps and through marshy land. Then climbing upwards to venture through the Dublin Mountains Knocknadrina Forest with breathtaking views of Dublin city and the Bay below, looking North to the Famous Hill of Tara. Maybe take a moment to take it all in at our scenic picnic areas over lunch on the trails!

Some trail rides pass through an Irish Ring Fort in the Dublin forest which dates back to the 2nd century BC. Vikings discovered these vulnerable settings and raided many of these tempting targets of their precious ornaments and wonderfully crafted books. In an attempt to save their relics, the monks built distinctive round towers, which Vikings couldn’t loot. You can find round towers in the local village of Clondalkin and the picturesque early medieval monastic settlement at Glendalough.

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