Equestrian Breaks Offaly
Equestrian packages with the County Arms Hotel are run in conjunction with Birr Equestrian Centre. The Cosgrave family has been catering to riders and horse enthusiasts for over thirty years under the direction of Noel Cosgrave and his team of dedicated instructors. The centre is A.I.R.E. approved and the instructors certified by the British Horse Society. The facilities at Birr Equestrian Centre have been designed with the discerning equestrian in mind. Indoor and outdoor arenas (measuring 160' x 60' and 180' x 80' respectively) allow riding throughout the year regardless of weather conditions. The two storey reception building is equipped with all modern conveniences including toilets, showers and changing rooms. Friends and family are encouraged to take advantage of the viewing room located on the second storey which overlooks both of the arenas.
Pony camps run between July and August each week Monday - Friday inclusive and various school breaks Christmas, Easter and Halloween. Children and teenagers of all levels are welcome. 6 to 16 years of age.
Mountain Trekking is an appealing option for those who desire to test their abilities outdoors or would like to simply enjoy the local scenery. Experienced instructors lead riders through the rolling pastures and pristine forest trails of the Slieve BloomMountains. Guests of the County Arms Hotel can join the trek on a Sunday afternoon for a half day and experience the breath taking views from the top of the slieve Bloom Mountains. Mountain treks can also be easily arranged for Private Groups.
Birr Equestrian Centre enjoys a strong relationship with the local Ormond Hunt. Join the hunt for an unforgettable experience racing across the fields of Offaly and Tipperary, and then head to the local pub in the evening to enjoy the craic. The Ormond Hunt rides out on Tuesdays and Saturdays from November to March and special offer packages are available with the County Arms Hotel to include accommodation, hunting and hire of your hunter for each hunt. Birr Equestrian centre offers a wide variety of well schooled hunters noted for their temperaments and stamina. Pre-hunt courses are also available for riders who have no previous hunting experience or who desire further practice