Immerse yourself in the centre of the world racing industry.

 

Travel like royalty trough the horse country in our luxury chauffeur driven fleet. Horse racing is known as “The Sport of Kings” and Ireland truly does it well. Known around the world as the centre of all things equestrian, we breed and produce the absolute best racehorses in the world and dominate jump racing the world over. While we are experts in our field of Luxury Private Travel, we are also experts in the equestrian field.

A very exclusive tour, our “Sport of Kings and Queens Tour” was recently inspired by the royal visit to Ireland and to our own hometown of Cashel, otherwise known as “Cashel of the Kings”. The equestrian links between the British Royal family and Irish Thoroughbred industry is no secret and we are so excited to offer you the opportunity to travel exclusively in their stately tour footsteps.

A 7-day tour which will see you staying at 3 5-star Luxury Hotels, The Cashel Palace, Adare Manor and the Carton House Hotel, all synonymous with the equestrian set here in Ireland. A trip full of equestrian experiences that just simply would not be found elsewhere.

Your week will start with collection in our one-of-a-kind Range Rover Autobiography where you will be whisked off to the world renowned Coolmore Stud for a private tour of the worlds leading stallions. Following on from the tour of the stud. You will immerse yourself in the very frame of racing at the Fethard horse museum. Time for supper at The Cashel palace, owned by the world famous Magnier racing dynasty. The next day it is time to meet the expert for a day at the thoroughbred sales and supper with a bloodstock agent. A trip to Cashel would not be complete without a visit to the rock and a pint of Guinness at Foleys.

You will then more on to The Adare Manor and tour the beautiful Adare sights on foot. Supper and relaxation at the hotel that evening.

We then of course have organised a trip for you to meet your very own racehorse for a day, a very exclusive experience. We will arrange a lease of a runner for the day, we will even organise the horse to run in your very own handpicked colours which you can take home with you. Today you will experience a stable tour at your trainer’s yard and a chance to meet your horse in person.

The next day its time to get to grips with racing ownership and a trip to a national hunt champion yard to learn just why racing is so addictive and how just about anyone can get involved.

All racehorses start out somewhere and today it is a trip to see the first stages of those world stage champions, A trip to the Irish National Stud and a chance to see the beautiful mares and foals followed by a walkthrough of the famous Japanese Gardens. You will dine that evening at the Michelin guided Brown Bear in Kildare and lay your head at the wonderful Carton house. An early night needed as tomorrows the day that your horse will run. While you will have entry to the parade ring, pre run talks with your trainer and jockey and fingers crossed the winner’s enclosure, you will be watching the races from your private suite where you will wined and dined in comfort. Wind down from your equestrian packed itinerary with a relaxing spa treatment and whiskey tasting at your hotel, The perfect end to your tour.

Highlights

  • 7 nights in luxury countryside manor hotels: Cashel, Adare and Maynooth.
  • Private guided transport in luxury vehicles
  • Immerse yourself in the home of horse racing
  • Behind-the-scenes and exclusive access to the racing industry
  • Meet the experts
  • Racing festival package
  • Horse ownership
  • Suggested accommodation: Cashel Palace, Tipperary. Adare Manor, Limerick. Carton House, Kildare.
  • Additional inspiration: Equestrian shopping can be arranged.
  • Airport: Dublin
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Accommodation

Cashel Palace

Adare Manor, Limerick

Adare Manor, Limerick

Carton House

Carton House

Cashel Palace

5 Star Hotels Ireland

At the foot of a hill — in the shadow of Ireland’s most iconic medieval site, the Rock of Cashel — stands another architectural masterpiece, Cashel Palace. Built in 1728 by Sir Edward Lovett Pearce, the architect who designed the Parliament House in Dublin, this red brick manor was once the residence of Ireland’s archbishops. It is a brilliant blend of classicism and sophistication, with a façade that hides behind its symmetrical layout a world of surprises: a majestic colonnaded hall, walls covered in detailed wood panelling, staircases with handrails carved in the shape of candy canes, and rooms that seem to have been taken from a fairy tale. With its English-style gardens, comfortable sofas warmed by the cosy fire of the bar, and a spa bathed in light, Cashel Palace takes its guests on a magical journey. It is an idyllic refuge where you can recharge your batteries before plunging into the area’s Celtic history or wandering through the enchanting moorland.

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Adare Manor, Limerick

5 Star Hotels Ireland

Adare Manor has been a byword for elegant lifestyle for over two centuries. The 840-acre estate that surrounds the Manor House consists of sweeping parklands, cultivated gardens, formal French gardens, magnificent mature trees. The extensive gardens also boast a fully matured Robert Trent Jones Senior golf course and Adare Manor Equestrian Centre and Spa. Visit Website.

Carton House

5 Star Hotels Ireland,Country manor house

Queen Victoria knew it well. Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier came for a holiday. Peter Sellers and Marianne Faithfull lived here for years. When the 1st Duke of Leinster chose it for his country seat in 1739, it stayed in the FitzGerald family until the mid 20th century. Now it’s all yours and you’ve never experienced anything quite like it.

Step back in time and enjoy centuries of history with timeless hospitality at one of Ireland’s most historic resorts; Carton House, A Fairmont Managed Hotel. Set upon 1,100 acres, our all encompassing resort is yours to enjoy…

Get into the swing of it with 2 world-class championship eighteen-hole golf courses, relax and unwind at the oasis that is Carton House Spa & Wellness, indulge with a visit to one of our many eateries, explore with our vast array of resort activities or simply enjoy a restful night’s sleep in one of 169 bedrooms, 18 of which are located in The House.

Fleet choices

When you tour Ireland with Ireland Chauffeur Travel, you travel in luxury, style and safety. We provide the very best touring transport so your private chauffeur driver will guide you around Ireland in the latest luxury Mercedes and Land Rover Range Rover vehicle models.

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Experiences

The complete Thoroughbred Country Experience. From grass roots to race day glory.

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Coolmore Stud

The Co Tipperary stud farm is one of the finest racehorse breeding centres in the world, where a top stallion can earn €1million each time he covers a mare. However, what exactly goes on behind its perfectly manicured hedges has been a closely guarded secret for decades. Now open to small public tours in conjunction with the Fethard Horse Country Experience. Meet the best stallion the world over up close in person.

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Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens

The Irish National Stud belongs to the people of Ireland but prides itself on being enjoyed and appreciated by visitors from all parts of the globe. Nowhere better symbolises all that is great about County Kildare, the beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry, than the stud, a unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty that is home to some of the most magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens to be found anywhere in the world.

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Race Day Package

Experience the roar of the crowds welcoming home the winner, the anticipation of the parade ring and that race day unrivalled atmosphere. Entry to the races, lunch and race cards are included in the package.

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Racehorse Ownership Package

Experiences the racing industry first hand with your very own horse for the day. This unique package includes a meet and greet with your horse, your very own racing colours chosen by you and to be taken home as a souvenir. The horse will run in your name on the race card. Entry to the parade ring and if you are very lucky, the winners enclosure also.