Travel Information for getting to Ireland
Land of the Horse
Ireland, and her romantic heritage is woven intrinsically with the horse; it is all but in our blood. At IHG we hope that when you come to Ireland to purchase one of our world-renowned horses that you will also stay and get to experience our wonderful traditions, hospitality and culture.
Ireland is one of Europe’s most natural environments. Amidst the tapestry of green pastures for raising world-class horses, experience some of Ireland’s fantastic Five star hotels and splendid historic Country Houses, while savouring local gourmet delights of award winning chefs. Enjoy a superb range of pursuits from fly fishing to hill walking in some of the most spectacular natural wildscapes in Europe or teeing off on legendary courses to dancing the night away.
How to get to Ireland
Visit www.ireland.com for more detailed information on planning your trip to Ireland.
Ireland Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme
Overseas visitors from a number of countries can visit Ireland under the Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme. Download the Ireland Visa Waiver information (PDF 150k)
Information for countries that require a visa when travelling to Ireland
Overseas visitors from a number of countries do require a visa when travelling to Ireland. If you are travelling on business you will require certain documentation to go with your application all of which now must be done on line . Attached is the Information for application for a short stay business visa for Ireland. (opens in new window)
Travelling within Ireland
The best way to get to where the horses are located is by car. Visitors wishing to drive in Ireland will require either a full valid national driving licence or an international driving permit issued abroad. Either of the above can be obtained from your country of origin. For clients who do not wish to drive they can organise a concierge service with car hire companies of their choice.
Places to stay
In a country where we are known for a thousand welcomes with hospitality second to none, Ireland has a fantastic range of places to stay to suit every budget and every taste from friendly family B&Bs to historic and sumptuous Five star castle hotels.
Things to see and do
In between the decisions of which horse or pony to buy, you may want some downtime to enjoy fantastic activities from fishing to golf, tracing your Irish ancestry or a gallop along the beach to cycling in the great outdoors.
Things to do and enjoy in Ireland
Ireland has wonderful riding centres with excellent facilities for every rider ability. Enjoy trekking through spectacular unspoilt countryside, forest trails and across stunning beaches.
Failte Ireland have independently assessed and quality assured a wide range of equestrian centres with exceptionally high standards. The Equestrian Tourism Accreditation assures visitors of a quality experience. For accredited centres look go to http://www.ireland.com/what-is-available/equestrian/equestrian-centres/all
Ireland is host to great equestrian events throughout the year from the famous Dublin Horse Show to Tattersalls International Horse Trials. So when you’re in Ireland to buy a horse or pony, use the equestrian event calendar on the Irish Horse Gateway to see what’s on.
Come to Ireland and book some time with fully qualified expert coaches. Enjoy the opportunity to train, compete and upskill your schooling techniques. Private and customised coaching trips can be arranged.
Be prepared for four seasons in one day! While it is true that there are no major temperature differences between the seasons and that rain is likely every second day, the Irish weather is manageable. The secret of coping with the Irish weather lies in taking the correct clothing. You should prepare for moderately mild weather at all times and be able to supplement basic dress with a warm sweater and/or rainproof top.