Where better to start your journey into the equestrian heartland of Ireland than at Cahir Equestrian Centre in County Tipperary.
Here, in this scenic spot just outside the heritage town of Cahir, you can embark on a trek by the banks of the River Suir and to the famous Swiss Cottage, nestled in the woodlands. Moving west, the Tipperary Racecourse is the perfect place for a racing day out with both national Hunt and Flat racing.
Make a date for lunch at Inch House Country House and Restaurant in nearby Thurles, where the Inch House Black Pudding salad with sweet potato wedges is one to savour. It’s off to the Irish National Stud in Kildare next where you’ll hear a true tale of stallions and stars. Its founder, Colonel William Hall Walker, was fascinated with astrology and would meticulously record a foal’s time of birth and draw up a chart. If he didn’t like the stars, the foal would be sold off immediately. Asian horticulture was another obsession for Walker, so finish your day in the serenity of the Japanese Gardens, where amidst the rich colours, there are paths following the journey of the soul from birth to death and beyond.