Galway School Tours for all Ages
Slieve Aughty Centre offers fun, safe and educational programmes for schools. We can accommodate groups of up to 50* students at a time. To ensure that each child gets more individual attention and hands-on opportunities for learning, your Tour may combine two programmes at no extra cost. Lunch is available and supervising adults are free.
Slieve Aughty Centre is BHS (British Horse Society), AIRE (Association of Irish Riding Establishments) and Bord Failte approved. Family owned and operated by Esther & Merel Zyderlaan, we have been serving the local community and abroad for more than 25 years.
*depending on programme selection
Pony Rides: Our friendly, safe ponies and experienced staff guide students in learning the basics of pony care, including grooming, tack and leading. The children go for a trek or ride the ponies in our enclosed sand arena, with leaders. Riding hats are provided and students should wear boots with heels, or wellingtons. We can provide boots and wellies for those who don’t have their own.
NEW Enchanted Forest Fairy Tour: a great day out for all ages! Take a map and walk one of our self-guided nature trails. Visit the Enchanted forest where you can stop to eat your lunch and try to spot the fairy folk while you’re there. Pop in to the arts n’ crafts room where our staff will make and do with the children and paint their faces. Be sure to pet the ponies and visit the other animals before you go! Pony rides are available at an extra cost and must be prearranged. I’ve included an image of the brochure for your convenience. Each child receives a Nature Journal to record what they spot along the way and a forest pack including wishing tree hanger, fairy forest map and fairy dust.
Farm Friends: By popular demand, we’ve added a new programme designed to give schools a more affordable option. Discover life on the farm with arts and crafts, live animals to pet and groom, pony rides, games and a farm tour. It’s a full day outdoors! This programme cannot be combined with another option.
Natural Wonders: Explore the meadows and forest trails of Slieve Aughty on a fun nature hunt. Younger children get a nature journal to complete and keep. Boots recommended as we don’t let the mud stop us – it’s part of nature!
Eco-Logic: Discover what it means to “tread lightly on the earth”. Through interactive activities, students investigate the inter-connectedness of nature and the role of humans in the environment. Determine your own carbon footprint and bring awareness to action!
Teambuilding on Foot/Horseback: Looking to bring a group of students together and build community? Our teambuilding program focuses on cooperation, communication and trust. Activities vary depending on the age and experience of the group and can include games, low ropes elements, and/or games on horseback!
Leave No Trace: This worldwide outdoor ethics programme is based on 7 principles to inspire careful and considerate use of the natural world and countryside. Our staff are qualified Leave No Trace Trainers. Include a few principles in your school tour or earn a Leave No Trace certificate for each student by making it the focus.
Map and Compass (4th class and above): Never get lost again! We teach the basic skills of map reading and compass use and students put those skills to the test with a team treasure hunt. For an additional challenge, find the hidden treasure on horseback!
2017 School Tour Programmes & Costs
Enchanted Forest Fairy Tour: €9/student
Pony Rides: €20/student
Farm Friends*: €9/student
Teambuilding on Foot: €10/student
Teambuilding on Horseback: €20/student
Leave No Trace: €10/student
Map and Compass (for 4th class and above): €15/student
* Farm Friends cannot be combined with another programme.