The Clew Bay Ride is based out of Westport, an award winning town in County Mayo in western Ireland. Clew Bay is overlooked by Croagh Patrick, a holy mountain where the saint spent forty days fasting in the year 441 AD. Said to contain an island for every day of the year, the bay is also home to Clare Island, the headquarters of Grainne Uaile (Grace O’Malley), the legendary pirate queen of the 1500’s. This ride gives you the opportunity to soak in the history and charm of this special place, while riding the horses Ireland is so famous for. Your host comes from a long line of passionate horsemen, with the ride’s base the family’s award winning stud farm, which has produced and shown quality horses for decades. From here you follow the path of Saint Patrick through forests and peat bogs, then on to the coast and over mountain passes. The route gives you ample opportunities to for good riding and also to enjoy the hospitality and culture of several different villages on the Emerald Isle.