A Stay at Castle Leslie Estate in Ireland

By Tom Yeager

The Castle Leslie Estate is comprised of 1,000 acres adjacent to the village of Glaslough in County Monaghan, Ireland. The estate has miles of horse trails and hundreds of cross country jumps to try on park land with meandering streams, forests and lakes. There is also an indoor horse arena for jumping and dressage lessons.

The Leslie family has lived on the property since the 1660s and have opened it to others to enjoy. I stayed in the comfortable hunting lodge overlooking the stables.

Every day we went riding in the morning and in the afternoon. We rode in the forest and countryside, walking, trotting, cantering, galloping and jumping with the wind at our backs.

From my week at Castle Leslie and a week traveling around Ireland, I learned the Irish are passionate about their horses, their football, and their Guinness beer!