Golfing in East Galway
A surprisingly varied and interesting collection of 18-hole golfing gems sprinkle the landscape in the immediate vicinity of the ARD RÍ HOUSE hotel in Tuam. Each has its own individual challenges and secrets, which combine with very reasonable green fees and a genuinely warm welcome to offer real value in every sense............Fore! East Galway 18-hole mature parkland courses include Tuam, Athenry, Loughrea, Portumna, Gort, and Ballinasloe. For 18-hole links courses, try Connemara links at Ballyconneely and Connemara Isles golf and seasports club.
Further challenges await you in Claremorris, Ballinrobe, Castlebar, and Westport in neighbouring Mayo. Roscommon Town, Castlerea and Carrick-on-Shannon are also worth exploring.
Walkers of all abilities and ages will enjoy the variety of opportunities within easy reach of ARD RÍ HOUSE Hotel. Take on the challenge of the Suck Valley Way, the Western Way, the Arigna Mines Way, or the Tocher Valley (incorporating the pilgrims' path to Croagh Patrick). More locally, take a pleasant stroll from Caherlestrane to the top of Knockma or a walk through the peaceful woodlands of Rinville Park near Oranmore, or Coole Park near Gort, with all its fascinating historical literary connections.
See the native deer of Portumna Forest Park and the woodlands of Woodford, Ballygar and Mountbellew. In Tuam itself, you can take a walking tour from the Mill Museum, and, if you prefer to go alone, there is a comprehensive walking it itnerary on the Tuam-Guide web site.
Equestrian Events include the Ballinasloe Horse Fair, Connemara Pony Show, and Galway Races
Dartfield Horse Museum and Park, just outside Loughrea, offers a range of engaging and less active oportunties for an enjoyable family day out. The purpose-built facility is dedicated to explaining the history of the 5000-year relationship between horses and humans.
Local providers offer horse and pony trekking, as well as riding lessons and jump schooling.
Pallas Karting offers all the thrills of karting, in an exciting and safe environment. Enjoy 1,500 metres of 13hp single-engine track karts on a 500-metre track for families and beginners.
Turoe Pet Farm is a veritable wonderland for younger people, and its magic is not lost on older generations either. Enjoy indoor and outdoor play areas, opportunities to interact with farm animals, walks, picnics, nature trails and tree houses, bouncy castles, and all-weather activities. Turoe Pet Farm also runs special events during the year.