Golfing in East Galway
A surprisingly, varied and interesting collection of 18 hole golfing gems sprinkle the landscape in the immediate hinterland of the ARD RÍ HOUSE hotel in Tuam. Each has it's own individual challenges and secrets which combined with very reasonable green fees and a genuine warmth of welcome these courses offer real value in every sense............Fore! 18 hole courses East Galway. Mature parkland - Tuam , Athenry , Loughrea , Portumna , Gort and Ballinasloe. Also 18 hole links course - Connemara links at Ballyconneely and Connemara isles golf and seaports club.
Further challenges await you in neighbouring Mayo; ie Claremorris, Ballinrobe, Castlebar, and Westport. Also neighbouring Roscommon town, Castlerea and Carrick-on-Shannon.
A variety of opportunities are presented in the hinterland of the ARD RÍ HOUSE hotel, which will provide enjoyment for walkers of all abilities and ages. Accept, if you will, the challenge of such as 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.
Also pleasant discoveries are to made amongst the native deer of Portumna Forest Park, and the woodlands of Woodford, Ballygar and Mountbellew. Finally in Tuam itself there are walking tours organised from the Mill Museum should you wish to "go alone" there is a comprehensive walking it itnerary on the "Tuam-Guide" web site.
Equestrian Events - Ballinasloe Horse Fair, Connemara Pony Show, Galway Races
For those with only a passing interest in things equine there is a facility well worth a visit outside Loughrea called Dartfield Horse Museum and Park, which offers a range of engaging and passive activities guaranteed to fulfil a whole family's needs for an enjoyable day out. The purpose built facility is dedicated to telling and explaining the history of a 5000 year relationship between horses and mankind.
Trekking by horse and pony is available from local providers as well as riding lessons and jump schooling.
Pallas Karting - Offering all the thrills of karting, in an exciting and safe environment. 1500 metres track Karts 13hp. single engine. 500 metres track for families and beginners
Turoe Pet Farm - A veritable wonderland for younger people, and it's magic is not lost on older generations as well. There are play areas indoor and outdoor, opportunities to interact with farm animals, walks, picnics, nature trails and tree houses, bouncing castles and all weather activities. Turoe pet farm also has many special events happening during the year.