Leisure

Just 30 minutes' drive from Shannon, this Irish exclusive-use castle has no shortage of things to do in the local area...

Fishing

As the 1000-acre lake of Lough Cutra has remained private, it has not suffered the same fate as many of the other lakes in the region; it has not been over-fished. There are pike, perch, carp and large trout throughout the lake and even the most inexperienced angler is going to catch something!

There are a couple of boats which are available for use by castle guests, though fishing from the shore can also be very successful. Should you tire of fishing, why not explore any of the dozen or so islands dotted around the lake?

Horse Riding

Horse riding is the perfect way to explore the beautiful 500 acre estate which surrounds Lough Cutra Castle. The estate has a good range of equestrian facilities, which include stabling for 10 horses, a new sand arena/schooling ground and an excellent cross-country course.

The cross-country course was designed by the internationally-renowned Tommy Brennan. The course is c.2.5 miles long and includes 34 Jumps with 56 Options - natural fences designed to challenge all, from the inexperienced to professional riders. The course winds its way through woodlands, part of the lake itself, the arboretum and across meadow and pasture, allowing riders and spectators to really appreciate the beauty and diversity of the estate. Tommy Brennan has also designed the cross-country element of the Punchestown 3-day event course, and is responsible for the cross-country course at the 2006 Olympics in China.

Driven Pheasant

The pheasant shoot was established in 2001 by Dromoland Game Sports, who run the famous and very successful shoot at the Dromoland Estate, County Clare. On an average day the bag includes pheasant, woodcock, duck and snipe.

Deer Stalking

The fallow deer at Lough Cutra are plentiful. They can be stalked on foot or from high seats positioned at vantage points around the estate. There are mature heads for trophy hunters and local victuallers will harvest the deer by arrangement.

Hunter Trials

The Annual Lough Cutra Hunter Trials are held on the St. Patrick's Day Bank Holiday and are a major event in the West of Ireland. In 2003 there were over 320 competitors from all over Ireland and the UK. People come from far and wide to sample the cross-country course and the 'craic' on the day.

Schooling

Regular schooling courses are available with international riders Maxie Scully & Aidan O'Connell tutoring. Both Maxie Scully & Aidan O'Connell are accredited equestrian tutors and former professional international show jumpers. Exclusive tuition can be arranged for groups of up to 10 people.

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