Sometimes, at the end of a farm visit, those who had intended to just meet the dogs can't resist the temptation to try a short taster ride. These are available year-round using either a quad-bike or a standard dog-sleigh, so long as it isn't too hot for the dogs to run.
In a taster ride on a sleigh, you do not need to take any responsibility for your team - we will normally have a guide available to drive you and you can experience the pure thrill of the ride. When we go out with the quad, you will sit behind the quad with the guide and they will explain how it is used as a training tool in the Autumn season.
If your taster ride is booked prior to your farm visit, we can have a dog team ready and waiting for your arrival and we will then continue with the farm visit afterwards. If, however, you only decide that you would like to experience the exhilaration of a short safari whilst visiting us, that is no problem. We can simply harness a team together with you, and drive you around our boundary route in comfort.
Duration: The 2km ride itself probably only lasts about 10 mins but the preparation and take down from it, including the farm tour, will easily last >1hour.
2km Taster Ride with Quad: Adults €30, Children €20
2km Taster Ride with Sleigh: Adults €35, Children €25 (guide-driven, when available)
NB: We can take 3 adults or 6 children per tour with the quad but we only use the quad with the dogs during the small window of time when the ambient temperature is below 5C but the conditions are not yet ready for sleigh training.
Morning or Afternoon Training Sessions with Quads or Sleighs: Adults €75
NB: When we are in the middle of quad and sleigh training season (ie before and after the main winter season), we generally train for a couple of hours in the mornings and at least that in the afternoons.
Teams of dogs are 'built' and then 'taken down' and new ones made. Each team will run anything from 4km to 20km depending on where they have reached in their training programme before being swapped for new dogs.
We have had so many people book a taster ride who have then wanted to stay for the whole training session that we had to come up a price for this activity!
This price therefore includes up to 16km of sledging or quad biking with the dogs (which may mean that you are doing circuits with one team or swapping teams and doing a shorter number of kilometers.