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Horse Riding Holiday in Ireland

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These three days of horse riding on the world-famous Causeway Coast and North Antrim hills give riders the opportunity to enjoy walking, trotting and cantering through forest trails, verdant countryside, heather-clad mountain tops, coastal villages and stunning white sand beaches. This ride mixes quality riding experiences and accommodation with exceptional views and traditional Irish hospitality.

Key Information

  • Tack type: English tack
  • Horse breed: Irish Cobs, Irish Drafts, sport horses, and Connemara
  • Rider weight limit: 225 lb / 102 kg

Highlights

  • 2 days of riding, 4 to 7 hours of riding each day
  • Spectacular trail riding and five-star coastal riding
  • Picture-perfect picnic at the mountainside cabin and lunches in local restaurants
  • A refreshing trot, canter or gallop on a 3-mile-long pristine beach
  • Ride overlooking some of the most iconic Game of Thrones' filming locations.
  • Ride one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope bridge.
  • View the beautiful Irish Sea, looking across to the Western Isles of Scotland
  • 2 night's accommodation with breakfast, lunch and the best views in Ireland included

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


2 days with instruction
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in local Bed and Breakfast accommodations in North Antrim Coast and County Antrim Coast.

Program

Arrival Day

Céad míle fáilte (one hundred thousand welcomes)

Welcome to Ireland! You can arrive in either Belfast or Dublin. A driver can be arranged to collect you from either location and whisk you off at the beginning of your Irish adventure. You will journey northwards and, if it tickles your fancy, you can opt to travel along the renowned Causeway Coastal Route, lauded as one of the top 5 road journeys in the world. This beautiful drive will give you a taste of the rugged coastlines and sweeping sea views that you will experience over the course of your holiday.

The coastal route is dotted with historic castles and a changing canvas of natural landscapes–incredible fishing villages, quiet beaches, rolling green hills with lush hedges, mountain streams and rugged coastlines with majestic cliffs—all overlooking the magnificent sea.

You can spend the day at your leisure in your accommodation or explore the beautiful North Coast. Enjoy some food at a local pub or restaurant, sample a pint of Guinness with the locals, or dance the evening away to some traditional Irish music. Be sure to get a good night’s rest to be ready for what the coming days have in store!

  • Overnight: North Antrim Coast

Tour Day 1

A driver will pick you up at your accommodation and take you to the stables. On arrival, Mr. McKinley, members of the Bespoke Equestrian Ireland (BEI) team and “Sheba” the Border collie farm dog, will greet you with a warm, genuine welcome before heading to the barn for a stable tour and meet the team of horses (if you wish, you can assist with grooming and tacking).

After selecting a horse and a riding assessment, you will spend 4/5 hours riding out into the wilderness of the North Antrim Hills with its heather-clad slopes, looking down onto green pasture away below with panoramic views over the North Coast and 5 counties of Ireland.

You will stop at the glass-sided mountainside cabin, high in the hills where a picture-perfect picnic or traditional afternoon tea awaits you. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch, while absorbing magnificent views of the Northern Irish countryside.

You will be riding past the old peat banks that were once the traditional source of fuel in Ireland for generations and can stop and do some peat cutting with the old traditional peat spades and get a few photographs before making your way back to the stables.

After your initial day's introduction and riding, you will be collected and taken to your accommodation near where you will be starting your ride tomorrow morning. Your hosts will help to organise dinner options for you in the local town. After that, it's time to get a good night's sleep and be ready for what tomorrow has in store.

  • Overnight: County Antrim Coast

Tour Day 2

You will begin the day in the idyllic seaside village of Ballintoy on the coast! Follow an old off-road track with splendid views of the coast, to the breathtaking white sand beach of Whitepark Bay, a 3-mile long beach on the famous Causeway Coastal Route. Whitepark Bay is a beautiful stretch of pristine beach located on Co. Antrim’s North Coast near the picturesque village of Ballintoy. With a beach so pure it shines for miles (on even the cloudiest of days) it’s the perfect backdrop for a refreshing trot, canter or gallop!

You will take your time playing on the beach and in the ocean before cantering over the smooth sands! If you're lucky, the famous “Sunbathing Cattle” will be on the beach basking in the sun’s warmth.

You will spend your time romping and capering along the 3-mile stretch of pristine, resplendent white sand and explore the rolling sand dunes of the area below the backdrop of the rugged surrounding cliff faces which were once home to some of the earliest human settlers in Ireland. Savour the taste of the tantalising sea air, feel the blustering and energising wind on your face and the radiant rays of the Irish sunshine on your back on this invigorating ride.

Afterwards, you'll make your way over sandy dunes and across lush farmlands for lunch at the village of Ballintoy. Enjoy a delicious pub lunch in the Fulerton Arms with a traditional atmosphere. Add in a pint or half a pint of Guinness and you’ll tick all the boxes. Expect good, straightforward locally sourced main dishes such as seafood chowder or Irish stew.

After lunch, you will ride in the hills above Ballintoy, overlooking Ballintoy Harbour which was mainly associated with salmon fishing. In its heyday, cartloads of salmon made their way around hilly roads to catch the train at Ballycastle and onwards to Belfast. Game of Thrones fans will recognize Ballintoy Harbour as the setting for the Iron Islands and Lordsport in the Isle of Pyke. Like most places along the North Coast, the views from these hills are spectacular and offer some amazing photo opportunities. We look down on Ballintoy’s most distinctive site, the white Ballintoy Parish Church, perched on a hill overlooking the vast Atlantic.

Ballintoy Parish Church was built in 1813, in replacement of the original church built in the early 17th century. It is one of the most scenic churches in the country and is often pictured with the stunning view of Rathlin Island in the background. Many notable landed families are buried in the church’s cemetery including The Stewarts of Ballintoy, Downing Fullerton and members of the Stewart-Moore family.

You will now make your way towards the final destination of your journey. As you ride, you will be looking down onto the cliffs surrounding one of Northern Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope bridge, before finally stopping and saying farewell to the horses and team after a full day of off-road riding.

Your time with Bespoke Equestrian Ireland is coming to an end and as you say farewell to the horses, you will take in the vista of this spectacular coastline hugging the wild Atlantic Ocean, looking out over the sea to Rathlin Island, the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland and the Western Isles of Scotland.

Onward Journey: If you would like an additional night of accommodation tonight then this can be arranged upon request or Bespoke Equestrian Ireland can help you with your onward journey.

Location

This horse riding holiday will take place in Northern Ireland, UK, evoking images of historic castles, quaint fishing villages, and an ever-changing canvas of landscapes such as endless white-sand beaches, hidden verdant valleys, rugged coastlines, and majestic cliffs. This area also overlooks the wild Atlantic, with breathtaking and stunning views.

Locations where you ride

  • Sheans Horse Farm stables
  • North Antrim Hills
  • Old Balintoy Road
  • Whitepark Bay beach
  • Balintoy coastal paths
  • Balintoy hills

Food

Daily brakfeast, tea and freshly baked scones on arrival, as well as lunch at a local establishment, refreshments, and a picnic are included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
  • Paleo diet
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 2 nights B&B accommodation
  • 1x beach
  • 1x quality picnic in North Antrim hills
  • 1x lunch at a local establishment
  • Tea and freshly baked scones on arrival
  • Luggage transport
  • 5* coastal riding
  • All tack and equipment
  • Spectacular trail riding
  • Knowledgeable local guides

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Hire of photographer for a half or full day
  • Upgrade to hotel accommodation
  • Itinerary planning for non-riding partners
  • Personal expenses
  • Dinners

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Dublin Airport (DUB) or Belfast International Airport (BFS). Transfer from and to these airports is available upon request. Bespoke Equestrian Ireland is a full-service vacation provider and their US team can assist with and arrange travel logistics.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Availability

This vacation is available all year round with arrivals every Sunday. Single room supplement of 70 GBP per night applies for those who require a single room.

Flexible starting dates of your choice are also available with a surcharge of 200 GBP per person. Please send an inquiry to Bespoke Equestrian Ireland to check the availability and exact rate.

 

Pricing information for 1-3 riders

Our pricing is based on 4 riders taking part in the riding experience (these riders do not all need to be part of the same party). If fewer than 4 riders take part in the ride then a supplement may apply. Single riders are welcome to ride individually, or can also avail of the group rates as long as they join one of the already existing bookings. Please send an inquiry to Bespoke Equestrian Ireland to discuss price and availability.

 

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