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Do you want to enjoy an extraordinary horse riding experience? Join Donegal Equestrian Centre to explore the beauty of the beaches, bogs, mountains, and surrounding countryside of Ireland. You will ride in superb horses, sleep quality accommodation, and enjoy adventurous rides through the magnificent unspoiled scenery. Ride the Atlantic way and experience the Irish charm here!
You will be staying at a local bed and breakfast, provided off-site by approved local bed and breakfast providers.
This trail riding is suitable for all abilities, although abilities will be never mixed unless requested. This trail riding program offers two half-day trails in one mountain / forest trail and one beach trail or two beach trails.
A beginner rider is a person who can mount a horse, dismount a horse, and stop and steer a horse in the walk. He / she may have tried trotting.
A novice rider is a person who is competent at riding a horse / pony at a walk and at rising (posting) trot or may have tried a canter. Furthermore, novice rider is a rider who has cantered but is nervous or has not done so in a while. It is also a rider who has only ridden Western style.
An intermediate rider is a person who is confident and competent at a riding a horse / pony at the walk, trot, and canter in an arena. The rider has had some experience riding out in open spaces and may have tried small jumps. It is also a rider who may have ridden to an advanced standard in the past but is not currently a regular rider.
An advanced rider is a person who is confident and competent at all paces and is currently riding regularly. The rider can control a more advanced horse / pony when cantering / galloping in company riding in an open space (for example on the beach). It is a rider who has jumped regularly.
Horses are not led on the beach (unless by special arrangement) and you must be able and confident to ride a quiet horse at a walk to ride out. Your safety is important to Donegal Equestrian Centre, please do not over-estimate your ability.
All the horses are ridden English style with English saddles and bridles. If you have only Western-type saddle experience, you will be considered a beginner / novice rider unless you have taken English seat riding lessons.
For any advanced beach rides, riders need to be familiar with English saddles and be able to rise (post) to the trot and canter. The upper weight limit is 230 pounds, 16 1/2 stone, or 105 kilograms. For safety and horse welfare reasons, Donegal Equestrian Centre is unable to accept riders over this weight.
This horse riding will take you to the trails in sand dune, Tullan Strand, Casherlard, and Breezy Mountain in Ireland.
Please book your flight to arrive at Ireland West Knock Airport (NOC).
Ireland West Knock Airport (NOC) is the nearest airport from Bundoran. Alternatively, you can book a flight to Dublin Airport (DUB).
From Dublin Airport (DUB): Bus Eireann run the Expressway route X30 to and from Dublin Airport (DUB) every two hours. The nearest stop to Donegal Equestrian Centre is at Ballyshannon.
From Ireland West Knock Airport (NOC): Bus Eireann route 64 runs from Ireland West Knock Airport (NOC) to Bundoran. The journey takes approximately two hours.
From Donegal Town: Bus Eireann local route 480 runs from Donegal Town to Bundoran. The nearest stop to the stables is Finner. The Expressway X30 also runs from Donegal to Bundoran.
Local taxi companies operating from Bundoran are OK Cabs and Roadrunner Cabs.
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