3 Days Adventurous Beach and Mountain Horse Trail Riding Holiday in Ulster, Ireland

Venturesome Horse Trail Riding Holiday Ireland

Join Donegal Equestrian Centre to explore the beauty of the beaches, bogs, mountains, and surrounding countryside of Ireland. You will ride superb horses, sleep in quality accommodation, and enjoy adventurous rides through the magnificent and unspoiled scenery. Ride the Atlantic way and experience the Irish charm!

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 230 pounds / 105 kilograms
  • Tack type: English

Highlights

  • 1 adventurous beach horse trail
  • Approximate daily riding time: 2 hours
  • 1 thrilling horse riding on the Breezy Mountain trail
  • Service of professional guides and use of a horse
  • Mouth-watering breakfast per day
  • 2 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


2 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Smoke-free property
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

You will be staying at a local bed and breakfast, provided off-site by approved local bed and breakfast providers.

Program

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.

Beginner rider

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.

Novice rider

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.

Intermediate rider

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.

Advanced 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.

Schedule

Day 1

  • 13:30 Introduction to your horse and guide followed by an assessment / refresher lesson
  • 14:00 Sand dune and Tullan Strand beach trail tailored to your ability
  • 16:00 Return to stables

Day 2

  • 09:45 Arrive at stables and transfer to the start of the Breezy Mountain trail (this trail gentle winds through the lanes and forest tracks around Casherlard and Breezy Mountain)
  • 12:00 Pick up and return to stables

Further information

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.

Location

This horse riding will take you to the trails in sand dune, Tullan Strand, Casherlard, and Breezy Mountain in Ireland.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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 half-day trails riding (1 mountain / forest trail and 1 beach trail or 2 beach trails)
  • Professional guides and use of a horse
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Transfers from and to riding trail per day

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

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).

Arrival by bus

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.

Arrival by taxi

Local taxi companies operating from Bundoran are OK Cabs and Roadrunner Cabs.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.

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Availability

This horse riding trail is available all year round from February to November. During July and August, it’s only available on weekends. Select an arrival date below. Please send inquery at least 14 days before arrival.

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