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3 Day Learn to Ride Horse Riding Holiday in Bundoran, County Donegal
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Bundoran, County Donegal, Ulster, Ireland

Beginner Horse Riding Holiday in Ireland

Donegal Equestrian Centre's three-day learn to ride package is ideal for beginners / novice and rusty riders; perhaps you haven’t ridden for years and would like to get to know your horse, before a gentle beach ride. Maybe, you can ride but would like your non-horsey partner / friend to experience the sport you love. It is also ideal for families wishing to ride together. The three-day package can be over a weekend or midweek. This program will let you enjoy your first trial on the back of the horse.

Key information

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


  • Horse riding sessions
  • Approximate daily riding time: 2 hours
  • Learn how to tie up, groom, and tack up your horse
  • Opportunities to practice your rising trot
  • Set off on your beach / dune ride
  • 2 night's accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner


3 days with instruction
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The accommodation for your two nights' stay will be at a local bed and breakfast, provided off-site by approved local bed and breakfast providers.


Day 1

  • 13:30 Arrive at stables
  • 14:00-16:00 Lesson and ride

On day one, you will need to arrive at the stables at 13:30, where Donegal Equestrian Centre will introduce you to your horse and instructor for the afternoon. You will learn the basics of how to tie up, groom, and tack up your horse before the ride. This will be followed by a lesson in the arena where you will receive instruction in controlling your horse and getting the feel of him before your first ride out. If you are feeling confident, you will be given the opportunity to try rising trot.

Day 2

  • 10:00-12:00 Preparation and ride

On day two, you help to groom and tack up your horse and after a quick refresher, you set off on your beach / dune ride. Once again, this will be an instructional but relaxing ride, with plenty of time to enjoy the spectacular scenery. There will be several opportunities to practice your rising trot for those who would like to and to canter if you are able.

Day 3

  • 10:00-12:00 Preparation and ride

On day three, you help to get your new friend / horse ready for a final an hour and a half to two hours of beach ride, with more opportunities to practice your new and improved skills.

Note: Times can be flexible by prior arrangement.

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 Donegal Equestrian Centre 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.

Donegal Equestrian Centre upper weight limit is 230 pounds, 16 and a half stones, or 105 kilograms. For safety and horse welfare reasons, Donegal Equestrian Centre is unable to accept riders over this weight.


Donegal Equestrian Centre is situated one mile from the center of Bundoran in the beautiful northwest coast of Ireland, which is the perfect location for all your horse riding activities.


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 hours of lesson and ride
  • 2 hours of beach / dune ride
  • 2 hours of beach ride
  • 2 night's accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

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 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 21 days before arrival.
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