3 Day Iconic Coastal Ride to Dunluce Castle and Giant's CausewayEnjoy the coast from a different perspective
3 Day Iconic Coastal ride to the Giant’s Causeway
At a Glance
3 Day Iconic Coastal ride to the Giants Causeway
This three-day Irish riding experience begins with a day’s horseback riding in the Irish countryside before spending two more exhilarating days on the famous Causeway Coast heralded for its beauty and spectacular scenery. The ride includes 3 beaches and allows you to ride to Mussendun Temple, Dunluce Castle and the Giants Causeway.
Duration: 3 nights, 4 days
Includes: 3 nights B&B Accommodation, 3 beaches, Tea and Fresh Baked Scones on Arrival, 3x Lunch, Knowledgeable Trekking Guide, Ticket for Dunluce Castle tour, Giants Causeway visit, Spectacular Trail Riding, 5* Coastal Riding, The Best Views in Ireland!
Cost: From £1185
|At a Glance:||3 Day Iconic Coastal Ride to the Causeway|
A night of accommodation is included prior to your first riding day.
|Duration:||4 days, 3 nights, 3 riding days|
|Includes:||3 nights B&B Accommodation, 3x Lunch
Tea and Fresh Baked Scones on Arrival
Knowledgeable Trekking Guide
Ticket for Dunluce Castle tour
Giants Causeway visit
Spectacular Trail Riding
5* Coastal Riding
The Best Views in Ireland!
This Iconic Ride is perfect for those riders who want the very best of the North Coast! It includes 3 full days of riding, riding on 3 different beaches and allows you to ride to Dunluce Castle, the Giant’s Causeway and Downhill Demesne.
Ride on our famous white sand beaches, our iconic coastlines, our verdant countryside with its 40 shades of green and enchanting hillside vistas. All this mixed with our attention to detail, our quality horses and genuine Irish hospitality make for an unforgettable experience that helps you to connect with the people and the places you are travelling through.
This ride is available daily with times to be prearranged with the Bespoke Equestrian Ireland team.
Céad míle fáilte (one hundred thousand welcomes)
Welcome to Ireland! You can arrive in either Belfast or Dublin. We can arrange for our driver to collect you from either location and whisk you off on 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, wild Atlantic.
You can spend the day at your leisure in your accommodation or by exploring 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!
We can’t wait to meet you!
Overnight: North Antrim Coast
Our driver will pick you up at your accomodation and take you to our 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 to 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 on to green pasture away below with panoramic views over the North Coast and 5 counties of Ireland.
You will stop at the glass sided mountain side 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.
We 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 our way back to the stables.
After your initial days introduction and riding you will be collected and taken to your accommodation near to 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 Derry
Enjoy a hearty full Irish breakfast before setting off to begin your adventures. Your driver will transport you to the iconic Downhill beach where your first glimpse of Downhill beach offers panoramic views of the ocean and landscape where miles of open sand, waterfalls and iconic views await. Enroute, we will pass the ancient trees of Mussendun before the journey continues past the ruins of Downhill House which was Frederick Augustus Hervey, Bishop of Derry and Earl of Bristol’s, 18th century home.
Marvel at the architecture and expanse of the flamboyant Georgian ruins before your gaze is taken by the lonely Mussenden Temple, regally perched 120-feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Inspired by the Roman Temple of Vesta in Tivoli, Rome, Mussenden Temple was used as a summer library for Frederick Augustus Hervey, Bishop of Derry and Earl of Bristol.
It is time to meet your trusty stead again at the entrance to the beach. Downhill beach is best known for its magnificent mountain backdrop, cliff scenery and views across to Donegal. As we enter the beach, we can stop at the foot of the cliff where Mussendun Temple is located for an ideal picture opportunity before taking a swift canter or gallop across miles of flat, open beach crossing the river on to Benone Strand, with miles of more sand beach to enjoy. As we pull up at the end of the beach, we stretch our legs, stop at the washrooms and give the horses a rest before riding back across the golden sands, through sand dunes, stopping to view the waterfalls cascading of the majestic cliffs of Bennnevanagh mountain and enjoying some time in the spray of the Atlantic.
On leaving Downhill beach we will ride through Downhill forest to the site of St Mary’s Church with its legend of the magical cow which could produce unlimited amounts of milk as long as it was kept by the right person and to hear some of the complexity of Irish history and of why this Catholic church was destroyed after the Siege of Derry by retreating forces loyal to the Catholic King James II.
Our ride finishes back at Downhill, where we load the horses and enjoy a relaxing lunch after an exhilarating ride.
After lunch you will be taken for a guided tour of this beautiful area, starting of with Mussendun Temple before travelling on to some off the beaten track locations such as St Aidan’s Church nestling at the foot of the mountains overlooking Lough Foyle. St Aidan’s is the site of a Holy well and is also the burial site of St Colombus, soil from his grave is well recognised as having healing properties for skin complaints. Then on to Gortmore viewing point with superb 360% views over the North west of Ireland before taking in further viewing points as you follow the coast line back to your accommodation for the night.
Overnight: County Antrim Coast
Today we will start our ride at the Whiterocks beach, so named because of the white chalk cliffs and caverns set back from the water’s edge. The west end of the strand is adjacent to the sea side town of Portrush and backs on to one of the top grass links golf courses in the world, the famous Royal Portrush, host to the British Open which is part of the 2019 Masters Competition. The White Rocks beach also looks out over the Skerries (a small group of islands off the coast of Portrush) and the iconic Dunluce Castle, Donegal and the Western Isles of Scotland.
While riding here, there is the opportunity to ride along the edge of this famous golf course which was used for the 148th Open Championship in 2019. Stop for photographs or to get photographed with your partners if they happen to be playing on this fabulous course.
Enjoy some beautiful trots, canters and time in the sea in the most beautiful of surroundings.
After conquering the beach, it is time to storm the 13th Century Castle ruins at Dunluce. Ride along the epic coast line leading us to Dunluce Castle before taking a tour of the castle, learning some of its intriguing history (especially the bit about the kitchen & staff plunging into the sea during a storm in 1639).
While here, we will have some snacks before riding on to the tiny harbour town of Portballintrae on route to the Giants Causeway.
As we ride through the quaint coastal village of Portballintrae we will begin to see the rugged headlands surrounding the Giants Causeway. We will cross the River Bush, on its way to meet the Atlantic after being used to create the world famous Old Bushmills Whiskey. It’s time to enjoy our second beach of the day! Breath in the fresh sea air as you trot and canter across the sand and in the gentle swell of the sea. The ride continues as you follow an old tram trail across sand dunes and past the stately Runkerry House before arriving at Northern Ireland’s most famous UNESCO world heritage site.
This unique world heritage site is our destination for today’s ride. Here we will load up the horses and finish off our adventure with a relaxing meal in the Causeway Hotel. After the meal, make the most of the opportunity to visit the famous hexagonal rock formation and allow the memories of 3 unforgettable days of riding, your trusted steed and all the people you have met along the way to permeate through your thoughts.
Onward Journey: If you would like an additional night of accommodation tonight then this can be arranged upon request or we can help you with your onward journey
Locations where we ride:
|Sheans Horse Farm stables||North Antrim Hills|
|Downhill beach and Benone Strand||Downhill Forest|
|St Mary’s Church||Past Downhill Demesne|
|Whiterocks beach||Coastal route to Dunluce|
|Dunluce Castle||Portbalintrea beach|
|Old Causeway tram track||Giants Causeway centre|
What’s Included in the Trip:
|3x nights Accommodation||3x Beaches|
|1x quality picnic in North Antrim hills||2x Lunch at a Local Establishment|
|Tea and Fresh Baked Scones on Arrival||Explore Downhill Demesne and tour of Benone Area|
|Luggage transport||All Tack & Equipment|
|Ticket for Dunluce Castle tour||Entrance to Giants Causeway Visitor centre and stones|
|Spectacular Trail Riding||5* Coastal Riding|
|Riding at Game of Throne Filming locations||Knowledgeable Trekking guide!|
*The above rates are based on a minimum of 4 riders (Can all be from your booking or a combination of other bookings)
Check out our T&Cs for more details.
If there are less than 4 persons booked on the ride, the price you pay will be:
Every Sunday year round (Riding starts Monday):
2/3 persons – £1299pps
Flexible starting date of your choice:
2/3 persons – £1499
Single riders are welcome to ride individually, or can also avail of the above rates as long as they join one of our existing bookings.
Contact us to discuss price and availability.
If an additional person joins the ride for the full experience, we are happy to give a refund where applicable in event of someone having overpaid.
*Prices are based on two people sharing a room. A Single Room Supplement of £50 per night applies for those who require a single room.
1. We can arrange for you to be picked up at any airport or from anywhere in Ireland and transport you after your riding tour, to wherever you require.
2. Hire of photographer for a day/half day
3. Upgrade to Hotel accommodation can be arranged.
4. Extra night of accomodation at the end of the trip
5. Itinerary planning for non-riding partners such as for Golf, fishing, sightseeing, genealogy. Check out our Out of Tack page and our itinerary planning website at www.premierexperiencesni.com