3 Day Iconic North Coast Riding ExperienceEnjoy the coast from a different perspective
3 Day Iconic North Coast Riding Experience
|At a Glance:||3 Day Iconic North Coast Riding Experience|
|Description:||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.|
|Includes:||3 nights Accommodation, Tea and Fresh Baked Scones on Arrival, Knowledgeable Trekking Guide, 3x Lunch at a Local Establishment, Ticket for Dunluce Castle tour, Ticket to the Giants Causeway Visitors centre and stones, Horse Transport, History Overview of Coast, Spectacular Trail Riding, 5* Coastal Riding, The Best Views in Ireland!|
These three days of horse riding on the world-famous North Coast gives you the opportunity to ride on our famous white sand beaches, our iconic coastlines, our verdant countryside with its 40 shades of green and enchanting forests. 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.
On arrival Mr. McKinley, members of the Bespoke Equestrian Ireland (BEI) team and “Lanna” the resident farm dog, will greet you with a warm, genuine welcome! Before heading to the stables, we’ll make our way to the converted loft above to enjoy fresh-baked scones and tea, listen to fascinating stories & history of the area and exciting details of your ride.
We’ll head 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 we have two options:
The first one is for those who want to get their muscles adjusted gently and build up their fitness in preparation for the next two full days of riding. With this option, you can spend 2/3 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. 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.
The other option is to hit the trail and spend 6/7 hours riding on mountain tracks, roads and trails through forests and to viewing points, with weather permitting, we will have views over the Glens of Antrim, almost all of Northern Ireland, parts of Southern Ireland and across the sea to Scotland. As we ride, we will gradually climb to one the best 360% panoramic views in Ireland and maybe even much further afield. This is the peak of Orra Mountain (Slieve An Orra), specifically chosen for its historical significance and breathtaking views. Orra Mountain is best known as the site of a ferocious battle between rival Irish clans in 1583, but on the top of the mountain there is a memorial erected in the honor of 8 US airmen who lost their lives there in October 1942, when their WWII B17 crashed on the mountain during heavy cloud cover.
From this mountain’s peak it is possible to see the Inner Hebrides off the Scottish coast, the Scottish mainland and all the way to the majestic Mourne Mountains in County Down. After your initial days introduction and riding you will be collected and taken to your accommodation in the nearby coastal town of Ballycastle. Ballycastle is a beautiful coastal town which is renowned for its bustling local pubs, cafes and local shops as well as stunning views across the sea to Scotland. Get a good night’s rest and be ready for two more full days of riding.
Overnight: County Antrim
Enjoy a hearty full Irish breakfast before setting off to begin your adventures in County Derry. Your driver will transport you to the seaside village of Castlerock where tacked horses await. Depending on the high tide times we will start of riding on Castlerock beach and follow the beach to the adjoining Downhill beach. We will be riding on the sand below the towering basalt cliffs and towards 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 and sits behind the ruins of the Earl’s 18th century home, Downhill House.
As we round the cliffs and headland arriving on to Downhill beach with its magnificent mountain backdrop, cliff scenery and views across to Scotland & Donegal, we’ll take 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 come before we arrive at Magilligan Point, from where the ferry leaves to take vehicles and foot passenger across Lough Foyle to Co Donegal. Here, we will tie up our horses and stop for some refreshments at the Point Inn before riding back across the golden sands, through sand dunes stopping to view the waterfalls cascading of the majestic cliffs of Bennnevanagh mountain.
We’ll leave the beach and, after a brief hill climb, with panoramic views of ocean and landscape, will sneak through the Bishops Gate, which was once the entrance to Downhill House towards the seaside town of Castlerock. We’ll stop for lunch at a local coffee shop and restaurant, Crusoe’s, renowned for its unique Panini’s and homemade soups, to rest and recharge before heading out again.
After transporting the horses 5 miles to Bennnevenagh mountain you will work off lunch with a leisurely ride through the forest to Bennevannagh Lake, high up on the plateau with magnificent panoramic views looking out over the North coast, Lough Foyle, Donegal, Derry city, the Antrim Hills and south to the Sperrin mountains.
We’ll dismount for the day and drive back to your accommodation for the evening to reflect on the beauty of the spectacular landscape where we have just spent the day.
Overnight: County Antrim
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 for photographs or to get photographed with your partners if they happen to be playing on this fabulous course.
We’ll ride on to Dunluce Castle and take 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 refreshments at the Dunluce Castle Cottage tearooms, before riding on to the tiny harbour town of Portballintrae on route to the Giants Causeway.
As we ride through Portballintrae and on to the Giants Causeway we will cross the River Bush and follow an old tram trail across sand dunes and past the stately Runkerry House before arriving at this world heritage site.
This unique world heritage site is the final destination of your three day riding vacation. Here we will loaden up the horses and stop for a meal, before saying our farewells. Afterwards, you can check out the new world class visitor’s centre and you must explore this unique heritage site and take in this natural wonder before you return to your accommodation
Overnight: County Antrim
Locations where we ride:
|North Antrim Hills||Castlerock|
|Mussendun Temple||Downhill beach|
|Magilligan||Whiterocks Strand Portrush|
|Dunluce Castle||Giants Causeway|
|Irish Countryside||Sheans Equestrian Centre|
What’s Included in the Trip:
|3 nights Accommodation||Tea and Fresh Baked Scones on Arrival|
|1 quality picnic in North Antrim hills||2x Lunch at a Local Establishment|
|Horse Transport||History Overview of Coast|
|Luggage transport||All Tack & Equipment|
|Ticket for Dunluce Castle tour||Ticket to Giants Causeway Visitor centre and stones|
|Spectacular Trail Riding||5* Coastal Riding|
|The Best Views in Ireland!||Knowledgeable Trekking guide!|
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. 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.