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3 Day Iconic North Coast Riding Experience

Enjoy 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.

Duration: 3 Days

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!

Cost: From £1050

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.
Duration: 3 Days
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!
Cost: From £1050

Ride Details:

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.

 

Day 1

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 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. 

You will stop at the glass sided mountain side cabin, high in the hills where a picture-perfect picnic or traditional afternoon awaits you. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch or afternoon tea, while absorbing magnificent views of the Northern Irish countryside and a toast to the experience of a lifetime!

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. Get a good night’s rest and be ready for two more full days of riding. 

OR

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. A scrumptious picnic lunch will be provided by our team which you can enjoy with your guides, stories of the area and stunning views.

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

Day 2

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. Its time to warm up the horses legs, and you’re own, with a short ride on Castlerock’s idyllic stretch of sand. Take in the views and experience your first spray of the Atlantic ocean. 

Now that we are awake, its time to make our way towards the iconic Downhill beach 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. Pass the magnificent Bishop’s Gate before getting your first glimpse of Downhill beach, taking in the panoramic views of the ocean and landscape as we ride.

Downhill beach is best known for its magnificent mountain backdrop, cliff scenery and views across to Scotland & 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 for a toilet break 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.

We’ll leave the beach and, after a brief hill climb, with panoramic views of ocean and landscape, will sneak past the Bishops Gate on our way 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 Binevenagh Mountain, you will work off lunch with a leisurely ride through the forest to Binevenagh Lake, high up on the plateau which has magnificent panoramic views looking out over the North coast, Lough Foyle, Donegal, Derry city, the Antrim Hills, south to the Sperrin mountains and was also used by HBO as a filming location for the TV hit sereis Game of Thrones!

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 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.

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 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. Its 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 Irelands most famous UNESCO 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 our transport arrives to bring you back 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!

 

Optional Add-ons
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.

2020 Rates and Dates 

£1050pps to join a group ride starting on any of the below dates:

Every Monday year round

*The above group rate is based on a minimum of 2 riders. In the event of only one rider being booked in, the ride can still take place however an additional supplement of £250 will be added to bring the price up to the one person rate below. Check out our T&Cs for more details:

Flexible starting dates

This ride is also available to start on the date of your choice at the following rates:

4 Persons – £1050pps

2 and 3 persons – £1110pps

1 person – £1320pps 

​Single Room Supplement of £30 per night applies