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4 Day Iconic Coastal Ride to the Giant's Causeway

Enjoy the coast from a different perspective

4 Day Iconic Coastal Ride to the Giant’s Causeway

At a Glance

4 Day Iconic Coastal Ride to the Giant’s Causeway

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: 2 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, Spectacular Trail Riding, 5* Coastal Riding, The Best Views in Ireland!

Cost: From £1030

At a Glance: 4 Day Iconic Coastal Ride to the Giant’s Causeway
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: 2 nights Accommodation, Tea and Fresh Baked Scones on Arrival, Knowledgeable Trekking Guide, 3x Lunch, Ticket for Dunluce Castle tour, Horse Transport, Spectacular Trail Riding, 5* Coastal Riding, The Best Views in Ireland!
Cost: From £1030

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.

 

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 3/4  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 sumptuous picnic awaits you. Enjoy your picnic, 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

 You can choose a longer ride, 5/6 hours, riding higher and further out into the Antrim Hills to the summit called  “Croaghan”. With a 360-degree panorama, the view from the summit is widely regarded as one of the best views in Northern Ireland, if not, the whole of Ireland!

From Croaghan, take a long look out over the Glens of Antrim, looking north to Scotland and Scotland’s Ayrshire Coast, Mull of Kintyre, Scottish Highlands and the Western Isles. Also looking over to Rathlin Island, an island off the coast of County Antrim and the northernmost point in Northern Ireland. Additionally, take in County Donegal’s Inishowen & Malin Head—the northernmost point in Ireland. Western views look out over the River Bann to the Sperrin Mountains and south to County Down’s Mourne Mountains and to Slieve Beagh in County Monaghan in Southern Ireland.

As the team descends Croaghan, making their way over the trails and hills, one thing will become clear–the aura of the surrounding lands are serene and tranquil, mystical and awe-inspiring.

Overnight: County Derry

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. It’s 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, it’s 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 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.

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 series 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 old Dunluce Castle Cottage 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 finish of our adventure with a relaxing meal in the Causeway Hotel 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 take you onwards on your journey.

If you would like an additional night of accommodation tonight then this can be arranged upon request

If it is variety you are looking for then today is full of it. This morning we’ll transport the horses and saddle-up in the hills above Ballycastle close to Loughareema known locally as the Vanishing Lake, an area surrounded by Irish myths and legends. Allow your guide to regal these stories to you including the one of the coachman and horses lost in a terrible storm!

It’s time for a little change of scenery as we meander our way through one of the coasts mature forest. Enjoy the serene atmosphere of the forest and take in the almost magical nature of the trails as you walk, trot and canter your way through towering trees and ancient pathways while catching views of Ballycastle Bay, Rathlin Island and Scotland in the clearings. As we leave the forest, our ride continues through the McBride family’s glen to join an old disused coach road through the hills into the Glen of Glendun, one of the famed Nine Glens of Antrim, on our way back to the days starting point.

Walk, trot and canter along while taking in the stunning fauna & flora, towards the beautiful Glen characterized by bright green rowans, purple heather and soaring birds of prey.

We will load up and travel 5 miles down the glen to the scenic village of Cushendun. Cushendun was designed in 1912 by Clough William Ellis at the request of Ronald John McNeill, 1st Baron Cushendun. The village’s Cornish appearance was deliberate–designed to please the Baron’s wife, Maud, who was born in Cornwall, England. After Maud’s death in 1925, he erected a row of whitewashed, quaint cottages in her memory—affectionately known as Maud’s Cottages.

Riding on Cushendun Strand we will pass the ruins of Carra Castle before making our way to the famous Cushendun Caves—an impressive system of caves formed over 400-million years ago. More recently, the caves doubled as the caves of ‘Storm’s End’ in the HBO hit series, Game of Thrones.
An unusual character of Cushendun is “Johann the Goat”, a bronze sculpture situated close to the mouth of the River Dun. Johann lived in the harbour area for many years, grazing the riverbanks and welcoming visitors bearing apples or carrots. In 2001, he was the last animal to be culled during the foot and mouth outbreak. His statue remains a memorial to the farmers in the district who lost their livestock. Today, another goat carries on Johann’s tradition and can be seen resting beneath the feet of Johann’s sculpture or grazing along the banks.

Savour every minute as you walk, trot and canter along the strand at Cushendun with your trusted horse and the guides whom you have spent the week with. Enjoy your last time in the waters of the Atlantic before journeying through the ancient beech trees surrounding Cushendun’s old Church and manor house on your way back. As you dismount with a smile on your face, the sense of accomplishment, the memories, the bond with your horse and the bond with the people of the area you have made will never leave you as you once more, take in the beauty of the wild and rugged landscape.

You will be taken back to your accommodation and tonight we will gather for a farewell dinner to celebrate our tour and finish off with a memorable evening in a local pub, usually with traditional music. Here, you will strengthen your connections with the place and its people as we introduce you to the regulars and you enjoy the music, dance and the local craic.

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.

Rates and Dates 

Every Monday year round: £1030pps 

Flexible starting date of your choice: £1230pps

*The above group rates are based on a minimum of 4 riders.  Check out our T&Cs for more details.

If there are less than 4 persons on the ride, the price you pay will be:

 

Every Monday year round             

2/3 persons – £1170pps                                                       

1 person – £1850          

Flexible starting date of your choice:

2/3 persons – £1370

1 person – £2050

 If an additional person joins the ride for the full 3 days, 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 £30 per night applies for those who require a single room.