4 Day Iconic Coastal Ride to Dunluce Castle and Giant's CausewayEnjoy 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: A fantastic 4 days of riding which includes 4 beaches and allows you to ride to Dunluce Castle and the Giants Causeway. This four-day Irish riding experience includes 4 exhilarating days on the famous Causeway Coast heralded for its beauty and spectacular scenery. It begins with a night in one of our beautiful coastal locations followed by 4 days of riding through quaint hills, verdant glens, 4 of our best beaches and Game of Throne filming locations. Mix this with quality horses and knowledgeable guides and you have one of the best horse riding experiences that the world has to offer. Come see for yourself.
Duration: 4 nights, 5 Days
Includes: 4 nights B&B Accommodation, 4x beaches, Tea and Fresh Baked Scones on Arrival, Knowledgeable Trekking Guide, 1x picnic lunch, 3x Lunch at a Local Establishment, visit to Downhill Demesne, Ticket for Dunluce Castle tour, Visit to the Giants Causeway Visitors centre and stones, Horse Transport, Spectacular Trail Riding, 5* Coastal Riding, The Best Views in Ireland!
Cost: From £1644
|At a Glance:||4 Day Iconic Coastal Ride to the Giant’s Causeway|
A night of accommodation is included prior to your first riding day
|Duration:||5 days, 4 nights, 4 riding days|
|Includes:||4x nights B&B Accommodation, 4x 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!
A fantastic 4 days of riding which includes 4 beaches and allows you to ride to Dunluce Castle and the Giants Causeway.
These four 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 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 sea.
On arriving at your accommodation, get settled in and 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, its time to get a good nights 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 todays 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. As you meander through the rocks and along the beautiful paths, you will begin to feel part of our land and our people. Savour every breath of the sea air as your mind begins to focus on your final day of riding tomorrow!
Overnight: County Antrim Coast
We will begin the day in the idyllic seaside village of Ballintoy on the coast! Follow an old off- road track with splendid views of the coast, to the breath-taking white sand beach of Whitepark Bay, a 3-mile long beach on the famous Causeway Coastal Route. Whitepark Bay is a beautiful stretch of pristine beach located on Co. Antrim’s North Coast near the picturesque village of Ballintoy. With a beach so pure it shines for miles (on even the cloudiest of days) it’s the perfect backdrop for a refreshing trot, canter or gallop!
We’ll take our time playing on the beach & in the ocean before cantering over the smooth sands! If we’re lucky the famous “Sunbathing Cattle” will be on the beach basking in the sun’s warmth.
You will spend your time romping and capering along the 3 mile stretch of pristine, resplendent white sand and explore the rolling sand dunes of the area below the backdrop of the rugged surrounding cliff faces which were once home to some of the earliest human settlers in Ireland. Savour the taste of the tantalising sea air, feel the blustering and energising wind on your face and the radiant rays of the Irish sunshine on your back on this invigorating ride.
Afterwards, we’ll make our way over sandy dunes and across lush farmlands for lunch at the village of Ballintoy. Expect good, straightforward locally sourced main dishes such as seafood chowder or Irish stew,
After lunch we will ride in the hills above Ballintoy, overlooking Ballintoy Harbour which was mainly associated with salmon fishing. In its heyday, cartloads of salmon made their way round hilly roads to catch the train at Ballycastle and onwards to Belfast. Game of Thrones fans will recognize Ballintoy Harbour as the setting for the Iron Islands and Lordsport in the Isle of Pyke. Like most places along the North Coast, the views from these hills are spectacular and offer some amazing photo opportunities. We look down on Ballintoy’s most distinctive site, the white Ballintoy Parish Church, perched on a hill overlooking the vast Atlantic.
Ballintoy Parish Church was built in 1813, in replacement of the original church built in the early 17th century. It is one of the most scenic churches in the country and is often pictured with the stunning view of Rathlin Island in the background. Many notable landed families are buried in the church’s cemetery including The Stewarts of Ballintoy, Downing Fullerton and members of the Stewart-Moore family.
We will now make our way towards the final destination of our journey and as we ride, we will be looking down on to the cliffs surrounding one of Northern Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope bridge, before finally stopping and saying farewell to the horses and team after a full day of off-road riding.
Your four- day vacation is coming to an end and as you say farewell to the horses, we will take in the vista of this spectacular coastline hugging the wild Atlantic Ocean, looking out over the sea to Rathlin Island, the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland and the Western Isles of Scotland.
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|
|Old Balintoy Road||Whitepark bay beach|
|Balintoy Coastal cliffs||Balintoy hills|
What’s Included in the Trip:
|4x nights Accommodation||4x Beaches|
|1x quality picnic in North Antrim hills||3x Lunch at a Local Establishment|
|Tea and Fresh Baked Scones on Arrival||Explore Downhill Demesne|
|Luggage transport||Game of Throne filming locations|
|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!|
2023 Rates and Dates
Every Sunday year round (riding begins on Monday):
Flexible starting date of your choice:
*The above rates are based on a minimum of 4 riders (Can all be from your booking or a combination of our 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 Monday year round:
2/3 persons – £1863pps
Flexible starting date of your choice:
2/3 persons – £2063
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 4 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 £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