4 Day Riding and Sightseeing AdventureEnjoy the best of the North Coast
4 Day Riding and Sightseeing Adventure
At a Glance
4 Day Riding and Sightseeing Adventure
Description: Enjoy a magnificent blend of quality horse riding and iconic sightseeing tours with this 4 nights, 5 day package. It includes quality accommodation mixed with half days of horse riding and half days of sightseeing. Ride through verdant countryside, wild heather clad Hills and mystical glens before riding on coastal terrain of clifftops, mountain paths and beaches as well. The riding will finish for the day around 12:30/1pm. At this stage, allow our drivers to take you to the top tourist attractions that our coast has to offer.
Duration: 5 Days, 4 Nights
4x nights B&B Accommodation, 2x beaches, Tea and Fresh Baked Scones on Arrival, Knowledgeable Trekking Guide, 4x Lunch, Riding at well-known Game of Throne locations, Horse Transport, History Overview of Coast, Spectacular Trail Riding, 5* Coastal Riding, Trip to the World-Famous Titanic Center, Derry city, Guided, the Famed Glens of Antrim, the Giants Causeway and Dunluce Castle, The Best Views in Ireland!
|At a Glance:||4 Day Riding and Sightseeing Adventure|
|Description:||A night of accommodation is included prior to your first riding day
Day 1 – Ride in the North Antrim Hills, enjoy lunch in a hillside cabin with views over 5 counties followed by a trip to the world renown Titanic Experience.
Day 2 -Gallop across Whitepark bay before heading on a tour of Dunluce Castle, Giants Causeway and the Dark Hedges.
Day 3 – Ride Watertop farm and to the edge of the Glens of Antrim. Finish with a tour of the Walled City of Derry
Day 4 – Riding on Glenariffe beach, Glenariffe glen, Waterfalls and tour of the Glens of Antrim.
|Duration:||5 Days, 4 Nights|
|Includes:||4x nights B&B Accommodation, 2x beaches, Tea and Fresh Baked Scones on Arrival, Knowledgeable Trekking Guide, 4x Lunch, Riding at well-known Game of Throne locations, Horse Transport, History Overview of Coast, Spectacular Trail Riding, 5* Coastal Riding, Trip to the World-Famous Titanic Center, Derry city, Guided tour to the Famed Glens of Antrim, the Giants Causeway and Dunluce Castle, The Best Views in Ireland!|
Combining 4 half days of riding in the Antrim Plateau, Ballintoy beach, Glendun and Glemariffe beach with tours of the Titanic Centre, Dunluce Castle, The Giants Causeway, the Glens and Derry city is a recipe for success.
Each day will be split between horseback riding and sightseeing with your private tour guide. You will spend 4 mornings riding through verdant green countryside, into the wild heather clad North Antrim Hills, across the rugged coastal terrain of clifftops, mountain paths and beaches. Feel the wind whipping through your hair, feel the splash of the wild Irish Sea glistening upon your face and feel a smile dancing across your lips, knowing that you will soon have a chance to rest!
In the afternoons you will traverse the area via car, whilst our experienced tour guide brings the area to life with vibrant stories of our history, culture and mythology. You will visit the world-famous Titanic Center to gain a deeper insight into the story of the world’s most famous ship. Visit the Giant’s Causeway to view the 40,000 unique and iconic black basalt columns protruding from the sea and hear the story of Finn McCool, the legendary Irish Giant who forged them. You will also visit the Walled city of Derry, explore the famed Green Glens of Antrim and much more.
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
On arrival Mr. McKinley, members of the Bespoke Equestrian Ireland (BEI) team and “Sheeba” the farm collie 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 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.
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.
With riding over for the day you will be taken for lunch by our tour guide to a local restaurant before setting out for our first sightseeing experience along the world famous Causeway Coast. Today we will be taking in Northern Ireland’s number 1 visitor attraction The Titanic Centre in Belfast.
Explore the shipyard, walk the decks, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the true legend of Titanic in the city where it all began.
The immersive and interactive experience, along with state-of-the-art technology and attention to detail, helped the centre become the winner of the World’s Leading Visitor Attractions (World Travel Awards 2016).
Overnight: County Antrim Coast
We will begin riding today at Ballintoy on the coast, where after tacking up we will follow an old off- road track with splendid views of the wild Atlantic Ocean, 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, exploring 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 your tour guide will collect you, take you for lunch to a local eaterie, before another interesting afternoon of sightseeing taking in the Giants Causeway and Dunluce Castle, Dark Hedges and many off the beaten track sites, some of which were Game of Thrones filming locations.
Overnight: County Antrim Coast
Your day begins at Watertop Farm, which was once a bustling ceili house. Trot and canter your way through this unique landscape on the edge of the Glens of Antrim, before we head onwards towards the coast.
You will soon be exploring the meandering trails through the beautiful countryside, bordering the remarkable Glens of Antrim. We will ride close to the resplendent Ballypatrick forest, a woodland renowned for being home to a wide variety of local wildlife. If we are lucky, we might spot some of the elusive Red Deer which make the forest their home. They, and their fawns, are known to venture out of the safety of the treelines and we may catch a glimpse of these cautious creatures as they wander the area. We are likely to see some birds of prey circling above us, as they patrol the skies looking for their next meal. Our own meal is not far away, as we will soon be making our way to a traditional Irish Pub where we can enjoy some of the traditional, hearty fare that you will have come to know intimately.
After you’ve dismounted for the day, you will enjoy a guided tour taking in the Walled City of Derry, one of Ireland’s oldest, and most beautiful cities. The character, vibrant culture and rich history of the city are best experienced through a tour of its iconic walls, allowing you to step back in time to gain an insight into the 400-year-old history of the walls including the plantation of Ulster, the siege of Derry, the 24 fully restored canons, the Troubles, the iconic gates and the famous Saints of the city.
Overnight: County Antrim Coast
Our final day’s riding begins at the ruins of the iconic Redbay Castle. The castle was once a McDonnell stronghold in the Glens and acted as a strategic lookout point for invaders coming from the North. The beauty of the area you’re riding in today will soon become clear; however, with stunning scenery on every angle, it is hard to know what way to look. You will find yourself in one of the famous Nine Glens of Antrim, a range of narrow picturesque valleys running down to the sea. Our Glen today is Glenarriffe known as the Queen of the Glens for its beauty with the Waterfalls at the top of the glen cascading down the gully between the leafy trees being a major visitor attraction in Northern Ireland.
Our rides started off on the beach today at the village of Waterfoot at the foot of Glenarriffe Glen. As you make your way onto the beach, you will be treated to views of the Western Isles and Highlands of Scotland. Look out for the dome shaped isle of Ailsa Craig and the oddly shaped Sanda Island known to locals as spoon island for obvious reasons. As you make your way onto the golden sands of Glenariffe beach, you will begin to get a first proper glimpse of the Queen of the Glens. The massive U-shaped valley, carved out by a glacier 20 thousand years ago is a sight to behold. The rugged cliff tops sloping down to green pasture and tree lined edges make for a stunningly beautiful vista as it sweeps down to the sea of Moyle.
Walk, trot, canter and gallop your way across the bay while enjoying stunning views of the area whose beauty inspired the iconic song ‘Danny Boy’. After an invigorating time spent on the beach and surrounding area we ride the quiet windy road to the waterfalls. Meet some locals along the way and allow your guide to fill you in on some of the rich culture and folklore of the area. The story of ‘Tir na nóg’ or, in English the ‘Land of the Youth’ is a particular favourite.
As we meander up the Glen and through this oasis of tranquillity you will become enchanted by its beauty and strengthen the bond you have with this land. We will ride this spectacular trail to the summit, soaking in views over the wild Irish Sea, stretching all the way to Scotland. As we ride closer to the top of the Glen, we will come to the quaint Lara Lodge where we will tie up our horses. It’s time to enjoy some local food and have a drink after an exhilarating morning in the saddle. Chill out, relax and enjoy the company of your guides and the locals in the heart of the Glens. Once fed and watered, take a short walk to view the beautiful waterfalls behind the lodge. The astounding beauty of the boardwalk to the waterfalls provides visitors with an abundance of panoramic landscapes, peaceful riverside walks and three spectacular waterfalls.
After lunch and finishing our ride, it’s time to enjoy a sightseeing tour of what the rest of the Glens has to offer. Take a trip to the harbour village of Glenarm. Nestled in the natural beauty of Glenarm, you’ll find the ancestral home of the McDonnell family, Earls of Antrim, and one of Northern Ireland’s most historic family houses. You may also want to take the opportunity to call into Steensons jewellers whose beautifully handcrafted pieces where worn by actors in the TV hit series, Game of Thrones. Make your way round the coast road, which is known as one of the top 5 road journeys in the world. Take in the coastal villages of Cushendall and Cushendun before journeying onto Torr head which is the closest point in Ireland to Scotland. Explore the incredible Murlough bay enroute and allow the beauty of the area to enchant you one more time.
Onward journey: We can book another nights accommodation for you (contact our team) or we can help you plan your onward journey
Locations where we ride:
|Sheans Horse Farm stables||North Antrim hills|
|Old Balintoy Road||Whitepark Bay beach|
|Balintoy Coastline||Old Forestry Road|
|Redbay castle ruins||Glenariffe beach|
|Glen road||Glenariffe waterfalls|
What’s Included in the Trip:
|4x nights of B&B accommodation||Tea and home baked Scones on Arrival|
|1 picnic lunch, 3 lunches at local establishments||Trips to Dunluce, Titanic, Causeway, Glens of Antrim, Derry city|
|Riding at iconic Game of Thrones filming locations||Knowledgeable local guide|
|Luggage transport||Spectacular trail riding|
|5* Coastal Riding||The Best Views in Ireland!|
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 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 – £2127pps
Flexible starting date of your choice:
2/3 persons – £2327
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