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5 Day Castles, Iconic Coast and Countryside Experience

5 Day Castles, Iconic Coast and Countryside Experience

At a Glance

5 Day Castles, Iconic Coast and Countryside Experience

Description: This 5-day ride and sightseeing holiday gives you an opportunity to not only participate in some of the best horse riding in the world but we will help you to create, schedule and organise an itinerary whereby on your sightseeing time and evenings you can visit and discover what we recommend to be the best of Northern Ireland

Duration: 5 Days, 5 Nights

Includes: Accommodation x 5, Tea and Fresh Baked Scones on Arrival, Knowledgeable Guide, Refreshments, Lunch at Local Establishments, Horse Transport
History Overview of Coast, Spectacular Trail Riding, Farewell dinner and evening of entertainment, 5* Coastal Riding
The Best Views in Ireland!

Cost: From £1445

At a Glance: 5 Day Castles, Iconic Coast and Countryside Experience
Description: This 5-day ride and sightseeing holiday gives you an opportunity to not only participate in some of the best horse riding in the world but we will help you to create, schedule and organise an itinerary whereby on your sightseeing time and evenings you can visit and discover what we recommend to be the best of Northern Ireland
Duration: 5 Days, 5 Nights
Includes: Accommodation x 5, Tea and Fresh Baked Scones on Arrival, Knowledgeable Guide, Refreshments, Lunch at Local Establishments, Horse Transport
History Overview of Coast, Spectacular Trail Riding, Farewell dinner and evening of entertainment, 5* Coastal Riding
The Best Views in Ireland!
Cost: From £1445

Ride Details:

This 5-day ride and sightseeing holiday with 4 days horse riding and 1day sightseeing gives you an opportunity to not only participate in some of the best horse riding in the world but we will help you to create, schedule and organise an itinerary whereby on your sightseeing time and evenings you can visit and discover what we recommend to be the best of Northern Ireland. This mean that you will make the best possible use of your vacation time spent in this part of Ireland.

This Irish riding experience offers a taste of everything that makes Ireland’s north coast world famous: white sand beaches, rugged coastlines, verdant countryside, enchanting forests, mountainous trails and Irish hospitality!

While riding on the famous Causeway Coast which is heralded for its beauty and spectacular scenery, you will be riding at some of Northern Ireland’s best-known iconic locations, The Giants Causeway, Carrick a Rede Ropebridge, Dunluce Castle and Mussendun Temple.

 

DAY 1

Our centre is located on the McKinley family farm, situated high in the North Antrim Hills. On arrival Mr. McKinley and members of the Bespoke Equestrian Ireland (BEI) team will greet you with a warm, genuine welcome! Before heading to the stables, we’ll make our way to the converted loft with its hand-crafted Italian oak furnishings, to enjoy fresh-baked scones and tea.

We’ll head to the barn for a stable tour and to meet the team of horses and if you wish, you can assist with grooming and tacking.

After selecting a horse and a riding assessment we will get your muscles adjusted gently and build up your fitness by spending 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 and passing the old peat banks that were the traditional source of fuel in Ireland for generations. We can stop tie up the horses and do some peat cutting with the old traditional peat spades and get a few photographs.

Having spent 4 to 5 hour at the centre, met the BEI team, familiarised yourself with your horse, the details of your ride and some of the history and heritage of the country you are riding through, you will be collected and taken to your accommodation in the nearby coastal town of Ballycastle. This is an opportunity to plan for some other sightseeing and visits.

Get a good night’s rest and be ready for three 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. Depending on the high tide times we will start of riding on Castlerock beach and follow the beach to the adjoining Downhill beach 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, 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 Binnnevanagh 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 & restaurant, Crusoe’s, renowned for its unique Panini’s and homemade soups, to rest & recharge before heading out again.

After transporting the horses 5 miles to Binnnevenagh mountain you will work off lunch with a leisurely ride through the forest to Binnevannagh 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, the spectacular landscape and memories of the day we have had.

 

Overnight: County Antrim

Overnight: County Antrim

DAY 3

Today we will start our ride at the White Rocks 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 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

This is a free day for sightseeing and a chance to see other areas, check out our other website at www.premierexperiencesni.com for our recommended list of the best visits, attractions and activities in Northern Ireland when planning your vacation so that you can have an idea of what else you may like to see and do when you are here.  Allow our team of Itinerary planners to help you put together your day so as you get the most out of your time.

Overnight: County Antrim

DAY 5

We will transport the horses 10 miles to Ballintoy on the coast, where after tacking up we will 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 Red Door Cottage Tea Room, owned by Nigel & Joanne McGarrity and family. This traditional Irish tearoom sits in an idyllic rural area surrounded by grazing cows & sheep on one side and the mighty Atlantic on the other. Enjoy a pint, glass of wine or a cup of tea/coffee on the outdoor patio or head inside to dine. Expect good, straightforward locally sourced main dishes such as seafood chowder or Irish stew, terrific sandwiches and, quite literally, the best homemade desserts in Ireland! The Red Door Cottage is the perfect place to rest and recharge before continuing our ride of exploration on private farmland in the hills above the picturesque village of Ballintoy.

We will look out over 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. From here 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 before finally stopping and saying farewell to the horses and team after a full day of off-road riding.

Your five- 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.

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 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:

What’s Included in the Trip:

North Antrim Hills
Castlerock
Mussendun Temple
Downhill beach
Magilligan
White rocks Strand Portrush
Dunluce Castle
Giants Causeway
Irish Countryside

Accommodation x 5
Tea and Fresh Baked Scones on Arrival at Centre
Knowledgeable Trekking Guide
Refreshments
Lunch at Local Establishments
Horse Transport
History Overview of Coast
Spectacular Trail Riding
Farewell dinner and evening of entertainment
5* Coastal Riding
The Best Views in Ireland!

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.

2019 Rates and Dates

£1445pps to join a group ride starting on any of the below dates:

Every Monday from:

4thMarch 2019 to 5thof November 2019 

*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:

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

4 Persons – £1445pps

2 and 3 persons – £1575pps

1 person – £1690pps 

​Single Room Supplement of £30 per night applies