A Taste of the North CoastGet up close to the North Coast
Taste of the North Coast
|At a Glance:||Taste of the North Coast|
|Description:||Enjoy white sand beaches, rugged coastlines, verdant countryside and Irish hospitality!|
|Duration:||4 – 5 Hours|
|Includes:||Guided ride through Irish countryside, tea, coffee and scones, riding on the beach at a spectacular coastal location|
Our “Taste of the North Coast” trek offers a little taste of everything that makes the north coast of Ireland world famous: white sand beaches, rugged coastlines, verdant countryside and Irish hospitality!
This ride is available daily with times to be prearranged with the Bespoke Equestrian Ireland team. This experience can also be spread over two days if so wished.
Part 1: You will come to the centre for an assessment ride, select a suitable horse and ride in the North Antrim Hills with views over 5 counties, taking approximately 2 hours.
Part 2: You will travel 10 miles to the coastal village of Ballintoy where you will spend approximately 2.5 hours in the saddle riding on the North Coast at the renowned beach of Whitepark Bay.
This ride is suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced riders.
This coastal riding adventure begins at the McKinley family farm located in the beautiful County Antrim countryside. This magnificent hilltop farm is surrounded by 1,000 acres of rolling hills, lush with grass and dotted with white, fluffy sheep. As you make your way up the long, scenic driveway, it soon becomes clear; this isn’t any ordinary “Irish Farm”.
On arrival Mr. McKinley, members of the Bespoke Equestrian Ireland (BEI) team and “Lana” the resident farm dog will greet you with a warm, genuine welcome!
We’ll head to the barn for a stable tour and to meet the team of horses that you’ll be riding on the coast. After selection of your horses and a riding assessment you will get to know your horses by riding in the North Antrim Hills taking in views over 5 counties.
We’ll load up the horses, have some tea and scones before travelling the 10 miles to Ballintoy, where we will tack up the horses and follow the 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. Finally we will begin to make our way back up the winding path to the top of the cliffs above Whitepark Bay. It is in the midst of this beautiful last sight of the beach and natural habitat far below that you will finally dismount for the day and you can say your goodbyes to your mount and the BEI team.
You can now carry on basking in the scenery of the stunning North Coast or continue on your journey of the Causeway Coast.