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
Cost: From £140
|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.
*There are 2 options for this ride which depend on clients start time. See the detailed itinerary below.
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 to the coastal town of Ballycastle or Ballintoy village (depending on your start time) where you will spend approximately 2.5 hours in the saddle riding on the North Coast, looking over the sea to Scotland and beyond.
This ride is suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced riders.
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, enjoy some tea and scones with your hosts before travelling the 8 miles to Ballycastle. Here on the edge of this quaint little seaside town stepped in folklore, myths and legends and close to the 14th century ruins of the old Franciscan monastery at Bonamargy Abbey.
We will unload our horses looking over Ballycastle bay, Rathlin Island and to the Western Isles and Highlands of Scotland.
On mounting, we will make our way down onto the beach where the Margy river, known locally for its Salmon fishing, flows into Ballycastle bay and meets the blue waters of the Atlantic.
We will take our time playing on the beach and in the ocean before walking trotting or cantering (depending on rider’s abilities) across the white sand.
We will continue to ride towards the imposing basalt rock headland known as Fairhead, given its name from the folklore and story of Deidre the beautiful golden-haired maiden who, at her wedding banquet, was danced over the cliff edge to her death by a rival lover’s faithful servant.
We will then leave the beach and follow a quiet, paved road with its sea wall defence, mainly used by walkers, to where it ends at Marconi’s cottage. Here in 1898, Guglielmo Marconi sent the world’s first ever radio signal across the sea to Rathlin Island.
As we make our way back, watching out for seals and marine life, we take in views of the rugged cliffs of Fairhead, which were used as a Game of Thrones filming location, and along the beautiful Causeway Coast and towards Donegal on the Wild Atlantic way. We will return to the beach and ride to the other end, crossing the Margy to get a photograpgh of the sculpture of the Silver Swans, representing the myth of the Children of Lir who were turned into swans and fated to swim the sea below Fairhead for 999 years.
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 by the coastal path, overlooking the beautiful location and dismount for the day where 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.
*Ride routes may vary due to availability of beaches, weather or other circumstances. Alternatives beaches are available.