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Irish Countryside Experience

View 5 Counties on Horseback

Irish Countryside Experience

At a Glance: Irish Countryside Experience
Description: Ride through the Irish countryside and enjoy views over 5 counties of Ireland
Duration: 4 or 6 Hours
Includes: Guided trek, peat cutting, food & beverages
Cost: From £119

Ride Details:

There is nothing more beautiful and alluring than a horseback ride through the delightful Irish countryside to indulge in views of one of the most breath taking landscapes in the world!

This 4 or 6 hour ride sets the stage for the perfect Irish riding experience where you will enjoy a picturesque trek high in the North Antrim Hills with some of the most stunning vistas in Ireland, along with a sumptuous hampered picnic including prosecco or a traditional afternoon tea.

 

Detailed Itinerary:

 Upon arriving at the farm, you’ll be met with a genuine Irish welcome by Mr. McKinley and members of the BEI team.

After an introduction to your horses (you can assist with grooming and tacking up), we will head to the outdoor arena for an assessment and to get a bit more acquainted with your mount. If needed you will get some last minute tips before heading out on the day’s adventure, riding at your own level on off-road tracks high in the North Antrim Hills.

From the stables, the team will make their way across verdant pasturelands, crossing  streams  before climbing up onto the moorland above the farm to take in magnificent sweeping views over 5-counties of Ireland and as far away as counties Donegal, Derry, Tyrone and Fermanagh!  

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.

You will stop at the glass sided mountain side cabin, high in the hills where a picture-perfect picnic or traditional afternoon awaits you. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch or afternoon tea, while absorbing magnificent views of the Northern Irish countryside and a toast to the experience of a lifetime!

If you choose the longer ride you will ride higher and further out into the Antrim Hills to the summit called  “Croaghan”. With a 360-degree panorama, the view from the summit is widely regarded as one of the best views in Northern Ireland, if not, the whole of Ireland!

From Croaghan, take a long look out over the Glens of Antrim, looking north to Scotland and Scotland’s Ayrshire Coast, Mull of Kintyre, Scottish Highlands and the Western Isles. Also looking over to Rathlin Island, an island off the coast of County Antrim and the northernmost point in Northern Ireland. Additionally, take in County Donegal’s Inishowen & Malin Head—the northernmost point in Ireland. Western views look out over the River Bann to the Sperrin Mountains and south to County Down’s Mourne Mountains and to Slieve Beagh in County Monaghan in Southern Ireland.

As the team descends Croaghan, making their way over the trails and hills, one thing will become clear–the aura of the surrounding lands are serene and tranquil, mystical and awe-inspiring.

Picnic Hamper

Selection of gourmet sandwiches

Scones with cream and homemade jam

Fresh Fruit

A selection of homemade pastries 

Still or Sparkling Water, Lemonade or Elderflower Pressé or Prosecco

OR

Tradtional Afternoon tea served on Irish linen and with fine china

 2019 RATES

This ride is available all year round. Contact us for booking.

4 hour experience – £119pps

6 hour experience – £179pps