Signature North Coast Horse Riding ExperienceEnjoy the full BEI experience
7 Days of World Class Riding Experiences
At a Glance
Signature North Coast Horse Riding
Description: Our signature ride caters for your every need from the moment you land in Dublin Airport to the moment you leave and enjoy quality accommodation and some of the world’s best horse-riding opportunities
Duration: 7 Days, 6 Nights, 5 Days Riding
Includes: See the details further down the page
Cost: From £5100
|At a Glance:||Signature North Coast Horse Riding|
|Description:||Our signature ride caters for your every need from the moment you land in Dublin Airport to the moment you leave and enjoy quality accommodation and some of the world’s best horse-riding opportunities|
|Duration:||7 Days, 6 Nights, 5 Days Riding|
|Includes:||See the details further down the page|
This exciting 7 Day, 6 Night riding holiday is made up of everything that makes the north coast world famous: white sand beaches, rugged coastlines, verdant country sides, enchanting forests, mountainous trails and Irish hospitality! You’ll spend 5 days riding on the magnificent Causeway Coastal Route stopping at key iconic locations & sites along the way. There are no other treks in Ireland that include such spectacular sites and scenery– this is truly a once-in-a-lifetime riding holiday with service to match.
Each day we will ride for 5 to 7 hours with several breaks throughout the day, but you are welcome to vary the amount of time that you ride (perhaps with shorter rides each day) and we will happily arrange for you to be transported to where ever or to whatever you wish to do.
This ride is for Intermediate to Advanced riders. Not suitable for beginners.
Welcome to Ireland! After being collected at Dublin airport you can spend the afternoon and evening at your leisure—relax at the hotel or head out and explore this vibrant city! Take in sites such as Trinity College or St. Patrick’s Cathedral, take a tour at Guinness Storehouse or treat yourself to a Dublin institution: a sumptuous afternoon tea in one of one of Dublin’s fine hotels.
Afterwards, retire to your room for a relaxing evening or head out and experience one of Dublin’s many wonderful restaurants or the night life at the vibrant Temple Bar area. Why not take in an Irish Cabaret—complete with ballad band, champion Irish dancers and a three-course traditional Irish dinner.
Our BEI team can help you plan your itinerary, secure bookings and give you recommendations on how best to enjoy your time in the capital.
Overnight: Dublin City Hotel
After breakfast, you will say goodbye to Dublin City. Our experienced tour guide we will take you to Northern Ireland and to the world-famous Causeway Coastal Route—120 miles of rugged coastline and breathtaking scenery that has aptly been described as “One of the World’s Top 5 Road Trips”!
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 sea.
From Belfast the coastal journey will take you through the seaside town of Carrickfergus, which sits on the northern shores of Belfast Lough. We’ll drive past Carrickfergus Castle, one of the finest Norman castles in Ireland before continuing north towards the hamlet of Magheramourne and past the Magheramourne Quarry, an abandoned limestone quarry that Game of Thrones fans may recognize as the set/location for Castle Black (The Wall of Westeros) and HardHome.
We’ll make our way past the seaport town of Larne and holiday resort town of Ballygally before entering Glenarm (‘Glen/Valley of the Army’) –The first of the Nine Glens (or valleys) of Antrim—it is here we’ll stop for lunch at a tea room on the grounds of Glenarm Castle.
Throughout its long history, Glenarm has been a Norman stronghold, the power base for Irish warlords and one of the most important ports in Ireland. Today the village enjoys a much slower pace of life and is filled with rich heritage and nature, immaculately preserved Georgian streets paved with history, a pristine river that’s teeming with wild salmon and walks with stunning panoramas of the Glens and the coast of Scotland come together to make up charming Glenarm Village.
Glenarm Castle was the ancestral home of the Earls of Antrim. Today you can stroll the grounds of this beautiful estate or take a tour of its famous walled garden. The Glenarm Castle Walled Garden is one of Ireland’s oldest, dating from the 18th century and originally created to supply the estate with fruit and vegetables. Today, the garden is filled with impressive flowers and specimen plants to interest the keenest garden enthusiast. This hidden delight is a treasure trove of horticulture gems–exciting herbaceous borders, beautiful water features, wonderful orchards and floral displays. A stroll around the immaculately kept gardens is perfect for stretching your legs before enjoying lunch in the Glenarm Castle Tea Room.
Welcome to the Stables
We’ll continue north on the coast before heading inland towards 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 green grass and dotted with white, fluffy sheep. As you make your way up the long, scenic driveway, it soon becomes clear that this isn’t any ordinary “Irish Farm”.
You’ll be met with a genuine, Irish welcome by Mr. McKinley, members of the BEI team and “Lana” the resident farm dog! Before meeting the horses, we’ll make our way to the loft above the stables for introductions, homemade scones and to hear exiting details of the week’s adventure.
We’ll head down to the barn for a quick tour and meet the team of horses and if you wish, you can assist with grooming and tacking. After a short riding assessment, mount up and head out towards Croghan Peak, with views guaranteed to take your breath away
Our afternoon trek takes us high into the foothills of Orra Mountain (Slieve An Orra), specifically chosen for its historical significance and breathtaking views. Orra Mountain is best known as the site of a ferocious battle between rival Irish clans in 1583, but on the top of the mountain there is a memorial erected in the honor of 7 US airmen who lost their lives there in October 1942, when their WWII B17 crashed on the mountain during heavy cloud cover.
A memorial has been erected at the site in their honour. From mountain’s peak it is possible to see the Inner Hebrides off the Scottish coast, all the way to the majestic Mourne Mountains in County Down.
When we return to the farm, catch up with the BEI team before your driver arrives to transport you to your hotel. Take your own time in the evening to relax at the hotel or head out and enjoy a local restaurant.
Now that we are awake, its time to make our way towards the iconic Downhill beach where miles of open sand, waterfalls and iconic views await.
Enroute, we will pass the ancient trees of Mussendun before the journey continues past the ruins of Downhill House which was Frederick Augustus Hervey, Bishop of Derry and Earl of Bristol’s, 18th century home.
Overnight: County Antrim
Overnight: County Antrim
Overnight: County Antrim
You will be taken back to your accommodation and tonight we will gather for a farewell dinner, hosted by the McKinley family, 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. The perfect way to finish an exceptional week with us on the North Coast of Ireland.
Overnight: County Antrim
After an enjoyable evening socialising with the BEI team and a good night’s sleep, it’s time to leave the North Coast of Ireland after having connected with this area in a very special way and taken part in one of the world’s greatest horse riding experiences.
Locations where we ride:
|Downhill Beach||Binevenagh Mountain|
|Orra Mountain||Benone Beach|
|Mussenden Temple||Downhill Demesne|
|Dunluce Castle||Portballintrae-Bushfoot Strand|
|Giant’s Causeway||Whitepark Bay|
|Vanishing Lake||Glendun River|
|Cushendun Caves & Strand|
What’s Included in the Trip:
|Night Boutique Dublin Hotel x 1||5 Nights 3* and 4* Hotels x 5|
|Daily Full Irish Breakfast||Lunches at local eateries x 5
|Transport from Dublin, Ireland to North Antrim Coast and return||Daily Ground and Luggage Transport on the North Coast (To and From Hotel each day)|
|Horse Hire||All Tack & Equipment|
|Lunch at Glenarm Castle||Private Historical/Tour Guide (En route on coast)|
|Knowledgeable, Sociable and Safe Trekking Guides||Daily Horse Transport Around Coast|
|Informative presentation of the local history and heritage of Northern Ireland highlighting our close connections with Scotland.||
Farewell Gathering with Dinner & Irish Music
1. A local private driver guide will be available after horse riding each day to allow you to go touring and sightseeing. Along with the help of our BEI team, your driver can take you to Gaelic sports matches, cultural activities and events or to local pubs so as to give you the opportunity to become immersed in our local community and culture.
2. Hire of photographer for the day
3. Itinerary planning and ideas for non-riding partners, such as Golf, fishing, helicopter tours, sightseeing, genealogy. Check out our Out of Tack page and our itinerary planning website at www.premierexperiencesni.com
Every Monday year round: £5100pps
Flexible starting date of your choice: £5300pps
*The above group rates are based on a minimum of 4 riders. Check out our T&Cs for more details.
If there are less than 4 persons on the ride, the price you pay will be:
Every Monday year round:
2/3 persons – £5600pps
1 person – £8360
Flexible starting date of your choice:
2/3 persons – £5800
1 person – £8560
If an additional person joins the ride for the full 5 riding 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 £100 per night applies for those who require a single room.