Two Day North Coast Riding AdventureEnjoy some of the best views in Ireland
Two Day North Coast Riding Adventure
|At a Glance:||Two Day North Coast Adventure|
|Description:||These two days of horse riding on the world-famous North Coast have everything that is included in your dreams of horse riding in Ireland.|
|Includes:||1 nights Accommodation, Tea, coffee, scones on arrival, Knowledgeable Guide, Lunch at a Local Establishment, Mountain and Forest trails, History Overview of the area, 5* Coastal Riding and Trail Riding.|
These two days of horse riding on the world famous North Coast have everything that is included in your dreams of horse riding in Ireland.
The white sand beaches, rugged coastlines, verdant countryside, enchanting forests, and Irish hospitality!
This ride is available daily with times to be prearranged with the Bespoke Equestrian Ireland team.
Day 1: You will come to the centre for an assessment, have some refreshments, select a suitable horse and go riding in the North Antrim Hills with weather permitting, views over almost all of Northern Ireland, parts of Southern Ireland and across the sea to Scotland. The ride will last approximately 5/6 hours.
Day 2: You will travel 10 miles to the coastal village of Ballintoy where you will spend approximately 5 / 6 hours riding on the North Coast and taking in the renowned beach of Whitepark Bay, lunch at the Red Door Cottage Tea Room and finishing the day by riding in the hills overlooking the quaint seaside village of Ballintoy, the Game of Thrones film locations of Ballintoy Harbour and Larrybane beside the famous Carrick a Rede rope bridge while looking out over the sea to Rathlin Island, the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland and the Western Isles of Scotland.
This ride is all off road and is suitable for all levels of riders.
This two day 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 an “Lanna” the resident farm dog will greet you with a warm, genuine welcome! Before heading to the stables, we’ll make our way to the converted loft above to enjoy fresh-baked scones and tea, listen to fascinating stories & history of the area from your host and exciting details of the day’s ride. 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 you will hit the trail, riding out into the wilderness of the North Antrim Hills, we will make your way across verdant pasturelands, crossing a stream or two before climbing up onto the moorland above the farm to take in a sweeping 5-county view of Northern Ireland and as far away as counties Donegal, Derry, Tyrone and Fermanagh!
As we ride higher and further out into the Antrim Hills to the summit called “Croaghan” we will have a 360-degree panoramic view of all of these locations opening before us.
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
From Croaghan we partly ride on a back road before entering a forest and gradually climbing to one of the best 360% panoramic views in Ireland and maybe even much further afield. This is the peak 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.
From this mountain’s peak it is possible to look out over the Glens of Antrim, 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 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.
After soaking it all in, we will descend by a different route through Slieve an Orra’s forest clad slopes and make our way through the hills, back roads and countryside to the McKinley family farm.
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.
Locations where we ride:
North Antrim Hills
White Park Bay
Private Farmlands overlooking Ballintoy Harbour, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Ballintoy village
Red Door Tea Room
What’s Included in the Trip:
1 nights Accommodation
Tea and Fresh Baked Scones on Arrival
Knowledgeable Trekking Guide
Refreshments and picnic
Lunch at a Local Establishment
History Overview of Coast
Spectacular Trail Riding
5* Coastal Riding
The Best Views in Ireland!
2019 Rates and Dates
Every Monday from:
4thMarch 2019 to 5thof November 2019
4 Persons – £485pps
2 and 3 persons – £515pps
1 person – £635pps