Dunfanaghy Stables Ltd is AIRE approved based at Arnold's Hotel, Dunfanaghy, County Donegal. The stables are run by Helen and Niamh Mc Daid. Helen and her staff are proud to show you this naturally stunning part of Ireland the best way possible, on horseback!
An equestrian tourism destination located on the wild rugged coastline of Donegal in the north west of Ireland. Come horse riding with the Mc Daids, with access to the beautiful Atlantic beaches where you can ride for miles without interruption. Please contact for more information on any of the variety of packages on offer, from half an hour on a horse to week long trails, staying in Arnolds Hotel, there is plenty of choice for the whole family, as seen on BBC 'Holiday'.
There is a varied selection of horses to suit people with all levels of horse riding ability, from little Shetland ponies for the tiny tots to Connemara ponies, quiet cobs, Irish hunters, all of which are sure footed when crossing the mountain paths and willing on the beaches. If you would like to improve your riding during your time here, you can get lessons with Niamh, to give you helpful and practical advice. For more experienced riders. ‘Donegal from the Saddle’ is a weeklong trail that explores the most north-westerly part of Ireland taking riders through an amazing variety of terrain, high into the mountains, galloping over isolated beaches and meandering through regions where Irish is still the first language. Combined with the best Grade A accommodation and food in the area, the most knowledgeable of guides and of course the finest of equine stock, this is a great equestrian experience for everyone with a love of horses and the outdoors.
Situated on the shores of Sheephaven Bay, in the beautiful village of Dunfanaghy, County Donegal, Ireland, Arnold's Hotel is the base for the week. The hotel enjoys panoramic views of the bay and the striking scenery of Horn Head. Their 30 en-suite bedrooms are tastefully furnished to a high standard. Guests will enjoy quality cuisine complimented by excellent wines in the relaxed ambience of the 'Tramore Restaurant'.
Sheephaven Bay is an area of natural beauty with many beautiful walks in nearby Ards Forest Park and Glenveagh National Park as well as the local golden beaches. Bicycle hire with maps can also be arranged and in addition the hotel can issue fishing permits and boat hire for brown trout fishing on the three local lakes. For water sports enthusiasts they offer surfing and kayak coastal trips, as well surfing lessons and kids beach club. Golf at Dunfanaghy 18 Hole Links Course is just a five minute drive by car. N56 north west of Letterkenny, 23 miles to Dunfanaghy situated at Arnold`s Hotel.
- Beach Riding
- Trail Riding
April to October
Approved Equestrian Tourism Centre