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Dunfanaghy Riding StablesDunfanaghyDonegalRepublic of Ireland
The stables are managed by John and Helen McDaid. Helen worked and gained experience before going on to gain her qualifications as an approved instructor with the British Horse Society (B.H.S.) and the Association of Irish Riding Establishments (A.I.R.E.) Helen also has a qualification in stud management from the Irish National Stud, where she studied during her early years of training. John is the third generation of a well-established family business of Farriers. John spent his childhood days acquiring the traditional skills and techniques of the trade alongside his father. John went on to complete his training as a Master Farrier and is also the holder of a Bord na gCapall Diploma in Farriery. The riding-school operates from Easter onwards and caters for all levels of experience with the emphasis on safety at all times. Qualified and experienced staff are on hand to assist all riders. There are safe ponies for young children and mature horses to suit adults at all levels. There is provision for one hour rides on the beach for beginners as well as two hours to a full day for the 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 an essential 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 watersports 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.
April to October
Approved Equestrian Tourism Centre