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The top 10 horse riding experiences in Ireland
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Explore the coast of Sligo on horseback.
Enjoy an exciting horse riding adventure whatever the weather and experience the best of the Irish landscape from a whole new vantage point. Gallop across sandy beaches, trek through the mountains and feel the wind blow through your hair.

Whether you’re a seasoned rider or completely new to the experience, all of these horse riding stables can cater to you.

1Dunfanaghy Stables, Co. Donegal

Head to Dunfanaghy Stables on Donegal’s rugged coastline run by Helen and Niamh McDaid. Helen and her staff are proud to show you this breathtaking part of Ireland in the best way possible - on horseback. On the beautiful beaches of the Atlantic coast, you can ride for miles without interruption.

There are horses to suit people of all horse riding abilities from small Shetland ponies for the tiny tots to Connemara ponies, quiet cobs and Irish hunters for experienced riders, all of which are sure-footed when crossing the mountain paths and golden beaches.

Take a visit to Dunfanaghy Stables.
2Island View Stables, Co. Sligo

Take a trek across miles of sandy beaches, moorlands and the Island View Stable’s private land in Sligo. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Donegal Bay, 50 horses and ponies enjoy living in the fields between Benbulben and the sea. Enjoy a fresh canter, a leisurely stroll or even a splash in the sea with these amazing creatures.

3Go Trekking, Co. Mayo

Near Croagh Patrick and the beautiful Clew Bay in County Mayo is where you’ll find Go Trekking. Just a short walk from Westport Quay, this trekking company specialises in beach excursions on Murrisk and Beartra, as well as woodland and mountain trips, which last up to four hours. 

Their horses are well-trained with pleasant temperaments and enjoy the gallops as much as the riders do.

Go Trekking
4Killarney Riding Stables, Co. Kerry

Originally established by Donie O'Sullivan in the late 1960s, today Killarney Riding Stables remains a family affair and is run by Donie, his wife Noreen and their son and daughters. 

Close to Killarney Town and Killarney National Park, the area is a joy to explore on horseback. Spend a blissful afternoon in Kerry on a gentle walk or a lively canter through lush parks and leafy woodlands.

5Dingle Horse Riding, Co. Kerry

Built in the hills overlooking the Dingle harbour, Dingle Horse Riding is just 2km from the centre of the vibrant town. Their horses have been chosen for their temperament and suitability for all types of rider.

Guides at this establishment are well-experienced and happy to help riders pick the best option for them. From introductory horse riding to challenging rides in the open countryside of the stunning Dingle Peninsula, you have plenty of choice here.

Dingle Horse Riding
6An Sibin Equestrian Centre, Co. Clare

With a backdrop formed by the rolling hills of Slieve Aughty, An Sibin Equestrian Centre is a perfect place for visitors to get away from it all. Breathe in the fresh country air as you wind your way down quiet country roads on horseback and take in the natural beauty of The Burren. 

Passing by many miles of heather-laden bog land you can finish the journey in the Sibin, a restored 300-year-old farmhouse with a home-cooked dinner in front of an open turf fire.

Visit An Sibin Equestrian Centre, Co. Clare.
7Ashtown Stables, Co. Dublin

Dublin's most central stables are just 20 minutes from the city centre. Just beside the iconic Phoenix Park, Ashtown Stables are easily accessible for visitors. During your ride, pass by the Irish President’s official residence Áras an Uachtaráin and admire the natural landscape of this much-loved public park. 

Keep a lookout for the herds of fallow deer as well as the flora and fauna as you trot through the lush green land.

Ashtown Stables
8Castle Leslie Equestrian Centre, Co. Monaghan

Known as one of Europe’s finest equestrian playgrounds, Castle Leslie Equestrian Centre is located on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside. This area is dotted with ancient woodlands and glittering lakes. 

Discover the thrill of exploring this beautiful Irish countryside on horseback. Riders of all abilities are welcomed here whether you’re looking for an exhilarating cross-country ride or a gentle hack.

9Mount Juliet Equestrian Centre, Co. Kilkenny

Head to Thomastown to Mount Juliet Equestrian Centre where the ultimate retreat awaits. Enjoy horse riding, cross-country trekking, tuition, and equestrian sports on their 1500-acre estate framed by rolling green hills and unspoilt land. The Mount Juliet Equestrian Centre has 16 miles of professionally planned bridleways.

Riders enjoy stunning views from the saddle while passing through mature parkland. Their cross-country course is an excellent opportunity for experienced riders to hone their technique over well-maintained rustic jumps. Take an equestrian masterclass or book in for a show jump course, catering for all levels from beginner to advanced, with schooling fences and competition courses.

10Annaharvey Centre, Co. Offaly

No matter what the weather, the staff at the Annaharvey Farm Equestrian Centre in Tullamore aim to entertain visitors who grace their gates. From show jumpers to dressage and cross-country trips, there is plenty of choice here in their indoor and outdoor arenas and large farmland area. 

Fully qualified and highly experienced instructors are eager to ensure each rider’s visit is a rewarding one, warm fires and good food await on their return from a long day in the saddle.

With beautiful beaches and magnificent mountains, discover Ireland on horseback. Take a look at our Things to Do page to find some of the best treks and trails that cover the length and breadth of our scenic country.

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