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 on a horse riding lesson 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 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.
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.
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.
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 lessons to challenging rides in the open countryside of the stunning Dingle Peninsula, you have plenty of choice here.
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.
Go horse riding in Dublin, just 20 minutes from the city centre. Found 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. Time your visit around the Dublin Horse Show and enjoy an incredible day out in the capital.
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.
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.
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.
The highlight of the Irish horse racing calendar, The Galway Races are a must for anyone who likes a great day out. Don your Sunday best and enjoy a lively affair of racing, dining, socialising and live music. Watch as Ireland's fastest horses gallop around the famous Galway Racecourse from the lavish restaurant or mingle with the punters track-side.
Fantastic horse racing isn't limited to the seven day festival, there's a great schedule of events throughout summer and autumn.
Horse racing in Ireland doesn't get much bigger than the Leopardstown Christmas Festival, watch as majestic horses race to claim some of the biggest prizes in Irish horse racing. Enjoy live racing at the Leopardstown Racecourse and see famous horses and jockeys in action at this exciting racecourse.
Cheer on your favourites from the grandstand and hear the roar as they cross the finish line. Book a table at the on-site restaurant or for a special event, reserve a suite and bask in the buzz of the races.
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.