Saddle up for a memorable holiday on horseback

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Does cantering through Atlantic waves on a deserted beach as the water kicks up a spray of luminous shards appeal to you?  We can promise: 

  • Exhilarating beach gallops,
  • Meandering treks across heather-clad foothills,
  • Canters along woodland trails,
  • The finest Irish sports horses, cobs and even sturdy Connemara Ponies.

Ride & Tide is a mix of galloping across sands, swimming your horse through shallow water, and then transferring to a kayak to reach an island before riding home again. Expertise isn’t required, just joie de vivre.

Ashford Equestrian Centre in Cong is set in an area of fine landed estates, medieval woodlands, castles and abbeys.

Calvey's Equestrian Centre offers the stunning location of Achill with its many bog tracks and miles of sandy beaches.

Drummindoo Stud is a family business in Westport. It’s three-day and six-day Clew Bay Trail Rides take you along country lanes, mountain tracks, beaches and out onto the off-shore islands.

Iceford Stables, Ballina has riding camps and beach rides that extend all the way to Sligo.

Mweelrea Horse Riding in Louisburg specialises in hiking and riding with long trails through the wilderness.  Having access to the beach means great riding is possible all year round.

Carrowholly Stables in Westport offers two great trail rides: the Mulranny Mountain Trail with panoramic views over Clew Bay and its archipelago, and the vast Nephin mountain range. The Rosturk Trail includes miles of sandy beaches and several islands which can be reached at low tide.

Carrowniskey has revived the 19th century practice of beach horse racing using thoroughbreds and some local horses.


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