Heritage on Horseback Trail, Sligo

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Have you ever wanted to go horse riding along the Wild Atlantic Way with your own experienced guide Auriel Robinson? Auriel is an experienced horse woman and archaeologist with an in-depth knowledge of the local area. Try her ‘Heritage on Horseback’ trail in beautiful County Sligo and soak up the stunning scenery from the seashore on this unique experience.

County Sligo has many beautiful beaches along the Wild Atlantic Way but where we ride is mostly untouched and tranquil.  Your guide, Auriel, greets you in the friendly stable yard where rabbits, chicks, geese, dogs and cats all roam freely amongst the horses. Once you have your hat and boots on, you will meet your horse and make friends!

Throughout the experience, Auriel points things out to you along the route and will offer to take photos and videos of you while riding. This leaves you free to soak up the experience and the magnificent Sligo scenery.

After a small country lane, you enter fabulous sand dunes filled with natural flora such as the pyramid orchid. Rabbits, hares, foxes and sheep inhabit this beautiful area. You might even hear a skylark sing overhead. You’ll walk or trot along one of the most secluded beaches in Ireland as waves roll in and seabirds pick for crabs in the seaweeds.

Auriel will tell you about the local Spanish Armada and Irish famine history of this area. An impressive castle called ‘Classiebaun’ stands proud in the distance on Mullaghmore Headland making the beach one of the most scenic in Ireland. Mullaghmore is the signatory point in Sligo on the Wild Atlantic Way.

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On return home, Benbulben Mountain dominates the skyline. When you return after your fabulous experience, Auriel will serve you tea/coffee, treats and biscuits at the stable yard and you can give your horse a carrot for making you feel free and wonderfully refreshed.

Ride Type and Duration

It is important that you choose the best ride to suit your ability. We need your height (in cms) and weight details (in kgs) and your experience level at the time of booking. Please try to be accurate. If you have never ridden before and are nervous, we have an hour guided heritage on horseback experience so please get in touch with us if this is you or your family (please note, we normally don’t take riders less than 8yrs). Otherwise;

Please choose one of the following options-

 

BEGINNERS

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This is a great way to feel free and get some Atlantic air into your lungs while trotting and cantering (optional) down a gorgeous beach.  This is ideal for a family trek (8 years +).

1.5 hours

INTERMEDIATE

3 Black Horse Saddles in Row

For those riders who would like to explore the coast a bit more, go for a canter, and inland down country lanes lined by green hedgerow and stone walls.

2 hours

EXPERIENCED

3 Black Horse Saddles in Row

An exciting ride to a secluded island or to a pretty historic harbour.  Ride along seaweed-coated shores, canter on golden beaches, see lots of wildlife including seals and amazing scenery.

4 hours

Family riding on Trawalua Beach
Grey Horse on Trawalua Beach on Heritage on Horseback Trail
experienced riders riding through sea at Trawalua beach
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MINIMUM NUMBER

2

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WEATHER

We ride in all weathers. See our terms and conditions

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EQUIPMENT

Waterproof jacket, gloves, thick socks, comfortable trousers or jodhpurs

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DURATION

1.5 hr, 2 hr, 4hr rides

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DIRECTIONS

Directions will be provided

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PRICE

1.5 hr Ride- €100 Adult, €62 Child
2 Hr Ride- €135 Adult, €82 Child
4 Hr Ride- €175 Adult, €133 Child

My Favourite Day in Ireland!

We had a whirlwind of a day; had lost our passports that morning and were late to the ride because we were trying to track them down. Auriel was extremely understanding and accommodating and allowed us to reschedule with ease. The stables felt like home. Auriel is so energetic and friendly – she made our whole day turn around (even shared her jacket and gloves with me since I wasn’t prepared). From the stables, you can see the most amazing views of the beach and nearby countryside. Our ride touched every part of that! It wasn’t only scenic, but Auriel is filled with knowledge. She gave us so much history of every area we visited and more. She was also extremely patient as I was a beginner and my boyfriend better at riding. She spent time with us both on the ride. At the end, she shared hot chocolate and treats and showed us her expansive collection of photos that related to the history we shared. It was an unforgettable experience. If you come across Sligo, you MUST go on one of her rides!
Taylor H, 15 Dec, 2018
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