Heritage on Horseback Trail, Sligo

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Have you ever wanted to go horse riding along the Wild Atlantic Way accompanied by an expert heritage guide who will tell you all about the local history, flora, archaeology and geology of the coast? Auriel Robinson is an experienced horse woman and archaeologist with an in-depth knowledge of Sligo and Ireland. Try her ‘Heritage on Horseback’ experience in beautiful County Sligo and soak up the stunning scenery from the seashore. 

County Sligo has many beautiful beaches along the Wild Atlantic Way but where we ride is mostly untouched and tranquil.  This is a personalised experience where your guide will greet you at the stables and fill you in on the surrounding area. You will then  enter a friendly stable yard where rabbits, chicks, geese, dogs and cats all roam freely amongst the horses. The stables staff will help you with hats and boots and allocate your horse. And  once that’s done, we’re off on an amazing and refreshing adventure  to the beach.

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.

Auriel Robinson stroking grey horse

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, Duration and Price

Each horse ride is privately guided so you will not be joining others. We will need your height (in cms) and weight details (in kgs) and your experience level at the time of booking. This is so that the stables will allocate you the right horse or pony. The minimum age requirement is 8 yrs.

Please choose one of the following options-


1.5 hrs BEGINNERS 

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This is a great way to feel free and get some Atlantic air into your lungs while walking and trotting down a gorgeous beach.  This is ideal for a family trek or for those who have little or no experience.

Adult 100.00, Child 62.00


3 Black Horse Saddles in Row

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


 Adult €135.00, Child €82.00


3 Black Horse Saddles in Row

For very experienced riders. 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. You are out for the day!

Adult 175.00, Child 133.00

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





We ride in all weathers. See our terms and conditions



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



1.5 hr, 2 hr, 4hr rides



Directions will be provided



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

Horse ride along the beach

This was a fantastic experience. Auriel is a very friendly and knowledgeable guide who clearly loves what she does. She provided fascinating insight into the Spanish Armada and surround areas of Mullaghmore and Streedagh Beach. She works alongside Ursula at Island View Stables and they are very accommodating to beginner and novice horse riders. Would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to ride a horse and learn some Irish history. Auriel was kind enough to take photos for us as well.
Brodie Smart, Cainr, Australia, 26 March, 2019
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