Horseback Trails

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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.

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Auriel will tell you about the local Spanish Armada history and heritage of the area you will be riding in. She also explains the Irish famine history to you before setting off. You will get to know your horse as we first  amble along a pretty country lane before going onto the beach. The views are fabulous. Impressive Classiebawn Castle, once owned by Lord Louis Mountbatten can be seen in the distance at Mullaghmore which is the signatory point in Sligo on the Wild Atlantic Way. Auriel will ride alongside you and take photos for you and your loved ones. She points out local flora, fauna and seaweeds and historic sites on the adjacent islands. On our return home, you can relax, soak up Benbulben Mountain views and listen to seabirds and take in that fresh Atlantic air as you have made friends with your horse. 

When we get back to the stable yard, you can dismount and give your horse a pat and a carrot to show your appreciation if you can remember to bring one! This is a unique experience where your surroundings are explained to you as you ride. There are several options and you can do one our our trails without previous experience (1 hour option is available for families only, please contact us if that is what you want). The stables we use for this experience are exceptionally busy during July and August so book early to avoid disappointment.

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Ride Details, Duration & Price

*Please note there is a weight restriction of 200lbs/100kgs, and minimum age is 8 yrs.

Please choose one of the following options-

1.5 hr BEGINNER

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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 €95.00, Child €75.00

Family riding on Trawalua Beach

2 hrs INTERMEDIATE

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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 €120.00, Child €100.00

Grey Horse on Trawalua Beach on Heritage on Horseback Trail

4 HR EXPERIENCED

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Try this 4hr ride accompanied by your guide to historic Mullaghmore Harbour. Trek on a golden beach, cross beautiful sand dunes and hack on a quiet road to a pretty seaside village where you can stop for lunch. Auriel will tell you all the history along the way.

Adult 205.00, Child 170.00

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- €95 Adult, €75 Child
2 Hr Ride- €120 Adult, €100 Child
4 Hr Ride- €205 Adult, €170 Child

‘We very much enjoyed our two hour horse ride with Auriel, who, apart from being friendly and thoughtful, is very knowledgeable about the area and Ireland’s history in general. We recommend picking one of her trails at the start of your journey in the area or in Ireland, since she will give you plenty of recommendations on what else to see and do, with regard to your plans and interests. During our two hour horse ride (just the two of us, Auriel and a guide from the stables), we had a bit of canter on the beach and in the bog, otherwise walking and trotting as was convenient. We learned interesting details about the spanish armada wrecks and survivors along the Irish coastline, about local geology and nature, and were pointed to Lisadell House and at its interesting history of countess Markievicz.’ Kaer Morhen, August 2019
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