Riding by the Sea
Sligo Ireland: (IT-SRSG03)
Ride along miles of sandy beaches, trek the lanes of the hinterland and mountains, spot waterfalls and lakes and explore the historic castles and houses. Ireland's beauty and history is simply magical from the back of a horse! On this trip you will stay comfortably at a charming guesthouse near the beach while enjoying relaxing horseback riding each day in the lush green north of Sligo. The guided riding trails take you along the pretty beaches and through shady forest groves. If you want to test or improve your skills a cross-country courses with over 50 obstacles is situated on the 300 acre farm nearby. This facility is available to visit for your training or curiosity. Our partner can provide enjoyable horses for all level of riders and all the horses are well mannered, experienced, and sure-footed. Both rider and horse will have plenty of time to get to know one another - riders stay with their horses for the duration of the holiday.
You will stay at a comfortable and clean B&B guesthouse for the duration of your trip with us. Breakfast is included each day. Your lunches and dinners will be at extra cost. For dinner each night there will be a shuttle to take you to the nearby village restaurants and pubs!
provide you with strong and experienced horses, which are used to carry
you safely through all kinds of open country.
Our Irish hunters are
known for easy handling and safe riding - and they love a lively gallop
on the beach.
Our horses are well taken care of, graze on green pastures and are friendly and
reliable and friendly towards their riders. At the moment we have almost one hundred
horses in our stables! You will find that "your" horse truly becomes your
friend during your riding with us.
Our equipment such as bridles, saddles, blankets and cleaning tools are practical and well looked after. Our
saddles are general purpose saddles made especially to suit the
business – they are extremely comfortable and built on the old military
style tree by a firm in France and also now in Ireland by O’Callaghan
Please read over the following day trip options to create a custom itinerary perfect for you!
Day Trip Options...
1) Streedagh Beach and Dernish Island
Ride from the farm directly to the Atlantic coast, crossing to Dernish Island and on to Streedagh Beach for the gallop of a lifetime!
2) Farm to Cliffoney Beach and Dunes
Travel from the farm to Cliffoney beach and dunes, along the perimeter of Classiebawn Castle to the fishing village of Mullaghmore, ride around the cliffs and return by Cliffoney Beach.
3) The Cross Country Ride
Country lanes to our inland farm, through rivers and the limestone hills of Tawly, viewing our young stock and for those who wish to have a go at our cross country jumping course!
4) Lissadell and Forests
Ride the country lanes along the coast to Lissadell Beach, through forest and to the foot of Benbulben
5) The Horseshoe Valley
Ride the country lanes to the Gleniff Valley, around the Horseshoe with spectacular views to the Atlantic Ocean and return by Cliffoney Beach.
6) The Deer Farm
Winding ways inland to ride the perimeter of the Deer Farm, see the Red Deer herd and return by Cliffoney Beach.
* Wednesday is the horses' day off; this is your chance to go shopping, sightseeing, fishing or golfing. We can help arrange these extra activities for you.
* Arrival days are Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
* There is a free bus service each evening to take guests to the local villages for dinner (meals not included in price!)
* Program is suited to intermediate riders, children must be over 12 years old and accompanied by a riding adult.
* Program subject to alteration due to tidal changes.
Rates and Dates for Riding by the Sea
Accommodations at the farm or in guesthouses with private bath, breakfast, 6 riding days
Minimum Deposit: ~$700.00 per person
Transfer and Other Options:
Transfer from Sligo airport or train/bus station rt pp
Transfer from Knock airport rt pp
8d / 7n
8 day trip, B&B
Start days can be on Thursday, Friday, Saturday!
Rates do not include:
Lunches and dinners can be ordered from B&B
Riding helmets are mandatory.
No riding on Wednesdays !
Meeting: Grange at 10 am
Airport: Sligo or Knock
Transfer: Sligo- Airport, Train or Bus Station
is famed for its luscious green terrain split up by rocky mountains and
rolling hills. The saying goes in Ireland that you can tell the
difference between summer and winter by measuring the temperature of
the rain- so by this you can gauge that rain is a dominant feature and
there isn’t a lot of temperature variation across the country.
The weather is mild but changeable
and rain can be expected at any time of the year. Parts of the country
are oceanic, and as you move further away from the coast the conditions
become slightly more temperature- however the prevailing factor across
the whole country is that few temperature extremes are experienced.
is affected by the North Atlantic Drift, so this has a moderating
affect on the climate and keeps winter in Ireland warmer than places of
similar latitudes. Its northerly location, however, means that summers
never get particular hot either. The climate is generally fairly
typical of an insular climate and is moderated by the moist winds that
blow across the island, these winds prevail from the south west, off
the Atlantic, and can reach particular high speeds at times of the
On the whole the west coast is much
wetter than the east coast, so this should dispel common belief that
Dublin is the wettest city in Ireland. Lying on the east coast, Dublin
sees almost half as much rainfall as parts of the west coast.
Inland Ireland gets warmer in the
summer months than the coastal region, though on the flipside it also
gets much colder in the winter. These temperature differences are not
that great, with central Ireland only being a few degrees cooler than
the coast. In the centre of the country across the year will record
about 40 days below freezing, however on the coast the mercury will
only fall below 0 degrees on average 10 days per year.
country is made up of a ring of coastal mountains, with low lying
central plains in the centre. Due to Ireland's mild climate and
significant rainfall this has lead to luscious green terrain and
plentiful vegetation which makes for very scenic and pleasant
landscapes, which has lead to the island being called the ‘Emerald
Isle.’ Home to rolling hills, mountainous rocky areas and dramatic
green vistas, Ireland is a picturesque place to visit any time of the
DUBLIN-Dublin is the capital of
Ireland and sits upon the east coast where it is sheltered from the
heavy storms that the Atlantic coast is subject to. The climate in
Dublin is a maritime, temperate climate that (like the rest of the
country) lacks major temperature extremes and has cool summers and mild
winters. Although popular belief leads many tourists to believe that
Dublin is a very rainy city, it in fact sees fewer days of rain, on
average, than London.
The average maximum temperature in
January, the midst of winter, is about 8 degrees while July sees
average maximums of about 20 degrees. From May to June will see Dublin
basking in the most hours of uninterrupted sunlight as this is when the
sky will be the clearest and before the more overcast weather sits in.
Because of its northerly latitude, in the height of summer the days
will have about 19 hours of daylight before the sun sets. On the
flipside the winters days are short and in the peak up winter there are
only 9 hours of daylight.
December and August in Dublin are
generally the wettest months and record 74mm of precipitation on
average for the month. April is, on average, the driest month of the
year recording 45 mm of precipitation for the whole month.
Occasionally Dublin is hit by strong
winds that blow from the Atlantic, though the storms are much less
severe here than they are in other parts of the country. If Dublin is
to be hit my strong winds it is most likely to occur in the height of
winter. In 1997 on December 24, a region just out of Dublin was hit by
winds that gathered speeds of 151 km/h!
There are plenty of
things to keep you busy if visiting Dublin and find your self in the
midst of a rainy windy day, take in the city streets or take a visit to
the original Guinness Brewery- don't worry it'll be here for awhile as
it as a 9,000 year lease on it's property.
Dublin is affected by the urban heat
phenomenon which means the inner city is a few degrees warmer than more
regional areas. The heat is stored up in the city centre and will keep
it warmer throughout the days.
Any variations in rain or
temperature are due mainly to varying altitude and proximity to the
Atlantic. The east coast sees about 750mm of precipitation, on average,
across the year while the west coast sees 1500mm. In the mountains at
higher altitude about 2000mm of precipitation will be recorded, before
falling to 800-1200mm in lower lying areas.
Though it has been stated that
Ireland does lack temperature extremes, it is hit by the occasional
heat wave. Historically the highest temperature ever recorded in
Ireland was 33.3°C at Kilkenny Castle June 26 1887. During the 20th
century, the record high is 32.5°C at Boora, Co. Offaly which was
recorded on 29th June 1976.
What To Bring:
For your comfort you will need to bring the following items: Riding hat, riding boots, breeches, gloves, a warm sweater and good quality raincoat, (preferably waxed). Ponchos are not suitable rainwear for riders - which we sincerely hope you will not need - but better to be prepared.
RIDERS MUST WEAR A PROPERLY SECURED HARD HAT WHEN MOUNTED. The riding center has several models to choose from, but you might be better off to bring your own that fits.
The saddlebags are waterproof, however bring some plastic bags to put clothes etc. in- just in case!
All the equipment for your horse will be provided by the riding center.
|This list is only a guideline for you
|Travel documents and Voucher
|Visa (check with your consulate)
|Riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!)
|Riding boots (there will be contact with salt water on the beach) + Minichaps
|Riding helmet (mandatory)
|Rain coat/Wax jacket, possibly some overpants
|Seat saver (possibly)
|Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
|Underwear and socks
|Light summer jacket
|ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
|Sore cream (for an emergency)
|Adapter for electric appliances
|Camera and enough extra batteries
|Address book and pen (for postcards!)
|Sun glasses with strap
|Sun tan lotion and lip balm (for the ever hopeful)