Atlantic Trail Week Riding Holiday
For Experienced Riders
A package for advanced riders that wish to explore the North Sligo Wild Atlantic Way on horseback.
Departure: Sunday after breakfast
First Day Riding: Tuesday
Explore sandy beaches, a tidal lagoon, our private O’Connor’s Island and the rocky coast line of Mullaghmore Headland. The Gleniff Horse Shoe Mountain ride and the rural trails at the foot of Benbulben Mountain invite for a hack through the typical west of Ireland countryside.
On the stopovers during your day ride, you will have a picnic or a pub lunch.
Each day’s riding starts at the farm and returns back to base. There is plenty of opportunity to enjoy some brisk beach riding.
Riders need to be comfortable at all paces.
This riding holiday experience is available with B&B, selfcatering or Hotel accommodation.
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Day 1: Arrival
You will be arriving at the accommodation on Monday.
Day 2: Assessment lesson in the paddock and three-hour beach and bog ride
Today will be an opportunity for Island View Riding Stables to assess you on how you get on with the horse they have picked for you before lunch. After lunch you will go for a three-hour beach and bog ride. The ride will combine a coastal and rural experience. The first part of your ride will take you along sandy Trawalua Beach, then you will follow quiet laneways and century-old bog tracks at the foot of rugged Benbulbin Mountain. This ride will also offer experienced riders an extra opportunity for a canter on the moorlands loop.
Day 3 to 6: Long rides
You will get one of the following long rides every day. The order of the four riding days that will be determined closer to the time as weather and tidal conditions will dictate the day and departure time. There will be either packed lunches or pub /tea room lunches over the next four days.
O’Connor’s Island ride (four hours)
You will trek across the lagoon to Streedagh Beach where a fresh gallop will await the experienced riders. Three Spanish Armada ships were wrecked here at the Black Rock in 1588. You will explore the sand dunes on O’Connor’s Island, combining some brisk riding on the strand and a scenic stroll over the island with a stop-off in the pub for a pint as well as some hearty food. Seals and migratory birds can often be spotted in the estuary. Depending on tidal conditions, you will enjoy either a picnic or cafe lunch.
Gleniff Horseshoe ride (five to six hours)
Today you have a choice of two options: you can take a day off to relax and do some sightseeing or you can venture inlands on our longest and toughest ride of the week.
OPTION A: This is a looooong ride with spectacular views, but also lots of walking on tarmac roads! A few miles inland from the coast you will ride in the barren Gleniff Horse Shoe valley (voted no.1 attractions in Ballintrillick by Trip Advisor) nestled beneath Benwiskin Mountain. The valley is steeped in history and legend. Set in a spectacular cliff face is Diarmuid and Grainne’s cave. Legend has it that this was the lovers’ hiding place on their flight from Fionn Mac Cumhaill.Barium Meal had been mined in the Dartry Mountains until the middle of the 20th century. You will have your break and snack at the old barytes mill site (voted one of top picnic places for families in Ireland) at the base of the Gleniff Horseshoe before you return home along quiet country laneways. The ride offers breathtaking views of 10 town lands and the Atlantic Ocean. You will sleep well tonight!
OPTION B: after a nice lie in and breakfast, we will collect you and bring you via Sligo town to the village of Strandhill. This bustling seaside village invites you to roam its beach, stroll around the few little shops, eat in one of the hip eateries and taste Ireland’s best ice cream. A hotspot for surfing, you can either watch or participate (we can arrange a surf lesson for you in advance) in riding the ”white horses”. Alternatively spoil yourself with a seaweed bath or treatment at Voya’s seaweed baths (2 week advance booking essential, price not included in package). Towering over the village is Knocknarea mountain which can be ascended from the village via a track with self guided information points along the way. On top you will enjoy spectacular views over Sligo and Donegal Bay and admire the huge mound that is the grave of Queen Meave, an ancient warrior queen, said to be buried here standing up and looking her enemies in the eye. We provide you with a map and packed lunch for your hike. When you are done exploring Strandhill, we will collect you again and bring you to the hotel. Alternatively you could also spend the day in Sligo, shopping and sightseeing .
Dernish Island trek ride (four or five hours)
This trek is any rider’s dream, where you can discover the pristine and expansive beaches on horseback. You will feel the thrill of crossing the Atlantic channel to Dernish Island. Mingle with our livestock that graze the island. Enjoy uninterrupted views over Trawalua Strand and Classiebawn castle. Mainland life will suddenly feel very far away to you. Your horse can enjoy the salty island grass while you relax, have a snack, and explore the sites of ancient farm life on the island. Your picnic site will be at the ruined homestead of the O’Connor family on O’Connor’s Island where a group of young horses and the dry stock cattle herd roams the islands.
Mullaghmore Coastal ride (four or five hours)
After an exhilarating ride on Trawalua Beach, you will follow the boundary of Classiebawn Estate to Mullaghmore. This little fishing village boasts a picturesque 19th-century stone-built harbor. The ride will take you along the headland with some breathtaking views of majestic sea cliffs and the castle – a signature viewpoint of the Wild Atlantic Way. It was here that Lord Mountbatten, the great-grandson of Queen Victoria, was killed by a bomb planted on his boat by the IRA in 1979. On days with a serious swell, top surfers from all over the world come here to take on a wave of up to 50 feet. On this trail, you will take a lunch break in the pub overlooking the harbour.
Day 7: Departure
You will depart from the accommodation after breakfast.
Holiday Price List
Atlantic Trail Week – For Experienced Riders
6 Night Atlantic Trail Week Package with B&B*
Child (age 15 & under)
Single Room Supplement
6 nights B&B, 5 days riding, 5 x lunch (packed or pub lunch)
Own car recommended. Let us know if you have no transport, so we can pick a B&B within walking distance for you. There are lots of restaurants in the area.
6 Night Atlantic Trail Week Package with Hotel*
Child (age 15 & under)
Single Room Supplement
6 nights B&B in 3 star hotel, 5 dinners, 5 days riding, 5 x lunch (packed or pub lunch, transfers hotel – stables & back on riding days)
You needn’t worry about anything, all included except dinner on one night when you may want to experience a meal in the local seafood restaurant in Mullaghmore.
7 Night Atlantic Trail Week Package with Self Catering
Self Catering Apartment for 1 week (7 nights)
Adult Atlantic Trailweek 5 days riding
Child Atlantic Trailweek 5 days riding
Self catering units suitable for 3-6 people in a variety of modern apartments in Grange / Cliffoney area of Co. Sligo.
Departure: Sunday after breakfast
September to May: €770
June, July, August: €770
Own car strongly recommended. Lunches not included in self catering package.
Child price applies for children 15 years of age and under.