We have put together some FAQs (frequently asked questions) below that our customers ask us. If you don’t see the answer to your question, please contact us and we will be pleased to help and advise.
- Our staff are trained in Covid prevention and we have a professional Covid response plan in place.
- Riding is by appointment only so you need to phone or email to book.
- To cut down on time spent in the small office space, please complete the Rider Registration Form below:
- Face masks to be worn indoors at all times.
- Every new rider will have to fill in the online Rider Registration Form.
- We have a streamlined one way system in place to facilitate social distancing.
- All equipment provided by the stables gets sanitised after every use.
- Please have the correct amount of cash with you and pay on arrival.
What do I need to wear?
Please wear comfortable trousers and sensible outdoor clothing.
Shorts or sandals are not suitable for horse riding.
We provide riding boots in all sizes, but make sure you wear /bring a good pair of long socks. Walking boots or rubber boots with an appropriate heel and sole are safe to wear for riding too.
We supply standard regulation riding hats (PAS 15).
Management advises not to wear jewellery.
Children will need to wear body protectors for jumping lessons.
I have never ridden before. Is that a problem?
Not at all. Our horses are very quiet and experienced . Staff will make sure that you are comfortable. Every trek is tailor-made to your needs and ability
My friend is an experienced rider but I am not. Can we still go together on a trek?
Yes of course. Most of the time we will be able to send two guides on your trek so that you both can enjoy a ride at your very own pace. Under exceptional circumstances, you might only have one guide who will certainly try to give the experienced rider an opportunity to canter. However there are situations where the weakest rider will set the pace.
My husband is very tall and heavy, have you got a suitable horse for him?
Yes we have. Our horses come in all shapes and sizes – from a tiny Welsh Pony to a strong built 17 h.h. weight carrier. For horse welfare and client safety reasons, we have a weight limit of 16 st (approx. 100kg) Please let us know if you will require a strong built horse. Staff will allocate you with a suitable horse.
We don't have a car. How can we get to you?
Bus service from Sligo / Ballyshannon to Island View Riding Stables:
Local Link bus number 982 from Sligo or Ballyshannon will drop you at the stables ( Stop called Mount Temple).
Alternatively Buseireann Sligo-Derry Bus (No. 64 or 480). Tel.: 071– 916066. Number 480 will drop you at the stables on request. If the driver won’t stop at the yard please continue on to the next stop (Cliffoney or Grange) and phone us. We will collect you there free of charge.
There are also taxi and mini bus services:
Darragh Quinn 0877011894
Jack Connolly 087 7707113
Sean Sheerin 071 9166466
Mini Bus: John McGovern 087 2553413
Pick up service from Sligo or Ballyshannon bus stops can be arranged for a fee of €30.
My child is only very young, can she still ride?
Small children can experience sitting on a small pony for ½ hour ride. Our handlers will lead ponies. For insurance reasons we cannot take children under 4 years of age. For lessons we recommend minimum age of 6 years.
Can my child sit up on the horse with me?
One of the horse riding party has special needs. Can you still take us for horseback riding?
We do not offer therapeutic horseback riding but we aim to be inclusive and have experience with special needs, blind and disabled riders. We give them special attention and have suitable riding school horses. The riding centre has a ramp that wheelchair users can avail of for mounting the horse. Persons with specials needs will more than likely require a handler to lead the horse – but everybody is different so please talk to us and we will advise you as to what type of horse riding is suitable .
I don't ride. Can I still walk along with my riding family members?
Yes, of course. The beach is only a walking distance away from the stables.
Is the beach far away from the stables?
No, the beach is approx. 5 – 10 minutes walking distance from the stables and easily accessed on foot.
What is the cost of horse riding?
We have a comprehensive price list that lists the cost of horse riding lessons in the arena, short horseback riding trails and horse riding days out. If you need information about the horse riding, please contact us, we will be happy to advise which horse riding experience suits your needs and pocket.
I had a riding accident and I am very nervous, can you meet my needs?
Yes, we can. Our horses are all very experienced and quiet, safe in traffic and easy to handle. Therefore, we can meet everybody’s requirements. You also have the option of regaining your confidence in one of our tailor-made lessons.
What will I do in a lesson?
That really depends on your riding experience. We offer lessons for all levels; we will also answer all your questions. If you wish to practise a particular skill, let us know.
What if something crops up and I need to cancel the booking?
Please pick up the phone and cancel as soon as possible so that we can offer your slot to other customers. We will refund you as long as we receive 48 hours notice of your cancellation. After that we cannot give a refund.
If your cancellation is Covid-19-related, then we will issue you a gift certificate/card.
The weather forecast is bad. Can we still ride?
Most of the horses live outside all year and are well used to all kinds of weather. Generally, we go out in all weather. The weather can change quite quickly along the coast so often it’s just a case of waiting until a shower blows over or changing the route slightly. It is only in exceptional circumstances that we cannot operate the rides. If we deem it unsafe to ride we will contact you and issue a refund.
What size groups can you cater for?
We try to keep groups small (max. number of 10). However, we can take bigger groups at a slow pace or if all participants are very experienced and management considers it safe.
There is also the option of splitting up the group into two rides.
For more details, please go to our Riding for Groups. Please phone early on 071 9166156 to discuss a tailor-made solution for your group. Bookings for large groups require a 50 Euro deposit, payable on the top of this page.
Are you open on Sundays?
Most of the year we are open on Sunday. During high season we are closed on Sundays and Mondays. The rest of the year we are closed on Mondays only.
As opening times can change, especially during the Covid 19 pandemic, please contact us or check our opening times on Google.
Please call in or phone for booking enquiries on 071 9166156.