DUBLIN City, Country estates & the rugged north COAST
- Signature Town & Country -
(8 Days, 7 Nights or Customized)
Discover the magic of two countries, Ireland & Northern Ireland, with this exclusive riding vacation showcasing the best of Town & County.
On this all-inclusive vacation get a taste of lively Dublin City, ride on magnificent castle estates, along white sand beaches, over breathtaking mountains, through colorful quaint villages and a visit to one of the most northerly points of Ireland with views of Scotland and beyond!
Welcome to Ireland! The afternoon is at your leisure—relax at the hotel or head out and explore this vibrant city! Take in sites such as Trinity College or St. Patrick’s Cathedral, take a tour at Guinness Storehouse or treat yourself to a Dublin institution: a sumptuous afternoon tea in one of Dublin’s fine hotels!
Tonight head to the Cultural Quarter of Dublin, Temple Bar, to enjoy live traditional music and a welcome reception dinner of traditional Irish cuisine.
Say goodbye to Dublin City and head to the Irish countryside to visit one of Ireland's great Irish estates in County Monaghan.
Nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside, dotted with ancient woodlands and glittering lakes, Castle Leslie Estate is one of the last great Irish estates still in the hands of its founding family. Considered to be one of the finest castles Ireland has to offer, Castle Leslie is the epitome of Irish aristocracy.
Take a 2-hour exhilarating trek around the expansive estate. With miles of galloping tracks, rivers and cross-country jumps—it’s one of Ireland’s top riding locations!
The afternoon is at your leisure. Visit the award-winning winning Victorian Treatment rooms at the castle’s spa for a relaxing treatment or take a walk around the pristine grounds.
After breakfast, travel to Northern Ireland for a drive up the famous Causeway Coastal Route: 120- miles of breathtaking scenery that has aptly described as “One of the Worlds Top 5 Road Trips”.
Dotted with historic castles and a changing canvas of natural landscapes: quaint fishing villages, quiet beaches, rolling green hills with lush hedges, mountain streams and rugged coastlines with majestic cliffs, all overlooking the mighty Atlantic -- This route is truly magnificent!
The afternoon will be spent at the farmstead of our North Coast hosts, a spectacular farm surrounded by 1,000 acres of rolling green hills and views of miles! Starting with a warm Irish welcome, enjoy genuine Irish hospitality over tea and freshly baked scones. The rich history and geography of the area will be covered, providing a fun & useful reference for our coastal trek.
Afterwards, head into the stables to meet the horses take a leisurely trek up onto the moorland above the farm to take in sweeping 5-county views of Northern Ireland and as far away as counties Donegal, Derry, Tyrone and Fermanagh and onwards to the Croaghan.
Today's trek begins in County Derry where tacked horses await at the chuch of St. Aidan's. Ride across deserted country lanes at the foot of Binevenagh Mountain to the picturesque Benone Beach.
With a magnificent mountain backdrop, cliff scenery and views across to Scotland & Donegal, its the perfect place to take a swift canter or leisurely poddle across miles of flat open beach towards the lonely Mussenden Temple regally perched 120-feet above the Atlantic Ocean.
Leave the beach, riding through the Bishops Gate, which was once the entrance to Downhill House, towards the seaside town of Castlerock for lunch.
The afternoon will be spent riding along Antrim coast with magnificent panoramic views of Bushmills, Portballintrae, the Skerries and the famous Dunluce Castle, where a traditional afternoon tea awaits in the Castle Tea Room.
The route home is over sand dunes and coastal paths towards the famous Giant's Causeway where you'll dismount for the day.
This evening meet up with new friends at a local pub to mingle with locals and listen to some of the best traditional music in Ireland!
Today is free to do what you wish: Take a boat ride across the north channel to Scotland for lunch and a tour of Islay's most famous distilleries: Ardbeg and Laphroig or stay local and visit Bushmills Distillery, Ireland's oldest working distillery or visit the Walled City of Derry, the last walled city to be built in Europe and the only walled city in Ireland-- complete with 24 cannons!
Today's ride begins high above Whitepark Bay, located near the village of Ballintoy. Mount up and ride down a winding path to the famous beach below. With sand so pure it shines for miles, it’s the perfect backdrop for a refreshing morning canter! Afterwards, head over sandy dunes and lush farmlands towards the fishing harbour of Ballintoy.
Located at the end of a corkscrew road, Ballintoy Harbour was mainly associated with salmon fishing. ‘Game of Thrones’ fans may recognise Ballintoy Harbour as the setting for the Iron Islands and Lordsport in the Isle of Pyke. Like most places along the north coast, the views are spectacular and offer incredible photo opportunities.
Ballintoy Harbour was mainly associated with salmon fishing and today ‘Game of Thrones’ fans may recognise Ballintoy Harbour as the setting for the Iron Islands and Lordsport in the Isle of Pyke. Like most places along the north coast, the views are spectacular and offer incredible photo opportunities.
Ballintoy’s most famous site, the white Ballintoy Parish Church, perched on a hill overlooking the Atlantic, is one of the most beautiful churches in the country and often pictured with views of Rathlin Island in the background.
Meander through Ballintoy Village before loading the horses and heading to lunch at a local pub.
Aferwards, meet up with the horses at the mouth of Slieveanorra Forest for a breathtaking trek through the massive conifers to the top of Mount Orra for some of the most spectacular views in Ireland! On a clear day, it is possible to see the Inner Hebrides off the Scottish coast, all the way to the Mourne Mountains in south County Down.
Todays ride begins in the famed Glens of Antrim, a unique landscape of valleys, moorland, forests and shorelines. You'll ride through Glenariff Forest Park, a 2900-acre park, home to some of Ireland’s most spectacular waterfalls and onwards to the seaside via the small coastal village of Waterfoot for a trot along the beach!
From waterfood, you'll head towards the coastal village of Cushendall riding directly into the centre of town with the 'clip, clop' of hooves echoing through the historic streets. Enjoy traditional Irish cuisine for lunch before meeting up with the horses in the ancient hamlet of Knocknacarry for your afternoon ride to picturesque Cushendun village.
As you enter Cushendun, you'll be greetd by “Johann the Goat”, a bronze sculpture situated close to the mouth of the River Dun before exporing the famous Cushendun Caves-- an impressive system of caves formed over 400-million years ago.
The route from Cushendun takes you towards Cushendun Strand and past the ruins of Carra Castle and the Glen of Glendum towards its impressive viaduct that crosses the Glen in several mighty spans.
Following the Glendun River, our horseback journey ends in the heart of the Glens.
Slán Abhaile! It's time to bid farewell to the Emeral Isle. Morning flight back to USA.