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Horseback riding in Ireland

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Solid sand and a lovely, flat terrain, the best quality of horses plus the range of different coastal locations means that Ireland is probably the most ideal place in the world for horseback riding. Combine this with the most hospitable people you will ever encounter and you have an unforgettable dream trip to add to your bucket list.

No ride experience is no problem. On the entire island you will notice that beginners are very welcome at almost all riding schools. You can count on qualified instructors who ensure that you quickly find your balance and confidence on a horse that has been specially selected for you. An instructor does this by taking into account the weight, height and fitness of the rider. No need to worry anyway because the horses are calm and stable and make an effort to please you. 

Horseback riding in Ireland is a great way to discover the Irish mountains and rugged coast. The Atlantic coast at Dunfanaghy is erratic and offers an endless alternation of rocky headlands with towering cliffs, wide, deserted sandy beaches and deep coves. The hills are green and friendly, while higher areas have an overwhelming roughness. The Yeats Trail starts from Sligo. It is a 4-day trek with accommodation in b & bs with stables for the horse. You can ride it independently, without a guide. Trails are on the website of the Irish Traffic Agency ( and the website of Equestrian Holidays Ireland (

Riding schools in Ireland almost all have the necessary equipment for horses and riders. However it is a good idea to bring comfortable pants, rain gear and a good pair of walking shoes or sneakers.

Best time to ride

We recommend going from May until October. The average temperatures are pleasant and you might be able to take a dive in the ocean. Click here for more climate details in Ireland.

This article was last updated on December 29, 2021.