Horseriding Treks & Trails
The centres listed here specialise in trail riding for all levels; you don't have to be an expert on a horse to take part! Go for an hour or two or be adventurous and set forth on a weeklong trek! After a full day trail riding, (or even a couple of hours) there's nothing like relaxing in comfortable accommodation and savouring a delicious meal followed by a pint or two in a friendly local.
Most trail riding centres are non-residential, usually offering treks you can complete in a day. But because these centres are set in beautiful areas offering many visitor attractions, you may want to stay on for a few days, enjoy the amenities and go for a few more treks. If so, the Equestrian Centre will be happy to help arrange local accommodation (hotel, B&B or self-catering) to suit you, and will also know the best eateries and pubs nearby. Or, when you've chosen the location you like, make arrangements with the nearest Tourist Information Office.
Mount Pleasant Riding and Trekking Centre
Lives up to its name! This successful centre on the fringes of Castlewellan Forest Park amid magnificent forest scenery has over 34 years of experience. Post to post trails are organised on a 3 day or 7 day basis through Castlewellan Forest and beyond. Mountpleasant is not a residential centre, but can arrange equestrian holidays and weekend breaks in conjunction with local hotels, and transport from main ports of entry is provided.
Mountpleasant also offers certified instruction including English tuition. Advanced and novice riders alike are made to feel welcome. Activities for unaccompanied children. Airport transfers. Open all year.
15 Bannanstown Road, Castlewellan
Co. Down BT31 9BG
Tel: +44 028 4377 8651
Fax: +44 028 4377 0030
Faughanvale Pony Trekking Centre
Non-residential. This 70-acre working farm provides a friendly, safe learning environment for novices. Off-road treks are tailored for all abilities and range over a variety of terrain, including the hills, glens and streams of this lovely area of Londonderry. Mounts are carefully matched to the rider's confidence and ability. Open all year. Transters to and from main ports of entry provided, but please phone ahead to book. Located just 8 miles from Derry City, 4 miles from Eglinton airport, 10 miles from Limavady, near the coast.
11 Dunlade Rd, Greysteel, Co. Londonderry BT47 3EG
Tel/Fax: +44 028 7181 1843
Watertop Farm Trekking Centre
Set in a spectacularly beautiful part of the Causeway Coast, Watertop will be a favourite with your children, offering not just horses, but all kinds of familiar and exotic farm animals. Watertop is a multi-activity family centre providing one-hour treks in July and August through glen and across open moorland. This open farm also has a fishing lake, farm museum, tearoom, touring caravan park and campsite - so the whole family can make a few days of it.
Just 6 miles east of Ballycastle near the Glens of Antrim.
188 Cushendall Road,
Ballycastle, Co. Antrim
Tel: +44 028 2076 2576
Fax: + 44 028 2076 2175
Mourne Trail Riding Centre
Non-residential. Experienced riders are assured excellent mounts as you enjoy treks of between 1 and 4 hours mostly through scenic Tollymore Forest Park in the mountains of Mourne. Seasoned equestrians can enjoy jumping. Trails include a rest stop in the local pub. Horses can also be hired for local hunts and cross country events. Just 2 miles from Newcastle, open all year.
96 Castlewellan Rd.
Newcastle, C. Down BT33 0JP
Tel/Fax: +44 028 4372 4351