Arrangements can be made with local Equestrian Centres on request.
Depending on the time of year, activities such as horse riding are available to those staying in Ardtara Country House. If you prefer to "see" rather than to "do", a trip to the Horse Racing at Royal Down Racecourse is a must.
With 614 acres to explore, horse riding around the demesne is a wonderful experience. Experienced riders will guide you around the demesne, trekking by the tower and lake, deep into the grounds. Horse riding lessons in the paddock can also be arranged with experienced instructors. (maximum four riders at one time) Bookings must be made in advance of arrival as the riding instructor is not based at Ballyfin.
For those interested in horse riding, the staff at Ballymaloe House will be happy to make arrangements for you in the locality.
The Abbeyfield Equestrian and Outdoor Activity Centre is located close by, where you can experience a relaxing horse ride through the quiet country lanes or an exhilarating horse ride cross country on one of their 40 horses. Barberstown Castle staff will be happy to make arrangements for you.
Local riding stables offer daily rides in the Killarney National Park or treks through the Macgillicuddy Reeks for riders of all abilities. A trek through the Gap of Dunloe can be undertaken either as part of an all-day trip coming back to Killarney by boat or alternatively as a one or two-hour trek.
Experience trail-riding in Kerry, along miles of meandering country roads amidst spectacular scenery that will take your breath away or galloping on Rossbeigh Beach close to the water's edge, is an experience riders of all levels will never forget. Carrig House can arrange these activities with local stables for the novice or for more experienced riders.
County Laois has the perfect landscape for those who love horse riding. There are several equestrian centres in the local area to guide enthusiasts, whether they are experienced riders or eager novices.
As one of Europe's finest equestrian playgrounds, Castle Leslie Estate offers memorable horse riding holiday experiences for riding enthusiasts of all levels. Nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside, dotted with ancient woodlands and glittering lakes, the estate offers an idyllic setting for outdoor activity and adventure.
Enjoy the Sligo countryside on horseback. Guests at Coopershill House are ideally placed to enjoy horse riding, with three riding schools in the area. Each riding school offers horse riding to suit all standards of proficiency. It is advisable to make bookings before your arrival in but we can take care of this for you if you wish.
There are plenty of riding options quite close to Delphi. The Westport Woods Centre (40 mins) offers beautiful beach treks or rides around the foothils of Croagh Patrick for horsemen of all abilities.
Enniscoe House is an ideal base for horse riding. Arrangements can be made locally.
Gregans Castle in the Burren recommends the Mountain View Horse Riding Centre (14 km) and Clare Equestrian Centre (46 km) for horse riding and pony trekking. There are guided trails and all ages and abilities are catered for.
Killarney offers a wide choice of equestrian options, from organised riding and trek excursions from one of many equestrian centres to the less formal mountain rides through the magnificent Gap of Dunloe. A mile from the hotel is The Killarney Riding Stables, managed and owned by the O’Sullivan family. The reception team at The Killarney Royal will be delighted to assist in booking a trekking time on your behalf. Free transport to the stables is also provided.
Horse lovers will find the Duhallow Hunt, one of oldest in the British Isles and Ireland, right on the doorstep, as is the Cork racecourse at Mallow, making Longueville an ideal stopover for owners and trainers. One of Ireland's largest show jumping event venues at Millstreet is less than 45 minutes away.
Country Wexford offers beautiful horse trail riding country, and the team at Marlfield House would be happy to arrange horseriding in a local riding school for people with all levels of experience.
The Mount Juliet Equestrian centre is one of the most impressive equestrian centres in the country. With two arenas including one international size arena, an American style barn, an exhilarating cross-country course, 18 miles of bridleways, a new set of show-jumps and a new stock of ponies and horses, Mount Juliet offers the rider the best possible experience in all types of riding.
Clonshire Riding Stables is situated just 15 minutes drive towards Adare from the Mustard Seed.
Local stables with treks along the shoreline or mountain passes have a selection of horses to suit all levels of competence, so while staying at the Park Hotel Kenmare why not take the opportunity to do some horse riding?
What better way to breathe the purest air than by trekking on horseback. meandering over mountain paths and around lake shores or galloping along a seemingly endless beach, racing against the surf of the Atlantic Ocean. You simply cannot rival horse riding in this area.
Enjoy some horse riding just 30 minutes from Rathsallagh House, staff will be happy to make arrangements for you.
There are a number of equestrian centres in County Longford. AIRE-approved Mosstown Riding Centre is an indoor facility, accommodating a wide range of activities. As it is an all-weather centre, with both indoor and outdoor arenas, visitors are able to take part whatever the weather. And, for the cross-country riders, or pony and hunting clubs, the 40-acres Hunter Trials Course in Moatfarrell, Ballinalee, offers an enjoyable challenge.
Your hosts at Dunowen House will be happy to arrange an equestrian experience for you and your guests, with approved local providers.