West Coast Trail
Ireland ( Best airport: Dublin / Knock)
This six night trail ride is perfect for small groups of experienced and adventurous riders, allowing you to explore some of the most spectacular scenery on the west coast of Ireland as well as your host’s private island. Explore quaint villages, sandy beaches and rocky coastline and immerse yourself in the lush splendour of the north west of Ireland known as the Wild Atlantic Way. This region packs as much scenery, myth and folklore into its borders as any visitor could hope for and you’ll be hosted by the O’Connor family who have lived here for generations.
Level of Riding and Fitness
Riders need to be comfortable at all paces, able to mount and dismount unaided and in control of a responsive horse when riding in open country or on the beach. You should be fit enough to enjoy 5 days of riding with around 4-6 hours in the saddle each day. The weight limit is 90kg.
Guides and Group Size
Your hosts are the O’Connor family who have been running this farm and stables for countless generations. Your guides are friendly and experienced adults and experienced horse riders. The group size is between 2-10.
Accommodation and Dining
You’ll be staying at a local hotel close to the stables. Situated right beside Mullaghmore Harbour, the traditional family run Pier Head Hotel enjoys a fantastic view of Donegal Bay. The Pier Head Hotel is a modern three star hotel complete with en-suite rooms, restaurant, two bars, a swimming pool and spa. Transfers between the stables and the hotel are included.
Breakfast is provided by the hotel and you can choose between a full cooked breakfast or continental options, accompanied by tea, coffee and juice. Lunch is either a pinci at a picturesque spot on the trail or sometimes a pub lunch at a local free house on the trail. Dinner is provided by the hotel and there are many traditional Irish or European options. Traditional Irish food includes hearty roasts of local lamb, beef or pork, plenty of seasonal vegetables and traditional local cheeses and breads. Mullaghmore’s close proximity to the coast means that seafood and fresh fish is abundant and excellent. One evening’s dinner is not included and we highly recommend you experience a meal in the local seafood restaurant in Mullaghmore.
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West Coast Trail
7 days / 6 nights / 5 days riding
Children: £1760 (15 years and under)
Single room supplement: £220
Flights & Airport transfers
Do not book flights until you have received the Booking confirmation email from saddletravel.com.
Please plan your flights to/from as follows:
Please aim to arrive in the afternoon on the first day. Check in at the hotel is available from 3pm.
Please book your departure flight on the last day after 11am
Bus No. 30 offers an around-clock direct connection from Dublin airport to Ballyshannon. Bus No 23 offers a connection from Dublin Airport to Sligo. A taxi from either Ballyshannon or Sligo to the hotel costs around €35 euros.
- 6 nights in en suite room in 3 star hotel
- Breakfasts, tea and coffee
- Lunches (packed lunch or pub lunch while on the trail)
- Dinners x 5 (one night dinner is not included and we recommend you visit one of the fantastic seafood restaurants in the area.)
- Transfers each day between the hotel and the stables
- 5 days of horse riding
- International flights
- Airport transfers
- Dinner on one of the nights