Riding in Sligo
Sligo’s majestic scenery has become forever immortalized through poem, song and painting and there is no better way to experience it firsthand than on horseback. Whether it is the tranquility of isolation that you seek, a romantic break or just great fun with family and friends, there is a vast array of riding options available in Sligo. The wide-breadth of Sligo’s equestrian scene is only matched by it’s equally diverse terrain. Beaches adjacent to the roaring Atlantic Ocean, peaceful forests, farmland and mountainous tracks are all part & parcel of Sligo’s exceptional equestrian experience.
This incredibly diverse local equestrian scene includes races, lessons, agricultural shows, rides across stunning and vastly different landscapes, show jumping, cultural events and much more. It really is a fantastic equestrian destination for both riding enthusiasts and those who just want to have some fun & experience it for the first time. Recently, the well-respected Frommer’s Guide voted Ireland as the number one equestrian destination for 2011, including trekking in the North-West as one of the must-do attractions.
The family run, farm-based Island View Riding Stables is one of the most popular riding centres across the County. Island View pride themselves on their relaxed atmosphere and their flexibility. They're open 7 days a week and bookings can be arranged by telephone. Island View specialises in beach rides but offers a whole host of options including treks on bog lands typical of rural Ireland. Undoubtedly, the most alluring part of a trip with Island View is the Island Trek. This trek - lasting 4-5 hours - includes a visually stunning tour of expansive beach before crossing an Atlantic Channel to a private, uninhabited island. Here your horse can have a break while you enjoy a snack and explore the sites of ancient farm life on the island. Experienced riders will have plenty of opportunities here for a hearty gallop or some jumping over stone walls if they so wish.
All the horses at Island View are Irish-bred, expertly trained and are both dependable and trustworthy. Island View pay special attention to ensuring that you're paired with a horse that will suit your ability and possess a great temperament. Island view also welcomes a number of disabled & special needs riders who love coming here regularly to ride. Riding is considered one of the best therapies for those who are disabled and Island View is very happy to offer this service.
All equestrian tours are supervised by a team of friendly, helpful and qualified professional guides making sure your trip is safe and enjoyable. Whether you are an expert or you're taking to the saddle for the first time, Island View caters for all levels & age groups which guarantees that your adventure is just around the corner...