There are lots of ways you can enjoy County Donegal, a stunning region renowned for its incredible coastal landscape, beautiful woodlands and historic sites. The county attracts walking enthusiasts and motorists tackling the world famous Wild Atlantic Way, but it’s also great fun to explore from the saddle of a bike - or a horse!
Ireland has a rich equine heritage and has always been a hugely popular holiday destination among the horse-loving fraternity. Countless champion racehorses have been bred at top Irish stud farms and The Curragh is one of the most famous racecourses in the world. Riders of all abilities can use some genuine horsepower to enjoy the delights of Donegal thanks to the numerous riding stables dotted all over the county.
Hotels Close to Stables
Whatever your preference, whether you like to stay in a hotel, guesthouse, bed and breakfast, holiday home or hostel, horse lovers will have plenty of choice when it comes to finding somewhere to stay in Ireland. Most of the stables are located close to towns and villages offering lots of comfortable, affordable accommodation.
Time to Saddle Up
County Donegal has some excellent private stables which give riders the chance to make the most of their favourite hobby in beautiful surroundings.
Carrigart Horse Riding Centre in Cranford is one of them. It offers trekking and hacking opportunities to riders of all levels along with lessons if you want to sharpen up your skills before you set off. The centre is open seven days a week from Easter to November and offers trekking on the nearby beach and sand dunes. You can also ride some of the forest trails scattered around the area.
The centre is a member of the Association of Irish Riding Establishments, an organisation which sets out to promote the sport of amateur horse riding and the highest possible standards of safety and customer service.
Out and About
Located on the R245 between Letterkenny and Creeslough, Carrigart is located at the base of the Rosguill Peninsula, a particularly beautiful part of Donegal. It enjoys some of the most spectacular views in all of Ireland and, as well as horse riding and hiking, offers the chance to try lots of water-based activities.
Just under three miles from Carrigart, the pretty fishing village of Downings has a lovely beach where you can try your hand at sailing, windsurfing and other watersports. You can also charter boats for coastal sightseeing and deep-sea fishing.
Glenveagh National Park, home to a castle with world-famous gardens, and Ards Forest Park, which is great for children, give you the chance to get close to nature.
A Choice of Hotels
If you want to stay close to the riding centre you should be able to find somewhere welcoming to stay in Carrigart. With sizeable crowds to accommodate in the summer it has a good range of hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts to choose from. If you want to look a little further afield you could try the village of Milford or Letterkenny, the county’s biggest town.