Whether you prefer trekking through rolling hills and countryside or galloping along a sandy beach, County Kerry is an ideal base for horse lovers. Kerry is home to some of Ireland’s most breathtaking scenery with a wealth of unspoilt sandy beaches, rugged mountains, miles of national park and with an abundance of trekking trails you’ll have plenty opportunity to test out your horse riding skills. Read on for more…
Killarney Riding Stables is located about 1 mile from Killarney, on the Killorglin Road (N72), directly opposite a section of Killarney National Park. This family run riding stables was established in the 1960′s and has gained a really good reputation over the years. They offer ‘Hacking, Trekking & Trail Riding in Killarney National Park’ – you can choose 1, 2 or 3 hour treks. Other options include the 5 day ‘Killarney Reeks Trail / Ring of Kerry Trail’.
If you prefer horse riding on a beach, some of the best places to visit are Banna, Ballybunion, Inch Beach and Rossbeigh Beach near the picturesque village of Glenbeigh.
Banna Beach is located in North Kerry, about 2 miles outside Ardfert village. With its long stretch of sandy beach it’s perfect for horse riding. Also located in North Kerry is Ballybunion Beach near the town of the same name.
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Just outside the pretty village of Glenbeigh (on the Ring of Kerry route between Killorglin and Caherciveen) is Rossbeigh Beach. Boasting 6 miles of golden sand looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean, it has been awarded the Blue Flag status. About a mile from the beach you’ll find Burke’s Horse Riding and Activity Centre. It caters for both beginners and advanced riders, and ponies are available are available as well.
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Another excellent option is Inch beach in Mid Kerry, again with stunning views and miles of sandy beach. It’s located about midway between Castlemaine Harbour and Dingle Harbour. Further west you’ll come to the ever-popular seaside town of Dingle. Traditionally a fishing town it was made popular by Fungi, a bottlenose option.
Dun Quin, also known as Dun Chaoin, is on the most westerly point of the Dingle Peninsula. In 1989 Dingle Riding Stables were established here, but in 1998 to cater for expansion, purpose built stables were built in Ballinaboula, about 1 mile from Dingle. The experienced guides cater for all levels of horse riding and all horses are hand picked.
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