Beach Rides

Ride theWild Atlantic Way with  Donegal Equestrian Centre

We run a selection of 1 or 2 hour  beach and sand dune rides
all of which are graded to the riders ability.
Beginner and Advanced day trails also available.

Beginner & Novice Rides

These rides are suitable for those with little or no experience.
We run rides from 1 hour to 1 day

1 Hour Ride

The beginner one hour Sand Dune Trail goes into the sand dunes that run alongside Tullan Strand. The ride is at the walk with a small trot if the guide feels the riders have the necessary skills.  These rides allow the rider to become accustomed to horse riding and are a great way to experience the beautiful North West Coastline. This ride does not go down onto the beach itself. Please note the horses are not led, your safety is of great importance to us if the instructor feels you do not have the necessary skills to ride out you will receive a lesson in the arena.

2 Hour Ride

The two hour beginner ride goes into the sand dunes and onto Tullan Strand. This ride can include a short introduction session in the arena for those that have never ridden or who wish to refresh their skills. The two hour  ride does go onto the beach and can include trotting.

Half Day Beginner Riding Experience

This experience includes horse care, arena lesson and sand dune/beach ride. Full details here Half Day Experience

Beginner Novice Day Ride

A full day riding with introduction arena lesson. Full details here Beginner and Novice Day Trail

Beginner Beach rides are suitable for adults and children 8 years and over. Children can be led by special arrangement only e.g part of a family ride please email your requirements before booking.

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Intermediate Rides

These rides are suitable for riders who have previously received tuition and are comfortable rising to the trot, and have tried canter.

1 Hour Ride

This ride takes you down the golden sands of Tullan Strand at trot or a steady canter and returns back through the sand dunes. Suitable for adults and children 8 years and over.

2 Hour ride

This ride gives you more time on the beach along with the opportunity to take the horses into the water (subject to tide conditions).  The ride returns back through the sand dunes.

Advanced Riders

Riders must have received tuition and be able to fast canter and control a horse/pony in open spaces. Suitable for adults and children 10 years and over.

1 Hour Ride

The ride canters down Tullan Strand  to the Erne Estuary and returns back through the sand dunes.

2 Hour Ride

This ride allows more time on the beach taking the horses into the water (subject to tide conditions).  After a good canter down the Tullan Strand the ride goes on the Erne Estuary beach where you can enjoy a good gallop. The ride then returns back through the sand dunes.

Mixed Abilities
Please note that if you wish to ride with a friend/partner of lower ability we ride to the least ability of the group. During peak times we run beginner and advanced rides  at the same times so the ride starts together and splits when reaching the beach. For groups of 8 or more we can split the ride into ability levels.

Group Bookings

Discounts available for bookings of 8 or more please see Group Bookings

Tullan Strand Day Ride

We also ride a day ride suitable for intermediate and advanced riders.

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Further Ride Information

1 Hour Rides

1 hour rides leave on the hour from 10am the last ride out is 4pm (3pm from November - February)


Group Rate: Adults - €30 Children - €25
Private Rate: Adult - €45 Child - €40


2 Hour Rides

2 hour rides go out at 10am & 2pm. Pre booking is required.


Group Rate:- Adults – €55 Children – €50
Private Rate:- Adults – €85 Children- €80

Booking Conditions

Large Group and family rides available please Email for details and availability.

Our recommended age for children to ride out on the beach is a minimum of 8 years. Younger children can be taken by special arrangement only.
Child rates apply for under 16 years old.

All riders please turn up 15mins before the start of your ride to allow time to book in and to fit hats.

Mounting and dismounting is included in the ride time.
Although we always try to accommodate on the day bookings, advance booking is recommended.


All guides carry a camera and are happy to take photos for you. These will then be emailed to you. Please note these (like all our photos & videos) are taken from horseback. This is subject to tide conditions, how busy the Strand is with other users and the general safety of the group. If you particularly want photos/videos please book a private ride and have a family member/friend meet us on the beach to take pictures or a list of local professional photographers can be supplied on request. 

Please read our general terms and conditions and our guide to riding ability levels  before booking.


Although we try to accommodate on the day bookings, advance booking is recommended.
Bookings can be made ONLINE HERE
By phone: 00 353 (0)71 9841977
Paying for your ride
Please be advised that we do not have on site credit/debit card facilities. If you wish to pay by card please purchase a Voucher Online or Send an Email to request a PayPal invoice .