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Saddle up and see the countryside the way nature intended - on horseback. There are lots of equestrian facilities throughout the district, all happy to provide for the experienced and the first-timer.

Ballynahinch Riding Centre

13 Ballycreen Road
Ballynahinch, BT24 8TZ
T 028 9756 2883

Tuition, hacking on county roads, forest and beach rides in Newcastle.

Direction: Situated two miles from Ballynahinch. From Newcastle follow A24 to Ballynahinch. Continue through Ballynahinch, stay left. Follow signs for Hillsborough. Continue on for approx two miles to the first crossroads, turn right, and it's the third house on the right.

Mount Pleasant Riding and Treking Centre

15 Bannonstown Road
Castlewellan, BT31 9BG
T: 028 4377 8651 

Tuition, riding & trekking through Castlewellan Forest Park (traffic free).  Floor light sand school, showers & changing rooms.
Ideal for novice and experienced (BHS approvedl).

Age Range:
6 years plus

Opening Hours:
7 days a week all year round

Please contact property directly for Admission Rates. 

Downpatrick Race Club

24 Ballydugan Road
BT30 6TE

T: 028 4461 2054
F: 028 4461 5923

The second oldest race course in Ireland and home of the Ulster Grand National. Holding the reputation as one of the friendliest racecourses in Ireland, horse racing has taken place at this course for over 300 years. A covered grandstand and associated facilities are catering for over 2,500 people. The hospitality building holding up to 450 people is available for hire on non-race days.

Facilities include: Tote facilities, betting facilities, fast-food restaurant, corporate lunches and free parking. Magnificent views over the Mourne Mountains and Drumlins of Down.

Tullymurray Equestrian Centre

145 Ballydugan Road
T: 028 4481 1880

International size indoor school. Cross country course affiliated to Eventing Ireland Society. Children's Camps. Show-jumping and working hunter arena. British Horse Society approved.

Age Range:
6 Year+

Opening Times:
Monday - Saturday

Directions: From Newcastle take main A24 towards Clough. Then take right turn at roundabout for A25 to Downpatrick - travel approx two miles along this road on left hand side and watch out for the large black and white sign for Tullymurray Equestrian Centre. 

Mourne Trail Riding Centre

96 Castlewellan Road
Newcastle, BT33 0JP 
T: 028 4372 9107

Trail riding through Tollymore Forest Park, Murlough Nature Reserve and on the beach.

From Newcastle take A50 for Castlewellan for two miles. At the second cross roads, the centre is on the left.

Lessans Riding Stables

126 Monlough Road
Saintfield, BT24 7EU 
T: 028 9751 0141

Tuition, trekking and hacking on quiet country roads.

Age Range: All ages
Opening Hours: 9:00 - 21:00

Directions: From Downpatrick take A7 for Belfast. Continue straight through trafffic lights at Saintfield. Approximately one mile through town, take lane off main road to the right signposted Lessans Riding Stables. Continue up lane and over a side road bearing to the left. Riding stables at the top of the hill.

St Patrick's Way Stables
49A Mearne Road, Downpatrick, BT30 6SY
t: 02844 614803 / 07759512161 / 07745908517
Facilities: Situated in the picturesque village of Saul, we offer horse
and pony trekking through the beautiful countryside, on quiet lanes, paths and forest paths with views over the beautiful Loughmoney Lake. Ideal for novice and experienced riders. Lessons available. £15.00 Adult £12.00 Children
Age: 5 +
Opening Hours:  open all year round, 7 days a week.
Directions: from Downpatrick, take the A25 Strangford Road, turn left
for Mearne Road, drive 2 miles and stables are on the left.

Accommodation Ballynahinch
Accommodation Castlewellan
Accommodation Downpatrick
Accommodation Newcastle
Accommodation Saintfield


Downpatrick Visitor Information
The Saint Patrick Centre,
53a Market Street
Downpatrick, BT30 6LZ
T 0 28 4461 2233
F 0 28 4461 2350

Newcastle Visitor Information
10-14 Central Promenade,
Newcastle, BT33 0AA
T 0 28 4372 2222
F 0 28 4372 2400