If you’re looking for an alternative and exciting way to reconnect with nature on your trip to Enniscrone, why not consider Horse Riding? We are lucky to have the only horse-riding company to offer beach rides in the area, less than three miles from the hotel. If you are interested in horse-riding, keep reading to learn more.

About the Stable

Iceford Stables are North Mayo's Premier Horse-Riding stables and the best place to begin or practise your skills. They are a fully AIRE (Association of Irish Riding Establishments) approved riding school and have been since 2009. They have a variety of well-trained and friendly horses to suit all ages and skill levels. Their instructors are also AIRE qualified to the highest standard and hold first aid, child protection and road safety certs to ensure you are in the safest possible hands at all times. The stable itself is in a rural and scenic area set upon acres of land. The stables are family-run and cater to all abilities from complete beginner to budding show-jumper. Horse-riding is fun for all ages and they cater to groups, individuals, parties and regular or once-off lessons.

What can you do there?

The Cross-Country Course is on the grounds of the stable and contains a variety of natural and purpose-built fences to suit all levels. This course is suitable year-round, no matter the weather. They now have a new purpose-built indoor arena, a rubber surface outdoor arena, a full set of show jumps.

Countryside Treks are 1-2 hour treks along quiet country roads and fields, suitable for all of the family and every skill level. They are a great way to get back to nature and connect with their majestic horses. Beach rides are an unforgettable and beautiful way to experience Enniscrone beach from a whole new perspective. These two-hour trips are for experienced riders only and each individual is matched with a horse that suits their level of skill and ability. Mountain rides are suitable for novice and experienced riders and involve a day (5-6 hours) exploring the Ox Mountains. You will start on a beautiful forest trek, taking in lakes, bogs and mountains along the way. This trip is certainly one to remember.

For children

They run regular pony camps during school holidays to encourage children to develop an interest in riding or to perfect some of their existing skills. They offer regular or once-off lessons for guests of the hotel. Camps include pony riding, stable management, pony care, mounted and unmounted games and everyone will get a gift at the end of the 3 days. They are a great way for children to make lifelong friends and develop confidence in riding and in communication with peers.


If you are considering a trip to Enniscrone, for horse riding, for a relaxing break or for your wedding, Ocean Sands Hotel offers great value, comfortable accommodation with fantastic views of the stunning Enniscrone Beach. Call our friendly team for more information or to make a booking. Remember to book directly to avail of our best available rates.

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