Sheans Horse Farm
Sheans Horse Farm
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Enjoy the most extensive Horse / Pony Trekking and Hacking facilities along Ireland’s North Coast at Sheans Horse Farm. Sheans Horse Farm is a Riding School and Trekking Centre on the McKinley family farm in the North Antrim hills. Our riding takes place on miles of offroad tracks that wind high into the beautiful North Antrim Hills. Beginners or confident riders can experience the freedom, fun and buzz of horse riding at Sheans Horse Farm.
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  • Lisa B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Family bonding on horseback
    We are just back from a fantastic 3 days with the BEI team. The programme was a perfect mix of riding, sightseeing, relaxing and eating....the horses were of course the stars and Teresa ensured that we were all well matched to our mounts so that we were challenged but always felt confident. Our guides Fergal, Donna and Kyla were very accommodating and happy to adapt to ensure our mixed ability group were all smiles from start to finish.
    Thank you for your lovely review , our team of horses are definitely the stars of the show and we have such a wide range of levels to suit every rider. When you visit us here for your horseback riding holiday it's our aim to make you feel like this is a home away from home and thanks to our wonderful guides who make your experience adaptive and personal to each ride they take
    Written June 2, 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Written May 31, 2023
  • Traveler46358928378
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Trip of a lifetime
    What a fantastic experience! We did the four day riding tour. We rode on spectacular beaches and countrysides. Just like their videos show. The horses were well cared for and a pleasure to ride. I can’t say enough about the great staff and guides at Sheans Horse farm. They orchestrate getting the right horse matched with the right rider and deliver the horses all tacked-up to your days riding destination. The guides were all so friendly and made sure you were having a fantastic riding experience. They exceeded my expectations and my trip was a dream come true! ❤️🐎
    Thank you for your review of the 4 day trip. On the first day we always take our time to match horses and riders so you can get the best experience out of the trip . It's a pleasure showing you all the beautiful landscape we have to offer on the North Coast and the wonderful beaches . So glad to hear it passed your expectations and I will pass on your compliments to the staff , behind the scenes and our guides
    Written June 21, 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 10, 2023
  • Wendy M
    Maryland19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Ride!
    If you are anywhere near Sheans, this is a must do. We took the train from Belfast to Ballymoney(cute town), than cab ride out to the stables. We felt welcome and comfortable from the moment we stepped into the office. We had a comprehensive intro to our horses, riding assessment and we were off. Each rider could ride at their level of comfort. Horses were well loved and in great condition. The only negative is that I should have booked a longer hack. Cathy and Jacob were great guides and special thanks to Jacob for respecting my hesitations. It had been a few years since I last cantered, but I had a few good runs towards the end and I couldn’t be happier.
    Thank you Wendy for your review , we always want our riders to feel relaxed and will spend more time to make sure you are confident so you can enjoy the ride. You did brilliant by the end so make sure you keep up with the riding and if ever here again definitely book the longer ride
    Written June 21, 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 11, 2023
  • ClaireDavies
    Crumlin, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beech ride heaven
    Absolutely love Sheans, have been hacking and trekking with them for years. The staff are fantastic and horses are brilliant. Can't rate them highly enough. Did a beach ride a couple of weeks ago, first real ride since having my boy 5 months ago and was definitely an experience I'll never forget and will be booking another hopefully soon 🥰
    Thanks for your review and great to hear your back in the saddle and had a brilliant time . The team of horses here are so good and our staff work very hard to make it a memorable experience ,hope to see you again soon
    Written July 30, 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Hannah
    Birmingham, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic afternoon tea ride for hen party
    I recently booked the afternoon tea ride for a hen do and we had a brilliant time. There were 12 of us but the staff were great on the trek to the hut, the horses were all amazingly well trained and we all felt very looked after and confident even as complete beginners. The afternoon tea was a fantastic selection, and there was enough food for double our group. Would recommend to anyone!
    Thank you Hannha for your great review and lovely to hear how everyone got more confident and enjoyed the ride. The Afternoon Tea is definitely a big spread lol but all that riding builds up an appetite ! Enjoy the wedding and hope to see you all again soon
    Written July 30, 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Ed
    Dublin, Ireland1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another great outing at Shean's
    Great family activity day (again) at Shean's, 8 of us, my gang comprised 2 adults and 1 x 8 year old. We were on Harvey, Dolly and Betty who behaved impeccably and with great patience. Full credit to Shean's for their customer service, due to road closures we were late but still accommodated and not rushed at all. Really felt we got full value for money (same as last year). We all had a ball and the team at Shean's were fantastic with us all according to age and confidence. Definitely will be back next year, highly recommended for all ages, now a regular must on our North Coast holidays.
    Thanks for your great review, glad you all had such an enjoyable time again with us this year ,it ll become an annual event! We know with country rds etc people can get delayed but we always try and accommodate and make sure people aren't stressed and enjoy their day out , will see you next year
    Written September 3, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Donna N
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Totally brilliant
    We took four of our kids ages 5,10,12,12 all inexperienced riders. The kids were made to feel very welcome and well instructed on how to handle their ponies. It was a lovely 40 minutes hack (mums etc were welcome to walk with the kids) with plenty of craic round the way. We finished with some time learning to trot at the end which was great craic and thoroughly enjoyed. Kids already wanted to do it again once we were in the car. Can’t say how much it was enjoyed by us all, will definitely go back xx
    Thanks for your review ,the trek is a great activity for kids and especially our lesson at the end just adds to the experience and is brilliant fun ,see you soon
    Written September 3, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 14, 2023
  • Amanda P
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely 90 minute ride!
    We had a lovely ride last Sunday, in a small group with wonderful calm horses and excellente guidance. My husband had never ridden a horse but he felt safe and enjoyed the trek just as much as I did. The ride really rekindled my love for horse riding. Thank you so much!
    Lovely to hear Amanda how you got on ,we have a lot of adults restarting and realising how much they had missed it ,hope to see you again soon
    Written September 3, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Nicola E
    Preston, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First time riding
    Visited whilst on holiday, very friendly and helpful staff while booking. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience, was my sons first time and they were all brilliant. Very friendly and knowledgeable, great value for money Would highly recommend
    Thanks Nicola for your lovely review and great to hear how well your son got on ,especially for his first ride , hope to see you again soon
    Written September 3, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 18, 2023
  • Carrieanne
    Belfast, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Refreshing & beautiful experience
    We had a fantastic 2.5 hour horse ride with lunch today, our second time enjoying this amazing experience and will be back next month. Our guide Anna was absolutely 💯 on the ball, beautiful 😍 person, our horses 🐎 Junior & Sorley we wanted to take them home, beautiful 🐎 horses. Thank-you so much for the happy memories and excellent experience.
    Thanks for your review ,it's was great to have you back and ride with us again ,you both got on really well on Junior and Sorley , Anna is a credit to our team and loves meeting and taking out our rides ,hope to see you again soon
    Written September 3, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 20, 2023
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Chris H
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
My wife, daughter and I are very irregular horse riders (I think we've all each only ever been on a horse 3 times each), but when we were looking for things to do for our holiday to NI, I decided that a family ride was a brilliant idea. I did some googling and came across Sheans which looked to fit the bill nicely, offering a variety of options for rides. Initially I enquired about a beach ride as I had visions of something from a Scottish Widows advert, galloping along the sands with the sea spraying around us. Sensibly the team suggested that one of the treks instead, so we booked that and added it to the itinerary. Come the day it was drizzling a bit and on the drive down I had this sudden image of us just trudging round and round a small paddock or inside a barn so my mood started to droop slightly. However, low spirits are no match for Donal, who greeted us and started kitting us out with boots and helmets. The man does not lack for personality and immediately I felt the day improving, especially after the three of us were presented with our steeds for the day. My daughter had Joe, a lovely little pony who behaved brilliantly given she was a novice rider, my wife was mounted on Turbo (though the only thing he did swiftly was take every opportunity to grab a snack), and I had Leo (solid and dependable). My spirits did droop a little again as we headed inside the barn on our horses, but no sooner were we in than the back door opened and we were out again following a lovely track around fields. We encountered streams, hills, rocks, hedges, trees and equine personality on our trek. I spent most of the time grinning like a buffoon but that was entirely down to having such a great time. All three horses behaved brilliantly and Roisin and her team kept everyone safe and buoyed as we went along. Our daughter who has only ever had a trek with someone leading the pony was in complete control, whilst one of the team walked alongside her, she had the reins and was responsible for her riding - she felt like such a big grown up girl, it was amazing. When we eventually returned to the barn it didn't end there. Roisin taught us how to trot - approaching the 40 mark and I was giggling like a toddler as I bounced up and down in my saddle as Leo trundled around the space with my daughter in the lead. By the time it was finished I was sorely tempted to go and ask Donal for another go, but sadly we had an itinerary to follow :(

A truly stupendous and definitely memorable day, my daughter and wife now want riding lessons.... I blame Donal, Roisin and the other team members for what I suspect is going to become an expensive past time...

Thank you everyone!

(here's me grinning like a buffoon on a horse)
Written July 12, 2022
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Thank you for a wonderful review, we will take the blame for your journey into horseriding lol. We strive hard to make sure it's as much an expreince for the adults riding as it is for the children and the trotting does take some mastering, it's definitely harder when you end up laughing ! So glad everyone felt welcome and you fit it into your itinerary, thank you
Written September 9, 2022
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GuyFromOregon
Tigard, OR56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
On our first trip to Ireland I wanted to give my girlfriend a fond memory and since she is a total horse person, this fit the bill. Since it was off-season and a Tuesday, she got to ride with just her and a guide and they had an incredible time exploring the area. The guide was flexible when he saw her abilities and was able to create lasting memories, riding on the Antrim shoreline.

I highly recommend Shean's/BEI to anyone traveling to the area who has a love of horses and great scenery. I know we will be back!
Written March 24, 2020
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Nicola
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
I did the full day beach ride with my neice and friend, we all absolutely loved it. You will definitely not be disappointed. The day started at 7am at the yard, with a hack around the farm to find your 'feet' on the horse. Then onto Ballintoy where you get to enjoy the beautiful scenery while making our way to the beach. Plenty of canters on very well behaved horses, up through the dunes finishing up around 12.30. Great day, I will be doing it again ...soon hopefully!
Written August 7, 2021
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Thanks for the review and fabulous feedback, we're delighted that you enjoyed your beach experience. We hope to see you all again soon.
Written August 11, 2021
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MooJoMoo
Armagh, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I cannot recommend Sheans Horse Farm enough! I had my eye on their Facebook page for some time as I had always wanted to book in for a full day coast ride. Their pictures/videos looked breathtaking - I can now absolutely confirm that the experience is even better than you can ever imagine!!

Donal put me straight at ease at all stages of my booking - from my initial inquiry about dates to then discussing which ride/route would be best for me both in terms of riding experience and the sights that would be covered on various days. Once the day was chosen, making payment in advance was super easy via PayPal.

I had chosen the ride from Castlerock beach to Mussenden Temple, Benone Beach and then up to Binevenagh Mountain. After a 2 hour drive from home, I met up with our guide Fergal along with my two new American adventure buddies who had traveled over especially to ride with Sheans (yes it really is that special!) . Everyone was so kind and welcoming and I instantly knew we would have a fun day together.

Its actually impossible for me to put into words just how special the day was. From the lovely canters, gallops, fantastic company and spectacular views - I am still smiling from ear to ear! Huge thanks to Fergal who went out of his way to make sure we all had a super day. My beautiful horse Flo also took fantastic care of me and didn't put a foot wrong for the entire day. Sadly I couldn't smuggle her into my car to take her home!! Sheans please make sure she has extra treats until I next see her again!

I cannot wait to book in again as soon as possible for more adventures!
Written February 8, 2020
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Hi it's great to hear how amazing your day was, it really is a fantastic way to experience our stunning scenery and beaches on horse back. Flo and the other horses are an integral part of the team here at Sheans and have alot of fans, think everyone would like to take her home and no matter where our riders travel from in the world our guide Fergal always welcomes you like family. Hope to see you soon for another adventure, thanks Maggie
Written February 25, 2020
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Amelia W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
It is with great enthusiasm that I share this review of Sheans Horse Farm. As a beginner rider I was hopeful that my riding experience would be as fun and fulfilling as imagined. The lessons not only increased my skill level but they exceeded my expectations of how much fun it would be. The staff were patient instructors who guided and encouraged while ensuring I had the most amazing time. The horse assigned to me was sweet and handsome and perfectly matched to my riding ability. It had always been a dream of mine to ride a horse on the beach and after two days of wonderful lessons through the beautiful hillsides, my dreams of horseback riding on the beach became a reality that was more exhilarating and rewarding than I could have ever imagined. The hospitality was uplifting and heartwarming and the owners and staff did everything to ensure my time on my horse was memorable and meaningful. I highly recommend booking any of your desired horse riding experiences through Sheans Horse Farm.
Written April 4, 2022
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Thank you Amelia for taking the time to put into words how wonderful your experience was and to hear your progression over the days from lessons to eventually a beach ride is exactly what we strive for here. We want riders to feel like they are part of our family so you feel at home and get to experience horseriding through the stunning countryside and along our beaches . Thank you
Written September 9, 2022
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weekd09
Carryduff, UK397 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Amazing place and wonderful staff. First visited here in July during a short break and have had to return at least 5 or 6 times since because it was so much fun. Have experienced both hacks and beach rides. Staff are friendly and easily put our minds at rest about her rides. Most enjoyable days of the summer and worth extra early starts on Saturday mornings,
Written October 28, 2021
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Thank you, appreciate the review ,great to hear she got on a beach ride -they are so worth the early starts. Hope to see you back again shortly
Written November 9, 2021
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Donna S
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
what a great way to spend time for the whole family, outdoors.. definitely recommended. As my little one was very scared , the girls held onto her horse and walked and chatted away to her until she felt relaxed to ride it herself. I will definitely be back
Written August 7, 2020
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Thank you Donna for your review, it's lovely to hear she got on so well, it can be scary for little ones at the start but out staff are always there to help and I'm sure she did great steering at the end, see you again soon
Written November 11, 2020
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Rachel
Newtownabbey, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
My boyfriend bought me a surprise horse ride and afternoon tea for my birthday and it was absolutely amazing even though it was raining the whole time I enjoyed every minute of it and wouldn’t change anything. The girl Zara that was taking us up the trek was so accommodating and so easy to chat with and it was my first time as an adult on a horse, and the scenery at the sheans farm was exquisite. I would definitely go back there again, it was a magical experience all round and would recommend it to beginners and someone that wanted to do horse riding up the north coast.

Thanks very much to all the staff they were lovely and for the great adventure that my boyfriend organised, I am so happy with it!
Written August 30, 2020
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Hi Rachel it's sounds like you had a fantastic experience, what a present to get! Zarah really makes sure riders feel confident and the Afternoon Tea is a wonderful experience overlooking the the North Coast here at Sheans, hope to see you back in the future
Written October 7, 2020
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Laura M
Belfast, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
If I could pick Sheans Horae Farm up and move it to Belfast I would be there every day. I truly love this place! Every time we have went we are made to feel very welcome (even though we are not very good lol) the staff are always so friendly and encouraging and dont make you feel self conscious at all. They have a fabulous range of horses to fit all shapes and sizes and they are as well behaved as they are beautiful!

My most recent visit i brought my two nephews and it was their first time visiting the place, their first time on a horse infact and watching their confidence grow throughout the trek was incredible! Needless to say they want to come back again and again.

I would 100% recommend Sheans Horse Farm to anyone who will listen! And i will return again and again and again!!
Written April 24, 2021
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Amazing review Laura we really appreciate it , working here it's lovely to see people coming back again and again and so glad your nephews enjoyed it
Written April 28, 2021
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Coley222
Belfast15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Such a great experience for a full family outing. All 10 family members joined in, ranging from age 9 to a 57 years old. We all had different abilities and levels of horse riding but yet everyone was raving about it when complete. The staff at the farm were exceptional and made the experience even better! We will most definitely be back- thank you Sheans farm 👏
Written July 29, 2021
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Thank you so much for the review, we take great pride in being able to provide a fabulous experience for all the family and so glad to hear you all enjoyed your visit. Our team are dedicated to ensuring our guests have a wonderful time and it's great to hear such lovely feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back to Sheans again soon.
Written August 4, 2021
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