Horse Riding at Iceford Stables

2016 News

Donmar Cottage, Homestay English language courses

This year Language and culture west have teamed up with Iceford Stables to offer Homestay and language courses with an equestrian holiday for the experienced rider.

Learning English in Ireland at Donmar Cottage is a unique experience. Donmar Cottage is run by an Irish family who provide homestays with an English language course and a full outdoor cultural programme.

Learning English at your teachers home as well as in a small group of motivated people ensures that you really can have a total immersion experience, both rewarding and enriching. Gain the confidence to speak only in English throughout your stay, even with your friends and family.

The aim at Donmar is to create a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and to ensure that students speak in English at all times. They have devised methods to increase confidence and make this possible

Donmar is open all year round and welcomes students of all ages, including family groups( age restrictions and numbers apply for riding activities)

The English language courses are conducted by certified TEFL and TESOL teachers ( all family members) at the family home.

Courses are available for all levels,Beginners to advanced. Individual learning requirements can be catered for.

The homestay experience at Donmar cottage is unique. In addition to accomodation and meals, guests partake in varied daily outdoor and cultural pursuits. It is a real family experience. We also organise an activity and cultural program that is exciting, interesting and suitable for all ages. Students are therefore occupied each afternoon, evening and weekend with English speakers. This is the key to the success of our unique program.

Groups are limited to 8 students. You can choose arrival and departure dates that suit you.

Iceford stables

Who hasn't dreamed of saddling up a horse and riding  out over a sandy beach in search of adventure? At the Iceford Horse Riding Stables near Ballina in Co. Mayo we have a large number of well trained horses in our Stables, one of which already has your name on it. And with acres of pristine natural beauty around Ballina and Enniscrone, and a variety of riding programs and events to accommodate any level of skill, Iceford Stables is where dreams of adventure on horseback come to life. 

We offer horse riding lessons for kids and adults, private and group. Our instructors are up to BHS stage 4 and hold current first aid, child protection and road safety certificates. 

We are open all year round.

We have a new purpose built  indoor arena and also a rubber surface outdoor arena.  We have also a full set of show jumps and a cross country course.  We also offer part time livery and schooling please call for details.

Cross country horse riding

Horse Riding

Situated 3 Miles from Ballina in Co. Mayo and 3 miles from the picturesque holiday village of Enniscrone in Co. Sligo, Iceford stables is the perfect choice for all your horse riding. We provide lessons from beginner to budding show jumper, and cater for all ages and abilities. Our strengths lies in the high standard of horses and ponies and the quality of instruction. We are the only company to offer Beach Rides in the area and also provide scenic hacking.

"It´s difficult to translate the charm and magic of Ireland on horseback"
Willie Leahy

Horse Riding

At Iceford Stables our services include horse back riding, horse riding camps, horse riding lessons, horse riding camps, horse riding trails, horse riding classes, all in the quiet surrounds of our horse riding stables near Ballina and Enniscrone.  We have a new purpose built indoor arena, a rubber surface outdoor arena, we have a full set of showjumps and a cross country course.

We also offer part time livery for ponies and horses and also offer schooling of your horse/pony we will try and suit your specific needs.


in County Mayo in the West of Ireland

Ballina (Irish: Béal an Átha: the mouth of the ford) is one of Mayo's largest towns and sits on the estuary of the River Moy. Ballina is a fantastic location for anyone looking visit scenic North Mayo & West Sligo, and what better way to see this fabulous countryside than on horseback.


Summer Camps 2016

Summer camp dates as follows;

June 28,29,30

July 5,6,7  12,13,14  19,20,21  26,27,28

Aug 2,3,4  9,10,11  16,17,18  23,24,25


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