Blackwater Stables

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Blackwater Horse Riding Stables with the ring of Kerry on its doorstep with its fabulous views, stunning scenery and numerous lakes and mountains it is the ideal setting for horseback riding trekking and wandering around some of the most beautiful places in Ireland.

Just situated off the Kenmare to Sneem road. The stables were set up in 2005 by Anne Schep a very professional and safety conscience professional. She's amazingly friendly and easy to talk to. A Dutch family built and run yard. The business has already become widely known and renowned for the quality standard provided to the general public and seasoned riders alike.

The Blackwater stables are A.I.R.E approved for pleasure rides through the scenic Kenmare - Blackwater area on the ring of Kerry and you will find Horses & ponies to suit all.

With a choice from a half hour and up to three hours riding around the scenic Blackwater area it is an ideal area for any beginner to advanced rider. Whether you have not been in the saddle for years or never have.

All gear and training will be provided with no additional cost. Blackwater stables are run to the highest safety standards, with all riders being provided with helmets at all times.

All groups are accompanied by a qualified instructor(s) with years of experience and always more than happy to answer any questions you might have along the way. The horses and ponies chosen for the treks are carefully chosen for their quiet temperament and are more than qualified with most having more than three years with the stables.

1 hour trek involves a leisurely and peaceful ride through one of our favourite local forests.
Mostly suited to the beginner or nervous rider.

2 hour trek involves an active and exciting ride with long winding paths around the Blackwater Area; on this trip you will see the Blackwater River, breathtaking scenery and great photo opportunities. Due to the nature of this trek some experience would be best suited to this.

3 hour trek, for those who want to let their hair down and just go! With the Kenmare bay, mountain views and country roads towards our nearest beach for a canter/gallop and possibly a swim (on a nice day). This involves an active ride along country roads so this route would more suit a more experienced rider.

There is also offered a wide variety of equine activities, from Trekking and horse riding to lessons as well as breaking and schooling of young horses. With Facilities for Trekking, Riding Lessons, Breaking and training of horses and ponies Blackwater Stables have something to offer everyone.

Throughout the year they have regular pony camps for children which are always a real treat. Children love to play, ride on and feed the friendly ponies and the event lasts throughout the week. The children are taught how to look after and care for pony's as well as engage in entertainment activities and fun filled adventures.

A typical day at our camp starts at 10:00 am and lasts

through to 1:30 pm. The day consists of horse and pony rides, horse and pony lessons (how to care and look after them) and also fun and games which vary throughout the week. Beginners and advanced riders welcome.

Also available is full and part time livery with over 50 different sizes and types of horses broken. With over 6 years experience they have a specialized program for the breaking of horses and ponies. With results in just 5 weeks the service on offer is second to none.

Part time livery
Your horse will be allocated a stable with all requirements being met, feed will be provided twice a day and water will always be available, however exercise and training is required to be completed by the owner or someone appointed by the owner.

Full Livery
Your horse will be allocated a stable with all requirements being met, feed will be provided twice a day and water will always be available. Exercise and training will be provided by Blackwater stables on a daily basis.

Finding Blackwater Stables couldn't be easier.

From Killarney:

Head towards molls gap (Ring of Kerry Road N71), after 25 mins driving you will reach the Molls gap shop, turn right towards Sneem

After 10 mins driving at a sign posted cross road turn left and go straight past the shop and the activity centre and we are another 2 mins down the road

From Kenmare:

Take the Sneem road (N70) after 15 mins driving the road will turn to the left across a bridge (don't go over the bridge)
Here you turn right and head up the road for another 2 mins, we are on the left.

If you have any queries or would like some more information about our services be sure to give us a call.

Blackwater Stables

Address: Blackwater Bridge, Kenmare, Co Kerry 



Mobile: +353 (87) 6203627


Here are some typical reviews:

I'm a horse trainer and jumper back in the states so going on horse tours for me can be so hit or miss. This tour was a ten!! Anne was an amazing guide, the scenery was epic, horses well trained but certainly not boring. My boyfriend and I did a two hour tour, through Forrest and into the sea and back. He is a beginner rider and he had so much fun! We got to trot, he got a bit of instruction and this may have been the most memorable day of the entire Ireland trip. Playing in the sea with horses was so beautiful for me and I loved my mare Jody. This is a must do... Better than driving, better than sitting in a pub and your heart will swell as you leave the stable!!!

1/Blackwater Stables caters for anything from kid’s summer camps to Trekking to Training horses. Everyone is catered for and Anna has horses to suit all riders whether you are a beginner or a more accomplished rider. She has the most amazing 2 hr hack through Dromore woods which I enjoyed so much. 
She is also an excellent teacher and top class for training young horses. She has taught me and trained some of my youngsters. There is always a feel of relaxation at Blackwater Stables. 

2/We were lucky enough to find Blackwater Stables by booking through our hotel – Sheen Falls Lodge. They were delightful. They accommodated us with only 1 day’s notice, and were willing to take my daughter out on a private, two hour ride. My daughter has Western riding experience, but not English – nor did we know we would be riding during our vacation. Even though they don’t advertise providing equipment, they were able to outfit her with helmet and boots without a problem, and also gave a quick lesson to help her transition. The young girl from the stable (in her 20’s) took my daughter out and she was so sweet and patient (I’m so sorry I don’t remember her name!). The horses appeared to be very well cared for and were gentle and used to this style of riding. They rode through a beautiful wooded path with views of the ocean. On drive up the stable appears small and a little off-the-beaten-path – but do not let that bother you a bit. They are great. And it was a perfect launching place to go to Kissane sheep farm or see the Ring of Kerry. We would definitely visit again.

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