About the Centre

Bel-Air Equestrian Centre is situated in the old court yard of Bel-Air Hotel, 20 metres from the manor house itself. The old stables are full of character and you can see the evidence of times past.

We are probably best known for our cross-country ride-outs, and specialise in building rider confidence on the cross-country course. But we also offer beautiful scenic ride-outs, hacking and instruction in all disciplines. We cater for experienced adults and teenagers, but you don’t need experience in cross-country jumping.

Our well-schooled, experienced horses are a joy to ride. They will look after you when you need it, and yet rise to the challenge a more experienced rider is looking for. If you are comfortable in canter outside of the arena, we will have a suitable horse for you.

Bel-Air is the longest established riding centre in Ireland, our motto for the guests “to be able to ride great quality horses in beautiful surroundings”.

Bel-Air was made for horses and riding – come and experience it for yourself!

About The Horses

Horses at Bel-Air are a mixture of home-bred or carefully selected Irish sport horses. They are a combination of Irish Draught, thoroughbred and Connemara, which produces a quality horse with an excellent temperament.

As youngsters, our home-bred horses gain experience on the hunting field as well as competing in all disciplines before they are introduced to clients. This results in well-schooled, experienced horses that are a joy to ride. We take great care of our horses so that they will take great care of you and are more than willing to meet any challenge a more experienced rider may ask of them.

No matter what level of rider you are, we at Bel-Air equestrian will provide the perfect equine companion for your equestrian adventure in beautiful Wicklow or as it is commonly known “the garden of Ireland”.

About the Facilities and Accommodation

Accommodation at Bel-Air Hotel consists of ten bedrooms which all have their own unique style and charm. It’s also a listed building with many original features throughout the house. The hotel rooms range from comfortable to grand and all come with en-suite bathrooms, telephones, televisions and tea-making facilities. All rooms are bright and the rooms located at the side of the house boasts beautilful views over the woods, rhododendrons and the picturesque stable yard. Rooms at the front of the building have stunning views down towards the sea.

The Equestrian Centre has 200 acres of farm and park land to ride on upon and is adjoined with a Coilite forest which has thousands of acres of land available for horseback riding.

  • Additional features of Bel-Air Equestrian include…
  • 25×60m floodlit all weather arena
  • Full cross-country course with fences of varying type, height and difficulty
  • Cross-country training field
  • Jumping lanes
  • Old country lanes to ride on
  • Livery
  • Home of Bel-Air Riding Club

Bel-Air equestrian is approved by Failte Ireland, British Horse Society (BHS) and Association of Irish Riding Establishments (AIRE)

Directions to Centre

Location of Belair Hotel, Ashford, Co. Wicklow, IrelandWe are just outside the village of Ashford in Co. Wicklow, which is 45 kilometers south of Dublin just off the N11.

With GPS Our GPS coordinates are 53.00269 and -6.11625.

By Bus – Direct buses to Ashford from Dublin Airport and Dublin city centre. Search for buses to Wicklow, and ensure they stop in Ashford.

By Train The nearest train station is in Wicklow town, 6 km from Bel-Air. Trains come from Rosslare and from Dublin city centre.

Directions to Bel-Air Hotel from Dublin Airport

From the airport, drive M1 (Dublin) and then follow M50 Southbound. Approximately half the way to Bel-Air, the M50 will change names to M11 (Wexford) and then N11 but just keep driving south.
After approximately 40 km on the N11, follow signs for Ashford (road R772). You leave the N11 onto a slip road to the left, go right over bridge, go left on the other side, following signs for Ashford all the time. When you get to Ashford village, drive through the village. Go through a very small roundabout, past a couple of pubs and petrol stations. Just at the end of the village, after the Ashford Fair petrol station, take the first road up the hill on the right hand side. There is a sign for Bel-Air at the junction. Follow the road for 1.5 kilometer until you reach the high stone walls of a country estate on the right hand side.
At the entrance, there is a large sign for Bel-Air on the wall.

About The Activities

We specialise in building rider confidence over cross-country fences on experienced horses. Other riding is available too: flat-work, show-jumping, cross-country jumping, clinics in all disciplines and hacking through fields and forest. Special riding holiday packages can be tailored to suit your individual needs. In the autumn, we also arrange mock-hunts.

Horse Riding Activities

  • One and two-hour rides
  • Cross-country jumping rides
  • Rider confidence coaching
  • Forest hacks
  • Day and evening lessons in cross- country jumping, show jumping and flatwork
  • Mock-hunts
  • Competitions and riding-club events
  • Training clinics
  • Stable management courses Livery services

Non-Riding Activities

  • Enjoy the garden of the old country house
  • Soak up the atmosphere in the hotel bar
  • Hill, woodland and beach walking
  • Mount Usher and Powerscourt garden
  • Numerous golf courses in the area
  • Glendalough monastic site
  • Wicklow Gaol
  • Fishing and shooting by arrangement
  • Good shopping locally, and within easy reach of Dublin
  • Fitness centre, swimming pool, beaches, tennis courts, bowling and kids indoor adventure centre in Wicklow town

Specialising in

  • Short Treks
  • Trail Riding (1 location)
  • Show Jumping and Dressage
  • Cross Country Jumping
  • Pony Camp
  • Hunting