Equestrian/Animals 

Markree Riding Stables
Markee Riding Stables is a family-run horse riding centre with lovingly cared-for ponies and horses. A  truly fabulous equestrian centre, it would be hard to find a more idyllic location for a horse riding school than the one at Markree in Sligo.  A picturesque castle and acres of parkland filled with graceful mature trees surround the riding school.  A family run well established equestrian centre with a large indoor arena, out door menage, small cross country course, 1000 acres of woodland, forestries and bridlepaths to ride and expore this wonderful emerald isle,  stables and facilities to house a large number of horses.

Tel.: 071 91 30727. Click www.markreestables.com for more details

The Sathya Sai Sanctuary
The Sathya Sanctuary Trust for Nature is a charitable trust situated adjacent to the ancient Neolithic site of Carrowkeel in the Bricklieve Mountains, two and a half miles above the village of Castlebaldwin. Set in 18 acres site in truly beautiful surroundings, the Sanctuary’s aim is to provide refuge for sick, elderly, unwanted, abandoned or abused donkeys, once so much a part of the Irish heritage but now often forgotten and neglected in a world geared for profit and production. The Sanctuary is currently home to two dogs, cats, three sheep, 18 donkeys, 2 mules and several ponies but these numbers can fluctuate as donkeys and ponies are rescued and rehomed. Visitors and donations are always welcome but contact in advance is appreciated to make sure there is someone there to meet you. Waterproof footwear is advisable most times of the year.

Open 1st April until 31st October, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays 10am until 4pm
All other times by appointment
Tel: 0861031932 - Castlebaldwin, Sligo. Click www.donkeys.ie for more details