Donegal English Language School welcomes you to the English and Riding Camp based in Bundoran, County Donegal on the Wild Atlantic Way. The camp is suitable for individuals traveling alone, with friends or groups. We welcome students from over 14 countries and would love to welcome you.
Our dates for 2020 are:
Easter: 05 April - 26 April
Summer: 07 June - 30 August
Halloween: 22 October - 29 October
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The Equestrian Centre is AIRE approved. The facilities include:
-Some of the best riding terrain in the whole of Ireland including, a 10 km beach and 1000 sq acres of rolling sand dunes on our doorstep, mountain, lake and forest trails all within a short distance of the yard
-Indoor and outdoor arenas
-Cross country schooling course
-Over 45 horses and ponies to suit everyone’s needs
-Friendly and professional staff
The horse activities at our AIRE approved riding centre include:
Beach rides on our 10km stretch of beach, treks through our rolling sand dunes, lessons, flatwork, jumping, pony games, cross country for the novice upwards, pony games and stable management
– Clients ride around 1.5 – 2 hours per day with other time being spent on horse care.
– Students are offered instruction in riding and outdoor activities.
– While jumping and cross country are one of the riding activities provided. We do not offer training courses in jumping, dressage or eventing.
– The horses provided are leisure horses & ponies, flexible and appropriate for activities offered.
– Goals of a student’s riding week is to have fun on horseback, discover Ireland and improve English speaking.
Our evening activities include water sports, onsite discos, bowling, treasure hunts, cinema, art and music workshops, talent shows, silly olympics, outdoor sports, team building etc.
We also provide a cultural excursion along with an opportunity for the students to shop every Saturday. Some of the destinations include:
Slieve League and Donegal Town
Parkes Castle and Sligo Town
Lough Key National Park and Carrick on Shannon
15 hours of English per week
5 Riding sessions
A tailor made English language programme to suit you
Full board in residential or host family accommodation
5 evening activities (3 if host family) and cultural excursion each week
Local transfers to school and activities. No bus or train tickets needed
A teachers report & certificate of attendance & achievement
Ages: 11 – 17 year old
We also run separate weeks every summer for students who are 8-11 years of age. For more information, please contact us.
Students must have riding experience
We also offer a pony camp programme where the English classes in the morning are replaced by additional riding classes. Please contact us for further information.
Arrivals/Departures on Sunday only. Groups may be accepted on other days, please contact us for further details
Free DELS bag
Bundoran, popularly known as Ireland’s Premier Seaside Resort and Surf Capital, is located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean along the Wild Atlantic Way. This is an ideal place to live, visit, or simply to relax. Bundoran and the surrounding area offers a wealth of activities and facilities to suit all tastes.
Bundoran has been the destination choice of tourists since the 18th century. It has everything expected of a seaside town along with breathtaking countryside, stunning coastlines.
Annual festivals in and around Bundoran provide excellent opportunities for international visitors to make friends easily. These include Sea Sessions, Rory Gallagher Festival, October Country Music Festival and Ballyshannon Folk Festival to name but a few.
With many traditional Irish pubs offering live music, nightclubs, shows, restaurants, it is easy to find something to do during the evenings.
For the outdoor enthusiast activities include golf, hill walking, surfing, kayaking, horse riding, deep sea fishing and cycling.
If you are coming with the family , there is a wide range of activities to choose including bowling, cinema, waterworld, adventure park, indoor play centre
Whichever course is chosen, Bundoran provides a good base for travelling along the Wild Atlantic Way including Slieve League, Glenveagh National Park, Donegal Castle, Lisadell House, Mullaghmore, Glencar Waterfalls, Sligo Town, Parkes Castle, Omagh Folk Park to name a few.
Students can also easily visit some of Ireland’s major cities and cultural sites.
Sligo 30 minutes Derry 1.5 hours
Galway 2.5hours Belfast 2.5hours
Dublin 3 hours
Our Junior residential accommodation consists of Portbeg and Bundrowes
Portbeg a small complex of spacious 4 bedroom houses. The facilities of the house include 4 bedrooms, 3 to 4 bathrooms, a spacious kitchen, sitting room and all mod cons. The houses are situated in a quiet cul de sac less than one minute’s walk from the Atlantic Ocean and Donegal Bay and 15 minutes walk from the town centre. There is a pedestrian walk way from the houses along the sea front to the town centre. The junior residential accommodation is based on 8 – 11 students (two to four students per room and 1 coordinator per house.
Bundrowes House, it is a very large 7 bedroom house which comfortably sleeps up 20 students and 2 coordinators. The accommodation is a three minute drive from the main junior residential accommodation and language school and a five minute drive from the town centre. It has beautiful sea and mountain views.
Where possible our student coordinator ensures nationality mix in each house which aids English language learning and cultural awareness.
Full board is included for the junior packages.
All host families are personally known to us and ensure a warm Irish welcome to all guests. Generally there are 1/2/3 junior students per family. Juniors residing at host family have their lunch and dinner at the residential centre three evenings per week in order to ensure that they mix well with the other students.
Self Catering, Bed and Breakfast/Hotel Accommodation
We work closely with a select number of self catering providers, bed and breakfasts and hotels all within a short distance of the school. Please let us know your choice and we will organise your preferred accommodation.
Riding is suitable for students with some riding experience (competent at canter and above. It is NOT suitable for beginners).
1 wk 1-2-1
Add on** (3 nights
26-29 July 2020)
English & Riding (Easter, Halloween, 7 June - 30 August 2020)
15 hours General English | 5 afternoons of riding tuition| shared room in accommodation | fullboard | social activity package + 1 excursion per week
English & Riding/Surfing (Easter, 7 June - 30 August 2020)
15 hours General English | 5 afternoons of riding/surfing tuition |shared room in accommodation | fullboard | social activity package + 1 excursion per week
English & Riding/Multi Activity (Easter, 7 June - 30 August 2020)
15 hours General English | 5 afternoons of Riding/Multi activity tuition |shared room in accommodation | fullboard | social activity package + 1 excursion per week
Pony Camp (14 - 21 June & 9-30 August 2020)
+ 1 excursion per week | 10 horse session |shared room in accommodation | fullboard | social activity package + 1 excursion per week
**The camp closes Wednesday July 29th and re-opens Sunday August 02nd (Add on - see above for special prices). Minimum stay 10 days during July.
Important programme dates
One week stays allowed - Easter 5-26 April 2020 | 7-28 June 2020 | 2-30 August 2020
NO 1 week programmes during 28 June - 02 August
Transfers - see below
Lactose intolerant Students where meals are included
Host family & Bundrowes supplement per week (June, July, August )
Flights - see below
Special dietary requests eg nut allergy, celiac
Private Medical Insurance
Portbeg residential | Next to Atlantic coast | 3 minutes’ walk to school |15 minutes’ walk to town centre | 4 bedroom houses | very spacious | sitting room | dining room | well equipped kitchen | Free WIFI in some houses | 3 - 4 students per room | 3 - 4 bathrooms per house | 10 – 12 students & 1 Coordinator per house | Breakfast is provided in the house | Warm lunch & dinner in the school canteen.| Average class ratio 1 teacher :12 students. | Average coordinator ratio, 1 coordinator :11 students
Bundrowes residential | Next to Atlantic coast | 2 minutes drive with DELS bus to school |Large 7 bedroom house | 6 bathrooms| very spacious | 2 sitting rooms | dining room | well equipped kitchen | Free WIFI | 3 - 4 students per room | 15 – 20 students & 2 Coordinators | Breakfast is provided in the house | Warm Lunch & dinner in the school canteen.| Average class ratio 1 teacher :9 students. | Average coordinator ratio, 1 coordinator : 9 students. There is a €40 per week supplement for Bundrowes.
Host Family | home from home experience | breakfast and 4 dinners with family | lunch at the school canteen Monday to Friday | packed lunch on Saturday | Lunch on Sunday with family | 3 evenings a week dinner at the residential centre followed by an activity | Students are either picked up by the family or brought home by school bus. There is a €40 supplement for host family per week in June, July and August. No refund will be made if a student makes alternative accommodation arrangements during their stay with us. No allowance is made for absence during stay or for late arrival or early departures.
Airport Transfers from Dublin €70 each way at Easter, June 7 - 30 August | Collection & drop off times for flights between 11am – 6pm | Sunday only Transfers are grouped together, students will have to wait for the arrival/departure of other students. | Private transfer €260 one way (1 - 3 persons)
Knock airport which has flights from Italy | Individual transfer €100 one way | shared transfer 1 - 4 persons €75 per person | shared transfer 5 + persons €60 per person | public bus every two hours costs €17 | Free collection/drop off from local bus stop between 9am - 8pm.
European citizens must bring an EHIC European Health Insurance Card (E128). Medical Insurance can be arranged at a cost of approximately €40 for four weeks or under| €50 for six weeks or under| €55 for 12 weeks or under
• We accept students 8 – 10 years of age on our Family programme | 7-28 June | 09 August - 30 August 2020. • Class hours are reduced to 2 hours for class sizes of 3 or less Bank Holidays: 17 March, 13 April, 4 May, 1 June,& 26 October 2020, there will be no English classes, students are offered an excursion/activity in place. Classes will run as normal 3 August 2020.
Junior Winter & Spring Programmes for Groups
For group prices or for prices on the Junior Mini Stays/Work Experience/Apprentice Programmes (September to May) please contact us direct.