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Kinedale Donkeys

38 Chestnut Road, Ballynahinch, County Down, BT24 8JQ
Kinedale Donkeys

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Introducing Kinedale Donkeys: Activity Farm & Therapy Animals nestled on the charming grounds of a traditional family farm, offering picturesque views of Slieve Croob, just outside Ballynahinch.

With a heartfelt passion for donkeys, Robert has lovingly repurposed the farm once occupied by his parents' Jersey cows into a delightful haven for these gentle creatures. His journey into interactive experiences began over a decade ago when Denis' the donkey and he set out on their first adventure. Venturing into local nursing homes, Denis' friendly nature quickly earned him the title of a therapy companion. Growing up surrounded by the serene landscapes of Northern Ireland, he spent his teenage years training his donkeys to navigate a variety of locations, from bustling market towns to peaceful countryside paths.

Opening the doors to visitors, Robert saw an opportunity not only to showcase the beauty of Ulster's farming and agricultural traditions but also to provide a therapeutic and enriching experience with his donkeys. Amidst the challenges of 2020, the farm became a comforting refuge for others. Leading his therapy donkeys into Ballynahinch town to collect treats from local cafes not only brightened spirits but also deepened the connection between the farm and the vibrant local community.

Welcoming guests to the farm has evolved beyond a mere experience; it's a unique blend of activity and therapeutic engagement. What started with Cuddle Sessions and Donkey Treks has expanded to offer the Donkey Trail Through Time: A Farm Experience. Embark on a journey with his therapy donkeys to explore Ulster's countryside, gain insights into farming and agriculture, and appreciate the historical tapestry that defines the region.

As part of this immersive experience, the Donkey Trail Through Time allows visitors to harness donkeys to genuine old farm implements. Participants will have the opportunity to shear sheep, milk goats, and engage in various other authentic farm activities, providing a hands-on and educational experience.

Join Robert at Kinedale Donkeys as he invites you to experience the perfect blend of farm activities and therapeutic interactions on his lovingly repurposed traditional family farm with views of Slieve Croob. Whether you're looking to explore the beauty of Northern Ireland's countryside, appreciate agricultural traditions, or simply enjoy the companionship of his therapy animals, Kinedale Donkeys await to create memorable moments for you and your guests.

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  • Guide dogs permitted

Attraction Facilities

  • Open Evenings - For events like Donkey Date Night and Sunset Picnic
  • Open Sundays


  • Packed lunch available - Certain experiences include a lunch or afternoon tea, check experiences for details
  • Special dietary requirements catered for

Children & Infants

  • Accept children (Minimum age)
  • Children's Parties

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Accommodation nearby
  • Cater for Corporate events
  • Cater for individuals
  • Cater for school groups
  • Event venue
  • Family Fun
  • Fitness level required - low
  • Fitness level required - medium
  • Gift vouchers
  • Groups accepted
  • Groups catered for
  • Online Booking
  • Prior Booking Required
  • Talks
  • Toilets
  • Workshop

Event Facilities

  • Booking Required

Leisure Facilities

  • Outdoor activities

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • Coach parking
  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Visa accepted
  • Visa Debit Accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Dogs accepted by arrangement
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Farm
  • Film or TV location
  • In countryside
  • In Market Town
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed Towards Students / Youth
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Open by appointment only
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Out of town
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Unique venue

Specialist Features

  • Marketed as gay friendly
  • Marketed as green/environmentally friendly

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Opening Times

* Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm, pre-booking required for activities

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Road Directions

Drive from Ballynahinch town following signs for Dromore. Take a right about 0.5 mile from the roundabout onto Riverside Road. Take the next left onto Chestnut Road. Straight over the crossroads and we are the first yard on the left hand side, white pillared walls with green gate. The entrance to the experiences is at the top of the hill.

Public Transport Directions

Traveling by car is best or alternatively, a bus to Ballynahinch followed by a 45 minute walk or a taxi is suitable.

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