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  • Three horse riders against the backdrop of Sligachan
    Sligachan, Isle of Skye
  • Trekking along Lunan Bay just on the edge of the water
    Lunan Bay, Angus
  • A group of horse riders trek along a path near Lochgoilhead
    Exploring the old tracks near Lochgoilhead
  • A group of horse riders cross the Machair on Benbecula
    Uist Community Riding School in Benbecula

Explore the old trekking paths through the glens or experience an exhilarating ride on a wind-blown beach and you’ll see why Scotland is ideal for horse riding.

Did you know that the sport of pony-trekking originated in Newtonmore in the Highlands as a way of using the strong and sure-footed Highland ponies outside the stalking season?

It is also believed that several of Scotland's well-established trekking paths came about many centuries ago, and were originally cattle droving roads. Today, these rough tracks still cross the open moors and high passes so that from the saddle you can glimpse some of Scotland's secret places.

A variety of riding and trekking operators offer everything from short treks for youngsters and beginners and hacks for more confident riders, right up to long-distance rides over several days.

Explore mountains and glens at some of the Highland stables such as the Newtonmore Riding Centre in view of the Cairngorm mountains or head west to the Gairloch Trekking Centre in the western Highlands.

Enjoy spectacular views of Loch Tay in the heart of Scotland at the Mains of Taymouth Stables or explore the foothills of the Angus Glens at Pathhead Equestrian Centre near Kirriemuir.

Experience an exhilarating ride on one of Scotland’s beautiful beaches from coast to coast. Seahorse Stables in Angus offer the chance to go riding on the renowned ‘singing sands’ of Lunan Bay or why not have a trekking holiday with Highlands Unbridled in Sutherland and discover stunning coastal scenery?

Whichever operator you choose, you can be sure that the view from the saddle will certainly be rewarding.

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  1. Barend Riding Centre

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    Dalbeattie

    Enjoy the beautiful Dumfries & Galloway countryside treks and hacks led by this excellent riding centre located in Dalbeattie.

  2. Alvie Stables

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    Kincraig

    Set in family run Highland estate, Alvie Stables offers excellent hacking and trekking through miles of beautiful countryside.

  3. Kailzie Equestrian Centre

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    Peebles

    Kailzie Equestrian Centre is located on the outskirts of Peebles, the Scottish Borders, offering lessons in riding, hacking and trekking.

  4. Brighouse Bay Trekking Centre

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    Kirkcudbright

    Part of the multi-activity Brighouse Bay Holiday Park, this trekking centre offers a variety of options for horse riders of all levels aged five plus.

  5. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Dunfermline and West Fife

    Welcome to Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club

  6. Blair Castle Trekking Centre

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    • 3 Activity Centre
    3 Activity Centre

    Blair Atholl

    Experience the natural beauty and wild landscapes of Atholl Estates on a relaxing Highland Pony trek.

  7. Ardcastle Forest Route

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Minard

    On the shores of Loch Fyne, Ardcastle Forest is a mixed conifer woodland which offers much of interest.

  8. Achduchill Forest Routes

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Laggan

    Run by Halflinger Pony Trekking, based within the main car park, these dedicated trails offer fantastic 'monarch of the glen' scenery.

  9. Aberdeen Woods - Countesswells Trail

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Cults

    Starting at Countesswells Car Park, this horse trail has recently been drained and resurfaced with thick wood chippings making it one of the most popular Forestry Commission woods in the area.

  10. Duncryne Equitation & Trekking Centre

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    Gartocharn

    Duncryne Equitation and Trekking Centre is a fun family-run business located at Duncryne on the southern shore of Loch Lomond.

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