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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. Knapdale Forest Routes

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Lochgilphead

    The area surrounding Knapdale Forest is a National Scenic Area partially surrounded by the Crinan Canal, Sound of Jura and Loch Sween.

  2. The Gleneagles Equestrian School

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    Auchterarder

    The Gleneagles Equestrian School is one of the best equipped equestrian centres in Scotland.

  3. 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.

  4. Carron Valley Forest Routes

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Denny

    Red squirrels or pine martins can be spotted within the forest at Carron Valley in North Lanarkshire.

  5. Atholl Estates

    Type

    Landrover Safari

    Gradings

    Blair Atholl

    Get off the beaten track and explore the beautiful scenery of Atholl Estates on a Land Rover Safari.

  6. Solway Coast Forests

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Dumfries and Surrounding Area

    A haven for wildlife, the sprawling woods and forests of the Solway Coast provide an abundance of opportunities for horse riding.

  7. Dyemill Trails

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Lamlash

    The woodland at Dyemill sits on the site of an old water-driven mill and so is rich in archaeological heritage.

  8. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Dunfermline and West Fife

    Welcome to Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club

  9. Tyne Eask Trails - Vogrie Trail

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    North Middleton

    13.5 miles of country road and off road track can be split into two separate circular routes.

  10. Argyll Adventure

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    • 5 Activity Centre
    5 Activity Centre

    Inveraray

    Argyll Adventure is an outdoor adventure centre offering a range of exciting activities.

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