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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. Houlls Horses and Hounds

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Burra

    Pony Trekking, Riding Lessons and Dog Boarding in Shetland

  2. The Gleneagles Equestrian School

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    Riding Schools & Centres

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    Auchterarder

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

  3. Highland Riding Centre

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    Riding Schools & Centres

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    Drumnadrochit

    Established in 1963, and fully approved by the British Horse Society (BHS), Borlum is the ideal place to take a riding holiday.

  4. Strathclyde Country Park

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Motherwell

    Strathclyde Country Park has a wide variety of activities available throughout the year.

  5. Aberdeen Woods - Countesswells Trail

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    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.

  6. Tyne Eask Trails - Vogrie Trail

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    North Middleton

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

  7. Tyne Eask Trails - Esk Valley Trail

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Rosewell

    8 miles of trail suitable for walking and trotting, you will encounter some of the most historic areas of Midlothian.

  8. Strathclyde Country Park Trails

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Bothwell

    Close to the industrial centre of Scotland, Strathclyde Country Park is situated in the valley of the River Clyde close to Glasgow.

  9. Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Aberfoyle

    Queen Elizabeth Forest Park offers you the experience of mountains, moorlands, forests, woodlands, rivers and lochs on a large number of routes.

  10. North Sannox Woods

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Sannox

    One of the many routes available on the isle of Arran, the North Sannox Woods are on the North East coast of the island.

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