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  • A rider and horse canter through a snow-covered field near Alvie Stables in Kingussie, Inverness-shire, The Highlands.
    A rider and horse canter through a snow-covered field near Alvie Stables in Kingussie, Inverness-shire, The Highlands.
  • Barend Riding Centre at Sandyhills on the Colvend Coast, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway
    Riding centres often have outdoor paddocks where you can get to grips with equestrian skills.
  • The historic georgian stable block at Craigengillan Estate & Stables near Dalmellington, East Ayrshire.
    The historic georgian stable block at Craigengillan Estate & Stables near Dalmellington, East Ayrshire.
  • Two riders are led on a trek at Barend Riding Centre at Sandyhills on the Colvend Coast, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway
    There are riding treks and lessons to suit all ages and abilities.

With riding schools across the length and breadth of the country, it’s easy to arrange a horseback experience when in Scotland. There are a number of large equestrian centres where you can get lessons, trail rides or take advantage of equestrian service or even watch equine events, like show jumping. Other smaller stables will be able to provide lessons in paddocks or lead you on pony treks, or hacks for the more experienced rider.

In Dumfries & Galloway, discover Barend Riding School where you can choose from a range of native ponies and cobs to ride before enjoying treks and hacks through some of the region’s most scenic countryside.

Try riding in the pastoral Scottish Borders, where horses play an important part in the history of the area, at the likes of the long-established Ian Stark Equestrian Centre, formerly the Dryden Riding Centre, in Selkirk.

Why not include some lessons as part of an island adventure? At the Cairnhouse Stables on the Isle of Arran, enjoy treks across the island’s private farm tracks, hills and sandy beaches. In the Outer Hebrides, visit the Uist Community Riding School, a community-run enterprise, on the Isle of Benbecula and try a range of experiences in the saddle in idyllic surroundings.

At the Scottish Equestrian Hotel in Lanark, discover one of the largest riding holiday centres in the UK where almost every kind of equine service imaginable is on offer; there are holidays for groups, adults and children, riding lessons, training and exams, treks and riding events to watch. As the name suggests, there's accommodation as well as a licensed bistro, ideal if you’ve worked up an appetite after a ride.

You’ll also find that some of the country’s top hotels, such as world-famous Gleneagles or family- friendly Crieff Hydro, both in Perthshire, have excellent equestrian centres, ideal for lessons and treks for both hotel guests and day visitors. At Gleneagles, why not opt for an own a pony experience or get an introduction to polo?

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  1. Scottish Equestrian Centre Hotel

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    Riding Schools & Centres

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    • 5 Activity Centre
    5 Activity Centre

    Lanark

    WELCOME We've been HERE for 27 years. The largest BHS Riding Holiday Centre in the UK. Adults. Unaccompanied Children. Inn to Inn Trail Riding. BHS Training and Exam Centre. Massive Indoor Arena. Massive Outdoor Arena. XC course Stables Bistro

  2. Ian Stark Equestrian Centre

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    Riding Schools & Centres

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    Selkirk

    The family-run Dryden Riding Centre is relocating to Greenhill Farm, Selkirk, in the heart of the Scottish Borders. We will now be know as Ian Stark Equestrian Centre.

  3. Drumbrae Riding Centre

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    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    • 1 Activity Centre
    1 Activity Centre

    Stirling Area

    Welcome to Drumbrae Riding Centre

  4. Portree Stables

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    Riding Schools & Centres

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    Portree

    Portree Stables is set in 70 acres of Highland glen on the Isle of Skye.

  5. Crieff Hydro Riding Centre

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    Crieff

    Learn a new skill with horse riding lessons, or enjoy a relaxing trek and explore Perthshire on horseback. For guided hacks and horse riding lessons in Perthshire, Crieff Hydro Riding Centre is an ideal choice.

  6. 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.

  7. The Gleneagles Equestrian School

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    Auchterarder

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

  8. Achnalarig Riding Stables

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    Riding Schools & Centres

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    Oban

    Found outside of Oban town centre Achnalarig Riding Stables is a comprehensive facility offering pony riding.

  9. Highland Riding Centre

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    Drumnadrochit

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

  10. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    A unique chance to come trekking on our gorgeous Exmoor ponies, a rare native breed.

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