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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. 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.

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. Central Tweeddale Routes

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Peebles

    Part of the 350km of the South of Scotland Countryside Trails network, the Central Tweeddale Routes explore long distance hill paths, many of which are suitable for horse riding.

  2. Pentland Hills Trekking Centre

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    Balerno

    Welcome to Pentland Hills Trekking Centre

  3. Buccleuch Country Ride

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Central Scottish Borders

    You can do part of this route in a day or combine the trails to make it a 3-4 day trek.

  4. Tyne Eask Trails - Thornton Trail

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Rosewell

    9 miles of trail which follows the old Peebles to Edinburgh railway line, this fairly flat route follows public roads and off road tracks.

  5. 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.

  6. Trekking & Riding Society of Scotland

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    Killin

    Welcome to Trekking & Riding Society of Scotland

  7. Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Aberfoyle

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

  8. Morangie Forest

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Tain

    Designated a European Special Protection Area because of the rich variety of habitat, Morangie Forest in Easter Ross offers forest roads for horse riding while taking in views of the surrounding area.

  9. Castle O'Er Forest Trails

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Lockerbie

    Explore archaeological remains amidst peaceful surroundings within this large conifer forest.

  10. Brodick Castle Woods Trails

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Brodick

    This ancient woodland is dramatically situated behind Brodick Castle on the Isle of Arran.

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