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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. Borgie Glen

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Bettyhill

    A forest rebuilt in 1942 following an extensive fire, it now boasts Scots Pine and Spruce.

  2. Aberdeen Woods - Countesswells Trail

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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.

  3. Dyemill Trails

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    Lamlash

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

  4. Carron Valley Forest Routes

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Denny

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

  5. Torr Righ/King's Cave Trail

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Tormore

    This popular circular trail takes in some of the best scenery on Arran including views over Machrie and the northern mountains.

  6. Achduchill Forest Routes

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Laggan

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

  7. Galloway Forest Park

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Galloway Heartland

    A variety of routes are available within Galloway Forest Park.

  8. 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

  9. Cross Border Drove Road

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Peebles

    A trail made up of an old drove road which winds through the glens and hills of the Tweed Valley, this trail is one not to be missed.

  10. 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.

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