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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. 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.

  2. Gleniffer Braes Country Park

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Paisley

    To the south of Paisley, the park offers an area of some 1,300 acres.

  3. Inverliever Forest Routes

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Lochgilphead

    Inverliever Forest is set along the shores of Loch Awe and Loch Avich in some of Scotland's most peaceful and stunning areas.

  4. Blairadam Forest

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Kelty

    The forest provides a wide variety of paths and roads to explore by horse.

  5. Morangie Forest

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    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.

  6. Buccleuch Country Ride

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    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.

  7. Pentland Hills

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Balerno

    The stunning Pentland Hills offer horse riding routes throughout the area.

  8. Castle O'Er Forest Trails

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Lockerbie

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

  9. Brighouse Bay Trekking Centre

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    Riding Schools & Centres

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    Kirkcudbright

    Part of the multi-activity Brighouse Bay Holiday Park, this trekking centre offers a variety of options for horse riders of all levels aged five plus.

  10. Solway Coast Forests

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    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.

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