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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. 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. 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.

  3. Barend Riding Centre

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    Riding Schools & Centres

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    Dalbeattie

    Enjoy the beautiful Dumfries & Galloway countryside treks and hacks led by this excellent riding centre located in Dalbeattie.

  4. 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.

  5. Aldie Burn Forest

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Tain

    Following Aldie Burn, this mixed conifer forest offers up a fun day trekking while seeing some of Scotland's wildlife close up.

  6. Go Country

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Aberfoyle

    Welcome to Go Country

  7. Ian Stark Equestrian Centre

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    Riding Schools & Centres

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    Selkirk

    The centre offers riding lessons and expansive hacking and trekking – taking over the reins from Dryden Riding Centre, which Jenny started 40 years ago with just six highland ponies.

  8. Morris Equestrian Centre

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    Riding Schools & Centres

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    • 3 Activity Centre
    3 Activity Centre

    Fenwick

    This centre has the only Olympic sized arena in the UK. We also have an indoor warm up and two all-weather surface outdoor arenas.

  9. Brodick Castle Woods Trails

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Brodick

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

  10. Loch Lomond Pony Trekking, Balloch

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Balloch

    Welcome to Loch Lomond Pony Trekking - Enjoy the stunning views of Loch Lomond whilst on horseback.

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