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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. Cheviot Routes

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    The Scottish Borders

    Situated within easy reach of Edinburgh, Glasgow or the North of England, the Cheviot Hills provide an abundance of variety for horse riding.

  2. Highland All Terrain Ltd

    Type

    Landrover Safari

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    Newtonmore

    Exclusive access to one of Scotland's iconic estates and grounds, our Land Rover and quad bike tours, offer scenic tours of one hour, two hour and half day trip, guided tours of this incredible landscape, mountains, lochs and castles, all on one tour

  3. 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.

  4. Aberdeen Woods - Countesswells Trail

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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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.

  5. Knapdale Forest Routes

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Lochgilphead

    The area surrounding Knapdale Forest is a National Scenic Area partially surrounded by the Crinan Canal, Sound of Jura and Loch Sween.

  6. Strathclyde Country Park Trails

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Bothwell

    Close to the industrial centre of Scotland, Strathclyde Country Park is situated in the valley of the River Clyde close to Glasgow.

  7. Gleniffer Braes Country Park

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Paisley

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

  8. Aberdeen Woods - Rotten O'Gairn Trail

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Westhill

    The horse trail at Rotten O'Gairn in the Aberdeen Woods can either be done separately or you can link in with the Countesswells Route.

  9. North Tweeddale Routes

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    West Linton

    North Tweeddale Routes (including Cauldstone Slap, Old Roman Road (west and east), North Slipperfield, Stonypath, Catwalk, The Loan, Kaimes, John's Path, Old Coach Road and Old Drove Road) offer various stretches of countryside to explore.

  10. Bennachie Hill Range

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Inverurie

    Bennachie is one of the best known, popular and most visited hill ranges in North East Scotland with nine distinctive hill tops.

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