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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. Tentsmuir Forest Trails

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Leuchars

    A large area of open land is available for horse riding at Tentsmuir Forest Trails in Fife.

  2. Castle O'Er Forest Trails

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Lockerbie

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

  3. Fauldhouse Forest

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Fauldhouse

    Lying between Fauldhouse and Harthill, Fauldhouse Forest in East Lothian is the heart of the local coal mining industry.

  4. Uist Community Riding School

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    Benbecula

    Welcome to Uist Community Riding School - a unique community-run project in a unique location. We offer lessons, training, beach rides, beach paddles, longer treks and livery facilities. We also have an indoor school.

  5. Ae Forest Routes

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Dumfries and Surrounding Area

    Based mainly on forest tracks and minor roads, this linear route takes in the market town of Moffat and offers opportunity to visit the Samye Ling Tibetan Monastery at Eskdalemuir.

  6. Highland Riding Centre

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    Drumnadrochit

    Established in 1963, and fully approved by the British Horse Society (BHS), Borlum is the ideal place to take a riding holiday.

  7. Blackstone Farm Clydesdales & DIG-a-Day

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    Cumnock

    Clydesdale Horse Riding experience, Ayrshire, Scotland. There is always something to do on the farm, interact with all the farm animals, work, ride or drive our Beautiful Clydesdales Horses, or try our DIG-a-Day experience with BIG JCB Diggers

  8. The Gleneagles Equestrian School

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    Auchterarder

    The Gleneagles Equestrian School is one of the best equipped equestrian centres in Scotland.

  9. Rumster Wood

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Lybster

    Situated near Lybster in Caithness, Rumster Wood offers trails in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

  10. Lochhill Equestrian Centre

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    Kirkcudbright

    Explore the beautiful countryside of Galloway on horseback with this fantastic riding centre situated near Castle Douglas.

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