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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. Aberdeen Woods - Countesswells Trail

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    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.

  2. East Tweeddale Routes

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Innerleithen

    The routes include Minch Moor Road, Glengaber, Cardrona Forest, Leithen Water Path, Kirnie Law and Hill/Glen Estate.

  3. Glenashdale Forest Trails

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Whiting Bay

    Highlights of Glenashdale Forest include the Glenashdale Waterfall and Giants' Graves Cairns.

  4. Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park Trails

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Perth

    Five hills Including Corsiehill, Deuchny Hill, Barnhill, Biun Hill and Kinnoull Hill all make up this Perthshire park.

  5. Stromness by Carriage

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Stromness

    Welcome to Stromness by Carriage

  6. Ae Forest Routes

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    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.

  7. Aucheleffan Forest

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Kilmory

    Close to Kilmory on the isle of Arran lies Aucheleffan Forest, an extensive area of forest which takes in the Carn Barn Chambered Cairn and the Aucheleffan standing stones.

  8. Central Tweeddale Routes

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Peebles

    Part of the 350km of the South of Scotland Countryside Trails network, the Central Tweeddale Routes explore long distance hill paths, many of which are suitable for horse riding.

  9. Trekking & Riding Society of Scotland

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    Killin

    Wade through bracken and rushing streams in search of panoramic views, enjoy the thrill of riding at speed, gently canter along a deserted beach, or trail leisurely homewards through pine scented forests ......

  10. Blackstone Farm Clydesdales & DIG-a-Day

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    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

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