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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. Scottish Equestrian Centre Hotel

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

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    • 5 Activity Centre
    5 Activity Centre

    Lanark

    WELCOME We've been HERE for 27 years. The largest BHS Riding Holiday Centre in the UK. Adults. Unaccompanied Children. Inn to Inn Trail Riding. BHS Training and Exam Centre. Massive Indoor Arena. Massive Outdoor Arena. XC course Stables Bistro

  2. Cheviot Routes

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    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.

  3. Aberdeen Woods - Kirkhill Forest Trails

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    East Woodlands Car Park leads onto a number of trails which are perfect for exploring the Kirkhill Woods area on horseback.

  4. Forests of the Scottish Borders Trails

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Selkirk

    Remote trails allow you to get away from it all and explore the Scottish Borders by horse.

  5. Argyll Forest Park

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Arrochar

    Argyll Forest Park has many routes of interest for horse riders including stretches of woodland, mountains, lochs and glens.

  6. Inverliever Forest Routes

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Lochgilphead

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

  7. The Gleneagles Equestrian School

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    Auchterarder

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

  8. Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Aberfoyle

    Queen Elizabeth Forest Park offers you the experience of mountains, moorlands, forests, woodlands, rivers and lochs on a large number of routes.

  9. 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

  10. 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 ......

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