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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 - Foggieton Wood Trail

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Cults

    This waymarked linear horse trail starts at the Foggieton Car Park and finishes on the outskirts of Cults, winding its way through Foggieton Woods along the way.

  2. Trekking & Riding Society of Scotland

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    Riding Schools & Centres

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    Killin

    Welcome to Trekking & Riding Society of Scotland

  3. 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.

  4. Alvie Stables

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    Riding Schools & Centres

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    Kincraig

    Set in family run Highland estate, Alvie Stables offers excellent hacking and trekking through miles of beautiful countryside.

  5. Brighouse Bay Trekking Centre

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    Riding Schools & Centres

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    Kirkcudbright

    Part of the multi-activity Brighouse Bay Holiday Park, this trekking centre offers a variety of options for horse riders of all levels aged five plus.

  6. 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.

  7. Achduchill Forest Routes

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Laggan

    Run by Halflinger Pony Trekking, based within the main car park, these dedicated trails offer fantastic 'monarch of the glen' scenery.

  8. Carron Valley Forest Routes

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Denny

    Red squirrels or pine martins can be spotted within the forest at Carron Valley in North Lanarkshire.

  9. Gleniffer Braes Country Park

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Paisley

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

  10. Angus Glens

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Kirriemuir

    The five Angus Glens of Glen Isla, Glen Prosen, Glen Clova, Glen Lethnot and Glen Esk offer a varied range of experiences of riding in the Angus area.

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