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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. Atholl Estates

    Type

    Landrover Safari

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    Blair Atholl

    Get off the beaten track and explore the beautiful scenery of Atholl Estates on a Land Rover Safari.

  3. Devilla Forest Trails

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Kincardine

    With an extensive network of path, Devilla Forest, by Dunfermline offers a great day out.

  4. Blairadam Forest

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Kelty

    The forest provides a wide variety of paths and roads to explore by horse.

  5. Buccleuch Country Ride

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Central Scottish Borders

    You can do part of this route in a day or combine the trails to make it a 3-4 day trek.

  6. Solway Coast Forests

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Dumfries and Surrounding Area

    A haven for wildlife, the sprawling woods and forests of the Solway Coast provide an abundance of opportunities for horse riding.

  7. Kailzie Equestrian Centre

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

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    Peebles

    Kailzie Equestrian Centre is located on the outskirts of Peebles, the Scottish Borders, offering lessons in riding, hacking and trekking.

  8. Crieff Hydro Riding Centre

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    Crieff

    Learn a new skill with horse riding lessons, or enjoy a relaxing trek and explore Perthshire on horseback. For guided hacks and horse riding lessons in Perthshire, Crieff Hydro Riding Centre is an ideal choice.

  9. Aberdeen Woods - Kirkhill Forest Trails

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Aberdeen

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

  10. Torr Righ/King's Cave Trail

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Tormore

    This popular circular trail takes in some of the best scenery on Arran including views over Machrie and the northern mountains.

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