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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. 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.

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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Tentsmuir Forest Trails

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    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.

  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. Tannoch Stables

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    Riding Schools & Centres

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    Cumbernauld

    Welcome to Tannoch Stables

  6. Cross Border Drove Road

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Peebles

    A trail made up of an old drove road which winds through the glens and hills of the Tweed Valley, this trail is one not to be missed.

  7. 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.

  8. Tyne Eask Trails - Thornton Trail

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Rosewell

    9 miles of trail which follows the old Peebles to Edinburgh railway line, this fairly flat route follows public roads and off road tracks.

  9. Strathclyde Country Park

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

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    Motherwell

    Strathclyde Country Park has a wide variety of activities available throughout the year.

  10. Houlls Horses and Hounds

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Burra

    Pony Trekking, Riding Lessons and Dog Boarding in Shetland

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