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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. West Forth Woodland Routes

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Forth

    A mixed woodland area 7 miles north of Lanark provides horse riding routes at West Forth Woodland.

  2. Argyll Forest Park

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Arrochar

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

  3. Uist Community Riding School

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

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    Benbecula

    Welcome to Uist Community Riding School - a unique community-run project in a unique location. We offer lessons, training, beach rides, beach paddles, longer treks and livery facilities. We also have an indoor school.

  4. Bennachie Hill Range

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Inverurie

    Bennachie is one of the best known, popular and most visited hill ranges in North East Scotland with nine distinctive hill tops.

  5. 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.

  6. Duncryne Equitation & Trekking Centre

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    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    Gartocharn

    Duncryne Equitation and Trekking Centre is a fun family-run business located at Duncryne on the southern shore of Loch Lomond.

  7. Borgie Glen

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Bettyhill

    A forest rebuilt in 1942 following an extensive fire, it now boasts Scots Pine and Spruce.

  8. Blairadam Forest

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Kelty

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

  9. Buccleuch Country Ride

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    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.

  10. Castle O'Er Forest Trails

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Lockerbie

    Explore archaeological remains amidst peaceful surroundings within this large conifer forest.

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