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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. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    A unique chance to come trekking on our gorgeous Exmoor ponies, a rare native breed.

  2. Lochhill Equestrian Centre

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    Kirkcudbright

    Explore the beautiful countryside of Galloway on horseback with this fantastic riding centre situated near Castle Douglas.

  3. Aberdeen Woods - Countesswells Trail

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Cults

    Starting at Countesswells Car Park, this horse trail has recently been drained and resurfaced with thick wood chippings making it one of the most popular Forestry Commission woods in the area.

  4. Portree Stables

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    Portree

    Portree Stables is set in 70 acres of Highland glen on the Isle of Skye.

  5. Free spirit trekking centre

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Kinlochbervie

    Pony trekking centre set in the most North westerly coast of scotland

  6. Aberdeen Woods - Foggieton Wood Trail

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    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.

  7. Castle O'Er Forest Trails

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Lockerbie

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

  8. Knapdale Forest Routes

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Lochgilphead

    The area surrounding Knapdale Forest is a National Scenic Area partially surrounded by the Crinan Canal, Sound of Jura and Loch Sween.

  9. 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.

  10. Central Tweeddale Routes

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Peebles

    Part of the 350km of the South of Scotland Countryside Trails network, the Central Tweeddale Routes explore long distance hill paths, many of which are suitable for horse riding.

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