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The popularity of horse riding in Scotland means that you can expect many opportunities to try this activity, whatever your level of experience or preferred type of riding. Whether you're after leisurely treks where you can enjoy the countryside or are looking to develop your skills as a competent rider, the spread of stables and riding centres means you’ll never be far away from a chance to ride.

Horse riding is an activity that almost all ages can take part in. Some stables have Shetland ponies and other small breeds suitable for young children to ride and stable hands can guide the ponies on treks or around schools.

With bridleways and other trails in all parts of the country, you can take in a variety of landscapes, such as sprawling heaths and hillsides, leafy woodlands, great glens and country tracks. Discover waterside treks on our stunning beaches or along tow paths, such as the Caledonian Canal path. You’ll love the sense of freedom you get from the experience and are bound to get great views from the saddle.

A riding trail holiday can take you across a number of terrains or if you are keen to get a bit more hands on, why not try a working or horse care holiday? Both fun and challenging, you will get to grips with the day-to-day duties involved with looking after horses, from grooming to tacking, as well as being able to enjoy rides.

If you’re new to the sport, or want to improve your riding skills, there are many stables with paddocks and indoor schools across the country where you can learn to control a horse or develop jumping and show skills.

  • Three horse riders against the backdrop of Sligachan
    Sligachan, Isle of Skye
  • A rider and horse canter through a snow-covered field near Alvie Stables in Kingussie, Inverness-shire, The Highlands.
    A rider and horse canter through a snow-covered field near Alvie Stables in Kingussie, Inverness-shire, The Highlands.
Three horse riders against the backdrop of Sligachan

Trails and pony trekking

Get back to nature on horseback in our great outdoors. Discover more about wonderful horse riding trails and pony trekking in Scotland where you can witness majestic scenery.

A young rider and horse at Barend Riding Centre at Sandyhills on the Colvend Coast, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

Riding schools

Horse riding is a hugely popular past time in Scotland and you’ll never be far away from a riding school. Discover more about our quality riding schools and equestrian centres where you can get lessons, go on pony treks and even experience equine events.