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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. Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Aberfoyle

    Queen Elizabeth Forest Park offers you the experience of mountains, moorlands, forests, woodlands, rivers and lochs on a large number of routes.

  2. Pentland Hills Trekking Centre

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    Balerno

    Welcome to Pentland Hills Trekking Centre

  3. Borgie Glen

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Bettyhill

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

  4. Alvie Stables

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    Kincraig

    Set in family run Highland estate, Alvie Stables offers excellent hacking and trekking through miles of beautiful countryside.

  5. Solway Coast Forests

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. Tentsmuir Forest Trails

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Leuchars

    A large area of open land is available for horse riding at Tentsmuir Forest Trails in Fife.

  8. Strathclyde Country Park

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Motherwell

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

  9. Gradings

    Edinburgh

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

  10. Scottish Equestrian Centre

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    Culross

    This British Horse Society approved and Pony Club accredited equestrian centre offers lively facilities, riding experiences and lessons to all ages and levels of rider.

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