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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. Borgie Glen

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    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.

  2. Glenrickard Forest Trails

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Brodick

    Views of Brodick Bay, Goat Fell and Holy Island await at Glenrickard Forest Trails.

  3. 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.

  4. Houlls Horses and Hounds

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Burra

    Pony Trekking, Riding Lessons and Dog Boarding in Shetland

  5. Scottish Equestrian Centre

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    Riding Schools & Centres

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    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.

  6. Alvie Stables

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    Riding Schools & Centres

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    Kincraig

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

  7. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Dunfermline and West Fife

    Welcome to Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club

  8. Dalchork Forest Trails

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Lairg

    With beautiful views over Loch Shin, this trail is set within one of the biggest forests in the North of Scotland.

  9. 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.

  10. Alvie & Dalraddy Activities

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    • 3 Activity Centre
    3 Activity Centre

    Kincraig

    Alvie Estate, located near Kincraig, covers 13,000 acres of fields, woodland and moors and has been owned by the Williamson family since 1927.

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