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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. Tyne Eask Trails - Vogrie Trail

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    North Middleton

    13.5 miles of country road and off road track can be split into two separate circular routes.

  2. Devilla Forest Trails

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Kincardine

    With an extensive network of path, Devilla Forest, by Dunfermline offers a great day out.

  3. Blair Castle Trekking Centre

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    Riding Schools & Centres

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    • 3 Activity Centre
    3 Activity Centre

    Blair Atholl

    Experience the natural beauty and wild landscapes of Atholl Estates on a relaxing Highland Pony trek.

  4. Aberdeen Woods - Countesswells Trail

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    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.

  5. East Tweeddale Routes

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Innerleithen

    The routes include Minch Moor Road, Glengaber, Cardrona Forest, Leithen Water Path, Kirnie Law and Hill/Glen Estate.

  6. Aberdeen Woods - Kirkhill Forest Trails

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Aberdeen

    East Woodlands Car Park leads onto a number of trails which are perfect for exploring the Kirkhill Woods area on horseback.

  7. Forests of the Scottish Borders Trails

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Selkirk

    Remote trails allow you to get away from it all and explore the Scottish Borders by horse.

  8. 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.

  9. Tannoch Stables

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    Riding Schools & Centres

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    Cumbernauld

    Welcome to Tannoch Stables

  10. Achduchill Forest Routes

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Laggan

    Run by Halflinger Pony Trekking, based within the main car park, these dedicated trails offer fantastic 'monarch of the glen' scenery.

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