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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. Kailzie Equestrian Centre

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    Peebles

    Kailzie Equestrian Centre is located on the outskirts of Peebles, the Scottish Borders, offering lessons in riding, hacking and trekking.

  2. Cross Border Drove Road

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Peebles

    A trail made up of an old drove road which winds through the glens and hills of the Tweed Valley, this trail is one not to be missed.

  3. Drumbrae Riding Centre

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    • 1 Activity Centre
    1 Activity Centre

    Stirling Area

    Welcome to Drumbrae Riding Centre

  4. Tyne Eask Trails - Mount Lothian Trail

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Howgate

    11.5 miles of trail suitable for mainly walking and trotting, this route follows wild, exposed country as well as long sections of road.

  5. Glenashdale Forest Trails

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Whiting Bay

    Highlights of Glenashdale Forest include the Glenashdale Waterfall and Giants' Graves Cairns.

  6. Cheviot Routes

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    The Scottish Borders

    Situated within easy reach of Edinburgh, Glasgow or the North of England, the Cheviot Hills provide an abundance of variety for horse riding.

  7. Highland Riding Centre

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    Drumnadrochit

    Established in 1963, and fully approved by the British Horse Society (BHS), Borlum is the ideal place to take a riding holiday.

  8. Tyne Eask Trails - Esk Valley Trail

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Rosewell

    8 miles of trail suitable for walking and trotting, you will encounter some of the most historic areas of Midlothian.

  9. Gartmorn Wood

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Alloa

    The forest trails at Gartmorn Wood make up part of the larger Gartmorn Dam Country Park in Clackmannanshire.

  10. Stromness by Carriage

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Stromness

    Welcome to Stromness by Carriage

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