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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 - Mount Lothian Trail

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    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.

  2. 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.

  3. Tyne Eask Trails - Esk Valley Trail

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Rosewell

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

  4. Trekking & Riding Society of Scotland

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    Killin

    Wade through bracken and rushing streams in search of panoramic views, enjoy the thrill of riding at speed, gently canter along a deserted beach, or trail leisurely homewards through pine scented forests ......

  5. Torr Righ/King's Cave Trail

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Tormore

    This popular circular trail takes in some of the best scenery on Arran including views over Machrie and the northern mountains.

  6. Stromness by Carriage

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Stromness

    Welcome to Stromness by Carriage

  7. 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.

  8. Newtonmore Riding Centre

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    • 3 Activity Centre
    3 Activity Centre

    Newtonmore

    Newtonmore Riding Centre provides Highland Pony riding lessons, trekking and horse riding holidays for all ages in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park.

  9. Dyemill Trails

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Lamlash

    The woodland at Dyemill sits on the site of an old water-driven mill and so is rich in archaeological heritage.

  10. Ae Forest Routes

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Dumfries and Surrounding Area

    Based mainly on forest tracks and minor roads, this linear route takes in the market town of Moffat and offers opportunity to visit the Samye Ling Tibetan Monastery at Eskdalemuir.

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