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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. Portree Stables

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    Riding Schools & Centres

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    Portree

    Portree Stables is set in 70 acres of Highland glen on the Isle of Skye.

  2. Heathland Forest

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Forth

    Fantastic wildlife watching opportunities await as you ride through Heathland Forest.

  3. Brodick Castle Woods Trails

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Brodick

    This ancient woodland is dramatically situated behind Brodick Castle on the Isle of Arran.

  4. Drumbrae Riding Centre

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    Riding Schools & Centres

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    • 1 Activity Centre
    1 Activity Centre

    Stirling Area

    Welcome to Drumbrae Riding Centre

  5. Loch Lomond Pony Trekking, Balloch

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Balloch

    Welcome to Loch Lomond Pony Trekking - Enjoy the stunning views of Loch Lomond whilst on horseback.

  6. Tentsmuir Forest Trails

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Leuchars

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

  7. 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.

  8. Lochhill Equestrian Centre

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    Riding Schools & Centres

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    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    Kirkcudbright

    Explore the beautiful countryside of Galloway on horseback with this fantastic riding centre situated near Castle Douglas.

  9. Glenashdale Forest Trails

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Whiting Bay

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

  10. Ardcastle Forest Route

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Minard

    On the shores of Loch Fyne, Ardcastle Forest is a mixed conifer woodland which offers much of interest.

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