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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. 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.

  2. Aberdeen Woods - Foggieton Wood Trail

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Cults

    This waymarked linear horse trail starts at the Foggieton Car Park and finishes on the outskirts of Cults, winding its way through Foggieton Woods along the way.

  3. Buccleuch Country Ride

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Central Scottish Borders

    You can do part of this route in a day or combine the trails to make it a 3-4 day trek.

  4. Blackstone Farm Clydesdales & DIG-a-Day

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    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    Cumnock

    Clydesdale Horse Riding experience, Ayrshire, Scotland. There is always something to do on the farm, interact with all the farm animals, ride or drive our Beautiful Clydesdales Horses, or try our DIG-a-Day experience with BIG JCB Diggers

  5. Bennachie Hill Range

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Inverurie

    Bennachie is one of the best known, popular and most visited hill ranges in North East Scotland with nine distinctive hill tops.

  6. 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.

  7. Uist Community Riding School

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    Benbecula

    Welcome to Uist Community Riding School - a unique community-run project in a unique location. We offer lessons, training, beach rides, beach paddles, longer treks and livery facilities. We also have an indoor school.

  8. 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.

  9. Barbarafield Riding School

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    The Howe of Fife

    Barbarafield Riding School is open all year round during daylight hours.

  10. 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.

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