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Sea kayaking at Seacliff beach, with a view to Tantallon Castle and the Bass Rock beyond, East Lothian
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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. Castle Rednock Trekking Centre

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Port of Menteith

  2. Aucheleffan Forest

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Kilmory

    Close to Kilmory on the isle of Arran lies Aucheleffan Forest, an extensive area of forest which takes in the Carn Barn Chambered Cairn and the Aucheleffan standing stones.

  3. Aberdeen Woods - Rotten O'Gairn Trail

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Westhill

    The horse trail at Rotten O'Gairn in the Aberdeen Woods can either be done separately or you can link in with the Countesswells Route.

  4. Galloway Forest Park

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Galloway Heartland

    A variety of routes are available within Galloway Forest Park.

  5. Cairnhouse Riding Centre

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    Riding Schools & Centres

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    Blackwaterfoot

    Cairnhouse Riding Centre is located in Blackwaterfoot on the Isle of Arran.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. The Gleneagles Equestrian School

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    Riding Schools & Centres

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    Auchterarder

    The Gleneagles Equestrian School is one of the best equipped equestrian centres in Scotland.

  9. Fauldhouse Forest

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Fauldhouse

    Lying between Fauldhouse and Harthill, Fauldhouse Forest in East Lothian is the heart of the local coal mining industry.

  10. Central Tweeddale Routes

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Peebles

    Part of the 350km of the South of Scotland Countryside Trails network, the Central Tweeddale Routes explore long distance hill paths, many of which are suitable for horse riding.

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