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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. Angus Glens

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Kirriemuir

    The five Angus Glens of Glen Isla, Glen Prosen, Glen Clova, Glen Lethnot and Glen Esk offer a varied range of experiences of riding in the Angus area.

  2. Pentland Hills

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Balerno

    The stunning Pentland Hills offer horse riding routes throughout the area.

  3. 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.

  4. Cross Border Drove Road

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    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.

  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. 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.

  7. Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Aberfoyle

    Queen Elizabeth Forest Park offers you the experience of mountains, moorlands, forests, woodlands, rivers and lochs on a large number of routes.

  8. 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.

  9. Knapdale Forest Routes

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Lochgilphead

    The area surrounding Knapdale Forest is a National Scenic Area partially surrounded by the Crinan Canal, Sound of Jura and Loch Sween.

  10. West Forth Woodland Routes

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Forth

    A mixed woodland area 7 miles north of Lanark provides horse riding routes at West Forth Woodland.

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