Horse riding in Scotland

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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. Crieff Hydro Riding Centre

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    Riding Schools & Centres

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    Crieff

    Learn a new skill with horse riding lessons, or enjoy a relaxing trek and explore Perthshire on horseback. For guided hacks and horse riding lessons in Perthshire, Crieff Hydro Riding Centre is an ideal choice.

  2. Barbarafield Riding School

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    Riding Schools & Centres

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    The Howe of Fife

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

  3. Drumbrae Riding Centre

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    Riding Schools & Centres

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    Stirling Area

    Welcome to Drumbrae Riding Centre

  4. Gartmorn Wood

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Alloa

    The forest trails at Gartmorn Wood make up part of the larger Gartmorn Dam Country Park in Clackmannanshire.

  5. Scottish Equestrian Centre Hotel

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    Riding Schools & Centres

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    • 5 Activity Centre
    5 Activity Centre

    Lanark

    WELCOME We've been HERE for 27 years. The largest BHS Riding Holiday Centre in the UK. Adults. Unaccompanied Children. Inn to Inn Trail Riding. BHS Training and Exam Centre. Massive Indoor Arena. Massive Outdoor Arena. XC course Stables Bistro

  6. 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.

  7. Devilla Forest Trails

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Kincardine

    With an extensive network of path, Devilla Forest, by Dunfermline offers a great day out.

  8. Tyne Eask Trails - Thornton Trail

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Rosewell

    9 miles of trail which follows the old Peebles to Edinburgh railway line, this fairly flat route follows public roads and off road tracks.

  9. 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.

  10. Torr Righ/King's Cave Trail

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Tormore

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

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