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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. Achduchill Forest Routes

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Laggan

    Run by Halflinger Pony Trekking, based within the main car park, these dedicated trails offer fantastic 'monarch of the glen' scenery.

  2. 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.

  3. Gleniffer Braes Country Park

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Paisley

    To the south of Paisley, the park offers an area of some 1,300 acres.

  4. Duncryne Equitation & Trekking Centre

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    Gartocharn

    Duncryne Equitation and Trekking Centre is a fun family-run business located at Duncryne on the southern shore of Loch Lomond.

  5. Dalchork Forest Trails

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Lairg

    With beautiful views over Loch Shin, this trail is set within one of the biggest forests in the North of Scotland.

  6. Portree Stables

    Type

    Riding Schools & Centres

    Gradings

    Portree

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

  7. Strathclyde Country Park Trails

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Bothwell

    Close to the industrial centre of Scotland, Strathclyde Country Park is situated in the valley of the River Clyde close to Glasgow.

  8. Callendar Wood

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Falkirk

    The extensive woodlands surrounding the stunning Callendar House have a long and varied history dating all the way back to the 12th century.

  9. Bennachie Hill Range

    Type

    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.

  10. Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Aberfoyle

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

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