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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. Dyemill Trails


    Horse Riding Routes & Trails



    The woodland at Dyemill sits on the site of an old water-driven mill and so is rich in archaeological heritage.

  2. Gradings


    A unique chance to come trekking on our gorgeous Exmoor ponies, a rare native breed.

  3. Castle Rednock Trekking Centre


    Horse Riding Routes & Trails


    Port of Menteith

  4. Alvie & Dalraddy Activities


    Multi-activity Centre


    • 3 Activity Centre
    3 Activity Centre


    Alvie Estate, located near Kincraig, covers 13,000 acres of fields, woodland and moors and has been owned by the Williamson family since 1927.

  5. East Tweeddale Routes


    Horse Riding Routes & Trails



    The routes include Minch Moor Road, Glengaber, Cardrona Forest, Leithen Water Path, Kirnie Law and Hill/Glen Estate.

  6. Galloway Forest Park


    Horse Riding Routes & Trails


    Galloway Heartland

    A variety of routes are available within Galloway Forest Park.

  7. Gradings


    Welcome to Wellsfield Farm - Equestrian Centre, Fishery and Health Club

  8. Gleniffer Braes Country Park


    Horse Riding Routes & Trails



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

  9. The Gleneagles Equestrian School


    Riding Schools & Centres



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

  10. Glenrickard Forest Trails


    Horse Riding Routes & Trails



    Views of Brodick Bay, Goat Fell and Holy Island await at Glenrickard Forest Trails.


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