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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. 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.

  2. North Sannox Woods

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Sannox

    One of the many routes available on the isle of Arran, the North Sannox Woods are on the North East coast of the island.

  3. Atholl Estates

    Type

    Landrover Safari

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    Blair Atholl

    Get off the beaten track and explore the beautiful scenery of Atholl Estates on a Land Rover Safari.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  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. Castle O'Er Forest Trails

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Lockerbie

    Explore archaeological remains amidst peaceful surroundings within this large conifer forest.

  8. Callendar Wood

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    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

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Inverurie

    Bennachie is one of the best known, popular and most visited hill ranges in North East Scotland with nine distinctive hill tops.

  10. Tentsmuir Forest Trails

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Leuchars

    A large area of open land is available for horse riding at Tentsmuir Forest Trails in Fife.

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