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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. 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.

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. Atholl Estates

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    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.

  2. 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.

  3. Gleniffer Braes Country Park

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Paisley

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

  4. Strathclyde Country Park

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

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    Motherwell

    Strathclyde Country Park has a wide variety of activities available throughout the year.

  5. Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park Trails

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Perth

    Five hills Including Corsiehill, Deuchny Hill, Barnhill, Biun Hill and Kinnoull Hill all make up this Perthshire park.

  6. Torr Righ/King's Cave Trail

    Type

    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.

  7. Galloway Forest Park

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Galloway Heartland

    A variety of routes are available within Galloway Forest Park.

  8. Aberdeen Woods - Foggieton Wood Trail

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Cults

    This waymarked linear horse trail starts at the Foggieton Car Park and finishes on the outskirts of Cults, winding its way through Foggieton Woods along the way.

  9. Glenrickard Forest Trails

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Brodick

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

  10. Solway Coast Forests

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Dumfries and Surrounding Area

    A haven for wildlife, the sprawling woods and forests of the Solway Coast provide an abundance of opportunities for horse riding.

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