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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. Glenrickard Forest Trails

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Brodick

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

  2. Argyll Adventure

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    • 5 Activity Centre
    5 Activity Centre

    Inveraray

    Argyll Adventure is an outdoor adventure centre offering a range of exciting activities.

  3. Aldie Burn Forest

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Tain

    Following Aldie Burn, this mixed conifer forest offers up a fun day trekking while seeing some of Scotland's wildlife close up.

  4. Rumster Wood

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Lybster

    Situated near Lybster in Caithness, Rumster Wood offers trails in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

  5. Buccleuch Country Ride

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Central Scottish Borders

    You can do part of this route in a day or combine the trails to make it a 3-4 day trek.

  6. Dyemill Trails

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Lamlash

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

  7. Inverliever Forest Routes

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Lochgilphead

    Inverliever Forest is set along the shores of Loch Awe and Loch Avich in some of Scotland's most peaceful and stunning areas.

  8. Ardcastle Forest Route

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Minard

    On the shores of Loch Fyne, Ardcastle Forest is a mixed conifer woodland which offers much of interest.

  9. Strathclyde Country Park Trails

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Bothwell

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

  10. Carron Valley Forest Routes

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    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Denny

    Red squirrels or pine martins can be spotted within the forest at Carron Valley in North Lanarkshire.

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