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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. Achduchill Forest Routes

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Laggan

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

  2. Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park Trails

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Perth

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

  3. Central Tweeddale Routes

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

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    Peebles

    Part of the 350km of the South of Scotland Countryside Trails network, the Central Tweeddale Routes explore long distance hill paths, many of which are suitable for horse riding.

  4. 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.

  5. Ae Forest Routes

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Dumfries and Surrounding Area

    Based mainly on forest tracks and minor roads, this linear route takes in the market town of Moffat and offers opportunity to visit the Samye Ling Tibetan Monastery at Eskdalemuir.

  6. Strathclyde Country Park

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Motherwell

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

  7. Castle Rednock Trekking Centre

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Port of Menteith

  8. Blairadam Forest

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Kelty

    The forest provides a wide variety of paths and roads to explore by horse.

  9. Knapdale Forest Routes

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    Lochgilphead

    The area surrounding Knapdale Forest is a National Scenic Area partially surrounded by the Crinan Canal, Sound of Jura and Loch Sween.

  10. Cheviot Routes

    Type

    Horse Riding Routes & Trails

    Gradings

    The Scottish Borders

    Situated within easy reach of Edinburgh, Glasgow or the North of England, the Cheviot Hills provide an abundance of variety for horse riding.

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