Horse Riding in Scotland
Horse riding has an enthusiastic following in Scotland and facilities are very good. A good range of hacking options and riding trails in some cases signposted are available. Both the Scottish Borders and Galloway are particularly well-resourced areas, with especially strong heritage and traditions which find expression in the long-established Common Ridings held annually throughout the south of Scotland.
However, many other parts of Scotland are also ideal for horse riding. Throughout Scotland, there are BHS approved riding centres, training centres and equestrian schools, with Gleneagles described as ‘one of the best equipped in the world’, though only one of several. It is also easy to find accommodation if you take your horse on holiday, through the ‘Horses Welcome’ quality assurance scheme. There are even ‘equestrian hotels’. Scotland also has the space and the landscape to offer long-distance trekking for dedicated riders.
Scotland is also the home of native breeds such as the Highland and Eriskay ponies and it is said that the pastime of pony-trekking was first introduced on Speyside, as a way of using the native ponies outside the deerstalking season.
From an afternoon’s gentle hack to a full-scale expedition, Scotland is ideal for horse riding.
- Horse riding in Shetland
- Horse riding in Orkney
- Horse riding in Northern Highlands
- Horse riding in Inverness, Loch Ness & Nairn
- Horse riding in Western Isles
- Horse riding in Skye & Lochalsh
- Horse riding in Fort William & Lochaber
- Horse riding in Argyll & Bute
- Horse riding in Aberdeen & Grampian Highlands
- Horse riding in Aviemore, Cairngorms, Badenoch & Strathspey
- Horse riding in Perthshire, Angus & Dundee
- Horse riding in Loch Lomond, Stirling & The Trossachs
- Horse riding in Glasgow
- Horse riding in Ayrshire, Arran & Clyde Valley
- Horse riding in Dumfries & Galloway
- Horse riding in Kingdom of Fife
- Horse riding in Edinburgh
- Horse riding in Lothians & Borders