Horse Riding Holidays in Scotland
Horse-riding is very popular pastime in Scotland, with its varied landscape providing multiple options for riders of various levels. With stunning scenery, brisk weather and lots to do at your base, a Scottish riding holiday makes the perfect getaway for lovers of all things equestrian. Here are our top 5 horse-riding breaks in Scotland:
1. Scottish Equestrian Hotel (Lanark)
Just a one hour drive away from Glasgow and Edinburgh airport, this hotel attracts thousands of visitors each year due to its specialist horse riding facilities. Holiday packages range from one day packages for an overnight stay or day out to a full week of riding and looking after horses. Children are welcome, with child and family packages available. Activities include horse and pony trekking, grooming courses, lessons for beginners and local hacks for experts. The hotel offers a bed and breakfast service and is open all year round.
2. Highlands Unbridled (Sutherland)
Situated in the North of the highlands, this riding holiday center offers the only true coast to coast ride in the country. Enjoy the wild terrain of the Western Highlands and the picturesque beaches in the East Highlands. You can enjoy a 3 day ‘ Horsey Hogmanay ‘ break at new year or stay for anything up to 15 days to experience the longest trail in the UK. Whilst a lot of the breaks and activities are geared towards experienced riders, there is plenty of support for beginners. All breaks include accommodation.
3. Pathhead Equestrian Centre (Angus)
Pathhead is a small center with a family run feel and is ideal for children. Daily treks and hacks are available, if you are spending a few days on holiday in the area, or you can enroll your children into Pony Club during school holiday breaks. With fun family events, including jumping and dressage days the site is a great introduction to riding for families. Situated in a truly rural part of Scotland, Angus will give you a relaxing break away from the city.
4. Newtonmore Riding Centre (East Highlands)
Newtonmore Riding Center provides Highland Pony riding lessons, trekking and horse riding holidays for all ages in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park. Book onto a 9 day equine extravaganza, or a short trekking and hacking break. You can also ride a traditional horse and carriage, for something a bit different. You will stay in a traditional and refurbished stable or can camp on site, with options to suit each budget. There are also plenty of pony activities for younger children and great on site food.
5. Mains of Taymouth Stables (Perthshire)
For a luxurious horse riding holiday, why not book into this 5 star self-catering cottage and lodge complex. Situated in Kenmore, you can indulge in some of the most impressive landscapes that Scotland has to offer. With traditional Scottish fayre to be eaten all day long, you will have plenty of energy to roam the countryside on weekend long treks and hacks. As well as horse riding, you can enjoy a round of golf on the course next door as well as outdoor and water activities aplenty.