Horse Riding in the Scotland's Highlands: Holidays, Lessons & Trips

Horse riding is a fantastic way to keep fit, meet friends and generally enjoy the outdoors whether it's by booking lessons to learn how to ride or by joining in treks, hacks and trails in the great outdoors. There are of course places that incorporate horse riding in with a break or holiday which is great for enthusiasts who like to combine their favourite pastime with a few days rest and recreation. Here we take a look at places in the Highlands of Scotland that offer these services, where they can be found plus what they are offering in more detail.

Highlands Unbridled Brora Sutherland

horse riding in the highlands: highlands unbridled

Highlands Unbridled offers riding enthusiasts everything they need in order to enjoy a holiday or break riding through Highland scenery. Located in Brora East Sutherland, which is one and a quarter hours from Inverness, Highlands Unbridled has great transport links as Brora has its own train station and bus depot. Travellers can even arrange pick up from both stations to their accommodation, while those flying into Inverness Airport can also arrange airport pickup (although there is a charge for this).

The scenery of the area is breath-taking and riding through this beautiful country side is a great way to explore the area. Taking a riding holiday here will provide customers with some great memories to treasure, while the people that run the company are well versed in the local history of the area and offer their knowledge and expertise to riders as they enjoy riding through this amazing countryside.

Riding and Hacking

Pont trekking for 2015 will begin at Easter time with treks and hacks offered for all ages with riders who have little experience through to those who are very experienced catered for. All the rides offered here are accompanied by a qualified rider, while if participants are very new to riding there will be accompaniment on foot provided to lead the horses or ponies.  Group numbers are normally kept down to six riders although a larger group may be considered to accommodate more family members if required.

Types of rides vary from beach rides, forest trails or hillside rides through to loch side rides incorporating a picnic. It depends really on the riders experience as to which ride is best suited to them and staff at Highlands Unbridled are happy to advise in this regard as to which trek is the most appropriate. Whether it’s a half hour ride or a full day trek customers will find something to suit, while prices for individual rides can be found at the website.

Further Activities and Facilities

Working Horse Care Holiday

This holiday is perfect for those whose idea of a superb break is to spend their time riding and caring for horses. All participants will join in the short induction before getting to grips with the horses, while even those who have little or no riding skills are welcomed as instructors will get them off riding during their stay. Guests will enjoy a typical day of

  • Breakfast
  • Mucking out
  • Grooming
  • Tacking up
  • Riding sessions
  • Feeding the horses
  • Bedding Down
  • Evening meal

Accommodation between October and May is offered in the Keepers Cottage that offers twin or double rooms, while during the busy summer months riders will need to find accommodation elsewhere in the area. There are numerous places to stay including bed and breakfasts and camp sites. All holiday terms and prices can be found at the website.

Spring and Easter Breaks

Why not join the Mad March ride at the end of March/beginning of April where participants ride from Bonar Bridge to Ullapool. This is a coast to coast ride that suits riders who can at least canter. It isn't a ride suited to beginners, while the trip includes meals and return transport plus one night's accommodation all for the price of £390.00 per rider.

There is also a four day April Fools ride from coast to coast that includes return transport and accommodation or why not book a four day Spring Break ride. There are a number to choose from including

  • Great Glen Way
  • Bonnie Prince Charlie
  • Outlander
  • Outlander Trail

There are also many Easter specials coming up that riders may wish to consider including fun Easter Egg Hunts.

Petal Rides

Those who prefer to ride all day and return to the same hotel each night may be interested in the Petal Rides offered by Highlands Unbridled. Riders need to be experienced as the rides negotiate terrain that is rough therefore a certain amount of ability is required in order to participate. Groups are catered for and each party will be provided with saddle bags, lunch packs and water. All this plus meals and accommodation in a local hotel! Specific Petal Rides include

  • Strath Bora Ride leading to Loch Bora and wooded trail
  • See the seals on the Beach ride north
  • Loch Fleet ride to Dunrobin Castle
  • Ride to the summit of Ben Bragghie
  • Duchary Hill Fort

Highlands Unbridled also offer a number of Trail Riding Holidays along the coastal beaches of the area, while if you are feeling really adventurous you can always join in the Longest Ride which is a two hundred and fifty mile trek through some of the most amazing scenery and landscape of the highlands. This company offers everything the horse riding enthusiast desires and more along with competitive prices plus experiences never to be forgotten when riding through the rugged countryside of the Highlands of Scotland.

Accommodation Near Highlands Unbridled

Inverbrora Farmhouse

Inverbrora Farmhouse

Brora Bed and Breakfast is located in Sutherland therefore is ideally placed for those who are visiting Highlands Unbridled. This beautiful Georgian farmhouse sits in two hundred and forty acres of farmland where prize winning animal herds graze. The farmhouse has been serving as a four star B & B for fifteen years now and has been tastefully updated and decorated throughout.

Inverbrora Room

Guests are assured of a warm welcome here on this working farm, while rooms offered at the B & B come as twin, single or doubles with en-suite bathrooms. All rooms have TV's hairdryers, hospitality trays, complimentary toiletries and hair dryer. Room rates start at £32.00 per person per night which is great! Booking is facilitated online where all Brora's rates and dates can be found too.

Royal Marine Hotel Brora

Royal Marine Hotel

The Royal Marine Hotel started out life as private country residence but is now a superb hotel well located for visitors to Highlands unbridled. The hotel boasts a leisure and beauty spa with swimming pool, steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi. Situated close to the beach guests can enjoy a leisurely stroll after a hard day in the saddle or simply relax in the comfort of one of The Royal Marines rooms.

Rooms here at the hotel are fabulous with standard rooms, classics, masters, family, luxury suites, a four poster honeymoon suite and even self-catering apartments.  All rooms are en-suite with complimentary toiletries plus offer a flat screen TV, writing desk with lamp, free Wi-Fi, hospitality tray and hair dryer. The Royal Marine also has a ground floor room suitable for guests with disabilities with wheel chair access, while the hotel also has chair lifts and ramps to higher floors too.

Royal Marine Hotel Room

The hotel has three restaurants therefore food is available all day long in some form or other. The three choices here are the Lorimer Restaurant, The Garden Room and The Bistro. The Royal Marine Hotel caters for weddings, conferences with a range of packages and breaks listed at the website.

  • Highlands Unbridled
  • Keepers Cottage
  • The Doll
  • Brora
  • Sutherland
  • KW9 6NL
  • Tele 01408 622789

Borlum Holiday Cottages and Riding Centre Drumnadrochit Inverness

Borlum Riding Centre

Borlum Farm is a family run establishment that offers great riding facilities along with amazing accommodation ensuring guests enjoy a great riding holiday all round. Views from the farm are over beautiful Loch Ness and are quite spectacular! Borlum is a working farm therefore all kinds of farming activities can be seen taking place. Whether it's collecting hen's eggs or watching the horses being groomed there is something going on constantly that visitors can take part in or simply watch.

Those who wish to incorporate a bit of sight-seeing in with their riding holiday will be pleased to know that Inverness isn't far from the farm, while the surrounding countryside is filled with great wildlife such as deer and red squirrels. Borlum prides itself in providing everything the rider needs in order to make their holiday memorable. Located in Drumnadrochit the farm is perfect as a base from which to tour the highlands.

Riding and Hacking

Facilities offered at Borlum Farm are second to none with superb horses and ponies that are suitable for riders of all abilities. Borlum caters for all ages and abilities, while even lead lessons and trekking for little ones seven and over is accommodated here. Those who own their own horse or pony may bring their mount to Borlum who cater for riders who wish to bring their own horse on holiday offering temporary livery services.

The riding centre is located on over four hundred acres of land comprising of fields, mountains and forest pathways making it ideal for those seeking that special riding holiday. Riding instruction is also provided, while staff are also able to teach those who have special needs too.  Borlum runs all kinds of activities such as the children's Horseshoe Club where kids not only learn to ride but also care for ponies too. Various rides are offered with a maximum of eight to a group.

Borlum offer some great treks to suit all abilities of riders with treks that ride over the hills to give riders amazing views over Loch Ness and the Great Glen or Loch or Duck Pond rides along open flat trails. Borlum do hire out hats on a first come first served basis, while naturally not everyone will be accommodated when it comes to size.

Accommodation at Borlum

Cottages

Borlum Cottages

Borlum offer three and four star self-catering cottages for their guests to stay in that overlook Loch Ness offering amazing views. Imagine waking up to see the loch in all its glory then taking a ride or trek on your pony! Creag Nah Iolaire cottage sleeps six to eleven people, while Marnie's Croft sleeps seven. Borlum is a BHS approved riding centre with holiday packages that can be tailored to individual requirements and needs.

Caravans and Camping

Located at the back of the farm on a hard standing site is an area ideal for twelve caravans with electricity hook up on tap. There are also fully functioning washing facilities with hot and cold water, toilets, showers and washing machine/tumble dryer that is coin operated. Located in the field next to the caravan area is the camp site. The camp site offers free hot water plus a sink for washing the dishes. There is a supermarket plus a post office with mini mart located just half a mile down the road. A full price list for all these amenities is available at the website.

Woodlands Guest House

Woodlands Guest House

Woodlands Guest House is located in Drumnadrochit near Inverness close to Loch Ness. This family run guest house sits in rolling countryside unique to the Scottish highlands and offers superb accommodation choices for riders who are visiting Borlum Riding Centre. If it's stylish accommodation with delicious breakfast you seek then this is the place for you!

Woodlands Room

Rooms at the Woodlands are beautifully decorated, some with spectacular views over loch Ness others overlook woodland areas and the mountains. Guests can choose from the first floor deluxe room, Mull, Arran Iona, Rum and the Skye room. The Skye room boasts a king sized bed, a lounge area, fridge, TV, hospitality tray, hairdryer and en-suite bathroom with shower and toiletries, while all the other rooms are equally stylish and offer all the amenities required to make a stay here special.

  • Borlum Farm
  • Drumnadrochit
  • By Inverness
  • IV63 6XN
  • Tele 01456 450220

Gairloch Trekking Centre Gairloch Ross Shire

Gairloch Trekking Centre

Gairloch Trekking Centre is situated between Inverness and Ullapool at the centre of the Flowerdale Estate and offers some of the best pony trekking available in the Highlands. Trekking has been available here since 2000 and is approved by the Trekking and Riding Society of Scotland or TRSS. The centre is run by qualified instructors who will ensure that visitors have an enjoyable and safe trek with them.

Riding and Hacking

Those wishing to take a riding break will be pleased to learn that Gairloch offers a range of ponies to suit the needs of individual riders. The one day break begins at 9.30am and finishes at 3.45pm meaning there is plenty of time to enjoy riding. Prior to riding their pony riders will pick the pony up from its field and bring him to the stables where both pony and rider can become acquainted with one another. Riders will groom their pony and prepare him for the trek ahead before setting off and returning for lunch.

After lunch its ride number two where riders may choose to take a lesson or embark on a different trek. On their return riders will care for their mount before returning the pony to his field. Longer breaks are also offered here with up to three day riding breaks available. Riders will spend time learning about horses in terms of their care and stabling while also riding alternative routes to the previous days. Riding hats are provided for the centre for those who need them, while all abilities are catered for.

Further Activities and Facilities

Lessons and Camps

The centre organises all kinds of events throughout the year including Own a Pony at Easter, the Spring Show, Junior Camps, Summer Show and Autumn Own a Pony. Lessons are also available to book at Gairloch and include Lead Rein and Walkouts for riders new to the saddle, Longer Treks, Private or Group Lessons in an all-weather arena plus Stable Specials for the little ones who wish to learn how to groom and feed their ponies.

Gairloch Trekking Centre offers treks and lessons for riders of all abilities and ages therefore it is a great place to take all the family whatever age they are in order to experience riding for the first time or the hundredth time. All their ponies are well trained, while riders are guaranteed to enjoy the amazing scenery and landscape of the area.

Accommodation near Gairloch Trekking Centre

Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel

Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel

This great luxury boutique hotel is located in Inverness, while as Gairloch Trekking Centre is located on the road between Inverness and Ullapool riders may wish to consider staying here. This four star hotel offers all the modern conveniences and then some for its guests to enjoy and is not far from the legendary Loch Ness.

Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel Room

Rooms in this hotel are stunning with some rooms overlooking the River Ness providing amazing views. Types of room offered here include

  • Townhouse Deluxe River View Rooms
  • Townhouse Club Rooms
  • Townhouse Comfort Rooms
  • Windsor House Rooms

All rooms at the Glenmoriston feature flat screen TV's, ensuite facilities, power showers, robes and complimentary luxury toiletries. Some rooms have king size beds with Egyptian cotton sheets, feather duvets and pillows.

Guests may book private dining here with up to eighty people catered for with certain packages. Other choices include the Contrast Brasserie, the Abstract Restaurant that holds three AA rosettes and the Piano Bar that boasts one of the largest collections of Scottish whiskey, great for anyone who enjoys a tipple! Weddings and meetings are also catered for here.

The Old Inn Gairloch

The Old Inn

Guests who book into The Old Inn will receive a warm welcome and experience some traditional Scottish hospitality. Formerly a coaching inn The Old Inn specialises in local seafood dishes, game and real ales while lovers of Scottish folk music will be pleased to learn that live sessions are held at the inn regularly.

Rooms here are like home from home being comfortably furnished while offering views over the bay. Rooms are en-suite and offer TV, hospitality tray and hairdryers plus free internet too. Guests who prefer a homely feel to their accommodation rather than the huge hotel atmosphere will love to stay at the Old Inn. Room types include singles, twins, doubles and king sized rooms, while prices are very competitive when compared to similar accommodation.

The Old Inn Room

Imagine curling up in front of a roaring fire after a hard days riding! Guests who choose The Old Inn will be able to do just this, while this accommodation is also ideally placed for bird watchers and those who like sailing. The Old Inn also offers free off road parking.

  • Gairloch Trekking Centre
  • Flowerdale Mains
  • Gairloch
  • Ross Shire
  • IV21 2AJ
  • Tele 01445 712652

Alvie and Dalrady Estates near Aviemore

Alvie and Dalrady Estate

Alvie and Dalraddy are two estates that sit side by side near the village of Kincraig close to Aviemore in the Highlands of Scotland. The estates sit between Loch Insh and Loch Alvie offering spectacular scenery for those who visit the area in terms of woodland, hills, lochs and countryside. This family run estate includes a working farm, a fish farm and areas specifically for outdoor pursuits which of course include horse riding, while there is also a great holiday park located on the Dalraddy side of the estate.

Riding and Hacking

Those who love to ride will be pleased to know that horse riding adventures are offered at Alvie where riders will negotiate miles of wonderful countryside. Alvie welcomes all ages and ability of riders from those with little experience to those who are accomplished riders. Alvie also has a number of well trained horses and ponies to suit all levels of riding ability.

Staff here are well qualified and will endeavour to make your riding experience memorable and safe. Alvie welcomes family groups and indeed specialises in accommodating families, while children are required to be at least four years of age in order to participate in the rides. Types of ride include

  • Thirty minute short rides for little ones
  • One hour rides, treks or hacks
  • One and a half hour rides, treks or hacks
  • Half hour riding lessons

Riders should note that a weight limit has been set at fourteen stone maximum in order to participate in a ride.

Further Activities and Facilities

Outdoor Pursuits

There are so many things to see and do during your stay at Alvie that visitors are unlikely to become bored. Such pursuits as clay pigeon shooting, quad biking, archery, gorge walking, paintball and zip wire are all available here.

Estate Tours

Estate tours are run Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with a minimum of two persons per tour necessary. Other days may be available to book. Please telephone the number provided to check on days and times. A two hour tour costs £35.00 per person, while a three hour tour costs £45.00 per person. Participants will learn all there is to know about the people that live on the estate, the estates history and the environment.

Accommodation on Alvie and Dalraddy Estates

Accommodation offered at Alvie and Dalraddy comes in the form of chalets, cottages, flats, caravans, tents and standing for tourers. It depends really whether visitors prefer to sleep alfresco, as in camping, or indoors.

Chalets

Accommodation at Alvie

Two three or four bedroom chalets are available to book here and come fully equipped with everything guests need to make their stay comfortable. All chalets and cabins feature fridge, cooker, TV, showers and bed linen, while many offer superb views over open countryside too.

Cottages and Flats

Cottages at Alvie

There are three cottages and two flats on the estate, some with open fires or log burning stoves plus fuel for burning is also included. Accommodation facilities include TV, DVD player, cooker, microwave, fridge freezer, bed linen and Wi-Fi, while accommodation sleeps from four people through to ten.

Static Caravans

The static caravan park here offers amazing views of the mountains and countryside, while it also features a licensed shop, children's play area and launderette. The caravans are fully equipped with everything guests need for a comfortable stay and come either with two or three bedrooms.

Tourers and Camping

There are fifty pitches available for those who wish to stay in their own tent, some with electric hook up. The site also offers a launderette, shop, showers and recently refurbished toilets. Touring caravans and trailers are also welcome here. More information on costs and dates available may be found at the website.

  • Alvie Estate Office
  • Kincraig
  • Kingussie
  • Inverness-shire
  • PH21 1NE
  • Tele 01540 651255

Rothiemurchus Pony Trekking and Hacking near Aviemore

Rothiemurchus

Rothiemurchus is located in an area of great natural beauty where visitors can participate in all kinds of outdoor activities including horse riding. The estate is close to Aviemore in the Highlands and offers some fantastic experiences for adventurous people to enjoy either on the land, in the water or even in the air! Booking any experience offered is facilitated online or alternatively visitors may call the telephone number provided to make enquires.

Riding and Hacking

The riding and hacking centre here is a family run affair offering beautiful Highland ponies for visitors to ride. All the guides here are qualified and offer a friendly while informative experience for those who choose to book a trek or hack at Rothiemurchus. Most of the riding offered is off track covering hills, woodland areas, moorland and riversides.

The scenery viewed on these rides is nothing short of spectacular, while riders will also be amazed at the range of wildlife they will come across too. All the ponies here are well trained having perfect temperaments for riding out in the sticks making for a really enjoyable experience. Sessions offered here include

  • Pony rides for beginners where riders will progress along quiet trails away from roads. Basic tuition is offered, while the ride lasts forty five minutes and costs £25.00per rider. Hats are provided
  • Intermediate one hour pony treks are for those who can walk and trot plus can ride a fair distance. A one hour ride costs £25.00
  • Rothiemurchus by horseback follows a scenic route across rougher terrain and hills. The route does involve some roads, while riders will also learn about the Highland pony breed prior to the ride. This one hour ride costs £29.00 per person

Further Activities and Facilities

Land Based Activities

More activities are offered at Rothiemurchus including archery, photography, bush craft, quad biking, mountain biking, Land Rover safaris, segway, tennis and safari on foot.

Water Based Activities

These activities include canoeing, fishing, gorge walking, rafting, kayaking and river tubing.

Air Based Activities

As long as you do not fear heights you may wish to swing through the trees in the fabulous tree zone or alternatively keep your feet on the ground but shoot up into the air in order to participate in clay pigeon shooting.

Accommodation near Rothiemurchus

Cairngorm Hotel Aviemore

Cairngorm Hotel

The Cairngorm Hotel in Aviemore is ideally located for those visiting riding centres in this area. The Cairngorm is a family run independent hotel meaning it is unique in style and character compared with hotels that are part of a chain. The hotel offers short breaks, entertainment plus caters for weddings and special events.

Rooms at the Cairngorm are elegantly furnished and decorated to a high standard offering a home from home comfortable atmosphere for guests who stay here, while many rooms have spectacular views over the mountains. Twin or double rooms are available, while the price includes a full Scottish breakfast.

Cairngorm Hotel Room

Those who choose to dine here will enjoy the elegant surroundings of the restaurant that serves delicious Highland breakfasts and amazing dinner menus. Lunches, afternoon teas and a day menu are available in the coffee area or lounge, while their excellent bar serves a comprehensive range of drinks and bar snacks. Further details regarding bookings and special offers are available at the website.

  • Rothiemurchus
  • By Aviemore
  • Inverness-shire
  • PH22 1QH
  • Tele +44 (0) 1479 812800

Carrbridge Pony Trekking Badenoch

Carrbridge Pony Trekking

Carrbridge Pony trekking in the Highlands is located in Badenoch lying beneath the Monadhliath Mountains with Athol to the south and the Cairngorms on the east. Set in picturesque countryside Carrbridge is the ideal place to go when wishing to book a ride or lessons in this area. Carrbridge concentrate solely on riding, trekking and lessons and do not offer any further services.

Riding and Hacking

Carrbridge offers many options when it comes to riding and hacking and welcomes riders of all ages and abilities to participate. Whether visitors are accomplished riders or total novices Carrbridge will endeavour to make their riding experience both safe and enjoyable. Maybe you would like to book a relaxed pony trek? Carrbridge offer this too!

Trekking here involves riding picturesque tracks and trails on well trained mounts. Carrbridge offer a selection of treks including half hour mini treks, one hour treks and two hour treks. Riders are accompanied and supervised at all times meaning those with less ability are assured of a safe ride. Two hour treks are run from 10am to 12pm or 2pm to 4pm, while one hour treks are available from 4-30pm to 5-30pm.

Accommodation near Carrbridge Pony Trekking

Tigh Na Sgiath Country House Hotel

Tigh Na Sgiath Hotel

Tigh Na Sgiath is located just six miles from Carrbridge therefore is an ideal place to stay when visiting the horse riding centre. This beautiful hotel built in 1902 stands in spectacular gardens in the amazing Cairngorms National Park. This family run hotel offers superb accommodation with rooms that are individually designed and decorated.

All rooms at Tigh Na Sgiath feature TVs, Wi-Fi, radio alarms, fresh fruit, complimentary bottled water, hospitality tray, fresh flowers, en-suite bathrooms with robes, hair dryer and luxury toiletries. Some rooms feature four poster beds, Jacuzzis and cast iron baths, while room rates, including a full Scottish breakfast, start at £110.00 per room per night.

Tigh Na Sgiath Room

Dining here is a superior experience as the food served is simply delicious and guests will eat dinner in a candle lit dining room that overlooks the Cairngorms. Amazing Highland seafood and game is cooked to perfection, while vegetarian, gluten free and vegan diets are catered for too.

Tigh Na Sgiath welcomes shooting parties, caters for birthdays, anniversaries and weddings, while also offering romantic breaks all year round. What better way to end the days riding than relaxing in a luxury hotel such as this!

  • Carrbridge Pony Trekking Centre
  • Elland House
  • Station Road
  • Carrbridge
  • Badenoch
  • PH23 3AN
  • Tele 01479 8410602

Highland Horse Riding/Stonefield Farm Holidays

Highland Horse Riding

Riding at The Highland Horse Riding Centre is now booked via the Stonefield Farm Holidays website. Highland offers the facility for schools or riding groups to embark on scenic rides throughout the historic Argyll area and is located at the Northern tip of the Kintyre Peninsula. Those visiting the Stonefield Farm Holiday Centre will not only enjoy great accommodation but also get the chance to engage in some fabulous riding as long as they own their own mount or are joining in with a private school.

Riding and Hacking

Much of the terrain in this area is rugged and challenging therefore is best suited to riders who have at least a little riding expertise. In fact riders are advised to check the area to ascertain if their riding skills are good enough to embark on these rides that may be exhilarating but at the same time be quite challenging and dangerous for those with little riding expertise.

Weather conditions also influence the rides as weather can change quite suddenly in this area so must be monitored. The centre offers plenty of parking spaces for visitors along with a railed yard with loose boxes for visitors who stay the night. Highland Horse Riding also offers great hacking routes, while also featuring a large outdoor rubber surfaced arena for hire too.

Further Activities and Facilities

Venue for Hire

Those who wish to hire a venue in order to hold a training course are welcome at the Stonefield Outdoor and Equine Centre. Conference facilities for up to forty delegates along with spacious outdoor areas for demonstration use are available along with a function room and coffee shop. Anyone interested in the Equine Centre must visit the website for further information.

Accommodation at Stonefield

Glamping

Stonefield Glamping

Self-catering holidays are offered at the Stonefield Glamping Site that involve staying in a wigwam type wooden cabin where guests can enjoy that outdoor camping experience with a touch of luxury. (The word glamping is a combination of the two words glamour and camping). Cabins can sleep up to five guests and come with electricity so have heating and lights.

Having electricity and heating means that glamping can be enjoyed all year round, even in the winter, while showers, toilets, washing and laundry facilities are all provided at the visitor centre. Stonefield farm is just a few minutes' walk from the harbour, while regular bus services to many areas leave from near the centre too.

  • Stonefield Farm Holidays
  • An Tairbeart
  • Cambletown Road
  • Tarbert
  • Argyll
  • PA29 6SX
  • Tele 01880 821 554

Coast to Coast North Trail

This trail is hosted by Highlands Unbridled and takes around seven days. The trail begins with a gentle trot along the beach at Brora, heading north along the east coast on the beach for five miles or so. This is where day one ends. Day two is where riders head inland along tracks, ride over the hills then follow the river through Strath of Kildonan country. This is where day two ends.

Day three sees riders follow tracks and trails while jumping streams and ditches along the lochs. Next comes a steep hill that drops down to an ancient peat track that will take some time to negotiate. Once riders complete this section day three is at an end. The next day riders go north passing under Ben Kilbreck to Altnaharra.

The next day (5th) west is the direction through the hills of the Reay Forest Estate. Coming down by Arkle riders will just about be able to spot the west coast. The following day riders head for the hills through mountain areas with spectacular views dropping down toward the lochs of the west coast overlooking Loch Glendhu.

The final riding day riders cross Kylesku Bridge then on to the Quinag coastal road passing through picturesque villages along the way. The trip ends with a final gallop along the sandy beaches of the west coast as long as the tide isn't in of course. Every evening accommodation is provided in with the trip at local B & B's.

Coast to Coast North Trail

This trail is hosted by Highlands Unbridled and takes around seven days. The trail begins with a gentle trot along the beach at Brora, heading north along the east coast on the beach for five miles or so. This is where day one ends. Day two is where riders head inland along tracks, ride over the hills then follow the river through Strath of Kildonan country. This is where day two ends.

Day three sees riders follow tracks and trails while jumping streams and ditches along the lochs. Next comes a steep hill that drops down to an ancient peat track that will take some time to negotiate. Once riders complete this section day three is at an end. The next day riders go north passing under Ben Kilbreck to Altnaharra.

The next day (5th) west is the direction through the hills of the Reay Forest Estate. Coming down by Arkle riders will just about be able to spot the west coast. The following day riders head for the hills through mountain areas with spectacular views dropping down toward the lochs of the west coast overlooking Loch Glendhu.

The final riding day riders cross Kylesku Bridge then on to the Quinag coastal road passing through picturesque villages along the way. The trip ends with a final gallop along the sandy beaches of the west coast as long as the tide isn't in of course. Every evening accommodation is provided in with the trip at local B & B's.