Highlands really is the Scotland of your imagination. Its an amazing blend of culture, history, architecture and unparalleled scenery. Think big skies, mind-blowing landscapes, superb food and hospitable people – it really doesn’t get any better if you want to escape and unwind. Unpredictable. Untameable. You can get lost – not literally – in the majestic mountains and mysterious lochs as you wander through this beautiful land. The views are simply jaw-dropping. Pass through Britain’s largest National Park, witness dolphins frolicking off the Moray Coast, marvel at the sensational seascape of the North Highlands, walk in the shadow of Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis, or explore the stunning islands and stretches of coastline.
But besides everything, there’s one great thing you can do when you visit the Highlands of Scotland – horseback riding. If you are a huge fan of Cheltenham betting maybe you’ll find this a great adventure and become an even bigger fan of horseback riding. At Highlands Unbridled you ought to have a truly wonderful holiday experience. From Trail riding holidays and pony trekking to working/horse-care holidays and pack pony tours, there is something here for everyone. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced rider, Highlands offer rides to suit your needs.
Highland’s Coast to Coast riding holidays are listed in Horse & Hound magazine “rides to do before you die” feature. There are also some fantastic Winter Breaks – including Horsey Hogmanay and Spring short breaks like April Fools rides and Easter Special, that you will undoubtedly enjoy.
If your family roots are in the Highlands, why not ride in the footsteps of your ancestors. The guides are knowledgeable on the clans and history of the all of the areas you can ride through and are happy to help you plan your trip to the Highlands by suggesting places that might be of special interest to you and your family.
Trail Riding Holidays
If you dream of galloping along a deserted beach, trail riding holidays are a perfect choice for you and allow you to ride the beautiful, unspoilt beaches on the East, West and North coasts where seals cruise in the shallows curiously watching you watching them! If you long to ride through the heather, crossing rivers and climbing high into the mountains, then horse riding through remote glens and over high hills with breathtaking view in all directions is definitely for you, where herds of red deer graze peacefully as you pass.
Experience a Coast to Coast ride across Scotland, or try the Three Coast Trail, where you can experience the wonderful beaches on three different coasts. Try short break center based “petal rides” or set yourself a real challenge and enjoy the Longest Ride – a 250 mile (402k) journey through some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland. There is a wide selection of trail riding holiday options ranging from all inclusive packages of two days to over two weeks.
Ride the Great Glen a short break following the Great Glen fault across Scotland, the Wild West Highland ride, a ride through some of the wildest scenery in Scotland including Glen Affric and Torridon, or the Bonnie Prince Charlie Trail, following routes associated with the Jacobite uprising of 1745. By special request, an Outlander ride is also a great experience, visiting places associated with this popular series of books by Diana Gabaldon!
Also, there is a series of new rides exploring the wild land from Fort William to the Cairngorms and from the Cairngorms to Montrose through the Cairngorm national park and Angus Glens – these can be combined to make a 2 week coast to coast ride. Pony trekking and ride-outs for all ages and abilities from 1/2 hour are possible for tiny tots to all-day picnic rides. There are safe, sensible ponies for beginners and forward going horses for more experienced riders.
The Highlands natural playground begs to be explored, and the region is a magnet for adrenaline-seekers. You can enjoy world-class mountains or pick from sports across the Highlands such as fishing, golf, sea kayaking, white-water rafting, gorge walking, Munro bagging, snow sports and much more – the choice is yours. Do yourself a favor and list this as your next memorable adventure.