Ride Overview - Loch Ness Glen Ride
A relaxing horseback riding vacation in Scotland! Your equestrian vacation will travel along the peak cradled Great Glen trail where Loch Ness will often be in brilliant view. But even if you don’t spot the loch’s most elusive resident, you will still discover one thing here: exceptional natural beauty. If you long to ride through purple heather and remote glens, to cross rivers and high hills with a breathtaking view in all directions, this is the ride for you!
“I want to thank you again for the really nice trek you organized and for the good job you are doing to make people realize their dream. It was such a wonderful experience, you have been so friendly, Annie was super, a real gentle and comfortable companion during these few days. Food and accommodation was perfect, weather conditions, as usual in Scotland, warm and sunny!! You made me discover so many different countrysides, people, animals, food, way of living in such a few days, it’s as if it happened so quickly, as a dream but at the same time, we had plenty of time to appreciate the superb surroundings, feel the atmosphere, imagine in rude conditions, people in the past…. a real breath, just to feel real life, really. Back to reality needs some time after that!” Veronique
Ride Itinerary - Loch Ness Glen Ride
You will transfer by either bus or train to Fort William. You will be met by the guide at your Fort William hotel, bus or train station between 8:30 – 9:00 A.M. Depending on the river’s tide, you will either ride through the fragrant Leanachan forest nestled below the Aonoch More Ski Slopes to Fort William shadowed by Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK then crossing the river finishing beside Neptunes Staircase which is a staircase lock comprising eight locks on the Caledonian Canal, the longest lock in the U.K. OR If the river is high, your ride will trace the Caledonian Canal to a forest trail at Glen Loy, a tract of ancient, hidden oak woodland. Here you will have a good chance to see wildflowers and wildlife before rejoining the canal to finish beside Neptunes Staircase. You will spend the night at Dores located at the head of Loch Ness.
Ancient hill tracks will lead you through the pungent woods to the town of Invergarry where the River Garry flows into Loch Oichon. Your trail will trace the shores of Loch Oich and Loch Lochy through the freshwater hamlet of Gairlochy to your inn in the picturesque village of Spean Bridge.
Narrow roads and forest tracks are surrounded by stunning views of the Great Glen from the Suidhe Chuimein hill. Your ride then descends to Fort Augustus where the Caledonian Canal resides. Next, you are off to wooded hillside village of Auchterawe where your ride will spend the night.
Your trail will ascend through the stoic forests until you reach Fair Headed Lads pass where you will behold the best views of Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. Your day ends at the picturesque village of Whitebridge.
Your trail will continue along the “Seven Lochs Trail” a 50-mile trail which provides stunning views and varied terrain. The trail takes in four local nature reserves, including the wetland wilderness of Commonhead Moss and the woodland glades of Bishop Lochalike. Around 5:00 PM, your ride ends in Inverness nestled on the banks of the River Ness ride. Transfer to either an Inverness hotel, the train station or airport.
Ride Details - Loch Ness Glen Ride
Dates: April 15th – 18th
Beginning Meeting Place: Fort William
Ending Place: Inverness
Riding Ability: Intermediate: able to control gallop in open spaces, comfortable with ascending and descending trails and to tack your horse
Daily Riding Hours: 4 – 5
Horses: Native Highland ponies, Irish Cobs, crossbreds
Saddles: Treeless endurance
Group Size: 3 – 8
Non-riding Activities: hiking, biking
Lodging: 3* inns
Price: 1,975.00 per person, double occupancy, $165.00 single supplement (limited availability)
*Price will fluctuate with the USD/GBP exchange rate and will be fixed at your final payment.
Includes: 5 days riding, 4 nights accommodation, all meals, horse, tack, guide,
Not included: airfare, transfer to and from the airport to the train station or stable, drinks, pre-ride and post-ride lodging
You will need to get to Fort William for the start of this ride – there are regular buses from Glasgow and Inverness and a train service from Glasgow. Your guide will meet you at your pre-ride hotel for the start of the ride at Fort William. After the ride, you can be transported to Inverness.
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