Ride Overview - Scottish Coast to Coast Ride
A breathtaking horseback riding vacation in Scotland! Nominated for the Highlands and Islands Tourism Award, this equestrian vacation ride takes you on the northern route of the Scottish Highlands. There is no better way to experience this fearsome and beautiful landscape than on a horse. In addition to an exhilarating riding experience through the rugged high country, you will enjoy a night’s stay in one of Forbes magazine’s most remote hotels in the world. You can expect invigorating gallops across mysterious and secluded beaches and challenging treks across flat peatlands and narrow mountain trails. The opportunity to jump natural obstacles is available. Along the way, you can search for seals in the shallows and beautiful red deer in the hills. The quiet along the ride is healing; the hospitality, encouraging and delightful. The guides care for their horses by using comfortable treeless saddles and removable shoes. This ride is a perfect way to “clear ones’ head” and invigorate one’s heart!
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Ride Itinerary - Scottish Coast to Coast Ride
You will transfer from your hotel to the stable for a 10:30 AM meeting. Your ride will begin across the windswept beach hugged by a rocky coastline. You will enjoy your first views of the vast iconic mountains as your trail descends into the village of Lochinver where you will stay for the night.
Your trail consists of estate tracks and winding stalkers’ paths beneath the cone-shaped Corbett and the shark-like brooding Suilven mountains. Along the way, you will marvel at the stunning scenery of Assynt. Beautiful, scenic, spectacular and dramatic are all words that have been used to describe Assynt. If the weather is good, before reaching your lochside accommodation, your ride may ride high up onto the shoulder of Canisp, a haven for eagles and host to remarkable panoramic views
Your day is enjoyed with trails through purple heather, mossy moors and stoic forests. The terrain will encourage faster riding until you arrive on the banks of the famous salmon river, the River Oykel. You can look for otters as your horse carries you to your hotel for the night.
The riverside trail along the Oykel will lead to a forestry road and then onto a secluded track through the rugged hills. Your destination is the village of Ardgay which lies at the head of the Dornoch Firth on its southern shore. One point of interest in the center of the village, opposite the War Memorial, is a large white stone. This is the “Clach Eiteag”. Centuries ago it is said that this stone was moved from parish to parish to mark the location of the local market. You will find your evening’s inn after your horse carries you across the arch of Bonar Bridge.
Rugged hills and forest trails will lead you past the freshwater loch Migdale. The loch contains a Crannog dating from the Iron Ag Migdale and is home to ospreys. After your ride has crossed the river, you will take an old farm track that winds along the riverside and around the shoulder of a hill to your inn in the crofting community of Rogart.
Leaving Rogart, your ride will head over hills with an amazing panoramic view reaching from the eastern Cairngorms to the western coast to the southern high hills of Wester Ross. Your trail then descends to an invigorating a gallop on the long sandy beaches of Golspie, passing beneath the fairytale castle of Dunrobin and back to Brora for a final blast on the sand. The ride should finish around 5 P.M.
Unless you can arrange a late evening flight, you will have to arrange for a post-ride hotel.
This itinerary is subject to change due to weather and other unforeseen events.
Ride Details - Scottish Coast to Coast Ride
Dates: May 25th – 30th, August 26th – 31st
Train Station: Tain
Riding Ability: ADVANCED: Able to cross rivers, gallop along beaches and may need to jump small natural obstacles, like ditches or fallen trees – nothing too big, but you need to be a competent rider and be able to control a horse at speed. Able to tack your horse.
Daily Riding Hours: 5 – 6
Horses: Native Highland ponies, Irish Cobs, crossbreds
Saddles: Treeless endurance
Group Size: 3 – 8
Non-riding Activities: hiking, biking
Lodging: 3 & 4* inns and B & B’s
*Price: $2,845.00 per person, double occupancy $260.00 single supplement (limited availability)
*Price is based on the USD/GBP exchange rate and will be fixed at your final payment
Includes: 6 days riding, 5 nights accommodation, all meals, horse, tack, guide, the transfer from Brora train station to stable
Not included: airfare, transfer to and from the airport to the train station or stable, drinks, pre-ride and post lodging
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Scottish Coast to Coast Ride