If you have a passion for riding, or maybe have children who love it, or even if you just fancy giving it a go, then you'll be able to find plenty of opportunities to go horse riding in Scotland; it's a great way to explore the marvellous Scottish countryside and you can go at your own pace. So whether you're an expert or novice, young or old, you will be able find a riding establishment that can cater for your needs.

Why not consider pony trekking, suitable for both the experienced or novice rider. Under the correct supervision this is a safe way to explore the countryside. Often under 10s may be allowed on a lead rein and older children who have not ridden before can enjoy a few hours in the saddle in a safe environment. Pony treks can also be organised to cover full days out which can be a real adventure for the whole family.

To get to grips with the basics or to brush up your skills many riding establishments will offer riding courses and you'll find that disabled riders are also catered for at many riding centres.

Trail riding is for the more experienced where you can gallop, jump and canter your way across the stunning Scottish landscape on horses well equipped for the task, led by a friendly ride leader; an exhilarating way to explore the local area!

Depending on where you're staying many riding establishments will offer `speciality' rides, which take advantage of the local terrain and environment; for example rides on beaches or rides that follow rivers, rides through forest trails, or maybe even carriage driving!

Before you book your riding experience it's a good idea to try to ensure that the riding establishment is professionally run and operated by experienced equestrians with all the necessary health and safety procedures in place.

Peelham Cross Country Course

With great views of the North Sea and a lively course which is suitable for all levels of rider, the Peelham Cross Country Course can be quite tricky in parts but is really entertaining!

Isle of Skye Riding Centre
Isle of Skye Riding Centre

Friendly and experienced staff share fantastic views and great scenery on treks suitable for all ages. 01470 582419

Dumbrae Farm Riding Centre
Dumbrae Farm Riding Centre

Offering classes for both beginners and advanced learners, Dumbrae Farm Riding Centre is conveniently located near the Bridge of Allen.

Killiechronan Pony Trekking

Pony trekking on the Isle of Mull provides the perfect opportunity to explore the beautiful scenery of this magnificent Island.

Strathorn Farm Stables

This quaint but friendly riding school offers rides, pony days and lessons amongst the beautiful surroundings of Bennachie.

Cowton Riding Centre

Situated around two miles west of the picturesque town of Stonehaven, this is a marvellous riding centre.

Uist Community Riding School

This fantastic community led organisation offers beach rides and lessons along the beautiful Hebridean beaches in the summer time.

Longsheds Equestrian Centre
Longsheds Equestrian Centre

Based just 2 miles outside the market town of Castle Douglas this centre enjoys some fantastic views and routes around the surrounding area and is open to all abilities. For more details call - 01556 680498.

Kingarth Trekking Centre

Located a mere five minutes away from the beautiful Kilchattan Bay.

Glen Tanar Equestrian Centre

One of the best and most scenic places to take a ride in Aberdeenshire would be the Cairgorns National Park.

Argyll Adventure

This fantastic adventure centre offers the opportunity to trek into the glorious countryside.

Riding in the Trossachs

The National Park offers a welcoming place for riders with a huge variety of opportunities.

Rockside Farm Riding Centre

Discover the Isle of Islay on horseback as you trek along the miles of sandy beaches and panoramic hillsides.

Corrylair Farm Trekking Centre

Offering treks for novice and experienced riders across moorland, heather and mountain trails, Corrylair is the perfect destination for an adventure - packed day out!

Horse Riding in Aldie Burn

This mixed conifer forest offers up a fun day trekking teeming with wildlife.

Free Spirit Trekking Centre

Pony trekking in the local area. Tel: 01971 521320

Epona Equestrian Centre
Epona Equestrian Centre

With pony care days alongside riding lessons the Epona Equestrian Centre is well equipped with some excellent facilities.

Highland Pony Trekking Centre

This well established Pony Trekking Centre offers treks that come with magnificent views!

Brighouse Bay Trekking Centre

Well established for over 40 years the centre has a range of facilities to offer training and trekking on some exceptionally sure footed ponies from the highlands.

Castle Redknock Trekking Centre

With experienced horses and helpful staff, you can explore the beautiful countryside with Redknock Trekking Centre.

Lomonside Stud and Equestrian Centre
Lomonside Stud and Equestrian Centre

Lomonside Stud and Equestrian Centre is located on the outskirts of Drymen and is perfect if you are looking for something a little more professional and off the beaten track.

Lettershuna Riding Centre

This well equipped riding centre near Oban specialises in supervised riding and trekking trips in the Appin area.

Horse Riding in Achduchil

Home to Halfinger Pony Trekking which is based in the main car park this forest has dedicated trails through classic `Monach of the Glen' scenery.

Redwing Riding School

This well established and friendly riding school offers lessons for riders of all ages and abilities!

Lockhill Farm Equestrian Centre

With amazing views to discover whilst trekking through Dumfries and Galloway, the Lockhill Farm Equestrian Centre offers great horse riding through woodland and across farmland. The centre has one or two hour lessons to choose from or hacks in the surrounding areas.

Barend Riding Centre
Barend Riding Centre

Offering lessons for all levels as well as treks through the nearby Dalbeattie Forest!
Call - 01387 780533 - for more details.

Trekking through the countryside at the Dryden Riding Centre you get a real sense of freedom and you can really enjoy the fantastic views across the rolling Scottish hills.

Hayfield Equestrian Centre

Set in the magnificent Hazlefield Park, this fantastic equestrian centre offers a wide variety of rides.

Daltorte Equitation Centre

Take in the wonderful views over Loch Sween, the Islands of Dana and the Paps of Jura.

Angus Glens (Horse Riding)

The five Glens of Glen Isla, Prosen, Clova, Lethnot and Esk offer a variety of landscapes for you to explore.

Blair Castle Trekking Centre

A short distance from Pitlochry and set in the grounds of Blair Castle, this trekking centre provides a fun day out.

Gleneagles Equestrian School

This 50 acre site is sure to cater for the needs of budding and experienced equestrian enthusiasts!

Crieff Hydro Riding School

This riding school offers both indoor and outdoor riding lessons, and hacks throughout the 900 acre site are also available.

Highland Horse Riding

Located in the wonderful town of Tarbert, Highland Horse Riding provides hill riding for the more experienced riders.

Castle Redknock
Castle Redknock

Under the supervision of friendly and experienced staff, you will be able to enjoy a wonderful one to two hour pony trek covering the beautiful countryside around and within Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

Duncryne Equestrian and Trekking Centre
Duncryne Equestrian and Trekking Centre

Located near Loch Lomond, Duncryne combines helpful staff and brilliant views for a truly wonderful trek. Contact:01389 830 425

West Drumrae Farm

Taking you over farmland and avoiding roads, West Drumrae Farm offers trekking or lessons for any ability as well as carriage riding for something a little different.

Alvie Stables

Situated in Kincraig, close to Aviemore, Alvie Stables is perfectly situated for some fine pony trekking around the hundreds of acres of National Park that surround the area.

The Cabin Equestrian Centre

Situated only thirty minutes from Aberdeen town centre, The Cabin Equestrian Centre offers group and individual lessons as well as treks.

Duncryne Equitation and Trekking Centre
Duncryne Equitation and Trekking Centre

Located near Loch Lomond, Duncryne Trekking Centre combines friendly staff and brilliant views for a truly wonderful day out. Contact: 01389 830 425