Enjoy the hospitality and beauty of the Scottish Highlands with rolling heather-covered moors all from the back of a sturdy Highland Pony.
These ponies are a larger breed standing about 13-14 hands high and are known for their docile temperament. They make the ideal steed to take visitors of all ages on a trek of the Scottish Highlands.
Pony Trekking is suitable for all ages. These sure-footed Highland steeds carry visitors higher up trails where they can enjoy stunning views of the Highland landscape.
Pony trekking opens the opportunity to a variety of rich habitats, and provides the opportunity to spot wildlife from roe deer to buzzards.
To arrange a pony trek, just visit one of the riding centers in the region and choose anything from a short pony ride to an all-day ride that takes you through some of Scotland’s largest forests.
For those interested in seeing Loch Ness, the Highland Riding Centre provides horseback treks in that area.
Pack Pony Tours
Pack Pony Tours are a newer option available for the more adventurous visiting the Scottish Highlands. These tours are available in a variety of locations throughout the Highlands and include “ridden” and “non-ridden” tours or a combination of the two.
These tours offer a true wilderness experience with the ponies carrying heavy camping gear and luggage. Tours are promoted as a walking vacation which includes a guide and a pack-pony or two depending on the size of your party and how much luggage and gear you have.
Accommodations include remote hostels, bunk houses and wilderness camping depending on availability in the area of your choice.
Pony trekking and tours include a qualified ride leader and groups are limited to smaller numbers in most cases unless you’re traveling as a large family or group.
Following your tour or trekking experience, take the opportunity to stay at one of the Scottish Highlands’ delightful bed and breakfasts. It’s a lovely and economical way to get to know the area even more.
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