Horse riding is one of the best ways to experience the nature of the Inverness area and the Scottish Highlands. You will discover places that you would never find in a vehicle and you can cover more ground than you would on foot. Horses are the ultimate “4 hoof drive”. They are also a fantastically good stress buster!
If you’re looking for places to go horse riding near Inverness, the South Loch Ness area is exceptionally good. There is a huge variety of terrain and a great network of paths on the south side of Loch Ness, including the South Loch Ness Trail. It is the quiet side of the loch and folk come for nature. There are real chances of seeing a lot of wildlife; hare, fox, badger, pine marten, red squirrel, red, roe and sika deer, birds of prey including red kite, osprey, sparrow hawk, hen harrier, kestrel.
Loch Ness Riding at Dores only caters for experienced riders (English style), but with no jumping required. They offer hacks, which can be of any length from an hour to a full day with trail rides of several days by special arrangement. With quality sports horses that are beautifully responsive, because they are never ridden by novices. This is a BHS approved centre and is also great for those who would like to bring their own horse with them on holiday to explore the area. They can also arrange guiding if required. Lessons, clinics and camps are also available from qualified instructors so you can improve your skills. And if you are looking to take your own horse on holiday with you to Inverness, Loch Ness Riding also provides private stabling for you to do so.
For beginners and riders of all abilities, Highland Trekking and Trail Riding will take you on a trek through the Highland landscapes, in stunning and remote locations around Glen Affric. With well-mannered horses and friendly guides to lead you, this is a magical experience for everyone to enjoy. Highland Trekking and Trail Riding is located near Beauly, about an hour’s drive from Inverness.