scotland-riding

Scottish Castles Trail Ride

from $1,549.00

What better way to enjoy the stunning Scottish scenery than from the back of a horse? This gorgeous ride features varied terrain with accommodation at several top-class hotels along the route.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Culture, Discovery, Guided Tours
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Group Size Medium Group
    4 - 8
All about the Scottish Castles Trail Ride.

Explore Scottish History on Horseback.

Fly into Glasgow or Edinburgh where you’ll be transferred to the Equestrian Center. Once you arrive everything is included in the price except drinks and spa treatments.

This tour allows you to cover a lot of ground as you travel around the Scottish countryside staying in a variety of Inns and Castles, most with spas so you can ease the aches of a long day in the saddle.

You will explore the hidden homes of the Border Reivers, the lawless families who plundered the English borders. Your horse will carry you over the John Buchan Way, named to commemorate the author of “The 39 Steps” and other adventure books. The village of Broughton houses a museum of his works.

Your steady steed will take you on an old drovers’ road skirts your ride around the quaint town of Peebles. These roads had walls on each side to make driving cattle easier as well as break the wind and snow. The route takes you close to Scotland’s oldest inhabited house, Traquair Castle.

Owned by the Stewarts, the entry gate was locked when Bonnie Prince Charlie failed in his bid to take the Crown from the Hanoverians and the family vowed the gate would remain locked until the Stewarts regained the throne. Needless to say the Stewarts never gained the throne and the huge gate remains rusty and locked to this day. A spectacular view of Tweed Valley highlights your afternoon.

From Traquair Village, you will ride the famous ascending Minch Moor drovers’ route. The road’s midpoint is marked with the Cheese Well. The nearby feeder spring was considered sacred in ancient times and travellers would leave gifts in hope that the fairies would provide a safe passage over the Moor. Many left bread and cheese – hence the name. This was also once the coach route from the border country to Edinburgh. It is a marvel that a team of horses and coach could travel the winding uphill road. Your horse will descend from the Moor and arrive at Bowhill Estate, the seat of the Dukes of Buccleuch, the largest landowners in Europe. The grounds will provide a lovely evening stroll.

Your ride ascends over the Buccleuch Trail to enjoy the fabulous countryside around the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys. You will pass Newark Castle, a somber tower typical of the hundreds once scattered across the borders to provide safety from raiders. The route continues through the sweet scented pine forests to hill tops high above the valley and tumbling rivers. The peaceful quiet is interrupted only by the thud of your horse’s hoof beats, curlews’ cries and skylarks’ songs.

It’s safe to say that this week long adventure will provide enough memories to last a lifetime.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

Whats included in this tour?

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Riding (4-5 hours per day)
  • Guides and instruction
  • Activities
  • Transportation to and from airport
  • Inspected tours to ensure horse and rider safety
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

Whats not included in this tour?

  • Flights (can be purchased by client or included in all-inclusive total**)
  • Spa treatments
  • Visa fees and entry clearing fees
  • Single room accommodations
  • Drinks
  • Liquors, beers and any alcoholic beverages

 

*Please note that prices are due to slight fluctuations based upon the USD/GBP exchange rates.

**All-inclusive total can be provided through World Class Ride which offers flights, transportation, insurance, and any other optional extras to provide all-encompassing pricing, or these extras can be purchased by client individually at their own will.

  1. Day 1 Sunday

    Transfer from the airport. You will meet your fellow riders and guides during a relaxing evening meal.

  2. Day 2 Monday

    You will meet your horse and discuss the upcoming route.  Day ride to the famous Falls of Clyde at Corra Linn.

  3. Day 3 Tuesday

    You will be transferred to Biggar where your ride will begin. The trail leads across open country with the steep sided rounded Southern Upland hills rising before you. These were the hidden homes of the Border Reivers, the lawless families who plundered the English borders. Your horse will carry you over the John Buchan Way, named to commemorate the author of “The 39 Steps” and other adventure books. The village of Broughton houses a museum of his works. Lunch will be enjoyed is a secluded farmstead nestled in the hills. Afterwards, you will ride to Stobo Valley and over another hilltop to Manor Valley.

  4. Day 4 Wednesday

    An old drovers’ road skirts your ride around the quaint town of Peebles. These roads had walls on each side to make driving cattle easier as well as break the wind and snow. The route takes you close to Scotland’s oldest inhabited house, Traquair Castle. Owned by the Stewarts, the entry gate was locked when Bonnie Prince Charlie failed in his bid to take the Crown from the Hanoverians and the family  vowed the gate would remain locked until the Stewarts regained the throne. Needless to say the Stewarts never gained the throne and the huge gate remains rusty and locked to this day. A spectacular view of Tweed Valley highlights your afternoon.

  5. Day 5 Thursday

    From Traquair Village, you will ride the famous ascending Minch Moor drovers’ route. The road’s midpoint is marked with the Cheese Well. The nearby feeder spring was considered sacred in ancient times and travelers would leave gifts in hope that the fairies would provide a safe passage over the Moor. Many left bread and cheese – hence the name. This was also once the coach route from the border country to Edinburgh. It is a marvel that a team of horses and coach could travel the winding uphill road. Your horse will descend from the Moor and arrive at Bowhill Estate, the seat of the Dukes of Buccleuch, the largest landowners in Europe. The grounds will provide a lovely evening stroll.

  6. Day 6 Friday

    Your ride ascends over the Buccleuch Trail to enjoy the fabulous countryside around the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys. You will pass Newark Castle, a sombre tower typical of the hundreds once scattered across the borders to provide safety from raiders. The route continues through the sweet scented pine forests to hill tops high above the valley and tumbling rivers. The peaceful quiet is interrupted only by the thud of your horse’s hoof beats, curlews’ cries and skylarks’ songs.

    Our guests return to the Center on Friday evening to enjoy a final meal in the Stables Bistro and a good night’s sleep before departing on Saturday morning.

     

  7. Day 7 Saturday

    After breakfast, you will transfer to your airport or train station.

Stay in top-class hotels and Castles along the route

Inns and Castles.

Your tour will start with two nights in the on-site hotel with one day of riding around the center grounds to get you acquainted with your horse and the terrain. The riding center is a delightful place to spend time and meet other guests.

Once moved into the trail ride you will stay in a variety of Inns and Castles, most with spas so you can ease the aches of a long day in the saddle.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
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You will need a closed toed shoe with a slight heel to ride in an English saddle. If you have previous riding experience please bring your paddock/jodhpur boots. If you have never ridden before please contact us so we can advise you on how to dress safely and appropriately for your trip.

Yes! This trip is ideal for single travelers. Many of our guest travel alone, and most end up making new friends to enjoy the adventure with along the way. If you are interested in a trip as a single traveler, contact us today.

This trip probably isn’t ideal for small children as it requires long days in the saddle. However, if you have a horse obsessed teen or tween, who would like to explore the Scottish wilderness with you then we encourage you to bring them along!

If you have never sat on a horse before, this trip might be a little excessive for you right now – unless you are very active and do not mind being sore. This trip requires long days in the saddle, and although it can be somewhat tailored to the group’s abilities, if you have never ridden before you would probably find more enjoyment in one of our less intensive trips.

Due to the active nature of most of our trips, do please let us know ahead of time if a member of your family has any health restrictions which could prevent them from riding; we can always find other activities for none riding members of your party.

Due to the active nature of most of our trips, some of them may provide too difficult for travelers with health restrictions. Some of our tours also have upper weight limits per rider.

Do please let us know ahead of time if a member of your family has any health restrictions or issue which could prevent them from riding; we can always find other activities for none riding members of your party.

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