April Fools Ride
4 days riding, 3 nights accomodation
Riding Difficulty: Easy
Distance Covered: 75 miles
The listed price includes accomodation, meals (B, L, D).
Please note, this route requires that all riders must be able to ride at walk, trot and canter. Terrain can sometimes be boggy or steep and guests may have to lead their own horse periodically. Riders are encourage to help out with the morning routine of catching, feeding, grooming and saddling the horses for the day.
Ullapool to Oykel Bridge: 22 miles
We collect you from your accommodation in Ullapool at about 9am to start the ride at approximately 10am. Heading out of the village, we follow an ancient track past lochs and through pretty glens. A good day for spotting deer, with large herds resident and we often see golden eagles soaring in the skies above the rocky crags. We finish our ride for the day at Oykel Bridge.
Oykel Bridge to Bonar Bridge: 16 miles
We rejoin the old drove road and continue through Strath Cuilleanach crossing rivers as we go– another great day for seeing large herds of deer, with four different species living on Croick Estate. We stop for lunch at Croick church, where the crofters of the area scratched messages on the windows as they were cleared from the land during the notorious Highland Clearances in the early 19th century. We spend the night at Bonar Bridge.
Bonar Bridge to Strathrusdale: 19 miles
We ride on through historic Glen Calvie. This is another picturesque glen and we follow the tumbling river towards Diebidale Lodge, before climbing out of the valley and following another ancient drove route through the hills, passing small lochs as we go. Again, the views are great and again we’re in an area where there are lots of red deer herds. We descend into the forest for some nice canters and then join the single track road, which we follow for a short while before reaching our destination for the night. We leave the horses and head off to our accommodation.
Strathrusdale to Tain: 18 miles
We continue along the single track road through Strath Rusdale, still following the same drove route, just paved over now, then head onto the forest trails of Morangie Forest – more great views from our lunch spot, then we head down through the small town of Tain with its old sandstone buildings, to ride on the beaches of the Dornoch Firth for a final blast, before returning to the stables to finish our ride.
This ride starts in Ullapool on the west coast of Scotland – you need to get to Ullapool for the start of the ride (there are buses from Inverness) or we can collect you from Inverness, outside the library by the bus station on the morning of the ride at 7.30am.
Price: 1150 GBP
Price based on sharing a twin or double room - single rooms may be available (but cannot be guaranteed) at an extra cost of 120GBP however if you are travelling alone and willing to share a room, we often have other riders doing the same who are happy to keep costs down by sharing with another lone traveller of the same sex and wherever possible we try to match sharers by age etc too. Payment can be made by cheque, bank transfer or credit/debit card via PayPal below. Please contact us if you require our bank details for transfer.
Please email or phone us to check availability on the ride before paying deposits.