COAST TO COAST - NORTH ROUTE
7 days riding, 6 nights accommodation
Riding Difficulty: Intermediate (Click for more information)
Approximate Distance Covered: 130 miles
The listed price includes accomodation and meals (B, L, D). Please note, this route requires that all riders must be able to ride at walk, trot, canter and gallop. 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.
Brora to Glen Loth: 12 Miles
We collect all riders in the centre of Brora, then take you to meet the horses where we have a ride briefing. This trail ride starts either at 10am or 1pm depending on the tide and is a shorter half day to break us all into the saddle gently. We start with a beach ride along the wide sandy beach at Brora where our ponies can let off some steam and go for some breathless gallops beside the sea. We head North along the beautiful East coast beaches for several miles. We then stop for the night, to get a good nights rest before the longer section tomorrow.
Glen Loth to Badenloch: 19 Miles
We start early, heading inland along tiny single track roads and over the hills, following the winding river along the Strath of Kildonan - goldrush country, Our accommodation for the night is in the most remote hotel in mainland Britain.
Badenloch to Crask: 24 Miles
We follow estate tracks and stalkers trails in big sky country, crossing streams and jumping ditches alongside remote lochs. Leaving the lochs behind, we climb a steep pass dropping to an old peat track - the only safe way through the wide flat bog stewn landscape before us. From here we will see our hotel for the night - a tiny white speck in the distance!
Crask to Altnaharra: 10 Miles
A shorter day to give both the ponies and us a bit of a rest after the long rides on the previous two days. We head North again, passing through wild beautiful scenery beneath Ben Klibreck to Altnaharra.
Altnaharra to Achfarry: 25 Miles
Sees us heading West again, first following a tiny single track road to link us to an estate road and stalkers path winding high through the majestic hills of the Reay forest estate. Our descent beside Arkle gives us our first glimpse of the West coast in the distance. We will leave our ponies at the end of the trail and head to our lochside hotel for the night.
Achfarry to Kylestrome: 15 Miles
We collect our ponies and head over the hills on a high stalkers path with fantastic views of the iconic mountains of the area (weather permitting!). Dropping eventually to the sea lochs of the West Coast we wind our way along the stalkers trails that hug the shore, overlooking Loch Glendhu and Loch Glencoul.
Kylestrome to Clachtoll: 21 Miles
Our final day starts off spectacularly by crossing the 'high arch' - Kylesku Bridge and then onto the tiny twisting West coast road that hugs the shoreline beneath Quinag, visiting tiny crofting villages strung out along this spectacular coast, backed by a landscape studded with tiny lochans. Tides permitting, we will finish with a final gallop on the beach. We will arrive back in Brora at arriving approximately 20.00 - 20.30pm
Price: 1990 GBP
Price based on sharing a twin or double room - single rooms may be available (but cannot be guaranteed) at an extra cost of 240 GBP 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.
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