COAST TO COAST - SOUTH ROUTE
6 days riding, 5 nights accommodation
Riding Difficulty: Intermediate (click for more information)
Approximate Distance Covered: 120 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.
Clachtoll to Glen Canisp: 13 miles
We meet our riders at our stables in Tain at around 10.30am for a ride briefing then travel to the West coast to start our ride just after lunchtime. We leave the beaches of the West Coast, heading South for a few kilometres on a short ride (to get us used to the horses) that hugs the rocky coastline with reaching views of the iconic mountains of the area, descending to the village of Lochinver for the night.
Glen Canisp to Ledmore Junction: 19 Miles
We ride East following estate tracks and stalkers paths beneath Canisp and Suilven through the stunning scenery of Assynt. If the weather is good we may ride high up onto the shoulder of Canisp - eagle territory, with fantastic views in all directions before reaching our lochside accommodation.
Ledmore Junction to Oykel Bridge: 18 Miles
Today we ride through moor and forest, with the opportunity for some much faster riding today. Just after lunch, we catch a glimpse of the Oykel river before winding down through the forest to the banks of this famous salmon river. Otters frequent it's banks and we keep our eyes peeled for wildlife as we follow the river to our hotel for the night.
Oykel Bridge to Bonar Bridge: 24 Miles
We continue to follow the Oykel before heading into the forest and onto a remote track through the hills. The track boasts stunning views before dropping down into a beautiful green strath frequented by many different types of deer. This brings us to Ardgay where we follow the main road for about a mile, crossing the arch of Bonar Bridge and spending the night in the village. The best day for spotting herds of red deer.
Bonar Bridge to Rogart: 23 Miles
Leaving Bonar Bridge, we ride over the hill and through the forest and on past Loch Migdale where we sometimes see Ospreys. Crossing the river we take an old farm track that winds along the river side and around the shoulder of the hill, taking us to our accommodation in the crofting community of Rogart.
Rogart to Brora: 20 Miles
The final day! Leaving Rogart, we head over the hills with views reaching to the Cairngorms in the East, the hills of the West coast behind us and the high hills of Wester Ross to the South. Descending for a gallop on the long sandy beaches of Golspie, passing beneath the fairytale castle of Dunrobin and back to Brora for a final blast on the sand. We should arrive back at Brora at approximately 5pm and we will take you back to Tain shortly afterwards..
Price: 1820 GBP
Price based on sharing a twin or double room - single rooms may be available (but cannot be guaranteed) at an extra cost of 200 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. 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.