DAY RIDES IN EASTER ROSS AREA

6 hours of riding 

We always try to tailor our rides to the specific abilities of our riders and can offer something for everybody whether you would like a beach ride or would prefer tranquil forest trails, stunning hilltop views and lazy lochside picnics - or even a ride that incorporates all of these! Booking is essential for all day rides.

Our first option for the day rides goes up the hill of Tain. The ride starts at our riding centre in Tain, following the sandy tracks through our local forest of Cnocan Mealbhain and riding along the Dornoch firth. We turn off from the coast and ride through the village to get to the forests of the Hill of Tain. Sitting just on the outskirts of our local town, the hill provides beautiful views and many great tracks for trotting and cantering. It is a pleasant, steady ascent through sheltered pinewoods to a fabulous view over the Dornoch Firth. Willowy ferns, soft mosses and crisp heathers line the forest floor and small birds - crossbills and a variety of tits - call out through the trees.  There are some stunning views from the top of the hill and we stop at two different viewpoints (one for lunch) so we can make the best of the views in all directions. Nice riding, with plenty of opportunities for canter and a gallop on the beach. 

£125 per person (lunch not included)

OPTION 1: TAIN HILL 

OPTION 2: PORTMAHOMACK 

Our other day ride is a lower level ride – we ride from the stables, across the moorland to ride on the beautiful sandy beaches (and the sand dunes) between the villages of Inver and Portmahomack. Great views over the Dornoch firth to the hills of Sutherland beyond – we then cross to the other side of the peninsular and ride back along the grassy trail that hugs the rocky shoreline of the Moray Firth beneath sandstone cliffs, to finish by the Pictish carved Cadboll Stone. We then return to the stables on farm tracks and country lanes. We normally see seals hauled out on the rocks or bobbing about in the sea on this ride and if we’re lucky, we might spot the local dolphins too. This is the perfect ride for more experienced riders seeking a thrill as there are lots of opportunities for some breathtaking canters and gallops! 

£125 per person (lunch not included)

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Things to Note: ​

Day treks are not suitable for the first time rider, as we ride over rough terrain. However, we offer options suitable for novice and experienced riders and parties with mixed experience can be catered for. We provide saddle bags, lunch boxes and water bottles - you just need to bring your own lunch. Less experienced riders can take their time and enjoy the scenery and wildlife, and more experienced riders can enjoy a canter through the forest and experience the thrill of a gallop along the sand. 

Our ride-outs are always accompanied by at least one ride leader and there will never be more than 8 guests on a ride unless specifically requested for example a large family group or group of friends.

Riding hats up to current British safety standards are provided free of charge. Please wear sensible footwear! Our stirrups are fitted with toe covers as a safety measure to stop your foot from slipping through, however open-toed sandles and shoes with a heel over 2 inches are not allowed. For rainy days you should bring a waterproof jacket - we can provide waterproof over trousers if needed. ​

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