THE GREAT GLEN RIDE
4 days riding, 3 nights accommodation OR 5 days riding, 4 nights accom.
Riding Difficulty: Easy (click for more information)
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. Riders are encourage to help out with the morning routine of catching, feeding, grooming and saddling the horses for the day. This itinerary may be ridden in reverse.
Four Day Ride, South Side
We collect all riders in Inverness before heading 10 minutes outside Inverness to meet our ponies. We will have a quick ride briefing before heading out. We follow a newly created trail that climbs high into the forrest above Loch Ness with stunning views all around. We climbg high up following the Fair Haired Lads Pass with views of the Monadliath mountains. Keep an eye out for red squirrels as we drop down over the pass and into the forest as we make our way to Whitebridge where we stay in a local hotel for the night.
Whitebridge to Fort Augustus: 12 miles
Leaving Whitebridge, we rejoin the trail following minor roads and tacks through forestry and across rivers. The view up there down the Great Glen is stunning! We descend to the village of Fort Augustus beside the Caledonian Canal, where we spend the night.
Fort Augustus to Spean Bridge: 21 miles
We ride from our accomodation into the forest before joining an old General Wade road/drove road beside the beautiful Loch Oich. We spend most of the day on good forest tracks following Loch Lochy, with stunning views over to the Grey Corries and Ben Nevis. We spend the night at Spean Bridge.
Spean Bridge loop: 14 miles
Today's route is weather dependant, if the water levels in the river are low, we ride into the village of Spean Bridge and then into the forest at Leanachan. More lovely views before crossing the river at Torlundy. If the river is too high to cross, we will ride beside the Caledonian canal, crossing through the tunnels beneath the canal to ride in the forest. We finish both routes by riding beside the Calendonian Canal.
After the ride, we will take you into Fort William, where there are good bus links back to Inverness or rail links onwards to Glasgow.
Price: 1190 GBP
You will need to get to Inverness for the start of this ride and it finishes at Fort William. After the ride, you can be transported to the town, from where you can return easily to Inverness by bus, or arrange onward transportation from Fort William bus or train to anywhere else in the UK. Inverness also has an airport.
Five Day Ride, South Side
This ride leaves from Inverness and we ride along the Southern side of the glen, on the 'Seven Lochs trail, through the forests overlooking the Great Glen. We stop for the night at Dores at the head of Loch Ness. From Dores, we climb over the Fair Headed Lads pass for stunning views over Loch Ness to the hills far to the North. We finish for the night at Whitebridge. The next day, we take minor roads and tracks with stunning views over the Glen from the Suidhe Chuimein viewpoint before descending to Fort Augustus. Our ride carries on to Auchterawe where we spend the night. Day 3 sees us riding from Fort Augustus to Invergarry on old hill tracks and through the forest. The following day, we follow the GGW trail past Loch Oich and Loch Lochy to Gairlochy, spending the night in Spean Bridge. The final day - We ride through Leanachan forest, below the Aonoch More Ski Slopes to Fort William, a bustling city beneath Ben Nevis (the highest mountain in the UK) where we will cross the river to finish beside Neptunes Staircase. If the river is high, we ride beside the Caledonian Canal, then through the forest at Glen Loy before rejoining the canal to finish beside Neptunes Staircase.
Price based on sharing a twin or double room - single rooms may be available (but cannot be guaranteed) at an extra cost of 120 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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