Many people want a holiday where you can take horses with you and increasingly horse owners are looking for the opportunity to holiday in Scotland with a horse. Equestrian tourism is booming and horse holidays in Scotland is a growing market which self-catering owners are looking to fill - whether you want to go on hacks, eventing teaching, specialist dressage training or cross country riding you will find it all here.
Across Scotland there is a huge range of superb riding which is suitable for all sorts of abilities, whether it be individuals, families or mixed groups of riders and horses. Some superb self catering properties welcome horses or ponies. There are cottages with grazing available for visiting horses and stabling facilities, creating the opportunity for owner and horse to holiday together! If you are looking for a mini break or perhaps a longer riding holiday with your own horse it is worth considering some of the wonderful holiday properties that provide stabling and grazing facilities.
The owners of the accommodation that welcomes horses will be able to suggest routes or trails for the adventurous independent traveller and horse to explore the local countryside. Imagine you and your horse can trot off down leafy lanes and grassy bridlepaths taking in the breathtaking countryside and local sites, allowing you access to a different parts of the country that you may not know so well and otherwise would never have the opportunity to do with your own horse. You and your horse will be able to travel across unspoilt country winding your way down quiet lanes, tracks and bridlepaths taking in stunning views across the hills or moorlands before returning to your comfortable holiday home. That's one of the many good things about self-catering accommodation - it can be a home from home for both you and your horse.
Some of the self-catering where you can take a horse may also be able to riding lessons (or make arrangements for you with the local riding school) and others may be able to offer hunting with the local hunt; just ask the owners of the property about the facilities they offer for your horse and any extra requirements you have for your horse. Many Scottish holiday cottages offer excellent equine facilities so you can bring your horse on holiday with you, with most providing ample storage with saddle racks and all the necessary parking for your horsebox/trailer. It is advisable to check with the owners as to what feeds or grazing is included in your stay.
This really is the perfect self-catering holiday for horse riders. You can take your horse on holiday with you and both enjoy a change of scenery, discovering rolling hills and picturesque villages perfect for a relaxing retreat and welcome change for you and your horse. With many tried and tested routes available it will add another dimension to your time away on a Scottish holiday with a pony or horse. Some holiday properties offer off-road hacking from the door step with numerous route variations, ranging from a one hour circular rides right up to full days in the stunning countryside of Scotland.