East Sutherland Trail
The East Sutherland Trail is a two day ride and includes two nights accommodation and all meals.
This ride is not suitable for the first time rider, as we ride over rough terrain. However, we do offer options suitable for novice and experienced riders, and parties with mixed experience can be catered for. If you book as a group of three or more family or friends, we will keep your ride private, just for you. We provide saddle bags, lunch boxes and water bottles and the price includes accommodation at a local hotel and all meals. Extra nights accommodation can be arranged at cost.
Strath Brora Ride (Coffin Road) Day
This ride starts on the beach, first following the rocky shore, where seals haul out on the rocks and watch us riding by. There are short sandy bays here, so we can get used to some speed on the horses slowly, before leaving the beach at the pretty harbour and rejoining it on the other side of the river. Broras north beach is long and sandy and we can enjoy long canters/gallops on the sand here. We leave the beach and pass the distillery before joining an old coffin trail high into the hills above Loch Brora, with stunning views in all directions from the summit. It's called a coffin road because in the days before proper roads, the families further up the valley would carry their dead over the hill, to be buried in the churchyard at Clyne. This trail also leads to the old peat cutting area, where families gathered their fuel and dried it in the summer to prepare for the long winters ahead. We often see large herds of red deer up here, eagles and hen harriers are sometimes seen too. Slowly winding our way down the hill, we stop for our lunch at the end of Loch Brora, allowing our ponies to splash about in the water - if it's warm enough and you are brave enough we could take them in for a swim! Ospreys are a sighted regularly from here. We follow the lochside where experienced riders can canter (or gallop!) along the lochside grazings, eventually coming to the end of the loch, and following a wooded trail along the side of the tumbling river, before fording the river and finishing the days riding at Clyne, just outside the village
Castles, The Ben and the Beach Day
We ride along the shorter sandy beach close to the heading south, then into the grassy meadows passing Cairn Liath Broch, before riding beneath the fairytale Dunrobin Castle. We ride through the forests of Ben Bhraggie with it's statue of the Duke of Sutherland - notorious for the Highland Clearances of the early 19th Century, before along the beautiful sandy beach towards Littleferry. We ride in the pretty pine forest at Loch Fleet. This is a nature reserve of national importance for several rare plants and a haven for many rare animals too. We finish our ride at Golspie.
We can also offer a 2 day extention to the above ride, riding from Golspie to Rogart and then onwards to finish in Bonar Bridge, making a four day ride in all.
Assynt explorer ride
A two, three or four day ride can be arranged for dates to suit in this wonderful area - stunning scenery! Please phone for details.