The Wild West Highlands!
6 days riding, 6 nights accommodation, full board
Sat 14th May to Fri 20th May
Sat 13th Aug to Fri 19th Aug
Sat 20th Aug - Fri 26th Aug
This is ride follows parts of the Great Glen Way with stunning views of of some of the most iconic moutains in Scotland on lochside trails and then heads off through the forests and hills around Fort Augustus following old drove roads, then through the beautiful caledonian pine forests of Glen Affric to the stunning wild mountains of Kintail. From Kintail we head inland again, over the hills, with views over to the Cuillin mountains on Skye, to Strath Carron and our final day, takes us through wild country, past rugged mountains and over high passes to finish our ride at Torridon, in the brooding shadow of Liathach and Ben Eighe, some of the highest mountains in the UK.
There will be plenty of opportunities for fast riding through the forest sections of this ride, but due to the nature of the trails, the hill sections are mostly ridden at walk, with short spells of trot - whichever pace is most appropriate - however, our horses and ponies are used to tough terrain and very fit, so even at walk, they cover a lot of ground very quickly. In the hills it's nice to ride at a pace that allows us time to appreciate the stunning scenery!
This ride is quite a tough one - You need to be a confident rider, comfortable up to canter. You also need to be physically fit enough to lead your horse on foot sometimes on steep and very rough ground. Due to the remote nature of the area we ride through, the accommodation en-route varies, between top quality hotels and B&B's depending on what is available in the area we are riding through that day. Wherever we stay, the food is always great!. This is real mountain country and the scenery is stunningly beautiful - the trails are tough and the passes high, but the views are unbelievable!
This is wild Scotland at it's best!
This is the itinerary as shown below - starting at Gairlochy, just outside Fort William. The ride will finish at Torridon, where we will spend our last night at the Torridon Inn, before returning you to Inverness the following morning.
Sat 20th Aug - Fri 26th Aug
On this date we ride the route in reverse starting our ride at Torridon, We will collect you in Inverness mid afternoon and drive you to Torridon, where we spend the night before the ride at the fabulous Torridon Inn before starting the ride properly the following morning. We follow the itinerary below in reverse until Fort Augustus, then the final day instead of heading west to Fort William we head east and ride high above Loch Ness on the new Great Glen High Route trail, with fantastic views for miles around - we love this new part of the trail and wanted to include it in a few more of our rides - so we've squeezed it in here! This ride will finish at Drumnadrochit and we will return you to Inverness after the ride.
We start our ride at Gairlochy, a few miles from Fort William, with stunning views of Ben Nevis and the Grey Corries, then join the Great Glen Way, following the trails beside Loch Lochy and Loch Oich, before entering the Inchcardoch forest to our accommodation for the night in Fort Augustus.
From Fort Augustus, we ride up through the Inchcardoch Forest following an ancient drove road. Stunning views again in all directions of the Monadliath hills to the South and the hills of Glen Affric and Kintail to the North and West. We finish for the night in Tomich.
A long day today - leaving Tomich, we head west along beautiful Glen Affric. Some nice faster riding, before we hit the tough part of the trail, through the Allt Grannda gorge beside a stunning waterfall, then descend to the farm track taking us to Shiel Bridge for the night. The scenery today is very wild and beautiful.
A shorter ride today to give both the horses and riders a bit of a break! From Shiel Bridge, we ride beside the shore then head into the forest at Inverinate, before joining the tiny minor road that climbs high above Loch Duich for amazing views of the Five Sisters of Kintail and the length of Loch duich to the Cuillins on Skye. We spend the night at Dornie - famous for Eilean Donan Castle - the most photogenic castle in Scotland!
Leaving Dornie behind, we ride the length of Loch Long, before heading over the hills on an old hill track to Strath Carron. Loch Carron is a very beautiful loch, surrounded by high hills on all sides.
From Strathcarron, we follow the river through fields and forests, then join the hill path taking us high over the Bealach na Lice pass. There are a couple of places where we need too lead the horses, but not for long stretches. We are really high in the hills here, with stunning views all around once again! Once we cross the pass, the iconic Torridon hills stretch out before us - Liathach, Beinn Alligin and Beinn Eighe - an amazing view! We descend to Torridon, where we spend our final night before leaving for Inverness in the morning.
You will need to get to Fort William for the start of this ride (or Inverness if you are on 7th June or 16th August rides)- there are regular buses from Glasgow and Inverness and a train service from Glasgow. We will collect you for the start of the ride at Fort William (or Inverness for the 7th June or 16th Aug rides). After the ride, we will transport you to Inverness (or Fort William if you are on the 7th June or 16th Aug rides), from where you can return easily to Fort William/Inverness by bus, or arrange onward transportation home.from Inverness
Price: 1310 GBP
Price based on sharing a twin or double room - single rooms may be available but cannot be guaranteed at an extra cost of 160 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.
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