UK - The Scottish Castles Trail, Scotland
If you want to ride in Scotland there is no better way to experience the utterly stunning countryside and cultural history than on this unique and spectacular Scottish Castles trail ride.


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from £1,895 or €2,111

Horse Riding Holidays UK – The Scottish Castles Trail


Scottish Castles Trail: Prices 2020

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  • $2,640
    • GBP: 1,895
    • EUR: 2,193
    per person sharing
  • $2,981
    • GBP: 2,140
    • EUR: 2,476
    single room

Scottish Castles Trail: Dates 2020

19 – 25 July
16 – 22 August
6 – 12 September
4 – 10 October

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our ‘Terms & Conditions’ for full details.

Included – All your riding, guides, full board accommodation, luggage transfer.

Excluded – Drinks to be paid directly at hotels & inns, airport transfers and tips.

Getting There
The nearest airports are Edinburgh and Glasgow. You can also take the train to Lanark Station or you can self drive.

The airport transfers are £70 each way, Edinburgh or Glasgow Airports.

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.


If you want to ride in Scotland there is no better way to experience the utterly stunning countryside and cultural history than on this unique and spectacular Scottish Castles trail ride. It is a 6 night trail ride through the south of Scotland, into the border country, staying at local castles and inns along the way.

Your trail starts in Lanark at a very highly respected equestrian hotel, where you will be matched to one of their very much loved, appaloosa or coloured cob horses, After your first night at the equestrian hotel, you will ride out each day along a trail of stunning countryside and heaped in local Scottish history.

Highlights include;

The highest and most spectacular waterfall in Scotland, the Falls of Clyde
The World Heritage sight of New Lanark
Overnight at the luxury Spa of Stobo Castle
A tour by the direct descendant of Mary Queen of Scots, Traquair Castle
Mystical legends and fairy stories
Famous battle scenes between the Scots & the English
Wildlife – Deer, foxes, squirrels, hares & local birds


Scottish Castle Trails: Horses – A mix of Appaloosas & cobs.

Scottish Castle Trails: Level of Riding & Pace – Good Brave Novice upwards.

Tack – English Endurance style saddles.

Scottish Castle Trails: – 14 stone / 196 lbs / 89 kgs

Scottish Castle Trails: – Maximum 8


The first, second and last nights are spent at the very comfortable equestrian hotel which is situated on Lanark Race Course. The middle 3 nights are spent at different castles and inns and chosen for their location and charm  including the highlight of the luxury spa hotel of Stobo Castle, where you have access to their full spa facilities.

Horse Riding Holidays like our Scottish Castle Trails holiday are part of the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding Holidays UK.

Please Ask About

6 nights breaks based at the Equestrian Hotel, from £885 per person.

Golf  at the famous courses at Gleneagles & St Andrews.

Whisky tours.


Day 1: Sunday
Transfer from the airport. You will meet your fellow riders and guides during a relaxing evening meal.

Day 2: Monday
You will meet your horse and discuss the upcoming route. Day ride to the famous Falls of Clyde at Corra Linn.

Day 3: Tuesday
You will be transferred to Biggar where your ride will begin. The trail leads across open country with the steep sided rounded Southern Upland hills rising before you. These were the hidden homes of the Border Reivers, the lawless families who plundered the English borders. Your horse will carry you over the John Buchan Way, named to commemorate the author of “The 39 Steps” and other adventure books. The village of Broughton houses a museum of his works. Lunch will be enjoyed is a secluded farmstead nestled in the hills. Afterwards, you will ride to Stobo Valley and over another hilltop to Manor Valley.

Day 4: Wednesday
An old drovers’ road skirts your ride around the quaint town of Peebles. These roads had walls on each side to make driving cattle easier as well as break the wind and snow. The route takes you close to Scotland’s oldest inhabited house, Traquair Castle. Owned by the Stewarts, the entry gate was locked when Bonnie Prince Charlie failed in his bid to take the Crown from the Hanoverians and the family vowed the gate would remain locked until the Stewarts regained the throne. Needless to say the Stewarts never gained the throne and the huge gate remains rusty and locked to this day. A spectacular view of Tweed Valley highlights your afternoon.

Day 5: Thursday
From Traquair Village, you will ride the famous ascending Minch Moor drovers’ route. The road’s midpoint is marked with the Cheese Well. The nearby feeder spring was considered sacred in ancient times and travellers would leave gifts in hope that the fairies would provide a safe passage over the Moor. Many left bread and cheese – hence the name. This was also once the coach route from the border country to Edinburgh. It is a marvel that a team of horses and coach could travel the winding uphill road. Your horse will descend from the Moor and arrive at Bowhill Estate, the seat of the Dukes of Buccleuch, the largest landowners in Europe. The grounds will provide a lovely evening stroll.

Day 6: Friday
Your ride ascends over the Buccleuch Trail to enjoy the fabulous countryside around the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys. You will pass Newark Castle, a sombre tower typical of the hundreds once scattered across the borders to provide safety from raiders. The route continues through the sweet scented pine forests to hill tops high above the valley and tumbling rivers. The peaceful quiet is interrupted only by the thud of your horse’s hoof beats, curlews’ cries and skylarks’ songs.

Day 7: Saturday
After breakfast, you will transfer to your airport or train station.

This itinerary is subject to change due to weather and other unforeseen events.


Zara’s Planet Horse Riding Holidays Guarantee:

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

We have travelled the world testing a huge variety of horse riding holidays to make sure we offer you, our client, the best horse riding holiday experience possible.

Our horse riding holidays are thoroughly researched – we consider all the elements that go towards making our horse riding holidays collection the best in the world. We check the quality of the horses, if they are fit for the job, well produced and looked after. We make sure the riding terrain is good going, the countryside is interesting and, for example, on Classic Dressage horse riding holidays, the arenas are in good condition. We make sure the accommodation, whether it’s a five star hotel, a farmhouse or camping, is clean and comfortable, and offers a great night’s sleep. The food is all important too – we take the time to make sure we tell you if it’s cordon bleu, home cooked, or regional and locally sourced – above all it has to be delicious, plentiful and nourishing. Last but not least, we choose the horse riding holidays that have the best hosts, who are friendly, warm and welcoming.

It’s only when all these elements come together that we add a horse riding holiday into our hand-picked collection of horse riding holidays.

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UK Holidays Testimonials

Chris Allsop on Trans Wales Trail, UK

In every other respect it was a great week - not least because of the very hospitable Turner family. I used to go to Wales a lot as a child, but I haven't been out in the Welsh countryside for years. I had forgotten how beautiful it is - and wild in places. You travel

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