Coast to Coast Trail Ride - Northern Route
7 days riding, 6 nights accommodation
All riders make their way to the yard, where we have a ride breifing and meet the horses. Starting in the early afternoon with a shortish section (well, 10 miles actually) to break us all into the saddle gently, we start with a beach ride along the wide sandy beach at Brora, where the ponies can let off some steam, we head North along the beautiful East coast beaches for several miles. We then stop for the night, to get a good nights sleep before the longer section tomorrow.
We start early, heading inland along tiny single track roads and over the hills, then follow the winding river along the Strath of Kildonan - goldrush country, to our accomodation for the night in the most remote hotel in mainland Britain.
We follow estate tracks and stalkers trails in big sky country, crossing streams and jumping ditches alongside remote lochs. Leaving the lochs behind, we climb a steep pass dropping to an old peat track - the only safe way through the wide flat bog stewn landscape before us. From here we will see our hotel for the night - a tiny white speck in the distance!
A shorter day to give both the ponies and us a bit of a rest after the long rides on the previous two days. We head North again, passing through wild beautiful scenery beneath Ben Klibreck to Altnaharra.. On this day there may be the option to travel to the nearest village to stock up on essentials.
Sees us heading West again, first following a tiny single track road, to link us to an estate road and stalkers path winding high through the majestic hills of the Reay forest estate. Our descent beside Arkle, gives us our first glimpse of the West coast in the distance. We will leave our ponies at the end of the trail, and head to our lochside hotel for the night.
We collect our ponies and head over the hills on a high stalkers path with fantastic views of the iconic mountains of the area (weather permitting!). Dropping eventually to the sea lochs of the West Coast we wind our way along the stalkers trails that hug the shore, overlooking Loch Glendhu and Loch Glencoul.
We ride on crossing the high arch or Kylesku Bridge then onto the tiny twisting West coast road that hugs the shoreline beneath Quinag, visiting tiny crofting villages strung out along this spectacular coast, backed by a landscape studded with tiny lochans. Tides permitting, we will finish with a final gallop on the beach. After turning the horses out we will return to the stables in Brora, arriving approximately 8.30-9.00pm
Price: 1180 GBP