Coast to Coast Trail Ride - Southern Route
6 days riding, 5 nights accomodation
We meet at the stables in Brora at 10.30am for a ride briefing then travel to the West coast to start our ride just after lunchtime. We leave the beaches of the West Coast, heading South for a few kilometres on a short ride (to get us used to the horses) that hugs the rocky coastline with reaching views of the iconic mountains of the area, descending to the village of Lochinver for the night.
We ride East following estate tracks and stalkers paths beneath Canisp and Suilven through the stunning scenery of Assynt. If the weather is good we may ride high up onto the shoulder of Canisp - eagle territory, with fantastic views in all directions before reaching our lochside accommodation.
Sees us riding through moor and forest, with some much faster riding today,arriving on the banks of the famous salmon river, the River Oykel, watching for otters and following it to our hotel for the night.
We continue to follow the Oykel, and then head into the forest and then onto a remote track through the hills, before emerging at Ardgay. We follow the main road for about a mile, crossing the arch of Bonar Bridge and spending the night in the village. The best day for spotting herds of red deer.
Leaving Bonar Bridge, we ride over the hill and through the forest and on past Loch Migdale where we sometimes see Ospreys. Crossing the river we take an old farm track that winds along the river side and around the shoulder of the hill, taking us to our accommodation in the crofting community of Rogart.
The final day! Leaving Rogart, we head over the hills with views reaching to the Cairngorms in the East, the hills of the West coast behind us and the high hills of Wester Ross to the South. Descending for a gallop on the long sandy beaches of Golspie, passing beneath the fairytale castle of Dunrobin and back to Brora for a final blast on the sand. We should arrive back at the stables at approximately 6pm.
Price: 980 GBP