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Association of Scotland's Self Caterers

British Horse Society Approved Riding Establishment & Where to Train Centre

Our cottages are inspected annually and graded 3 - 4 crowns by VisitScotland (formerly Scottish Tourist Board)

We are members of the British Holiday Homes and Parks Association

Horse riding

A ride ready to leave from our yardBorlum incorporates horse riding stables which have excellent facilities, horses and ponies to suit most riders and magnificent riding country with views that will linger in your memory for years to come.  Beginners, novices and experienced riders are all welcome.

Our BHS approved horse riding centre is very popular and caters for most ages and all abilities.  Whether you want regular quality instruction, a peaceful trek or exhilarating trail ride, the Highland Riding Centre gives visitors the opportunity to use the excellent facilities available and take part in one of many unique rides.

Riding Holiday Packages can be arranged to suit your own requirements. Please let us know what you would like to do at the time of booking, and we will arrange a programme to suit.

Look!  No hands!We have 400 acres of land with a real variety of field, mountain and forest paths for a wonderful horse riding experience – and if you wish to have instruction, our staff will be delighted to help you achieve goals as you progress from strength to strength.

We are able to cater for children and adults with special needs.  Our qualified staff have vast experience working with disabled riders.  We also have a range of horses and ponies, equipment,  and facilities to accommodate  the different requirements of various disabilities.  Please contact us to discuss your needs. 

Borlum runs regular lessons and activities for children and adults.  The children’s Horseshoe Club operates every weekend and during holidays  - it’s a real chance to learn to ride, and to look after a pony.  There’s a lot more to it than meets the eye, but the learning is fun and everyone is very friendly.

Games, quizzes, showjumping, dressage, fancy dress - every child is encouraged to take part and there’s something to suit everyone.  Certificates are awarded to mark each child’s progress, in both riding and horse care.

One of our regular young rider competitionsAnd for a really special and unusual birthday celebration, why not enjoy a party afternoon at the stables, with all riding and activities provided – and a birthday cake too!

And the adults aren’t left out – both daytime and evening lessons are available to suit most work patterns and regular competions are run throughout the year for our regular riders.  One, two or three hour rides are available and for the more adventurous (and fit!) we offer full day rides exploring Glenurquhart.

We are approved by the BHS and are a Centre Member of the Pony Club.  We have experienced, qualified instructors, who will help you improve and enjoy you riding. The indoor school  has a spectator gallery and  toilet facilities.  Hot drinks are available.  There is a large all weather outdoor manege and jumping arena.

Every ride is graded as either suitable for novice or experienced riders.  All rides for experienced riders provide the opportunity to walk, trot and canter.   Our hill rides give magnificent views over Loch Ness and the Great Glen, whereas the Loch and Duck pond rides go through flat, open country, and woodlands.  We make every effort to ensure that rides are classed according to ability.  However, if a ride has riders of mixed abilities on it, you will be informed when booking and the ride will be restricted to walk and trot.

The average number of people on a ride is 4 - 8 people.
Please remember to bring warm clothing and sensible footwear for your rides, as it can be quite cold in the hills, even in summer.
If possible, bring a riding hat.  We have a reasonable supply, but they won’t fit all heads!


Timetable – We are normally open all year round, but in peak season, appoximately, mid July to the end of August, we usually close on a Monday to ensure that the horses and ponies get a rest.

A typical daily programme during high season is as follows:

  • 0930 1 hour lesson/1 hr ride out
  • 1100 – 1 ½ hour ride out
  • 1415 – 2 - 3 hr ride out
  • 1530 – 2 hr ride out
  • 1630 – 1 hr lesson/1 hr ride out.

Low season riding is by mutual arrangement.  The proprietors reserve the right to change the time of rides if and when necessary.
Other lengths of rides can, of course, be organised, and booked around the basic framework, depending on the availability of mounts and staff, including full day picnic rides.

Booking

To avoid disappointment it is advisable to book at least three to four days in advance during the summer months.  Large groups should plan still further ahead.  The stables telephone number is +44 (0)1456 450220.

Prices – Our rides start from £24.00, and a full list of prices is included in the price list posted on this web site.  Children's lead rides start at £15.