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Scotland West

13th - 26th June

For the Relay, the West of Scotland comprises Inverness, Shetland & Orkneys, Caithness, Ross & Comarty. Hebrides, Argyll & Bute, Renfrew, Dunbartonshire, Lanark, Ayr, Dumfries, Kirkcudbright and Wigtown.

The West of Scotland truly has it all, enjoying a rich cultural heritage, some spectacular landscapes and 200 miles of stunning coastline. It is also includes the vibrant city of Glasgow which boasts one of the best shopping centres in the UK in addition to it's striking architecture, museums and bustling nightlife. The South West of Scotland is home to the famous Gretna Green, the spectacular Dumfries House and the magical Galloway Forest Park.

The West coast Islands further strengthen the appeal of this region including Oban, the seafood capital of Scotland, stunning Skye, the Inner Hebridean Island of Mull and the sacred Isle of Iona, the final resting place of Scotland’s royal families.

For film lovers, the West of Scotland has been shown off in numerous films such as Skyfall (2012) part of which was filmed in Glen Coe, Gregory's Girl (1980), filmed in Cumbernauld and Local Hero (1983) which included locations in Camusdarach Beach and the village of Pennan.

For equestrians, there are some incredible riding opportunities on both the mainland and across the islands, with varying terrain on beaches, over hills and through forests. Adventurous riders can explore sections of the Kintyre Way, the Cowal Way and the 134 mile long John Muir Way

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Useful local information

Visit Scotland - tourism website www.visitscotland.com

Scotland Welcomes you - tourism website www.scotlandwelcomesyou.com

Visit South West Scotland - tourism website www.visitsouthwestscotland.com

Wild about Argyll - tourism website www.wildaboutargyll.co.uk

Riding in Scotland at localriding.com

Scotland horse riding and pony trekking at www.scotlandwelcomesyou.com

Seven days in the West of Scotland at www.visitscotland.com

An island hopping holiday on the West Coast at www.visitscotland.com

Holiday accommodation on the West Coast of Scotland www.westcoastofscotland.co.uk

Wilder Ways Horse Riding Adventures www.wilderways.scot

Horse Riding in Argyll www.argylladventure.com

Loch Ness Riding www.lochnessriding.co.uk

The Kintyre Way www.thekintyreway.com

Loch Lomond and Cowal Way www.lochlomondandcowalway.org

John Muir Way www.johnmuirway.org

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Horses4Health organised rides and events

Scotland East to West Baton Handover Ride

Tuesday 15th June 2021, 10.30am

At the Falls of Clyde, near Lanark

Parking: Corehouse Farm, Kirkfieldbank, Lanark. ML11 9TQ (by kind permission of the family)

Ride Information: The ride will take place in the beautiful Falls of Clyde Nature Reserve on the west side of the river Clyde.

There are three optional distances:

1. The South ride with baton handover near the Falls (6k)

2. The South ride followed by the North ride (12.5k)

3. Either of the above plus the Differick ride (hill route with lovely views) - adds another 12 - 14k.

Rides 1 and 2 follow paths and tracks through the Reserve, with some short stretches on quiet roads. Ride 3 is mainly grassy hill, farm tracks and some quiet public roads. Rides 1 and 2 will be leisurely, taking in views of the river, the Falls and hopefully some wildlife that live in the reserve (falcons, jays, otters, badgers etc). Ride 3 is suitable for those who would like a good blast up a long grassy hill and wider views from the hilltop over the Clyde Valley to the Trossachs in the North. Riders should bring a picnic to enjoy at the Corehouse base.

 

Please can riders inform Jill Thomson by email if you are coming (drjillthomson@gmail.com) so she can forward route information in advance and book parking accordingly.

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PowerX Track Hire - Saturday 19th June 2021

Inchcoonans Equestrian Centre in Errol, Perthshire PH2 7RB (In between Perth and Dundee)

PowerX is on a lovely purpose built all-weather track with height adjustable knock down XC fences including optional ditches, drops, banks, steps, water and a range of other fences. This course is perfect for beginners or young horses new to XC but equally fantastic for more experienced combinations. You will get a one hour slot which gives you time to walk around the course and adjust the fences (although we do advise you to have a helper on the ground) and there is a short grass gallop track too.

This is a great opportunity at a lovely venue and a perfect option to use as your Relay activity, or one of many!

You will need to have registered for the relay online first by clicking on the Join Now button on the homepage of this website.

There will be a minimum sponsorship value to this event. More details to follow. E-mail info@horses4health.co.uk to secure a spot.

Local events and rides during the Relay

Please note, the below rides are not organised by Horses4Health and are just a selection of events on in the area.

 

Saturday 26th June 2021 - Fun TREC at Muirmill Equestrian Centre KA1 5SH

More information and booking at www.equoevents.co.uk

Please keep checking this page for more information of our own organised rides and routes in the area.

Local riding and walking routes

Horse riding on the John Muir Way. See map here The John Muir Way (arcgis.com)

 

Forestry and Land Scotland have a number of routes open to horse riders. See the website here Horse riding - Forestry and Land Scotland

The walks and rides below make up part of the Seven Lochs Wetland Park. See website Seven Lochs Home Page - Seven Lochs

Bishop Loch - see website Bishop Loch - Forestry and Land Scotland

Easterhouse G34 0ND - see leaflet for map and directions

Lochend Burn - see website Lochend Burn - Forestry and Land Scotland

Todds Well - see website Todds Well - Forestry and Land Scotland

Cardowan - see website Cardowan - Forestry and Land Scotland

Drumchapel area woodland

G15 8HF. See leaflet or websites for map and directions.

Cleddans Burn - see website Cleddans Burn - Forestry and Land Scotland

Garscadden Wood (West) - see website Garscadden Wood (West) - Forestry and Land Scotland