While travel may be put on hold for now, it does not hurt to daydream, does it? We are here to brighten the mood a bit and whisk your *imagination* off to our favourite riding holidays…
From Scottish castle trail rides to exploring Machu Picchu on horseback, equestrian holidays can be a perfect escape for any horse lovers. Imagine riding horses in the countryside whilst watching the sunset or exploring the safari and getting up close with the wildlife.
There are many kinds of equestrian holidays from beach and ranch holidays to expeditions and safaris; so whether you are travelling with friends who are looking for a luxurious experience, with your other half for a romantic getaway, or planning an adventurous escape with your family, you can find various types of horse-riding holidays suitable for all riding levels and experiences.
So, are you getting more and more curious about where you can go for a perfect equestrian holiday? Saddle up and keep reading!
Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu is one of the World's heritage sites and for very good reason too. It has many palaces, temples, and homes combined with high mountains and landscapes, making it a magical yet perfect destination to watch the sunrises and sunsets. However, the location is known for narrow and steep trails, so Machu Picchu is suitable for intermediate to confident riders only.
Scotland has stunning countryside and some spectacular mountains, high coastlines, and large green fields. Horse riding is a perfect way to take in all the breathtaking scenery. There are various horse trails you can take in the Scottish Highlands, including trails around falls of Clyde, (a remarkable waterfall), Traquair castle, and the outstanding heritage site, New Lanark. This destination is suitable for all level of horse riders, so it is great for a family holiday.
Safari horse trail exploration is a great way to closely watch the amazing wildlife such as herds of elephants, lions, zebras, and other magnificent species. It can be quite an exciting yet risky holiday, making it suitable for those with intermediate riding experience. It is important to keep in mind that the best time to go on a Safari based riding holiday is usually between May and November.
Cornwall is another destination suitable for all levels of riders from beginners to advanced. It offers incredible views and a beautiful ride across beaches, hill trekking and countryside and moorland village rides. This destination is popular amongst families with children who are new to horse riding and for those who are trying to work on their riding skills.
India offers a more colourful experience with palaces, deserts, and festival rides. The trip is perfect for those who are looking for more cultured experiences. The country has many historic forts and palaces with immaculate architectures as well as magnificent Himalayan mountains and monasteries. Horse riding is a great way to discover this extraordinary country.
Sahara Desert, Morocco
The Sahara Desert is the largest hot desert in the world, making it another adventurous riding experience suitable for intermediate to confident riders. It is a great way to enjoy the incredible desert landscapes of mountains and open desert under the bright blue sunny sky making a great romantic equestrian holiday destination. The best time to explore the Sahara Desert by riding is during October- November, and February- April, when the temperature is around 20 to 24°C.
Some of these destinations may not be feasible at the moment, but it's worth checking them out as you might get some great deals if you book ahead for next year!