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Ride through the Mull of Kintyre, the most south-western point of Scotland. Kintyre is the ancient home of the Kings of Dalriada and the area is steeped in Scottish history from standing stones that predate Stonehenge to the Campbeltown picture house, the smallest and oldest cinema in Scotland. The landscape you will be riding across is hilly, with wide-open beaches, rocky crags, and magical views out to Ireland and the Isle of Islay.
Wilder Ways has given the 150-year-old Glen Kerran farmhouse a makeover so you can stay with your instructors during your holiday. Spend your downtime hosted in this traditional and quaint Scottish farmhouse. Enjoy homely creature comforts and be both relaxed and inspired by the stunning views from the dining room with Wilder Ways' menagerie just outside the window; horses, sheep, cats, dogs, pigs, and chickens are never far away; and the local wildlife making regular appearances.
There are stunning views across the glen from every room, often with horses grazing just outside the window. As well as your room, there is a comfortable shared sitting area downstairs with games and DVDs and the beautiful glass dining room with tea and coffee always available. There are four restful, country-styled rooms available:
A large downstairs room with twin beds that can also be set as a king-sized double. This room has an adjacent modern shower room, an old fireplace, and a rocking chair at the window.
A moderate-sized upstairs room with twin beds that can also be set as a king-sized double. There is an adjacent private bathroom.
A moderate-sized double room. There is an adjacent private bathroom.
A large double or family room with a double bed and two futon beds that are great for children. This room has an ensuite bathroom with a modern, wet-room-style shower.
A two-day break at the farm near the Mull of Kintyre, the most south-westerly point of Scotland including one full day and one half-day riding. You will get to spend a relaxing weekend in this beautiful glen, exploring the farm, meeting all the animals, and riding. The landscape is open and green, with meadows, beaches, heathery hills, and sparkling seascapes dotted with islands. At night, you will be staying at Glen Kerran Farm, a 150-year-old, traditional stone Scottish farmhouse, in a secluded glen only two miles from the tip of the peninsula.
You will sleep overnight in a cozy and comfortable bedroom within the farmhouse and eat in the glass-room, overlooking the tranquil Kerran Glen. Here, you will have a different breakfast specially cooked every morning and each night you will feast on local, home-cooked, hearty, and delicious food. After breakfast, you will go out to the stables to help brush and tack up your horse. They will give you as much help as you need.
This is a great time for bonding with your horse, chatting all things horsemanship, and generally enjoying the banter of your hosts and the camaraderie of the group. You will be riding a different route each day, returning to the farm and your creature comforts each night. You will just take with you the minimum that you need each day: e.g. rain-clothes and a camera and carry food, drinks, midge repellent, and sunscreen as needed.
You will arrive at Glen Kerran Farm on Friday night and meet Cara, Nikki, and the herd, settle into your room, and have a quick tour of the stables before sitting down to a delicious meal with the rest of the group. After dinner (served at 7:30 p.m.), you will run through the itinerary and talk through general housekeeping so that you can get going in the morning.
After a relaxing breakfast at 8:30 a.m., you will meet your horse for the weekend and help brush and tack up. You will pack your lunch and set off for a full days’ riding and exploring through the woods, hills, and meadows of this beautiful countryside. You will stop and lunch with the horses, picnicking while they browse. There will be opportunities for you to put your horse through his paces and take advantage of your guides for hints and tips. Then back to the farm for an evening feast and good banter.
After another hearty breakfast in the glass room, you will head out again for another exciting ride, heading up to one of the stunning viewpoints and checking out some of the ruins of Kintyre’s chequered past. You will return to the farm for a sumptuous farm lunch freshly prepared with their own produce. This day will finish at 3:30 p.m. allowing home-ward travel the same day. This allows you to catch the last flight and bus from Campbeltown to Glasgow. Additional nights’ accommodation can be provided (at additional cost) if required to meet your travel requirements.
This itinerary is an example. Exact routes may change due to weather, tides, or other factors. They encourage you to get your ‘hands dirty' and to look after your horse for the stay as if it were your own. They will support you to do this.
Whether you are here for a one-hour lesson or a full week riding holiday, they want you to gain the most out of this experience. It is not just about sitting on a horse; it is about connecting with the horse and the environment you are in. Whilst you are part of a group, this is your adventure. The team is on hand to tell you about your surroundings and offers individual guidance and training as required.
They encourage you to get involved with caring for your horse during your adventure. This is an important part of the experience and a great way to bond with your horse. Your safety and enjoyment are their number one priority. To get the most out of your adventure, input and preparation are also required from you. In particular:
The distance traveled each day varies greatly depending on the specific ride but will be in the region of five to 15 kilometers per day. Again, this is deliberately quite small as they pride themselves in quality of riding and experience above sheer quantity of miles. Whether you are on an action-packed obstacle-filled ride or a point-to-point journey, you will enjoy lots of time in the saddle. A full day is five to six hours and a half-day is about two and a half or three hours depending on the speed of travel and ground conditions on the day.
The horses are fit and in good health, but they work hard and Wilder Ways wants to ensure their comfort. In line with Government legislation and their own policy, the following weight restrictions apply. They do not accept riders over 15 stone (210 pounds or 95 kilograms). For full-day rides or holidays, the weight limit is reduced to 14 stone (196 pounds or 89 kilograms) and there may be further restrictions in a group (i.e. not all horses carry maximum weight limit).
A very experienced or tall rider will sit ‘lighter’ so this is not an exact limit. Please contact them to discuss your individual situation. They reserve the right to check your weight and refuse to allow a person to ride if they are over the weight limit. This right is reserved without the need to provide any refund.
Wilder Ways is very proud of their small team of characterful and willing horses. They are a young and enthusiastic team between nine and 22 years of age. They range in height from 14 to 16.2 hands high and they have a mixture of types from native breeds (i.e. Connemara, Irish Cob) to more exotic breeds (i.e. Appaloosa, Arab, Irish Sports Horse, Hackney x). There should be a horse to suit everyone. They have worked hard to hand-select these horses. They would happily ride any one of them all day long, and they regularly do.
The confidence of their horses is important to them. They want a team that loves to work and enjoys the environments they ask them to explore. Using various natural horsemanship techniques, they play games with their horse to ensure they are as adventurous. This has seen them climb in, on, under, and over almost anything you can imagine. They are well-traveled by road and sea, and always eager for the next adventure.
Cara is a rural surveyor by trade but her true love has always been horses. Through Wilder Ways, she is lucky enough to live her joy and hopefully helps others to live theirs. She started riding at the age of 6 and she's been hooked ever since. She loves learning about her horse and their partnership and has been really fortunate to have had some great learning experiences over the years; starting off with Pearl Cranna, her riding instructor, lifelong friend, and mentor to more recently training with the natural horse-master, Peter Campbell in Canada.
Nikki has lived in the West of Scotland for over 20 years and worked as a freelance botanist, traveling and walking in many of the most remote and beautiful parts of the country. Riding had always been a big part of her life and so she walked with potential 'horse adventures' in her mind. She was lucky enough to be able to come back to riding about 10 years ago and to use this knowledge of Scotland's hidden landscapes alongside her horse obsession. She has also been able to develop her own abilities through learning some of the techniques of natural horsemanship.
The holiday will take place in Scotland, UK. Glen Kerran farm is just north of Southend in the Mull of Kintyre. This is now Wilder Ways' new home base and the herd. This area is thick with history and surrounded by stunning beaches, grassy farms, and craggy sea cliffs, with beautiful views across to the Isles of Islay, Jura, Gigha, Ailsa Craig, and even Ireland.
Kintyre is laden with natural wonders and historical relics. Its remoteness is also a driver for high levels of entrepreneurship. These factors combined give rise to loads of interesting features and businesses to explore. So whilst you are there on your Wilder Ways adventure, be sure to check out some of the other hidden treasures in this area.
All meals are included in the price. Wilder Ways loves food and is passionate about environmental sustainability and self-sufficiency. Therefore, they aim to source all ingredients responsibly and as far as possible locally. Fresh produce comes straight from their farm and other local producers within Kintyre. Most of ‘dry stores’ come from Greencity, a Glasgow-based company trading in ethically sourced quality produce and championing cooperative working.
You will be treated to some local gastronomic delights and wholesome home cooking during your stay, with the best twists of Scottish cuisine and hospitality. And you can do all of this guilt-free, knowing your food has low mileage, your meat is free-range and pre-loved, and you can even help pick your own veg and collect the eggs. Please let them know dietary requirements (for example vegetarian or vegan meals) in advance and they will be sure to cater to them.
Your booking includes breakfast which is available from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. There is always toast, cereals, and fruit juices available and in addition, they offer a daily special, examples of which are:
If you want an earlier (or later) breakfast, they can set out a ‘continental style’ breakfast for you in the glass room so that you can help yourself.
They generally do not offer lunch at the house but are happy to prepare a packed lunch by arrangement. This would include a bottle of water, a filled roll, crisps, fruit, and a home bake.
These are available by arrangement and are all home-cooked using locally sourced ingredients. They provide a simple ‘du jour’ menu and are happy to cater to any dietary requirements if notified at least 48 hours in advance.
There are many activities to enjoy in the area, from gin making to an indoor shooting range, the iconic Machrihanish golf course, and even surfing. There are other fun local activities available as well. If you like horse-riding, day and half-day treks are offered onsite by Wilder Ways and are a great way to explore the area, you could even try horseback archery.
There are two outstanding golf courses at Machrihanish and a rifle-firing range within the old air-base. Follow these up with a slice of one of Frances’ outstanding cakes at the Muneroy tea-rooms, Southend. It is worth going there just to hear the girls recite the list of cakes available.
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Campbeltown Airport / RAF Machrihanish
Transfer not provided
There is a regular bus service from Glasgow Bus Station (Buchanan St) to Campbeltown - service 926. Buchanan bus station is easily accessible from all mainline Glasgow train stations. Buses leave every 2/3 hours and take four hours and 10 minutes. One bus a day picks up from the airport at 2:20 p.m. and runs directly to Campbeltown.
Otherwise, you can get the Glasgow Airport Express bus service 500 into Glasgow and pick up the regular 926 to Campbeltown from there. The airport express leaves every 10 minutes and takes about 15 minutes into Glasgow. The daily 8:30 a.m. bus from Campbeltown drops off at Glasgow airport at 12:25 p.m. With any other departure, you would need to go into Glasgow and get the Airport Shuttle 500 service back to the airport.
An alternative for drivers is to take the car ferry from Ardrossan to Campbeltown. This runs three times a week during the summer and you would need to book in advance.
If going a Wilder Ways holiday, they will provide a taxi transfer between Glen Kerran Farm and Campbelltown Airport or Campbelltown bus stop at the predetermined times. Outwith these times, it is possible to book a taxi, but this will be charged at cost and must be booked in advance since there are no taxi ranks nearby.
Wilder Ways doé not offer transfers from Glasgow Airport (GLA). However, local firm Roy’s taxis are offering a special discounted rate between the airport and Glen Kerran Farm for any flights with a pickup time before 5:00 p.m. This discounted rate is 250 GBP (one way) and can carry up to six passengers. This option allows you to travel in comfort without the worry of onwards public transport connections or associated COVID safety. The drive time is approximately three and a half to four hours. Please note, a 10 GBP per hour supplement will be applied for any delayed flights.
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