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Horse Riding Holiday in Scotland for All Levels

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On this holiday, enjoy a three-day 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’ll be riding across is hilly, with wide open beaches, rocky crags and magical views out to Ireland and the Isle of Islay.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 196 lbs or 89 kg, and there may be further restrictions in a group (i.e. not all horses carry maximum weight limit)
  • Horse height range: from 14hh - 16.2hh
  • Horse breed: 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.

Meet the instructors

Cara & Nikki
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  • Three days of horse ride
  • Enjoy 15 - 20 kilometers of ride per day
  • Ride to the beautiful beaches and enjoy the sand
  • Ride over wide open landscapes
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


3 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
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  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot

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.

The bedrooms are all country-styled. The largest double room (also available as a family room) is en-suite, with the other three rooms being available as doubles or twins with bathrooms located next door to them. Their COVID-19 policy ensures that parties will never have to share a bathroom.


Day 1: Arrive

You will arrive at Glen Kerran Farm to 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, you will run through the itinerary and talk though general housekeeping so that you can get going in the morning.​

Day 2: Glen Kerran Farm to the west (about 15 kilometers)

After a relaxing breakfast, the team will introduce you to your steed and head off out on the trail, riding out of the farm. This day designed to let you get to know your horse over different terrain and paces as you ride through the forests and rivers of the farm's "back yard". From here you will head to the north west towards the hills where the horses will stay the night a local farm.

Day 3: The Hills (about 20 kilometers)

This is the day for steep climbs, navigations skills and big views. A whole day spent in the hills to test the bond between you and your steed over wide open landscapes. You will learn how to navigate by the plants under our hooves and will picnic by hill lochs. A demanding day for horse and rider but within the kind of natural space that just makes your heart sing. This ride will end back at home for the horses to enjoy their own field for the night.

Day 4: Glen Kerran Farm to the coast (about 15 kilometers)

This is the day for your ‘sea salt spa’ or at least the wind in your face and the sand in your hair. You will ride through the local farming countryside toward the coast overlooking stunning views out to the Inner Hebrides and Ireland. You will ride beautiful beaches and enjoy the sand, surf and a bit of speed.

On your return to Glen Kerran farm, you will have time for a last pet of your steed’s velvety nose and a cuppa before everyone sets sail homewards. The Wild Ways team hopes to see you again next year!

​​This itinerary is an example – exact routes may change due to weather, tides or other factors.

Wild Ways encourages you to get your "hands dirty" and to look after your horse for the week as if it were your own. Don’t worry, the team will support you to do this.





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.


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 the Wild Ways team know dietary requirements (for example vegetarian or vegan meals) in advance and they will be sure to cater to them.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Pescatarian
  • Seafood
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

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.

If you are looking to extend your stay to explore Kintyre, check out its neighbor, Lephenstrath Holiday Cottages. They offer self-catered holiday accommodation and are just on the next-door farm. There is also Brecklate Bed and Breakfast, just at the end of the farm drive for a catered option.

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.

What's included

  • Tack and equipment
  • 3 full days of riding
  • All meals
  • Snacks and drinks provided on rides
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Transfers within Campbeltown
  • Housekeeping

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Extra nights

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Glasgow Airport (GLA). Wilder Ways do not offer transfers from Glasgow Airport. However, local firm Roy’s Taxis are offering their customers a special discounted rate between Glasgow 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 3.5 - 4 hours. If you wish to utilize this offer, please book directly with Roy's Taxis, remembering to quote Wilder Ways on booking. Please note, a 10 GBP per hour supplement will be applied for any delayed flights.

Driving directions from Glasgow

  • To get to Glen Kerran by car, you take the A82 out of Glasgow.
  • Turn left (looks straight on) at Tarbet (Loch Lomond) onto the A83 signposted Campbeltown.
  • Follow the long coast-road down the peninsula.
  • From Campbeltown, take the B842 towards Southend until you see the turn-off for Glen Kerran Farm - PA28 6PJ.

Arrival by ferry

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.

Arrival by bus

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 4 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.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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