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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Transfer not provided
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.
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.
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.
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