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4 Days Short Break Horse Riding Adventure in the Mull of Kintyre, Scotland

Glen Kerran Farm, Southend, Campbeltown, Argyll PA28 6PJ, Scotland, United Kingdom

Scotland Horse Riding Adventure

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Enjoy a three-day ride through the Mull of Kintyre, the most southwestern 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 pounds / 89 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 14 to 16.2 hands
  • Horse Breed: Connemara, Irish Cob, Appaloosa, Arab, Irish Sports Horse, Hackney X

Meet the instructors

Cara & Nikki
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Highlights

  • 3 days of riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 5 hours
  • Characterful and willing team of horses
  • Breakfast, lunches, and evening meals will be provided
  • All transfers within Kintyre are included
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
09:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

You will be stating for three nights at the farm. Additional nights can be arranged as needed to fit your travel arrangements or, if available, for non-riding members of your group. The holiday price is based on two people sharing a room. If you require a single room, a supplement of 20 GBP per person per night will be payable.

Your home-away-from-home with a twist of luxury and without the chores

Wilder Ways has given the 150-year-old Glen Kerran farmhouse a Wilder Ways makeover so you can stay with them during your holiday. Spend your downtime hosted by them in this traditional and quaint Scottish farmhouse. Enjoy homely creature comforts in the welcoming cozy living room 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, 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 and sharing two bathrooms between them, one with a shower and the other with a bath to soak any weary muscles.

Tranquil farm bed-and-breakfast with horses, farm animals, and wildlife in the view from every window

Wilder Ways now also offers accommodation at their secluded farm at Glen Kerran, in the far south of Kintyre. You will stay at the 150-year-old, traditional stone farmhouse in one of four, country-style bedrooms. There are stunning views across the glen from every room often with horses grazing just outside the window. Aside from 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.

The Rooms

There are four restful, country-styled rooms available:

  • Room 1

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.

  • Room 2

A moderate-sized upstairs room with twin beds that can also be set as a king-sized double. There is an adjacent bathroom shared with Room 3 if occupied.

  • Room 3

A moderate-sized double room; there is an adjacent bathroom shared with Room 2 if occupied.

  • Room 4

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.

Other facilities

  • Washing/drying service (2 GBP per load per service)
  • Hairdryer in each room
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Lounge area with DVD and games
  • Workspace available in the glass room outside mealtimes
  • Use of shared fridge
  • Use of binoculars in the glass room
  • Parking

House Rules

  • Check-in between 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Check out by 11 a.m.
  • ​No shoes in the house
  • No access to the kitchen
  • Please be quiet after 10:30 p.m.

Program

Trail Riding

In July 2019, Wilder Ways first opened up their home to offer week long and short break trail riding adventure holidays around the Kintyre peninsula. 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.

At night, you’ll 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 comfortable bedroom within the farmhouse and eat in the glass room overlooking the tranquil Kerran Glen.

Here, you will have a different breakfast special cooked every morning and each night, you will feast together on local, homecooked, hearty, and delicious food. ​After breakfast, you will go out to the stables to help brush and tack-up your horse, Wilder Ways will give you as much help as you need.

This is a great time for bonding with your horse and chatting all things horsemanship and generally enjoying the banter of your hosts and camaraderie of the group. You will be riding a different route each day, sometimes, leaving the horses where you stop each night but you will return to the farm and the creature comforts each night.

You will not have to pack and move your own stuff, just take with you the minimum that you need each day (e.g. rain-clothes and a camera). Wilder Ways will carry food, drinks, midge repellent, and sunscreen.

Day 1: Sunday - Arrive

Arrive at Glen Kerran Farm on Sunday (the evening before your ride starts). Please aim to arrive at Campbeltown (by bus or flight) around 6 p.m., at which time Wilder Ways will arrange a taxi to pick you up from both these locations and bring you to the farm. The total cost of this taxi (around 35 GBP) will be shared equally between the passengers.

If you decide to arrive by public transport at another time, please ensure you organize your own taxi. If you are arriving by car, you can arrive any time after 4 p.m. and prior to dinner which will be served at 7:30 p.m.

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, run through the itinerary and talk though general housekeeping so that you can get going in the morning.​

Day 2: Monday - Glen Kerran Farm to the West (Around 15 kilometers)

After a relaxing breakfast, you'll be introduced to your steed and head off out on the trail, riding out of the farm. This day is designed to let you get to know your horse over different terrain and paces as you ride through the forests and rivers of the "backyard". From here, head to the northwest towards the hills where the horses will stay the night a local farm.

Day 3: Tuesday - The Hills (Around 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. Learn how to navigate by the plants under your hooves and you will picnic by hill lochs. A demanding day for both the horses and riders 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: Wednesday - Glen Kerran Farm to the Coast (Around 15 kilometers)

The last ride will start earlier (i.e. 9:30 a.m.) and finish at 3:30 p.m., allowing homeward travel on the same day. This allows you to catch the last flight and bus from Campbeltown to Glasgow. Additional nights can be provided (at additional costs) if required to meet your travel requirements.

This is the day for your "sea salt spa" or at least the wind in your face and the sand in your hair. Ride through the local farming countryside toward the coast overlooking stunning views out to the Inner Hebrides and Ireland. 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 the last pet of your steed’s velvety nose and a cuppa before everyone sets sail homewards. Wilder Ways hopes to see you again next year!

Trip Details

  • Please note that this itinerary is just an example, the exact routes may change due to weather, tides, or other factors.
  • You are encouraged to get your "hands dirty" and to look after your horse for the week as if it were your own. Don’t worry, Wilder Ways will support you to do this.
  • You will be spending three full days in the saddle with five hours of riding plus breaks on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Yoga Special

Wilder Ways knows how tough riding can be on your body. The notion, "how hard can it be, you just sit there", is utterly ludicrous. The truth is, it doesn't matter if you are new to riding, returning to riding and a bit rusty, or daily riders clocking up over 500 hours in the saddle each year; riding is a very demanding sport and riders are athletes.

Wilder Ways has met many different fitness enthusiasts and experts among their clients over the years and, therefore, it was only a matter of time before something exciting emerged. Wilder Ways is overjoyed to be embarking on a new partnership with one such client, enabling to offer their first-ever yoga and riding products.

Wilder ways are therefore delighted to announce that this summer, they will be offering a taster series, which will include daily yoga sessions as part of the regular short breaks. This will happen on just two specific holidays on the following dates:

  • July 26 - 29, 2020
  • August 9 - 12, 2020

So just imagine, an in-house yoga teacher at your disposal to practice yoga in a stunning glass room overlooking the farm and Wilder Ways' animals. Starting your day with yoga practice is perfect for a day in the saddle. As a group, you will be practicing morning Iyengar Yoga sessions led by Marieke of Yoga on Tay.

Iyengar Yoga (developed by and named after B.K.S. Iyengar in the 1960s) is a style of traditional Indian yoga with emphasis on precision and alignment, increasing your awareness of your body and balance and attention to posture and flexibility and having the potential to benefit you and your riding, your horse will thank you for it also! There are so many parallels to riding each has much to gain from the other.

These sessions will switch on your bodies and minds, benefiting both your well-being and riding for the day ahead. Iyengar yoga is accessible for everyone, it is not about being super flexible or striking a perfect pose, finding the right action in the body is more important. It is often described as "meditation in action", so be prepared to work! This is an introductory product that will be followed by a much more in-depth yoga for riders later in the year.

Marieke, Yoga on Tay

Her passion is being in the outdoors: hillwalking, camping, climbing, sea kayaking, skiing, swimming, and whenever she gets the opportunity, on horseback. Having learned to ride as a child in the Netherlands, she never got to experience the exhilaration of long canters up the hill or along the beach until she came back to riding in her forties, in Scotland.

She now lives in Northeast Fife, where she runs a yoga studio with her partner and works as a non-executive director in the public sector. Marieke has completed her training as an Iyengar teacher and really looks forward to sharing the many benefits of yoga with other riders.

Instructors

Cara

Nikki

Location

Glen Kerran Farm is just north of Southend in the Mull of Kintyre. This is now Wilder Ways' new home base for the staff and the herd. This is a very exciting and lifelong project which they look forward to sharing with you. ​Glen Kerran is an ideal spot from where to explore the tip of Kintyre from the golden sandy beaches at Southend and Machrihanish to the fascinating caves of Davaar Island and the cliffs and lighthouse at the ‘Mull’; the very south-western tip of Scotland.

There are some stunning walks around the peninsula including the "Kintyre Way", a long-distance footpath that stretches from the tip of Kintyre to Tarbert and beyond. If you are a bird-watcher, Kintyre is a hotspot for seabirds and migrants and its own little glen boasts hen harrier, barn owls, kingfisher, and the occasional eagle, often seen from the breakfast room!

Food

  • Breakfast - Your tasty, homecooked breakfast will be made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, including an increasing amount of Wilder Ways' own produce. You can enjoy the views while you eat in the glass room, a stunning timber and glass space that looks south across the fields.
  • Lunches - A picnic on the hoof will be provided by Wilder Ways each riding day.
  • Evening Meals - Each night, you’ll get a hearty, home-cooked dinner at the farm or at a local guesthouse that specializes in fine dining and locally sourced food. Wilder Ways pride themselves on good food and want you to feel that the eating is as much a part of the holiday as the horses!

Glorious, Guilt-Free Food

Wilder Ways loves food and is passionate about environmental sustainability and self-sufficiency. They, therefore, aim to source all their ingredients responsibly and as far as possible locally. Their fresh produce comes straight from their farm and other local producers within Kintyre. Most of their "dry stores" come from Greencity, a Glasgow based company trading in ethically sourced quality produce and championing cooperative working.

During your stay with Wilder Ways, you will, therefore, be treated to some local gastronomic delights and wholesome home cooking, with the best twists of Scottish cuisine and hospitality. 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 vegetable and collect the eggs!

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

Things to do (optional)

Explore Kintyre

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 here 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

  • 3 full days of horse riding
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Transfers within Kintyre
  • All meals
  • Yoga sessions (ONLY on July 26 - 29, 2020 and August 9 - 12, 2020)

What's not included

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

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Glasgow Airport (GLA). There is a small shuttle flight with Loganair that runs daily to Campbeltown Airport/RAF Machrihanish (CAL) which is relatively inexpensive if you book in advance (from 32 GBP each way) and only takes 40 minutes, landing its 16 seater plane on the UK’s longest runway at Campbeltown Airport/RAF Machrihanish (CAL).

Flights mainly leave at 9:05 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. from Campbeltown Airport/RAF Machrihanish (CAL) and from 9:45 a.m. and 6:10 p.m. from Glasgow Airport (GLA). Otherwise, Glasgow Airport (GLA) is a three-hour drive from Glen Kerran or a four-hour bus journey.

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 (GLA) 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.

Arrival by taxi

It is possible to get a taxi from the airport to Glen Kerran but this must be booked in advance as there is no taxi rank at the airport. This can be an expensive option if you are traveling alone and out with Wilder Ways' recommended times of travel, although it is viable for groups traveling together and there are 6-seater cars available.

Arrival by car

To get to Glen Kerran by car, take the A82 out of Glasgow, turning left (looks straight on) at Tarbet (Loch Lomond) onto the A83 signposted Campbeltown and 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 ​Passenger Rib

Mull of Kintyre Sea Tours offers fast and exhilarating boat trips from Campbeltown and will pick up from Glasgow on demand, or even Northern Ireland. This is an expensive option and is a 12-seater rib so it's not for the faint-hearted. However, it could be an option for groups as transport or just as a wild-life boat tour during your day off.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 55% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 28 days before arrival.

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The prices on the following dates are more expensive because they included Wilder Ways’ “Yoga Special”

  • July 26 - 29, 2020
  • August 9 - 12, 2020

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