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Horse Riding Holiday in Scotland

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Action-packed with every experience your wildest dreams could imagine. This is THE horse-riding adventure in Scotland for any fanatical rider. Kintyre is a place that time forgot. Well off the beaten track, and surrounded by a beautiful coastline and stunning island views, this place is full of wildlife and steeped in Scottish history and folklore. Add to this recipe the Wilder Ways founders Cara and Nikki who are passionate about creating exhilarating, empowering, and memorable experiences – you are in for a real treat.

Highlights

  • 6 days of horse riding, approximately 6 hours on the saddle per day
  • Navigate wild terrain and natural obstacles in the "Call of the Wild" ride
  • Enjoy a coastal ride and the opportunity to see seals, dolphins, and minke whales
  • Channel your inner warrior in horseback archery
  • Show jumping coaching in the arena
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Meals
  • Transportation within Mull of Kintyre

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Campbeltown Airport / RAF Machrihanish
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot

You’ll stay in a remote, 150-year-old characterful Scottish farmhouse and feast on delicious homegrown and local produce morning, noon, and night. With comfortable and characterful accommodations and beautifully eccentric hosts, your evenings are as much of an adventure as the riding.

Program

This holiday includes 6 full days of adventures plus 7 nights of all-inclusive accommodation. It is action-packed and not for the faint-hearted. Be immersed in all things horse within this glorious and beautiful setting and let Wilder Ways take you on an adventure of your dreams, be that firing arrows from a horse, climbing mountains, galloping beaches, cross-country jumping, or swimming horses in the sea – you are going to get to do it ALL!

Just bring your appetite for adventure and your love of horses, and leave the rest up to the Wilder Ways team.

This trip is available only to fit and adventurous riders, comfortable at canter. Prior jumping or horseback archery experience is NOT required. This trip is NOT suitable for beginner or novice riders.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at the farm (check in from 4 p.m.) in time to settle before dinner at 7 p.m. Relax into your surroundings, and let the banter start flowing. Share your own horse history and set your wish list for the trip.

Day 2

The trip will start with a morning getting to know your horse, with some grooming and massage and a little horsemanship work to start building your relationship with your new steed, forming a solid foundation for the trip ahead. After lunch, take that newfound friendship and test it over an afternoon hack away the farm towards the foot of the hills of your next day’s ride. Get familiar with your steed over diverse terrain and start to get a sense of the adventures your hosts have in store for you over the rest of the week!

Day 3

You will hit the hills with a big full-day trail ride across the countryside, giving you the chance to bond with your horse and enjoy wide-open views. Navigate wild terrain and natural obstacles as you traverse the peninsula east to west and along one of its highest ridges. Be prepared for a long day in the saddle, this day is truly the “Call of the Wild”.

Day 4

Your first taste of the coast. You ride to the west to enjoy stunning views of the Islands of Isla, Jura, and Gigha. Also keep your eyes out for local marine mammals, which to date have included seals, dolphins, and minke whales. Enjoy the feel of sand under your hooves and the echoing sounds as you pick up pace.

Day 5

Time for some serious R&R. After 3 full days in the saddle it is time for you to check in with your body, recharge and get ready for the next 3 days of exhilaration. All meals will be provided at the farm and otherwise, the day is yours to enjoy as you wish. Spend some quiet time in nature, or take a taxi into Campbeltown to enjoy some of the other local offerings.

Day 6

Nothing can prepare you for the thrill and satisfaction of shooting arrows from a running horse. It connects you to your warrior past in a way that is both instinctive and exhilarating. Spend the morning grasping the skills from the ground before you put this together onto your trusted steed in the afternoon. Although horseback archery may take a ‘lifetime to master’, the skills involved are ‘easy to learn’, allowing you to quickly get a feel for this exciting pastime.

Day 7

From arrows to obstacles, today you take some true leaps of faith – it's jumping day. The morning will be spent show-jumping in the arena to hone your skills and build confidence and trust between you and your steed. In the afternoon, let loose and fully enjoy the thrill of the cross-country course – the buzz created is really very empowering for horses and riders. The whole day will be fully coached.

Day 8

Let’s kick back and head for the coast, Southend this time. Feel the wind in your hair and the salty, sandy air in your face as hooves thunder down the beach. There is nothing quite like the feeling of freedom and pure joy as a horse and rider gun down the sand without a worry in the world. Be prepared for the taste of some of that sand as the racing heats up. This day epitomizes the “Thunder of Hooves; The Pound of your Heart”. For those not comfortable with a gallop, do not worry this is optional, you can still enjoy the tranquillity and sparkle of this stunning coastline. Standard departure is at the end of this day’s riding.

This itinerary is an example - exact routes may change due to weather, tides, or other factors or be ridden in reverse.

Throughout your trip, Wilder Ways encourages you to get your ‘hands dirty’ and look after your horse as if it were your own (don’t worry, the team will support you to do this). This builds a trust that brings the very best to come out of this journey.

This intense 6 days of riding will leave you feeling exhilarated, empowered, and totally in love with your horse.

Trip details

Arrival – On Sunday afternoon, the day before the ride starts. Check-in is any time from 4 p.m. and before dinner is served at 7 p.m.

Daily schedule – Subject to the specifics of each day's riding, but generally breakfast is at 8.30 a.m., you ride 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m.

Riding – 6 full days of riding (~6 hours in the saddle per day) on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Riding ability – This trip is physically demanding due to the diversity of disciplines included and time in the saddle. This trip is available only to fit and adventurous riders, comfortable at canter. Prior jumping or horseback archery experience is NOT required. This trip is NOT suitable for beginner or novice riders.

Rest day – Thursday is the rest day. All meals are provided but no activities. This day is yours to spend as you wish.

Lunches – A picnic ‘on the hoof’ will be provided each day you are on a full-day trail ride. Farmhouse lunches will be provided on archery and jumping days.

Accommodation – 7 nights’ accommodation at a characterful local guesthouse set on its own private beach. Additional nights’ accommodation and evening meals can be provided at 150 GBP per person per night, subject to availability.

Evening meals – Each night you will feast at the farmhouse with ‘horse tv’ streaming live from the comfort of the dining room window! Enjoy a home-cooked 2-course meal made with love. The Wilder Ways team prides itself in homegrown produce (including pork, lamb, veggies, herbs, and fruit) and other top-quality local fayre (i.e. seafood, breads, and cheeses). Your hosts will eat with you for at least 2 nights during the trip to share stories and some great Scottish banter – or as local people call it ‘craic’.

Transfers – Wilder Ways can provide a transfer between Campbeltown airport or Campbeltown bus stop and the farm. If you need this, please let Wilder Ways know and confirm a suitable pick-up time before booking your travel.

Finish – This trip finishes on Sunday evening after you return from the ride at approximately 4 p.m.

Departure – Bedrooms must be vacated by 10 a.m. on the last day of riding (i.e. Sunday). However, guests will be able to re-enter their bathrooms for washing prior to their departure from the farm at the end of the day. If you require an additional night’s accommodation and an evening meal to better suit your travel logistics, this can be provided at 150 GBP per person per night, subject to availability.

Location

This holiday takes place at Mull of Kintyre, Scotland.

Food

Breakfast is at 8.30 a.m. For lunch, a picnic ‘on the hoof’ will be provided each day you are on a full-day trail ride. Farmhouse lunches will be provided on archery and jumping days.

Each night you will feast at the farmhouse with ‘horse tv’ streaming live from the comfort of the dining room window! Enjoy a home-cooked 2-course meal made with love.

The Wilder Ways team prides itself in homegrown produce (including pork, lamb, veggies, herbs, and fruit) and other top-quality local fayre (i.e. seafood, breads, and cheeses).

Your hosts will eat with you for at least 2 nights during the trip to share stories and some great Scottish banter – or as local people call it ‘craic’.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • All riding
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Meals
  • Transfers within Mull of Kintyre

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic drinks (you are welcome to bring your own bottle)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Glasgow

  • ​​To get to Glen Kerran by car, you take the A82 out of Glasgow, turning left (looks straight on) at Tarbet (Loch Lomond) onto the A83 signposted Campbeltown and follow the main west coastal road down the peninsula.
  • This will take you through Inveraray, Lochgilphead and Tarbert (Loch Fyne) before reaching Campbeltown.
  • From Campbeltown take the B842 towards Southend, following this road (via Stewarton) until you see the left-hand turn-off for Wilder Ways at PA28 6PJ.
  • Please note several local farms have the same postcode so please watch the signage also.
  • Once on the driveway, follow this approximately 1 km until you reach the farmhouse on your right.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Campbeltown Airport / RAF Machrihanish (CAL). Wilder Ways can provide a transfer between Campbeltown airport or Campbeltown bus stop and the farm. If you need this, please let Wilder Ways know and confirm a suitable pick-up time before booking your travel.

The closest international airport is Glasgow International. There is a small shuttle flight (Loganair) that runs daily to Campbeltown which is relatively inexpensive if you book in advance, takes only 40 minutes, and lands its characterful 16-seater plane on the UK’s longest runway. There are typically 2 flights per day.

Arrival by bus

​There is a regular bus service between Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station to Campbeltown (Citylink service 926). Buchanan bus station is easily accessible from all mainline Glasgow train stations and is a 30-minute shuttle bus ride from Glasgow airport. There are several buses per day and the journey to Campbeltown takes just over 4 hours. Please note, a few buses go via Glasgow airport.

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 advance booking is essential.

Transfers between Campbeltown & The Farm

For those arriving by public transport, we will provide a taxi transfer between Glen Kerran Farm and Campbelltown Airport or Campbelltown Bus Stop. ​Please let the Wilder Ways know and confirm where and when you will arrive and depart into Campbeltown. All transfers included in your adventure will be provided.

Arrival by taxi

​​If you wish for any additional transport, it is possible to book a local taxi, but please note this must be in advance since there are no taxi ranks nearby.

Wilder Ways do not offer transfers from Glasgow Airport. However, local firm Roy’s Taxis, are offering our customers a special discounted rate between Glasgow Airport and Glen Kerran Farm for any flights with a pickup time before 5 p.m. This discounted rate is 250 GBP (one way) and can carry up to 6 passengers. This option allows you to travel in comfort without the worry of onward public transport connections or associated COVID safety. The drive time is approximately 3.5 - 4 hours. If you wish to utilize this offer, please let Wilder Ways know. Please note, a 10 GBP per hour supplement will be applied for any delayed flights.

Airport: Campbeltown Airport / RAF Machrihanish Airport transfer included: Campbeltown Airport / RAF Machrihanish No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

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 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Sunday September 1, 2024
Departure: Sunday September 8, 2024

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