Trails by month
Trails by country
Cross the mythical Andes mountain range from Argentina into Chile on this adventurous expedition. Following the historic San Martin route taken by the Argentine army in 1817 to liberate Chile from the Spanish, this is a fascinating and remote packhorse trail crossing snow-capped peaks, rivers and valleys with camping each night in uninhabited places, accessible only on horseback and flanked by the highest mountains in the continent. A real challenge for intermediate riders onwards, this is one of the few itineraries which completes the crossing in the original direction starting in Argentina and finishing in Chile.
Discover the beauty of Portugal’s Atlantic coast on this varied trail, beginning in the lush and green coastal mountains of Grandola before reaching the deserted beaches and lagoons of the Alentejo region. Beautiful, well behaved, Lusitano horses await with comfortable hotels and swimming pools for evening relaxation. A fantastic holiday in the sun for intermediate riders onwards.
A based stay at a hillside ranch in the heart of Andalusia suitable for all levels. Riders can enjoy a mix of lessons and hacking out in the beautiful Andalusian hills. There are many activities for non-riders and riding is available for children from 6 years onwards. Ride through picturesque olive groves and spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool before an early evening ride at this luxury hacienda.
This unique hacienda is based in the heart of Andalucia. With a stable full of impressive horses, and enjoying over 300 days of sunshine a year, this hillside ranch offers the perfect short break for all levels of rider. Explore this glorious sun-dappled region of Spain, following secret trails through the olive groves with plenty of time to relax poolside in the afternoons. Read a review of this destination in Elle magazine here.
Follow the Moroccan coastline and ride across the sands of the deserted beaches while enjoying the fresh Atlantic breeze. Climb on the rocky cliffs and admire the views over the blue ocean, ride on the sandy dunes and follow the windy paths that take you through local fishing villages. Taste the delicious Moroccan cooking and spend your evenings sitting around a campfire at the traditional bivouac camp.
This trail takes you through the heart of Ecuador’s Avenue of the Volcanoes, 45 minutes south of the historic colonial city of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. You’ll enjoy traditional hospitality with a touch of luxury at your host’s beautiful hacienda. Catering for independent travelers as well as larger groups, this trail, amid the majesty of the high Andes of Equator, was voted one of top horse treks in the world.
Ride over the High Atlas Mountains from Agadir to Essaouira. This ride takes you through the rural mountain setting on old Berber paths and past traditional villages. Reach the Atlantic coastline and enjoy exhilarating gallops on the sands. Experience the atmospheric evenings spent around a campfire and taste the delicious, traditional Moroccan cooking.
Discover Turkey’s Mediterranean southern coast where you’ll ride on beaches, through forests and across rivers on endurance-trained Arabs. As well as thrilling fast-paced riding there are boat trips across stunning lagoons, a visit to a turtle sanctuary and opportunities for swimming every day.
Ride through the vineyards of Bordeaux, tasting some of the world-famous wines produced in the region: Médoc, Côte de Blaye, Côte de Bourg, Bordeaux Supérieur, Lalande-Pomerol, St Emilion and Sauternes to name a few. Wash these down with plenty of local cheeses, meats and potato dauphinoise for a truly indulgent experience combined with fast-paced riding through the quintessentially french countryside.
Our flagship six-day, five-night Border to Coast trail starts from Freerein HQ on the Welsh/English Border in the Wye Valley, and finishes on the sands of the Dovey Estuary, Ynyslas. This is a real trail riding expedition, covering 100 miles, crossing Wales along unmarked tracks and trails through wild, remote hills and valleys, staying overnight at small inns and guest houses along the way.
Head to the Costa De La Luz in south western Spain for superb horse-riding on golden beaches and sandy tracks through unspoilt forests. An ideal introduction to riding holidays, with morning rides followed by tapas lunches with time left to spend swimming or wandering around the local area, before going out for dinner in the evening. With a fantastic warm and sunny climate this stretch of Atlantic coast offers a real treat for horse riders. A warm welcome, fun atmosphere, well schooled horses and fabulous riding complete this long weekend.
Travel high into the wild mountains and valleys of the Canadian Rockies on this adventurous pack trip in the Banff National Park. This is a pack trip where you’ll travel from lodge to lodge with towering snow-capped mountains on three sides. Ideal for all levels of rider, however a good head for heights is necessary, the trail takes you up to over 8,000 ft for some truly spectacular views. A trail for adventurous riders who want to explore the wild-life filled mountains off the beaten track.
This wonderful, active riding adventure takes you right into the heart of Cappadocia national park. The unique moon-like landscape with its geological wonders of fairy chimneys, lush green canyons and vast high plateaux will take your breath away. Visit the famous underground cave villages full of history and experience the second to none Anatolian hospitality.
For lovers of horses and wine, visit the region of Champagne where you can canter across scenic vineyards, through rural French villages and sip champagne in Epernay after a day’s riding. This trail is a fascinating exploration of French wine production, excellent riding terrain and historical sites.
The great castles of the Loire Valley are arguably among the finest legacies history has left us. Chenonceau, Cheverny, and Chaumont are outstanding examples of the tremendous flowering of French culture and can be visited on this seven night trail ride starting in Montrichard and ending in Pontlevoy. You will journey across the Loire Valley, stopping at its majestic renaissance castles en route. Beautiful scenery, responsive horses and great food and wine, this is the ideal trail for lovers of French history, culture and architecture.
This short break takes small groups of experienced riders along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Pick up the pace on breathtaking sandy beaches, explore sea and off-shore islands and discover hidden mountain tracks on board responsive and willing Irish-bred horses. The ideal way to spend a long weekend and a fantastic introduction to riding in Ireland. Evenings are spent in the lively town of Westport where you can experience traditional Irish hospitality.
The Clew Bay Trail Ride takes small groups of experienced riders along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way through new and ever-changing landscapes of small villages, breathtaking sandy beaches, sea and off-shore islands, country lanes, mountain tracks and local heritage sites, stopping for a picnic along the way.
An 8-night trail from Marsella to the thermal springs of Santa Rosa, crossing the Colombian Andes and staying in comfortable hotels and haciendas along the way. Explore the region of Risaralda in the heart of the coffee triangle of Colombia where you can experience rural Latin America at its finest, riding open trails that lead you through over 100 miles of beautiful landscape. The open grasslands high up in the Andes mountains provide plenty of opportunities to canter. At the end of the trail reward yourself with a soak in the therapeutic waters of the natural thermal hot pools. Suitable for those who are confident cantering and have a sense of adventure.
Move hundreds of Scottish Highland cattle over the vast Dartmoor landscape on well-trained Quarter horses with accommodation in a traditional Dartmoor inn or hotel. A rare chance for confident riders to join the UK’s only cattle drive.
For over 90 years this 600 acre family guest ranch has provided authentic western ranch holidays for all levels of rider. Nestled in its own private mountain valley in Colorado, the ranch promises an exciting week under the backdrop of big mountains and starry skies. Explore the vast Colorado backcountry on one of the Quarter horses crossing creeks, passing hot springs and climbing through the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The ranch suits adults and children alike and is considered a fantastic family destination where guests of any age and ability can enjoy ranch life, adult only weeks are also offered.
Ride on deserted beaches, over shifting sand dunes through tropical palm groves, and protected wetlands while you spot shipwrecks and marine life such as dolphins, whales and seals on this diverse riding expedition across Uruguay. Further inland, you’ll ride with the gauchos and practise your cattle driving skills at traditional estancias on Criollo horses before relaxing in the evening with excellent food and wine. An undiscovered gem in the heart of Latin America.
Ride the ancient Etruscan pathways and discover this little visited corner of Southern Tuscany. Canter across breath-taking mountain pastures, follow the banks of the river Fiora and find your way through the area’s mysterious sunken roads cut deep into the rock over 2,000 years ago.
This ride takes you through the tropical rainforests, cloud forests and mountainous landscapes of Costa Rica. Close to the Pacific coast, you’ll be staying in a comfortable hacienda high in the Montes de Oro (Golden Hills.) The hacienda itself boasts three waterfalls with natural pools perfect for swimming and each day you’ll head out on horseback into the surrounding rainforest. This destination offers intermediate riders onwards an idyllic combination of exotic jungle, fabulous riding on highly trained horses and outstanding wildlife.
Nestled deep in the Aegean sea is the perfect holiday island of Rhodes. Known as the jewel of the Dodecanese, the island abounds with turquoise water, wooded valleys and ancient history. This destination offers a relaxing week of horse riding with time to explore the white sand beaches, hidden waterfalls and mountain villages, all topped off by the peerless Greek food. This is a based stay at a comfortable ranch with a few hours riding each day. A wonderful opportunity to explore Rhodes in the saddle.
Stay in a unique area of exceptional beauty with volcanic formations, green valleys and hot springs, riding on scenic routes in varied terrain. Participants stay at Hótel Eldhestar and ride in the area surrounding the farm. Discover the fast-flowing, glacial waters of the Ölfusá river and see the hot, geothermal streams of Reykjadalur. At the end of each day, you can enjoy a soak in the hot tub, a good dinner and comfortable accommodation.
This six night trail ride is perfect for small groups of experienced and adventurous riders, allowing you to explore some of the most spectacular scenery on the west coast of Ireland as well as your host’s private island.. Explore quaint villages, sandy beaches and rocky coastline and immerse yourself in the lush splendour of the north west of Ireland known as the Wild Atlantic Way. This region packs as much scenery, myth and folklore into its borders as any visitor could hope for and you’ll be hosted by the O’Connor family who have lived here for generations.
Experience the glorious charm of Istria, where olive groves gradually give way to wooded hills and fertile valleys. Varied terrain on this trail offers excellent riding with some exhilarating gallops combined with mountain climbs where you’ll journey across mountain peaks and lush meadows to reach the cobbled fishing villages and crystalline waters of the Adriatic sea. Spectacular scenery and forward-going horses for intermediate riders onwards.
The Kjölur route is an ancient riding trail crossing Iceland’s uninhabited highland, intimately associated with many dramatic events in Icelandic history. Visit the popular attractions of Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot springs before heading to the interior of Iceland, passing glaciers, hot springs and the fascinating wilderness of the highlands.
This exciting itinerary in north west India combines five days of riding with wildlife spotting, camping in the desert wilderness and visiting the beautiful town of Udaipur and Kumbhalgarh Fort. Experience rural India at it’s best on expertly-trained Marwari horses. Start the trail high up in the Aravalli hills, before cantering across the wooded valleys and open plains to reach camp. Jeep safari is available for morning and evening leopard spotting. Ideal for intrepid travellers who want to experience a true trail riding adventure.
This is the ultimate riding safari through some of the most prolific wildlife areas in Africa. Home to one of the greatest natural spectacles on earth; the wildebeest migration where more than a million hungry wildebeest travel from Tanzania to Kenya’s Mara National Reserve alongside a few hundred thousand zebras and half a million gazelles, these safaris are characterised by the relaxed pace, luxurious camps and interaction and collaboration with the indiginous Maasai people. On this mobile tented safari you’ll ride alongside an abundance of wildlife such as lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and zebra, as well as huge numbers of plains game and birdlife.
One of the most challenging trail rides in the world. Fast riding across 400km taking in the wide open spaces of the Namib desert, the highlands and semi-desert sheep farms, through mountainous terrain and red sand dunes until finally reaching the Atlantic ocean. Camp in tents or sleep under the stars, this is an extreme riding experience for experienced riders craving a real adventure.
Explore the highlands of Kerry with the majestic McGillycuddy Reeks, Ireland’s greatest mountain range as your backdrop. Ride on country lanes, mountain tracks through forests, over bogs and on the golden beaches. Journey on historic Celtic trails stopping for picnic lunches in breathtaking landscapes, it’s easy to see why this trail has been named one of the World’s Greatest Horse Treks by CNN Travel. Accommodation in local hotels/b&Bs in traditional Irish villages and small towns.
Riding in the hoof prints of “El Libertador” Simon Bolivar. The trail covers over 100 miles of extremely varied terrain, passing alongside mountains and rivers, traversing lush ravines, open grasslands and past extinct volcanos.
Sit back and enjoy the incredible panoramic views
Ride the ancient paths of the Gredos Mountains on this true trail ride across central Spain. Travel west following the Tormes river valley, through breathtaking landscapes which differ each day – from medieval villages full of history, to the tops of rocky mountains, to stunning valleys. An unmissable adventure!
Travel between two UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the ancient silver route in Mexico. Encounter an unseen, forgotten Mexico; colonial cities, majestic shrines, and traditional rural communities, all while following the old Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, a 2.500 long trade route used to transport silver. Take in the beautiful natural landscapes of oak forests, mountains passes and wildlife-filled floodplains and discover 500 years of history, through cobbled streets little changed in centuries and an indigienous culture rarely glimpsed by outsiders.
Get completely off-grid and spend a week exploring the iconic high country stations of the South Island in deepest New Zealand. Stay in basic shearers huts or tents and gain an insight of how life works on these remote sheep and cattle stations. This is an adventurous participatory ride and you will be involved in the daily work of looking after the horses and setting up camp on the trip.
A progressive ride around Dartmoor staying at different B&B’s and hotels each night. A unique riding adventure, you’ll enjoy fabulous horse riding across the Dartmoor landscape on high quality, forward going Quarter horses. You’ll be guided through incredible scenery, past prehistoric settlements, neolithic stone circles, ancient tin mines and beautiful forestry, this trail is a real showcase of Dartmoor’s natural beauty.
The Thracian Valley with its picturesque rose and lavender fields, combined with world class frescos and monasteries, offers an unparalleled riding experience. Ride past ancient Thracian and Roman ruins, taste delicious wines, canter across the endless open spaces of this region and at the end of the day treat yourself at the spa. Ideal for those wishing to combine a riding holiday with a bit of pampering.
This four day, three night trail ride starts and ends at Freerein HQ on the Welsh/English Border in the Wye Valley. This is an incredible journey covering 70 miles, exploring the heart of Mid-Wales along unmarked tracks and trails through wild, remote hills and valleys, staying overnight at country inns and family run B&B’s along the way. The route is steeped in mystery and historic tales, dating back to the 1st Century.
The Tuli Safari is an adventure that covers a distance of over 120 miles and enjoys long extended canters across the open land. Traversing the Mopane savannah and stunning river valleys, with accommodation in three unique and beautiful camps, each with distinct design and character.
A short break staying at an Icelandic horse farm and spending three days riding exploring the fascinating volcanic mountains nearby. Ride over moss-covered lava fields and into a unique area of exceptional beauty with volcanic formations, green valleys and hot springs. Visit the hidden Valley of the Horses and ride along the Jórukleif range of mountains before continuing to the largest lake in Iceland. Discover forests with steaming hot springs and waterfalls before taking a dip in the warm, geothermal river in Reykjadalur Valley. For all levels.
Discover the southern parts of Jordan on horseback where the rugged nature is breathtakingly beautiful. The natural wonder of Wadi Rum is one of the most impressive desert landscapes in the world. This echoing and colourful desert is a true paradise for nature lovers. Ride over the mountainous area around Petra with stunning views to the desert and enjoy long canters across the vast sand plains. Spend the evenings at camp sitting around a campfire, tasting delicious Arabic dishes and soaking in the quietness of the desert under starlit skies.
Discover the Southwestern charm of Arizona and the saguaro-dotted deserts of Tucson at this family ranch in the foothills of the Tucson Mountains and neighbouring Saguaro NAtional Park.. Just 70 miles north of the Mexican border, this is a fabulous slice of the American West with a real frontier feel. With 3000 acres to explore and varied riding itineraries there is something to suit all levels at this friendly and welcoming ranch.
As well as riding there are tennis courts, swimming pools, hiking opportunities and rodeo demonstrations. Ideal for both families with children as well as single travellers the ranch is renowned for its warm welcome, Wild-West heritage, and the spectacular, unspoiled landscape of the Sonoran Desert.
Explore the rugged, unspoilt, natural beauty of the Wild Coast of South Africa. A malaria- free area, the Wild Coast offers an unparalleled riding experience over rocky headlands, through the rolling hills of the former homeland of the Transkei and along vast tracts of empty golden beaches. This is not called the most spectacular beach riding in the world for nothing – the riding is quite simply, fantastic.
Discover Portugal’s wild side on this trail through the Peneda Geres national park where you can spot eagles, deer and even wolves. Look out for one of the last species of wild horses in Europe: the Garranos, who roam these remote mountains in herds. This northernmost area of Portugal is peppered with hidden valleys, hilltop villages and prehistoric rock art, while tangled woods envelop ancient castles and forts.
Experience this epic trail which crosses the greenest and wildest parts of Sicily, setting off from the eastern Madonie Mountains and crossing the wooded Nebrodi Mountains to arrive at Mount Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.
Travel back in time and follow the mediaeval Zagoria caravan pathways into the land of myths and tales. Your ride will pass through ancient ruins, medieval villages with their churches, and unique stone bridges built during the period of Ali Pasha.
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