Discover the Beauty of Isle of Arran on Horseback with North Sannox Pony Trekking
North Sannox Pony Trekking offers horse riding activities for beginners and experienced riders. It is a family-run business located on a working hill sheep farm on the northeast side of the Isle of Arran, established in 1981. The Trekking and Riding Society of Scotland (TRSS) approves it. It is situated about a mile north of Sannox, and it is well-signposted. The farm is a 20-minute drive from Brodick, where the main ferry terminal is, and 15 minutes from Lochranza, where the ferry from Argyll docks.
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The farm offers outdoor activities such as horse riding, and it caters to both beginners and experienced riders. All horses and ponies are suitable for riders with any experience level, and complete beginners are welcome. The centre currently offers paddock rides, half-hour treks, and one or two-hour treks through scenic countryside. The age limit for paddock rides is 3-5 years old, for a half-hour trek, 4-10 years old, for a one-hour trek, 5 years old and up, and for a two-hour trek, 7 years old and up. The maximum weight allowed is 12st.
The one-hour trek follows a forestry path beside the coast, where riders can spot seals, otters, porpoises, and dolphins occasionally. The two-hour trek is a circular route that goes around the hills into the scenic Glen Sannox, follows the glen track down to the beach and back around a coastal path to North Sannox. Seals are frequently seen in the sea, and occasionally, dolphins and basking sharks in the summer months.
The prices are £10 per child for the Paddock Ride, £25 per person for a half-hour trek, £35 per person for a one-hour trek, and £65 per person for a two-hour trek. Payment is by cash only. It is essential to book in advance by emailing [email protected], the preferred method, or texting 07984 256664. The management usually responds in the evenings as they are out on treks during the day. North Sannox Pony Trekking is closed on Sundays.
The farm has a variety of shapes, sizes, and colours of horses and ponies. They range in height from 9hh to 16.2hh, all have a gentle temperament, and are sure-footed on the various terrains that riders will trek through. All riders are required to wear a riding helmet approved to current standards, which is provided free of charge. Riders must wear footwear with a slight heel. The farm has a selection of boots available for those with unsuitable footwear.
North Sannox Pony Trekking has received glowing reviews from visitors who have enjoyed the experience. Children who have never ridden before can have a short lead rein ride on one of the farm’s small ponies. The trekking centre is a great excursion when visiting Arran, and it is highly recommended.