Bring a whole new meaning to the term 'globetrotter' when you embark on a horseback adventure. An extraordinary way to connect with the natural beauty of our planet, horse riding is not just a mode of transport, it’s an extremely freeing experience that will appeal to families, friend groups and solo travellers.
From the rugged mountains of Patagonia to the rolling hills of Ireland, whether you're an experienced equestrian or a novice rider, we are blessed with an array of breathtaking destinations to explore by horseback. So saddle up and join us on a journey to some of the best places in the world to ride a horse, where ancient traditions and stunning landscapes converge.
Patagonia's Untamed Trails
Patagonia - the land of vast open spaces and dramatic panoramas - beckons riders seeking adventure. Traverse the windswept plains and ancient forests and be captivated by the majestic Andes mountains that rise dramatically from the horizon. Riding through the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile or Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park, riders can encounter untamed wildlife, glistening glaciers and pristine lakes. Patagonia is a haven for those who yearn for an epic horseback journey in one of the world’s true wilderness areas.
The African Savannah
The iconic African safari takes on a whole new dimension when experienced from horseback height. In countries like Kenya, Botswana and South Africa, let your inner Karen Blixen or Denys Hatton take the reins as you intimately connect with Africa’s impressive wildlife and vast landscapes. Imagine galloping alongside a herd of zebras, quietly observing elephants in their natural habitat, or cantering across the golden plains as giraffes gracefully graze nearby. African equestrian experiences cater for riders of all abilities and range from daily rides out from lodges or stationary camps to on-the-move adventures sleeping in a different location each night.
The American West
Immerse yourself in the spirit of the Wild West by exploring the vast landscapes of Montana, Wyoming and Colorado on horseback. Picture yourself riding through the untamed beauty of Yellowstone National Park or legendary Monument Valley. The American West offers a taste of freedom as riders traverse expansive prairies, scale breathtaking mountain ranges and witness unforgettable sunsets. Follow in the hoofprints of cowboys and experience the heritage of the American frontier.
Enchanting Irish Countryside
Step into the pages of a fairy tale as you ride through the verdant landscapes of the Emerald Isle. Ireland's rolling green hills, craggy coastlines and mystical ancient ruins provide an enchanting backdrop for equestrian exploration. Ride along rugged trails, through quaint villages, across vast estates and along sandy beaches, immersing yourself in Irish folklore and the warm hospitality of its people. You won’t need to crack the whip to have a craic-ing good horseback adventure in Ireland!
Iceland's Wild Frontier
In the land of fire and ice, horse riding is one of the best ways to explore Iceland’s otherworldly landscapes of cascading waterfalls, volcanic fields and pristine glaciers. As you traverse the untamed wilderness, you can take in all the sights while your sturdy Icelandic horse navigates the rough terrain. These gentle and sure-footed creatures are ideal companions for exploring Iceland's highland trails, thanks in part to their unique ‘tölt’ gait – said to be so comfortable and smooth that you can hold a full glass without spilling it!
Interested in booking a holiday to any of these top riding destinations? Get in touch with your local Travellers Choice agent