The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 provided the right of responsible access to walking, cycling and horse riding. Horse riding in the past has been a minority activity within the Regional Park, but with increasing access to livery and stables, within and close to the Pentlands, more riders are using their right to access the hills.
The Regional Park has working with landowners, the British Horse Society and local stables to agree safe and accessible routes through the hills, taking into account the needs of horse riders, other recreational users and the requirements of land management. Horse-riding is limited within the Ministry of Defence training area, due to the danger of unexpected explosions.
A leaflet Horse Riding in the Pentland Hills Regional Park has been produced giving guidance on routes, and highlighting horse riders' responsibilities.
For further information on horse riding topics please visit British Horse Riding Society Scotland.