Believe it or not, the majority of our globetrotters travel solo. And why wouldn’t they?
You can pick the travel dates that fit within your holiday schedule rather than co-ordinating with a friend.
You can choose a ride based on YOUR budget, time, interests and riding ability.
You’ll meet like-minded folk who all share a common love of horses and travelling.
PLUS from the get-go, we make it super easy and hassle-free to be a solo globetrotter.
The wonderful thing about horse riding holidays is that more often than not, everyone is ‘riding solo’. And once you’ve completed one ride as a single traveller, you’ll realise it’s an absolute cinch and you’ll be signing up for your next ride in a heartbeat. In our opinion, the best perk is that you get to meet an entire community of avid globetrotters. You might even end up organising a riding holiday reunion!
Have we piqued your interest? If not, the following rides definitely will – on these holidays, you get your OWN single room without having to pay ANY additional fees or single supplement! Hallelujah!
The Scottish Borders Ride
This ride in the gobsmackingly beautiful Scottish Borders region sees you partake in the oldest horse riding festival in the world, the Common Ridings. Imagine galloping across the common lands with up to 300 other horses and riders in commemoration of a time when local men risked their lives in order to protect their communities from invasion. These rides are a HUGE part of life in the Scottish Borders and you’ll find yourself totally immersed in the local culture. You’ll also enjoy rollicking rides over picture perfect moors, glens, farmland, forests and beaches. AND you’ll have your own luxurious room in Windlestraw House, a magnificent Edwardian manor which is hands-down amazing – bespoke yet homely. The owners, John and Sylvia, will charm you with their Scottish knowledge and hospitality.
Discover a culturally vibrant, historically rich and incredibly beautiful part of Europe on this riding holiday centred around Coín, one of Andalusia’s traditional ‘white villages’. Home to the famous Andalusian horse, this region ticks every Globetrotting box – a true feast for the senses awaits. On this ride, you’ll explore the ever-changing landscapes of Andalusia, from churning rivers to broad meadows to forested mountainsides. It’s impossible NOT to absorb the culture in this region – it explodes out of every white village, every haystack, every tapas bar and every clack of the castanets. When you’re not astride your Purebred Spanish Horse you’ll be discovering Andalusia’s best-kept secrets, and retiring each night to your private room in the 300-year-old marble mill you get to call home.
Dressage Ride, Spain
This holiday sees you learn to dance to the rhythm of the majestic Andalusian horse under the tuition of some of Spain’s best instructors. Is anyone else drooling right now?! The itinerary is tailored to guests’ goals and preferences, meaning you get to choose your perfect balance of classical dressage, High School training and trail riding. Whether it’s your first time dressage riding or your thousandth, you’ll come away from this holiday a better rider and one VERY happy globetrotter! Oh, and for the die-hard dressage enthusiasts among you, we’ve also managed to score some exclusive clinics with Olympic Medallist Rafael Soto! As a solo globetrotter, you’ll be accommodated in Hotel Posada San Fernando in the beautiful town of Carmona, where the walls whisper stories and the streets thrum with the rhythm of Andalusian life.
Sierras Chicas, Argentina
This ride is based out of a 6,500-acre estancia in the majestic Sierras Chicas mountain range, where you’ll witness Argentinian life at its horse-loving, cattle-working, food-obsessed best. And if you’re travelling solo, you’ll get a room to yourself! (If you book with a friend, though, you’ll share a room.) Both the itinerary and the riding hours are flexible, so you can really customise your experience to suit your interests. Swinging your leg over a traditional sheepskin saddle (SO comfy), you’ll watch from between your horse’s ears as your gaucho guide reveals the landscapes and culture of the Sierras Chicas. As well as infinite trail riding possibilities, there’s the opportunity to try your hand at cattle work, polo and the gaucho game ‘sortja’ – and plenty of off-the-horse activities, too.
Tassie Tiger Trail, Australia
We’re not exaggerating when we say the Tassie Tiger Trail has everything you could ever want from a horse riding holiday: beautiful, responsive, naturally trained horses, hosts who LIVE to show their guests the delights of their home turf, jaw-dropping scenery, drool-worthy local cuisine and the chance to take your horsemanship to the next level. With Quamby Bluff as your backdrop, you’ll head out on your naturally-trained endurance horse to discover never-ending forestry trails, idyllic countryside, spectacular waterfalls, pristine beaches and 300 year old rainforest. You’ll experience a true microcosm of Tasmania’s history and culture, its stark scenery and unique wildlife, and of course its many culinary delights. After dinners full of stories and laughter, a comfortable private room will be waiting for you in the pretty riverside village of Deloraine.
The Grape Horse Adventure, Australia
World class horses, food and wine are all on the menu on this holiday in South Australia’s Barossa Valley. Join Jen and Jeremy, much-loved guides of the Tassie Tiger Trail, and their naturally-trained endurance horses for a ride with all the complexity, individuality and downright deliciousness of a fine wine. Your days will be spent meandering through the Barossa Valley Ranges along quiet country roads, sweeping vineyards and forestry trails, before descending into town to sample some of the region’s best food and wine. On top of that, you’ll have the chance to delve into the world of natural horsemanship as you ride barefoot and bitless! You’ll be accommodated in the modern, beautifully appointed Strachur Farm homestead, which consists of six private rooms and two shared bathrooms.
The Shoalhaven Ride, Australia
A hop, skip and a jump from Sydney, the Shoalhaven region is one of the most beautiful and varied parts of Australia’s east coast. From world class wineries and gourmet produce to pockets of bushland where kangaroos and cockatoos outnumber humans at a ratio that must be nearing 1:1000, this is a place where luxury meets rugged wilderness. With boutique accommodation, sumptuous cuisine, glass after glass of fine wine, responsive Arabian horses, gorgeous beaches, picturesque farmland and untouched national parks, this is a holiday that truly pulls out all the stops. Your plush, private room at Champagne Hill has a bathroom shared with one other guest and unlimited access to the farmhouse, kitchen, pool and tennis court. Heaven!
As you can see, there really are no limits when it comes to going solo on a horse riding holiday, and there are plenty of options that don’t charge you for the privilege. We’ll be updating this list as we add more rides to our portfolio. Solo globetrotters are some of our best and happiest clients, and we’ll always strive to make your holiday as utterly perfect as possible!
Oh, and by the way, if you’re looking at a ride that does charge a single supplement or doesn’t offer single accommodation options, we’re always happy to team you up with another globetrotter of the same gender so you can share a room together. Many lifelong friendships have been borne of this dilemma!