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Are you horse mad? Then join us at Abernethy Ardgour for our fantastic horse riding camp, in association with our neighbours at the Ardgour Riding Centre.

This camp has become a popular addition to the Abernethy list of options for residential holidays and is ideal for anyone who loves horses and is keen to work on their riding skills and hang out with new friends.  As the camp has grown, so the age group has grown and this year we will be splitting the older and younger participants into 2 groups for all sessions, including the evening programme.

Check out our 2013 saddle club camp video

If you would like to use this camp as your Gold DofE Residential, please inform the office team when booking.

As an Approved Activity Provider for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Abernethy Ardgour is also able to offer DofE horse riding expeditions at Bronze and Silver level, ask us for more information.

What will I learn?

  • You will have instructed riding sessions in the purpose built outdoor riding school which will help to identify and develop any current riding skills you have – if you haven’t done much riding, don’t worry, come ready to learn!
  • During hacks, you will learn road safety and spatial awareness
  •  Stable management skills, including horse care such as grooming and equine health
  • A chance to see the Farrier in action

Download a sample programme HERE

What is included in the price?

  • Full board dorm style accommodation
  • A full programme of instruction, including some outdoor activities and the opportunity to join a session at the Abernethy Kids Cookschool
  • Evening programme, including either, an evening group discussion time where we will be linking moral dilemmas with Bible references in a relevant way or, for the younger children, a tailor made Timeout session
  • Activity group leaders supervising  you for the duration of the camp

What will I need to bring?

  • Boots – preferably riding boots
  • Any horse riding kit that you already have, although we can provide you with all necessary specialist equipment and we have a great drying room which will get everything dry each night, ready for the next day
  • Waterproofs if you have them
  • Swim kit
  • A full kit list will be issued on booking

Who is in charge?

During instructed sessions, the Ardgour Riding Centre coaches and the Abernethy instructors will be tutoring the riding, stable management, kids cookschool  and outdoor activities.

In non-instructed time, our activity group leaders will be supervising you and organising activities.  From making sure you make a packed lunch and respect the centre and its’ facilities to joining in with the outdoor activities and challenges, our team will generally be looking out for you during your time away from home.

How do I get to the Centre?

  • You can come by car - directions are HERE.
  • You can come by public transport and we can pick you up at the Corran Ferry (from the bus) or in Fort William (from the train). 

Give us a call and we can advise you on the best way to travel. 


Summer Camp: 06-11 July 2014 | Age 8-16 split into 2 age groups | £315 | Arrive at the Centre at  4pm on Sunday, depart at 3pm on Friday. Please note the change of date for this camp from that previously published.

DofE Gold Residential: 20-25 July | age 16-25 | £296.80 | Arrive at the centre at 4pm on Sunday, depart 5pm Friday

Places limited to 16

T | 01967 411222 or e-mail

Young Scot rewards points are available for Easter and Summer Saddle Club Camps.

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