Lochhill Equestrian & Trekking Centre

Attractions in Castle Douglas

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Lochhill Equestrian & Trekking Centre


Lochhill Equestrian Centre was established in 1999 and is set in the heart of the beautiful countryside of South West Scotland. We offer a wide range of equestrian services for all ability ranges, from age 5 upwards. Lochhill is fully licensed and insured. For those interested in learning to ride, or improving skills, we offer riding lessons either on a one to one basis or within a group setting. Our friendly, qualified staff will carry out an initial assessment of riding ability before recommending the best lesson plan for you. Sorry, no children under 5 years of age are permitted to ride. We have a large, floodlit outdoor arena enabling us to provide lessons through the darker winter months, and a smaller indoor school for those days when the weather really is against us. Pony Club Centre:

We are an accredited Pony Club Centre Livery: Various livery packages available –

Clipping: Clipping and trimming can be arranged on site.

Competitions: We run various different competitions and events throughout the year


  • Group: Max 10 people per session – sessions made up of riders of similar age / ability
    Individual: One to one tuition
    Restricted: Your group of friends / family with an instructor
    Jumping: Lessons available on an individual / restricted basis
    Own horse: On or off site, group, individual or restricted available.

Trekking & Hacking

  • 1 hour (novice): Quiet ride suitable for beginners after short period of instruction. Lead rein available if required.
  • 1 hour: Able to walk/trot confidently. Canter can be incorporated if rider’s ability allows. Short assessment of riding ability before setting off.
  • 2-3 hour: Faster ride for the more experienced rider who rides on a regular basis.

Horses and Ponies for hire

Horses available for hire for various common rides (Kirkcudbright, Gatehouse, Dumfries). Prices include tack and turnout, delivery/collection from an event, support during the event and local hunts. Riders must try out horse/pony prior to the event and satisfy the instructor that their riding is of a high enough standard to safely complete the event. Riders must obtain private insurance for the event and the principal insurance document must be produced to the Centre prior to the event. A non-refundable deposit will be taken at the time of booking.


So much research has gone into the choosing of our attractions and here at the Lochill Equestrian & Trekking Centre, they don’t only talk the talk, they walk the walk also. Established in 1999, Helen Jack had a vision and it was one that helped her established this popular Scottish equestrian and trekking centre in the heart of the Dumfriesshire and Galloway countryside. So, whether you're looking for a trek through the Scottish countryside, or horse riding lesson itself, Helen and her team are completely on hand to service any of your horse riding needs and all at a very reasonable price, opposed to having to pay an arm and a leg in the process. Each activity has been well thought through and no matter what your level of expertise, Lochill can work with sheer novices, to experienced riders! So for those of you wanting a truly different activity on holiday, get your ride booked!

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Contact Us

Ringford ,
Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway , DG7 2AR

01557 820225




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