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Published March 14th 2017
Heaven for horse lovers- in the form of a beach ride
Horse riding on the beach- isn't it every equestrian lovers dream?
Well, recently I was super fortunate in being offered a place to go on a beach ride through my University Equestrian Club, and I jumped at the opportunity!
Seacliff Stables is a family run stables located 2 miles from North Berwick in East Lothian, near Edinburgh. On their website, they write that they provide 'a unique Horse Riding experience' that is 'surrounded by stunning scenery'. I can confirm (and you can see for yourself from the pictures below) that this is really an understatement.
The staff at Seacliff Stables were friendly and supportive, and took great care when we arrived to match each of us to our horses (who were ready, tacked up and waiting patiently) based on our individual abilities. They were patient and informative with our group, ensuring we were fully able to partake in the ride and providing information about the traits of each of our horses- which to me really proved how much care they take of the animals and just how passionate they are about them.
The ride itself was incredible. We rode through fields initially before reaching the beach at the bottom of a rather steep slope, and the views were spectacular. Looking out across the sea there were views of Tantallon Castle and the world famous Bass Rock, exactly as described on the website. The beach was quiet and not too cold (quite the rarity for a Scottish beach!)- but do wrap up warm if you go.
We also got the chance to canter along the beach, splashing through the sea as we went- which was easily the best part of this whole experience (quite literally the stuff of dreams- if only I could've been wearing a flowing white dress and been barefoot like in the films...)