We have created the opportunity for Wildland’s guests to share their day with our Highland ponies at some beautiful and epic locations up in the hills on some of our estates.
These ponies, which traditionally have been used to bring stalkers’ deer off the hillsides, are increasingly having their days occupied accompanying our guests – and the fabulous picnics we make for them – to a broad mix of picturesque riverside or hillside locations on our estates. There’s nothing more calming than a few hours hiking with ponies, and the views across the lochs and glens in our improving habitats. The chance to see eagles, grouse and deer, perhaps catch and cook a trout add excitement to the day.
The ponies have been bred for these hillsides. They’re stocky and they’re strong and can accompany our guests to places that are simply inaccessible to motorised vehicles. They are also fabulously gentle beasts, which is an important factor when many of our guests have never worked with a horse before. Our routes take into account ability so there is an opportunity for all.
The food we make for our guests at all of our lodges and cottages is always well-received and one of our greatest recommendations – locally sourced, simple, and a great way to start the day or to end it – and it should be no surprise that those same values translate to the care attention we give to the picnics we make too.
So, whether you’re booked to stay with us, or are planning your visit and would like to indulge with this treat for the day, do just contact us here for more information.
In fact our Pony picnic experience is a little bit famous, there’s a broadcast on BBC Radio 4 about one in our Wildland Cairngorm estate that you can listen to here.