Loch Ness Horse Riding Ranch

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founded in 2010
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Coordinator | Patrick
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High­lights

Explore the amazing Scottish Highlands and the mysterious Loch Ness Lake
Care for horses and assist with trail rides around the Loch Ness lake.
Learn about Scottish Culture and improve your English.
Opportunities to take courses and improve your horsemanship.
Travel to the spectacular Loch Ness Lake in the Scottish Highland and volunteer abroad helping with the horse trail riding adventures. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
50

Due to the training and logistics involved the min duration of stay is 6 weeks so you need to be committed for this experience. You will be volunteering along side local staff and volunteers where you will be involved in the care of the horses and assisting the trail rides around the mysterious and beautiful Loch Ness!

You will be involved with many different tasks including: 

  • Grooming, 
  • Tacking up
  • Clipping, plaiting
  • Mucking out
  • Feeding
  • Generally looking after horses and yard maintenance. 
  • Riding, exercising, and schooling horses under supervision. 
  • Readying horses for clients (only experienced riders) and learning customer care skills as well as having an opportunity to interact with riders from all over the world and from all avenues of equestrianism.
  • Assisting with regular veterinary, farriery and physiotherapy visits from equine practitioners. 



Typical day

You will be required to volunteer 6 days a week from 8.30 AM until 1.30 PM. Sundays are off. In the afternoon you have time to relax, explore or take horse riding lessons or practice.

Free-time activities

The location of the project is at the mysterious Loch Ness Lake in the Scottish Highland. There are great opportunities locally for all sports and direct access to the nature that surrounds the riding ranch. Since right to roam exists in Scotland there is no need to worry about trespassing! Weather can be “4 seasons in a day”! It does not get too hot or too cold or too wet but be prepared for all types of weather. The project is 10 miles from the nearest town and buses are not frequent.

Climbing
Hiking
Riding
Sightseeing
Sports
Swimming
Water Sports

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Required Documents
CV, Letter of motivation, Application form, Policies and Liability waiver.
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
You will need to be a Competent English style horse rider. You need to be able to ride fit horses at all paces on various types of terrain. Should be confident in handling of horses on the ground. British Horse Society qualifications if taken will need to be paid for by volunteers. These take place on site and full training is given to those who wish to take the opportunity to obtain a world-renowned qualification in riding, horse care or instructing.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 08:30 - 13:30

What's Included

Services by Fronteering Travel
What's Included
o Placement
Loch Ness Horse Riding Ranch
o Accommodation
Self-catering accommodation with your own private room is provided. The kitchen and washroom will be shared. You will also have access to a full kitchen, wifi and laundry. 
o Meals
A stipend of 50 GBP a week is provided for you to buy your own meals. You will do your own cooking. 
o Transfer
Pick up and transfer from the station or airport in Inverness.  
o Horse riding 
You will have the opportunity to train and practice your horse-riding skills.
o Ongoing service
If there are any problems with your volunteer project we are always there to help you and mediate between yourself and the organization.
o Tours
Through FRONTEERING you have the possibility to book tours in Scotland after you have finished your volunteer project.
o 24/7 Emergency contact
If there are any problems during you stay in Scotland you can reach us 24/7 to assist you.

What's not included: Flights, Insurance

Airport Pickup at Inverness Airport

Pick up and transfer from the station or airport in Inverness.  You will be transferred to the project and back.

Accommodation

Self-catering accommodation is provided including kitchen, washroom, wifi and access to laundry. A budget of 50 GBP per week is allocated to your accommodations heat and electricity bill. Any costs over this will have to be paid directly to the project. While the kitchen, living room and washroom will be shared you will have your own private room.

Bungalow
Food & Beverages
While meals are not included the project does provide a stipend of 50 GBP a week for you to buy your own meals. You will however do your own cooking alone or with the other volunteer. Local supermarkets make online delivery, and we can give lifts to local supermarkets on occasion.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Inverness Airport (INV) in Inverness. We assist you to find cheap flights to Canada.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Canada provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Canada you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Canada.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

The project is available all year round and you can arrive around any day of the week.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
6 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
6 weeks (min. stay)
$595
8 weeks
$645
10 weeks
$695
12 weeks (max. stay)
$745
Average fees
$81 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Fronteering Travel will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Fronteering Travel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Loch Ness Horse Riding Ranch

Travel to the spectacular Loch Ness Lake in the Scottish Highland and volunteer abroad helping with the horse trail riding adventures.

$81/week

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