Traigh Mhòr Pony Trekking
Traigh Mhòr pony trekking offers a unique all year round horse riding around the quiet crofting township of New Tolsta, Isle of Lewis. It is a small, family run business that strives to provide a friendly, personal and encouraging experience of exploring some of the Western Isles impressive and often overlooked landscapes on horseback. We offer a number of different treks and hacks including on the moorland, sand dunes, beaches and around the village and common grazing, ranging from 40 mins to 2.5 hours for both children and adults. We can also offer flat and jumping riding lessons on our quiet croft for beginners, novices and intermediate level riders.
Meet the Team.
Traigh Mhòr pony trekking is a family business.
Leigh runs the show. She is a qualified ride leader/instructor whose lifelong passion with horses started at the tender age of 5! Leigh manages bookings and will also lead rides and activities at the centre.
Leigh's husband, Gavin helps out around the croft making and mending. On busy days he will assist on the yard and out on treks.
Our daughters Kirsty, Sarah and Rebecca help out leading rides and activities. Our son, Thomas also puts in an appearance from time to time!
Shannon is Our Yard Manager and chief ride leader. She manages the day-to-day operations and often goes out with rides. She is ably assisted by Layla.
Mairi ,Eilidh, Maja, Laura, Isla, and Abby are our young ride leaders. They help out around the yard and assist the rider leader on treks and hacks. They are passionate about horses and always full of laughter and smiles. We have a number of young people who join us for the summer holidays earning extra pennies.
We have a few volunteers who come down to help out and to be around the horses. Some of the girls are working towards their Saltire and Duke of Edinburgh qualifications as well as gaining extra recognition for college/ university entrance.
Friends of Traigh Mhòr
The rapid growth of Traigh Mhòr, led to the formation of a group called Friends of Traigh Mhòr. The Friends help out at events, be it as stewards; first aiders; helping out with catering or fundraising. They help us raise funds for charities such as Action for Children, Bethesda Hospice and Glasgow Sick Childrens Hospital. They once even helped us to level 15 tonnes of sand!
They are incredibly supportive in what we are trying to achieve and they also bring lots of humour to the yard.
Tràigh Mhòr is Gaelic for 'Big Beach' and our Tràigh Mhòr is a mile long stretch of flat, golden sand on the north east coast of the Isle of Lewis.