At Killiechronan in the centre of the Isle of Mull we have a small herd of highland ponies. These ponies live out on the hills all year round, they are kept very naturally with a vast area of rough grazing for them to roam. This lifestyle contributes greatly to their calm temperaments and also their ability to negotiate the rough ground which we ride across to reach the highest view points for the best views across the island and also allow us to cross the rough shoreline to reach the beach where low tides allow us a lovely canter across the stretch of sand and through the waves.
Killiechronan is possibly the best place on the island to spot wildlife. Our resident pair of white tailed eagles are regularly spotted on treks, either resting on the beach waiting for the salmon which swim up the river Ba, or perched in a tree or on a rocky outcrop up the hill. They are not afraid of the ponies and will sit and watch us ride right by. We also frequently see them soaring overhead as well as golden eagles and hen harriers which have all been spotted at Killiechronan.
Along the shore otters live amongst the rocks towards Kellan and are seen swimming in the shallow waters or rubbing their backs in the sand. They are generally shy and you have to be quiet and patient to see them but we often catch them unawares and occasionally a bold youngster will swim alongside us curiously taking a peek at the ponies.
The hills are a great place to see both red and fallow deer who often graze alongside the ponies, also depending on the season the hills are an abundance of rare wild flowers such as orchids and Scottish bluebells and many different species of dragonfly and mayfly are seen as the ponies stop to drink from the water flowing from rocky burns. In the winter the sweet smelling gorse is often in flower and the ponies stop to nibble around the prickles. Even without all this we are constantly surrounded by 360 degree fantastic views, right from the moment you arrive with us, no riding on roads, these ponies take you where no vehicles can go.
If you are like me and all this sounds bliss rounded off by putting your complete trust in one of our pure bred highland ponies, all of which are bred on mull so are completely at one with their surroundings (no wired up thoroughbreds here), then a trek at Killiechronan is just right for you.
You don’t have to be an experienced rider though for the longer treks a good level of fitness and balance is important. We can tailor treks to suit all ages and abilities.