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Barrglen Equitation Centre , Glenbarr

Under the ownership of Fiona McArthur, Barrglen Equitation Centre celebrated its 10th anniversary in May 2007. The centre is set amidst a magnificent 5,000 acre working hill sheep farm, with plenty off-road hacking, a 60m x 30m sand arena and traditional stables.

Every lesson is tailored to meet your individual needs. We offer lessons ranging from beginner through to more advanced jumping or flatwork. There is a selection of horses to chose from. All horses are chosen to suit the riders ability and vary from a 13.1hh Welsh x TB to a 17.1hh Belgian WB.

Riding holidays are also available. Accommodation can be arranged in Arnicle House which is right on-site or at a number of local guesthouses or hotels. To provide a more personal service we limit numbers on these holidays to a maximum of 4. Holidays can include as little or as much riding as you wish each day – from an hours hack to 4 hours of lessons or perhaps a mixture of lessons, hacks and stable management.

Remember, we want everyone to achieve their goals and aims during their visit!


Barrglen Equitation Centre
Arnicle Farm, Glenbarr
By Tarbert, Argyll PA29 6UZ

Phone: 01583 421397
Fax: 01583 421258
Email: barrglen@btinternet.com

Website: www.barrglen.co.uk

About Us:

Barrglen Equitation Centre’s proprietor, Fiona McArthur is a qualified BHSAI (reg’d) instructor. Fiona qualified in August 1993 while working in a competition/ livery yard for Trisha Harvey, in Ayrshire. From there, gaining teaching experience working in riding centres in Ayrshire and Lanarkshire, before heading off to New Zealand and Australia.

On returning home to Kintyre, Fiona decided to fulfil her lifetime ambition and began designing the layout of the outdoor arena and stables. Next on the agenda was to begin searching for suitable horses. On the 2nd May 1997, the doors opened for the first time offering pony rides to children under the age of 6 years and riding lessons for beginners, through to the more experienced rider - both adults and children.

From here the business has gone from strength to strength. Since opening it has won the 1998 PSYBT Council Award (local) and was Argyll’s finalist in the 1998 Highlands and Islands PSYBT Business Award in Inverness.

Barrglen is set in 5,000 acres of a working hill sheep farm, situated in a quiet secluded glen, approximately half way down the beautiful and world famous Kintyre peninsula amongst the rolling heather hills and forestry with access to sandy beaches and spectacular views of Ireland, Gigha, Cara, Islay and Jura. The centre is designed to encourage small groups of adults, families and accompanied children to come along and improve their riding skills in a fun relaxed atmosphere. Good quality well-trained horses are available to suit all levels of ability; “The good, the bad and the wobbly” are all welcome and thoroughly catered for!!

Barrglen offers an all-weather 60m x 30m sand arena, seven large loose boxes - either 10x12, 12x12 or a 14x12, show jumps available to hire, breaking and re-schooling, livery, either grazing or stabled, excellent hacking along forestry tracks, rides through the hills around the farm, or beach rides, either hacking to the beach below Glenbarr or transporting the horses to Westport where the beach goes around to Machrihanish (approximately 5 miles long).

Riding Lessons:

Lessons are targeted at each person's ability. For an absolute beginner the first lesson can either be a lead rein lesson or a lesson on the lunge, where the aids to halt, walk, trot and how to change direction are taught.

At the start, it is important to learn “the basic position” as this allows you to sit in balance and comfort on the horse, it also makes it much easier for the horse to carry the rider. After a few lead rein or lunge lessons you can go it alone!

Once the basic position is established and the control over the direction and rhythm of the horse in both trot and canter are good…. its time to move on…. Read more here >>>>


At Barrglen you tell us how you would like to spend your time with us, whether you wish to spend anything from half-an-hour up to four hours on horse back per day, either having lessons in the sand arena or hacking out or maybe you wish to learn about your horse and how to look after them, through stable management lessons.

We offer holidays to both adults and children, though the children do have to be accompanied by an adult, not necessarily having to ride. Through the day the children will be supervised at the centre, leaving the adult free to enjoy the scenic area, golfing, fishing, hillwalking, birdwatching.  Read more here >>>>

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