Military horse ride to re-enact trek across Highlands from 85 years ago

© DC ThomsonKirstin Macka at the Highlanders Museum.
Kirstin Macka at the Highlanders Museum.

Military horse riders will retrace a historic 1930s trek on a four-day endurance ride across the Highlands and Moray.

Called Exercise Highland Garron, troops will follow in the hoof-marks of a recruitment and publicity drive undertaken in 1934 by the Cavalry Regiment of the British Army.

Nicknamed the Royal Scots Greys due to the colour of their horses, they travelled through the Cairngorms to try and boost troop numbers 85 years ago.

Some of the riders will dress in period uniform and carry 1930s equipment.

Riders from the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and Royal Engineers will represent the historic Greys and will follow four sections of the original ride which will pass points of military significance.

They will set off from the forest of Loch Dunmore, near Pitlochry, on Sunday before stopping at Blair Atholl Castle, and then following the Badenoch Way and Speyside Way to Aviemore, passing the ruins of Ruthven Barracks, near Kingussie.

It will end at the Kinloss Army Barracks near Forres.

The troops will arrive at Fort George on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 17, where visitors to Fort George can meet the riders and support staff outside the Highlanders’ Museum – with the military riders and staff dressed in modern and period uniform including from the 5th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders.

Kirstin Mackay, from the Highlanders’ Museum, said: “We are rather pleased to be hosting this historic re-enactment ride.

“It brings history alive, and highlights the contribution of the Highland soldiers to the British Army regiments.”