Horse Riding in Montenegro

Horse Riding in Montenegro: Explore hidden beauty and secret watering holes.

Have you ever dreamed of swaying gently with the easy walk of a horse while you marvel at majestic mountains rising up either side of you?

How about listening to nothing but birdsong and the muted padding of horse hooves along a mossy path through lush forest?

Or the exhilaration of cantering across a field of wild flowers?

What about splashing with your horse in a hidden freshwater spring?

Or galloping along a sandy beach with the ocean breeze in your hair?

Go horse riding in Montenegro to explore sandy beaches, lush forests, open plateaus, lakes and anywhere off the beaten track!Horse riding in Montenegro: Ulcinj's Velika Plaza beach

It sounds like a fairytale right? But with horse riding in Montenegro, the fairytale comes to life!

This is an absolutely unique way to see some of the most spectacular – and secret! – destinations in Montenegro. When you explore on horseback you’ll be able to:

  • Go where no vehicle can take you.
  • Cover more than you could on foot.
  • Explore Montenegro’s stunning mountain, river and forest scenery.
  • Take part in unique experiences, like wild swimming in secret swimming holes, that 99% of tourists here miss.
  • Explore abandoned stone villages and mountain villages where life hasn’t changed in 100 years.
  • Snack on wild fruit in abandoned orchards.

This is the Montenegro that has yet to be discovered by the masses.

And the great thing is, you don’t need to be an expert rider to experience it. Even if you’ve never ridden a horse before, you can explore Montenegro’s hidden treasures on horseback. This activity is great even if you’ll be in a group and some won’t be taking part. There are plenty of trails and paths through the mountains to explore on foot and you can get maps of the local tracks at the ranch.

If you’ve never ridden before, I encourage you to give it a try. There’s an indescribable feeling of being one with nature when you’re mounted on a horse, marveling at stunning natural beauty. You and your horse become one as you explore along forest and mountain trails together. There’s no car window or exhaust fumes to come between you and the wild nature you came to experience. And if you’re worried about actually learning to guide a horse, it’s surprisingly easy. Horses tend to follow each other so your horse will just happily walk behind your ride leader – that is unless he spots a tasty patch of grass he really wants to eat!

There’s one specialist company that offers horse riding in Montenegro. Mountain Riders has a full selection of trail rides that are suitable for everyone, from beginners to experienced riders. Their ranch is just 15 minutes from Podgorica and they offer riding tours in three locations around Montenegro. If you’re interested in doing a riding tour in Montenegro, you can see the tour options in detail below. 

Tours take place in three locations around Montenegro:

You can also arrange bespoke tours in special locations like on Ulcinj's sandy beaches.


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Komani Highlands

Mountain Riders’ ranch is in Komani, just 15 minutes from Podgorica. It’s a beautiful area full of rolling hills and lush vegetation that you can explore on horseback. This the best place to start if you’re a beginner or you’ve never been horse riding before.

Each tour is led by a licensed, English-speaking instructor, who’ll take you through some of the most beautiful scenery in the area. Each tour also includes rest and photo stops and can be tailored to your skill and experience.

There are three tour options:


Introduction to Trail Riding - Beginner and First Time Riders

This is a two hour tour that will take you on an easy and panoramic ride along the meandering paths of the Komani Highlands. It’s perfect for beginners and those looking for a scenic and unique experience.

The tour starts with an introduction to the horses and horse riding. You can get to know your horse while riding around the small arena for about 15 minutes, or until you feel comfortable.

Then you’ll pack water and apples (for your trusty steed!) and follow the trail into the hills. The relaxing route meanders past traditional stone houses until you reach a lookout with stunning views over Sitnica River Valley.

After admiring the view, it’s time for a short refreshment break and some photos before you take another relaxing ride back to the ranch. Along the way you’ll stop at a local church - Sveti Kuzma and Damjan - and on clear days you’ll get views all the way to Albania.

Tour Details

Start point: Oraovica, Komani.
Start time: Flexible.
Duration: 2 hours.
Price: €40 per person and €10 per additional hour. Tours are available for single riders at a 30% supplement.
Group sizes: Minimum 2, maximum 6.  If you’re a single, you can also use the contact form below to find out if you can join any other groups.
Age restrictions: 18 years and older. Riders aged 16-18 can ride with written parental consent. Riders aged 12-15 can ride with parental consent, proof of diploma from a riding school and must be accompanied on the tour by a parent. 


Half Day Mountain Ride - Beginner and Intermediate Riders

This is a three hour tour that follows the paths through the hills of Komani, with a short rest for riders and horses at the half way point. It’s for intermediate riders, but you can also do it if you’re a beginner rider who has good balance and fitness in other equilibrium and co-ordination sports like snowboarding, martial arts or pilates.

The tour starts with an introduction to the horses. You can then get to know your horse while riding around the small arena for about 15 minutes, or until you feel comfortable. Then, you can test your skills or learn new ones on the on-site trail before heading off on the mountain trail.

The relaxing route meanders past traditional stone houses until you reach a lookout with stunning views over Sitnica River Valley. If you’re a confident rider, you’ll be able to take your horse for a trot on the country roads.

After admiring the view, it’s time for a short refreshment break and to take some photos before you climb higher up the mountain and visit the 3-house hamlet of Podi. From Podi, you take a higher, more challenging path back to the ranch. Along the way you’ll stop at a local church - Sveti Kuzma and Damjan - and on clear days you’ll get views all the way to Albania.

Tour Details

Start point: Oraovica, Komani.
Start time: Flexible.
Duration: 3 hours.
Price: €50 per person. Tours are available for single riders at a 30% supplement.
Group sizes: Minimum 2, maximum 6. If you’re a single, you can also use the contact form below to find out if you can join any other groups.
Age restrictions: 18 years and older. Riders aged 16-18 can ride with written parental consent. Riders aged 12-15 can ride with parental consent, proof of diploma from a riding school and must be accompanied on the tour by a parent. 


Komani Mountains and River - Intermediate to Experienced Riders

This tour covers 18-20km over 4 ½ - 6 hours. The full tour is only for experienced riders, but it can be adapted for intermediate riders.

The tour starts with an introduction to the horses and equipment and the opportunity to have a skill refresher with a licensed instructor in the arena. You can then test your trail-riding skills and learn new skills on the on-site trail.

Heading out from the ranch, you'll soon enter a forest with winding paths, followed by quiet country roads and old livestock trails until you finally reach the Sitnica river plains. There, you can see wild birds (nearby Lake Skadar is one of the most important bird sanctuaries in Europe) and pick fruit in deserted orchards (depending on the season). After stopping on the river bank for something to eat, you can gallop along the grassy paths before heading back up into the hills. The way back to the ranch is challenging and you'll need to lead your horse up some particularly steep and rocky parts.  

Tour Details

Start point: Oraovica, Komani.
Start time: Flexible.
Duration: 3 hours.
Price: €70 per person. Tours are available for single riders at a 30% supplement.
Group sizes: Minimum 2, maximum 6. If you’re a single, you can also use the contact form below to find out if you can join any other groups.
Age restrictions: 18 years and older. Riders aged 16-18 can ride with written parental consent.
Skill requirements: All riders on this tour should be comfortable riding at a walk, trot, canter, steep inclines and declines, over rough terrain and be able to mount and dismount when required to lead the horse through tricky sections.


Lake Skadar

The Lake Skadar tour departs from close to Orahovo, close to Virpazar on the lake. Virpazar is the best place to see the lake and it's a great place to stay if you want to stay in the area after your ride. Click here to see accommodation in Virpazar

If you’re travelling in a group and not everyone can ride, there are plenty of things for non-riders to do in Virpazar:

  • Take a boat trip on the lake
  • Go kayaking
  • Do a wine tasting
  • Go hiking
  • Hang out on a freshwater beach

Click here to see all the things to do on Lake Skadar.


Orahovštica River Valley – Experienced Riders

This is one of my favourite tours. If you’ve been dreaming of getting out in Montenegro’s famed ‘wild beauty’, swimming alone in natural pools, riding over carpets of wild flowers and watching bands of wild horses gallop through the valleys – this trip is something you’ll never forget.

The tour is a great one if you’re visiting Virpazar on Lake Skadar. It’s strictly for experienced riders who are happy riding and leading their horses over rough terrain. It takes 4-6 hours, so it’s a full day trip.

Because Lake Skadar’s level rises and drops so significantly over the year, this tour is only offered between late April and October and depends heavily on the water levels. You should have no trouble booking this tour in summer, but can’t do it in winter when this area is flood prone.

The tour starts at a river ford near Orahovo village, not far from Virpazar on Lake Skadar. From there you ride down a quiet road and along an old logging road until it becomes a mossy trail that winds through bright green forest, following the Orahovštica River.

When you get to the Opački Bridge you’ll have the chance to cool off in the natural pool below. When you’ve had a refreshing dip, it’s time to head off into the valley, which is home to bands of wild horses.

If there’s time you’ll ride along the valley to the old, stone village of Podgor, where you can see Montenegro’s first hydroelectric plant (built in 1937). You’ll stop for a break along the river and then head back to the start in Orahovo.

Tour Details

Start point: Orahovo, Lake Skadar.
Start time: Flexible. Late April – October.
Duration: 4-6 hours riding plus extra time for swimming and refreshment stops.
Price: €100 per person.
Group sizes: Minimum 1, maximum 4.
Age restrictions: 16 years and older. Riders aged 16-18 can ride with written parental consent.
Skill requirements: All riders on this tour should be comfortable riding at a walk, trot, canter, steep inclines and declines, over rough terrain and be able to mount and dismount when required to lead the horse through tricky sections. Recent storms have washed out sections of the trail and you’ll need to lead your horse through these. 


Vučje

Vučje is a winter tourist destination with a small ski field near the town of Niksic. In summer, it’s a beautiful oasis, where you can explore the mountains in near-solitude. This is also a chance to see Montenegro’s traditional lifestyle. Life here hasn’t changed much in hundreds of years and you’ll see traditional shepherds’ huts, small farms and the tough people who live in this area that can be under snow for several months a year. 

There are two rides you can do here:


Captain's Lake Adventure - Beginner to Experienced Riders

This is a day’s trail ride that covers 40km and takes around 6-10 hours riding time. You don’t need to be an experienced rider, but you should have some riding experience and be physically fit.

The tour starts in Vučje tourist centre and heads out through the forest in the open plateaus. You’ll climb through glades hidden between rolling hills and pass katuns – shepherds’ huts. There’s a brief rest stop by a stream or in a forest glade before you start climbing again to your picnic spot at Kapitanovo Jezero – Captain’s Lake.

After a picnic by the lake, you ride back down to Vučje via a different route.

Local’s Tip: Extend your stay here with a drink and hot meal in the town’s traditional restaurant or stay overnight at Guest House Etno Village Milogora

Tour Details

Start point: Vučje.
Start time: Flexible. Mid May – end October.
Duration: 6-10 hours riding plus extra time for refreshment stops.
Price: €150 per person.
Group sizes: Minimum 2, maximum 4.
Age restrictions: 16 years and older. Riders aged 16-18 can ride with written parental consent.
Skill requirements: This tour is suitable for beginners with some riding experience. You need to be reasonably physically fit because this is a long day in the saddle. 


Krnovo Plateau Exploration - Beginner to Experienced Riders

The first day of this tour follows the same itinerary as the Captain’s Lake Adventure tour.

On the second day you’ll explore the Krnovo Plateau. You start by riding out toward the Krnovo Mountain range, crossing streams and mountain meadows. The route takes you below the Mali Žurim and Veliki Žurim Mountains until you stop at the Zakraji Village for a refreshment and rest stop. Then the winding trail takes you back to Vučje via a primeval forest.

Tour Details

Start point: Vučje.
Start time: Flexible. Mid May – end October.
Duration: 10-15 hours riding plus extra time for refreshment stops.
Price: €220 per person.
Group sizes: Minimum 2, maximum 4.
Age restrictions: 16 years and older. Riders aged 16-18 can ride with written parental consent.
Skill requirements: This tour is suitable for beginners with some riding experience. You need to be reasonably physically fit because there’s a lot of riding on this tour.


Bespoke Horse Riding in Montenegro

Would you love to ride along a sandy beach in Ulcinj or are you planning a special event? Mountain Riders are happy to tailor a ride just for you.

They can transport their horses to suitable locations and help you plan a bespoke excursion you’ll never forget.

Price: Day rentals (5-6 hours riding time) cost €80 per horse, half day rentals (3 hours riding time) cost €50 per horse. There’s also a horse transport fee which depends on the location, you’ll get a quote with your enquiry.


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What You Should Know about Horse Riding in Montenegro

What's included

  • Riding helmet.
  • Level 3 protective vest. Sizes available: XXS – XL.
  • Licensed instructor.
  • Horse transport (except for bespoke excursions).
  • Horse and equipment.
  • Insurance.

What's Not Included

  • Rider transfers.
  • Food and drinks.
  • Incidentals.

Routes and Changes

Because Montenegro’s climate is highly variable, especially in alpine regions, it’s possible that your route or location may have to be changed to account for flood, snowfall etc. In this case Mountain Riders will arrange an alternative route or location for your tour that will still give you an unforgettable experience, while making sure both you and the horses are safe. If the location of your tour needs to be changed, you’ll be offered an alternative or you can cancel or reschedule.

Age Limit

The minimum age for horse riding with Mountain Riders is 16. If anyone in your group is under 18, they must have a parent present and written parental consent. Riders aged 12-15 are accepted on a case by case basis if they have a horse-riding school certification and are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. You’ll need to confirm this when you make your booking. 

Weight Limit

Generally speaking, there is a maximum weight limit of 90kg. The horses can’t safely carry any riders over 90kg on the steep trails. If you, or a member of your group, is over this limit you can use the booking form below and Mountain Riders will work with you to find a suitable alternative ride that's not so steep and rocky. 

Fitness and health

Horse riding is a challenging physical activity which requires a moderate level of fitness, balance and co-ordination. You must be physically able to mount and control a horse and have no pre-existing injuries or health conditions that could make it dangerous for you to ride. If you’re not sure, please check with your doctor before making a booking. 

What to Bring Horse Riding in Montenegro

  • Sturdy shoes or boots.
  • Long trousers to protect you from branches.
  • Long-sleeved shirt or jacket to protect you from the sun and thorns.
  • Bring a variety of clothes. The weather can be unpredictable so you need to be prepared for sun, rain showers and windy conditions.
  • Camera.
  • Snacks/packed lunch.

Book Horse Riding in Montenegro

If you'd like to book horse riding in Montenegro, you can enquire to book any of the tours above by filling in the form below. 

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