Maryculter Carriage Driving Centre
Home Farm, Maryculter
Aberdeen AB12 5GA

Phone: 01224 732310
Mobile: 07889 340362
         or 07764 575291
Email: email@marycultercarriages.co.uk

Maryculter Carriage Driving Centre is situated eight miles south-west of Aberdeen on the B9077.

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Maryculter Carriage Driving Centre is set within 52 hectares (130 acres) of grassland, enabling us to teach or take farm tours in safe surroundings, without venturing onto the public highway.

We have a number of well trained horses and ponies, all of whom are regularly driven single or in multiples. We have an excellent range of modern and traditional carriages, including the refurbished original Road Coach `The Royal Highlander`

Our popular `Farm Tour` drive takes visitors through the farm and along the banks of the river Dee, viewing the animals and plentiful bird life and observing modern farming practises. We neighbour the ruins of the ancient chapel (dating from1225) where the Knights Templar worshipped, and pass by the legendary Thunderbolt Hole where one of the Grand Masters of the Knights Templar met his fate! Maybe you will be lucky enough to see the shadowy figure of the `green lady` who is said to roam the valley !

We have superbly flat grass dressage arenas, a full cones course, both man made and natural obstacles, and wonderfully safe pastures, inviting tracks and intriguing woodland corridors, making ideal driving facilities for all standards of students or visitors.

The Centre also caters for regular disabled clients on a weekly basis, all year round.

Our yard and adjoining stables, harness rooms and coach houses are well designed for teaching all aspects of carriage driving. They are also of great interest to visitors who have come to enjoy a carriage drive or a talk on the history of Horse Drawn Travel.

Good accommodation is available locally, or you can caravan on-site.

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Jane MacInnes

Jane is a Light Harness Horse Instructor (LHHI) and an International Driving Judge. She holds the British Driving Society Stage 4 level of Competence (Teams and Tandems) which is the highest qualification attainable for carriage driving.

Jane is a livestock farmer who also has had a lifelong involvement with horses, and has been driving since 1972. She has competed with much success at all levels, both in the show-ring and in national Horse Driving Trials.

She has evented with every combination (except horse team), but is best remembered with her team of grey Welsh Mountain ponies. She is a British Driving Society Approved Panel Judge, a Horse Driving Trials Judge, a Riding for Disabled (Driving) Assessor, a BDS examiner to all levels and gained her Tandem Bars in 1990.

Jane is the Presenter of the widely acclaimed carriage driving instructional videos `Between the Shafts` and 'Double Up' which were produced at the Maryculter Centre and are sold worldwide (available to order from this website)

She started the Maryculter Driving for Disabled group in 1986, and has been deeply involved ever since with people with all forms of disability. She developed the original Assessment for able bodied whips (drivers) whilst on the National committee, trains drivers, and speaks at seminars throughout the UK.

Jane wrote articles for `Carriage Driving` and other magazines. She lectures, advises, and teaches internationally and has taught in Australia and Ireland, as well as many parts of the UK. She now contributes to the on-line Carriage Commentator.

An informative & entertaining forum for the world of carriage driving

 

Ewan MacInnes

Ewan also has had a lifelong involvement with horses and has been driving since the early seventies. He has competed at National level driving trials with singles and pairs. Presently he drives all combinations and especially his team of four, locally, and at Coaching Club Scottish Meets, as well as numerous charity fund raising trips with his Royal Highlander coach. He is a member of the Tandem Club and the Road Club.


How to book ?

If you would like to visit to go on pleasure drives, get some driving tuition or book a carriage for a wedding, please email us or phone.
email@marycultercarriages.co.uk
Tel. 01224 732310

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