The Big Hoof has completed a 205 mile trek across Scotland raising thousand of pounds for a mental health charity, with participants ranging from eight to 69 years old. The group travelled from St Andrews to the island of Iona, using the ancient trail of St Columba, with 40 people and six horses joining along the way.

The charity’s latest ride has so far raised more than £6,700 for Venture Trust, a Scottish mental health charity that focuses on homelessness, isolation, crime, addiction and trauma. The charity’s Outdoor Therapy Project supplies professional support to 16 to 25 year olds and ex-service personnel.

Previous to this ride, they have journeyed from John O’Groats to Land’s End, raising over £36,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, and from Siena, Italy to Cape Finsiterre, Spain, raising £24,000 for Ukrainian refugees and outsider artists.

They have also ridden for the Turquoise Mountain Foundation, raising £3,500 in support of Afghan women and children. In total, The Big Hoof has generated more than £80,000 for causes surrounding mental health, wellbeing and welfare and have travelled over 4,800 km in five different countries.

“We aim to continue to use the ancient trails of Scotland to bring strangers together, from all walks of life, in order to explore the outdoors, raise money for local causes, and create a positive, connected and sustainable adventure,” said Louis Hall of The Big Hoof.

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