Monday, 12 June 2017

Ride to the Borders

VISITSCOTLAND is encouraging visitors to travel to the Scottish Borders by train this summer to experience the region’s unique Common Ridings and festivals in the Year of History, Heritage and Archaelogy, and provide a boost to the local visitor economy.

The opening of the Borders Railway in September 2015 means that the traditional Borders Common Ridings and festivals are now more accessible than ever before. As part of the Borders Railway Blueprint partnership, the national tourism organisation seeks to maximize benefits from the new Borders Railway.

Next up is Selkirk Common Riding on Friday 16 June when the solemn casting of the colours ceremony follows the Riding of the Marches, which commemorate the times when their forbearers patrolled the boundaries of their settlements on horseback.

Throughout the summer weeks, each Borders town then takes its turn to celebrate its remarkable history and unique identity with hundreds of horses and their riders gathering to follow the chosen principal in:Ride to the

  • West Linton Whipman Play, 2-10 June.
  • Peebles Beltane Festival, 18-24 June.
  • Melrose Festival Week 18-14 June with the rideout on Monday 19 June.
  • Galashiels Braw Lads Gathering from 23 June with the Braw Lads Day on Saturday 1 July.
  • Jedburgh Callants Festival from 24 June with the Common Riding on Friday 7 July.
  • Duns Summer Festival 2-8 July.
  • Kelso Civic Week 16-22 July with the Yetholm Ride on 22 July.
  • Lauder Common Week from 30 July with the Common Riding on Saturday 5 August.
  • Coldstream Civic Week 6-12 August.

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