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The Borders Ridings

ElaineRElaineR VisitScotland Contributor ✭✭✭

(Photo- BBC website)

Every summer, the Scottish Borders provide the backdrop for some of the most spectacular cultural ceremonies and sights you'll find anywhere in Scotland. The tradition of checking the boundaries goes back centuries to times when the Borders were not such a peaceful place.

There are a number of very useful websites and Facebook pages that give an excellent flavour of the various Common Ridings events that take place in various Borders towns during the summer:

They really are quite a spectacle of colour and the ceremonies can really stir the emotions. Not to be missed if you find yourselves in the region when they are taking place.


  • VisitScotlandChrisVisitScotlandChris Member, Moderator

    It is Common Riding season once more in the Scottish Borders. Hawick Common Riding was held last weekend and is traditionally the first of such events to be held in the Scottish Borders. The event originated in 1514 and involves processions of Horses and riders (over 200 this year) as well as lots of ceremonial events, Horse Racing, Children’s Fair and lots more. Selkirk Common Riding takes place on Friday 15th June at 6am and concludes at 11am with the iconic Casting of the Colours. Other events to follow include Peebles Beltane Week, Melrose Festival, Galashiels Braw Lads Gathering, Duns Summer Festival, Jedburgh Callants Festival, Kelso Civic Week, Lauder Common Riding, Coldstream Civic Week, Langholm Common Riding. Other, smaller, festival weeks are held throughout the summer including West Linton, Yetholm, Morebattle, Innerleithen and Eyemouth Herring Queen week.

    For more information visit Return to the Ridings website.

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