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The Scottish Borders Ride, Scotland

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Hey Outlander tragics: listen UP!

Globetrotting is pleased to present The Scottish Borders Ride, a 7 day, 6 night departure designed exclusively for Globetrotters. You won’t find this ride anywhere else in the WORLD.

On this itinerary you’ll have the unique privilege to ride in Common Ridings – the oldest horse-riding festival in the world. You’ll be mounted on a nifty Irish Sport horse and ride shoulder-to-shoulder with Scottish lads and lassies, tailored in tweed, bursting with good cheer, happy to share a time-old tradition.

Now let me just segway into some Scottish history here. Common riding is an annual event celebrated in Scottish Border towns between May through to September. Common ridings commemorate the times of the past when local men risked their lives in order to protect their town and people.

The tradition of Common riding dates back to the 13th and 14th centuries, during the continual land border wars both with England and against other clans.

It was a Border Country custom to plunder and thieve cattle, known as reiving (a historical name for robbing), and commonplace amongst the major Borders families. In these lawless and battle-strewn times, it became the practice of the day for the local lord to appoint a leading townsperson, who would then ride the clan’s boundaries, or “marches”, to protect their common lands and prevent encroachment by neighbouring landlords and their peoples.

Long after they ceased to be essential, the ridings continued in commemoration of local legend, history and tradition.

With that said, YOU get to ride in a Common Ride as part of The Scottish Borders Ride. WHOOP!

And when you’re not on a Common Ride, you’ll alternate riding days with genteel hacks through grassy glens, moorlands dotted in sheep and unspoiled coastlines. The dramatic scenery will pull you back in time to a bygone world of Clan clashes and romantic tales of damsels in distress.

You’ll be guests at Cringletie House Hotel which is hands-down amazing, bespoke while being homely. Throughout the week, you’ll be hosted by general manager, Jeremy, who will charm you with his Scottish knowledge and hospitality.

Not to mention, the out-of-saddle delights – like a wee dram (whisky) beside a crackling fire after a successful Common Ride; the tingle on the back of your neck when ‘Scotland the Brave’ skirls on the pipes at your welcome dinner; the afternoon where you trade your riding pants for a tartan-kilt to try your hand at Highland games. It’s a brilliant balance of riding paired with free time to explore the Borders’ historical highlights. *This is why this ride is PERFECT for non-riding partners.

Once you’ve completed The Scottish Borders Ride you’ll qualify as an honorary Scot after stepping out on a Common Ride, tossing a shot-put in a kilt, slugging a single-malt whisky and appreciating some fine pipe music.

Scottish ancestry or not, Outlander fan or not, you need to make a beeline for this ride.

FAST FACTS

time in the saddle: this itinerary is variable depending on the individual Common Rides. Be prepared to ride between 2 to 6 hours daily.

breed of horses: a mixture of Irish Draft Horses, Irish Cobs, Irish Sport Horses and Connemaras. *Please note, you can expect to ride a variety of horses throughout your departure, with different horses being used for the Common Rides.

pace: the pace is variable, depending on the nature of the terrain, but riders will enjoy long stretches of trotting, fast-paced canters and galloping on Common Ride days.

riding ability: suitable for strong intermediate to experienced riders only. This ride is NOT for the faint-hearted – nervous riders would be out of their depth on this ride, not because of the horses, but more due to the pace of the ride. On some of the Common Rides, guests will be riding alongside 300 riders. With such a huge riding group a range of unpredictable scenarios can occur, so riders need to be alert, calm and quick-thinking. All riders need to be confident trotting and cantering over open and varied terrain including downhill.

weight limit: maximum of 105kgs

group size: maximum of 10 guests

accommodation: twin share accommodation at Cringletie House Hotel just outside the Scottish Border town of Peebles. With its very distinct architecture, the guest rooms at Cringletie ooze comfort and character while being modern and elegant, with romantic turrets to feature fireplaces. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms. The general manager, Jeremy, alongside his wife Gwen, and team will go above and beyond to cater for your every need.

seasons: May through to September when the Common Rides through the Scottish Border towns begin.

duration: 7 days, 6 nights with 6 riding days

2019 departure dates:

May 9 to 15 (with Hawick on May 11 and May 14) – THREE globetrotters booked

June 16 to 22 (with Melrose on June 17 and Peebles on June 19) – TWO globetrotters booked

July 11 to 17 (with Jedburgh on July 12 and Kelso on July 16)

July 18 to 24 (with Kelso on July 20 and Musselburgh Chase on July 22)

August 4 to 10 (with Coldstream on August 6 and August 9) – FOUR globetrotters booked

September 14 to 20 (with Edinburgh Riding of the Marches on September 15) ** – TWO globetrotters booked

2019 ride rates:

£2270 GBP per person twin share

*Non-riders are welcome to join this ride at a cost of £1335 GBP per person twin share.

*A single supplement charge of £600 will apply (subject to availability) to guests not willing to twin share a room.

*The price includes all riding, accommodation, meals (from first day dinner through to breakfast on the last day) and Common Ride fees.

*The price does not include international flights, travel insurance (compulsory), all transfers, alcohol and dinner on one night of the itinerary (a high tea is included during the afternoon on that particular day).

**Please note, a transfer price to and from the Edinburgh Riding of the Marches (exact cost TBC) will need to be added to the September 14 departure at a later date.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Accepted payment is by credit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all credit card payments. Since you’ll be paying in a foreign currency, in this case GBP, we believe paying via credit card is the most cost effective and easiest option for you.

Why is the price quoted in Great British Pounds?

With our overseas riding destinations (rides other than in Australia), the currency is dictated by our partner in that country which in this case is Scotland. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.

TRANSFER INFORMATION

We recommend guests to hire a car for The Scottish Borders Ride. Each day you’ll need to self-drive to your ride destination, whether it’s to the Equestrian Centre (15 minutes from Cringletie House), to a nearby village for a Common Ride or to the beach. When you’re not in the saddle, thanks to your hire car, you’ll have the freedom to explore local towns and historical attractions (Traquair House) in your down-time. Depending on your budget and where you’re flying from, you have the option of flying into either London or Edinburgh airports and hiring a car from there. Keep in mind, Edinburgh is a 1 hour drive from Cringletie House when London is a 6 hour drive. If you’re a solo-traveller, we can tee you up with another globetrotter booked on your departure date so you can share the cost of a hire car. Globetrotting is happy to provide a competitive quote on international flights, travel insurance (only available for Australian residents), car hire and accommodation before and after your ride.

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