The Borders Escape, Scotland

3 NightsBeginner to AdvancedFrom £1,065 GBP?Tour costs £1,065 GBP which is approximately $1,928 AUD

Busting for a Scottish getaway but short on time? This ride has you covered.

The Borders Escape takes the very best elements of our longer Scottish itineraries and packs them into three days and nights of pure equestrian bliss. Expert local guide? Check. Fine, fit horses to suit every ability? Check. Accommodation in a luxurious Edwardian manor? You better believe it, lads and lassies!

The Scottish Borders is by far our favourite region of Bonnie Scotland for the simple reason that the riding is unparalleled. One minute you’re padding through a whisper-quiet forest, the next you’re cantering across windswept moors. Add to that a living, breathing horse culture and dramatic history galore and you’ve got a recipe for a perfect horse riding holiday.

So what are you waiting for, globetrotters? Grab your kilt and get ready to ride!

Fast Facts

  • Horse Breed:A mixture of Irish Draughts, Irish Cobs, Irish Sport Horses and Connemaras. *Please note, you can expect to ride a variety of horses throughout your holiday.
  • Pace:The pace is variable, depending on the nature of the terrain.
  • Weight Limit:A maximum of 95kg / 209lbs.
  • Type of tack:English all-purpose saddles.
  • Seasons:September to November.
  • Group size:A minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 riders.
  • Time in Saddle:On average between 3 to 5 hours per day.
  • Riding Ability:Suitable for all riding abilities.
    *Beginner riders are expected to be confident rising/posting to the trot and learning to canter. You MUST be confident to ride in an English all-purpose saddle. The riding group will be split according to ability so everyone feels comfortable.
     Not sure what your riding experience is? Watch THIS video to find out.
  • Accommodation:For the budget conscious, you can choose to twin share at Cringletie Hotel, a traditional Scottish country house. Rooms are elegant and comfortable, with ensuite bathrooms.
    For globetrotters who prefer their own room and a more boutique, personalised and luxurious approach, you can opt to stay at Windlestraw House, a magnificent Edwardian manor overlooking the picturesque Tweed Valley. The six guest rooms with ensuite bathrooms are full of comfort, character and modern elegance.
    All meals will be enjoyed at your chosen hotel.
    *Please note, the ride price differs depending on the accommodation you choose.
    **Availability is strictly limited in both locations, so rooms will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.
  • Ride Length:3 days, 3 nights with 3 riding days.
  • Inclusions:

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

  • Exclusions:

    The price does not include flights, travel insurance (compulsory), all transfers and alcohol.

 

DEPARTURE DATES & RATES

Departing Total

Custom departure dates available for a minimum 2 riding guests (subject to availability).

*Prices for accommodation at Cringletie Hotel.

£1,065 GBP ?Tour costs £1,065 GBP which is approximately $1,928 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBooking Request
£600 GBP ?Tour costs £600 GBP which is approximately $1,086 AUD - Non Rider?Booking Request

Custom departure dates available for a minimum 2 riding guests (subject to availability).

*Prices for accommodation at Windlestraw House.

£1,550 GBP ?Tour costs £1,550 GBP which is approximately $2,805 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own roomBooking Request
£850 GBP ?Tour costs £850 GBP which is approximately $1,539 AUD - Non Rider?Booking Request

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price includes all riding, accommodation and meals (from first day dinner through to breakfast on the last day).

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price does not include flights, travel insurance (compulsory), all transfers and alcohol.

Accepted payment is by credit or debit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all card payments. Click HERE to read our recommendations on which cards are best to use to avoid international transaction fees.

WHY IS THE PRICE QUOTED IN GBP?
With our riding destinations, the currency is dictated by our ride partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.

Itinerary

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Please note, this is a suggested itinerary only and subject to change at the discretion of your guides due to weather and other influencing factors.

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  • Day 1

    Get your kilt on and fasten your seatbelts, globetrotters, because today you’re heading to the Scottish Borders! You’ll need to arrive at the equestrian centre by 1pm, ready to ride. We recommend grabbing lunch on the way (at your own expense) at Kailzie Gardens, a lovely nearby eatery. Your guide, Susy, will welcome you and your fellow guests to the equestrian centre and pair you with one of her noble, willing steeds. When everyone is comfortable in the saddle, you’ll head out for a two to three hour introductory ride through the spectacular countryside surrounding the equestrian centre. By the time you dismount you’ll feel a strong connection to both the Borders and your horse.

    After this first ride, you’ll drive to your chosen accommodation, whether that be Windlestraw House or Cringletie Hotel. You’ll be shown to your room and there will be time to settle in before regrouping for dinner. Prepare to loosen your belt buckles, globetrotters, because the food on this trip is absolutely mouthwatering! Finally, belly full and heart soaring, you’ll sink contentedly into bed.

  • Day 2

    This morning you’ll enjoy breakfast (a lavish, multi-course affair!) before donning your riding gear and driving to Susy’s other property in Manor Valley (approx. 15min drive) where you’ll find some new horses ready and waiting for your day’s adventure. Get ready to explore rugged fells, roam across wild, windy moors and savour panoramic views. You’ll be turning your nose up at the Scottish Highlands after today’s journey through the Border country! For those who wish to pick up the pace, you will have the option to enjoy some exhilarating, wind-in-your-hair canters while the rest carry on at slower pace. Lunch will be taken out on the trail, then you’ll ride on into the afternoon.

    Back at Windlestraw House or Cringletie Hotel, another phenomenal Scottish feast will be served, then you’re free to retire to the privacy of your room or perhaps have a wee dram of whisky at the bar.

  • Day 3

    Eat up at breakfast today, globetrotters, because you’ve got another full day’s ride ahead of you! Today Susy will guide you through the area surrounding Selkirk, with the riding route taking in mossy forests, patchwork farmland, rolling hills, untamed moors and crystal-clear streams. Again, the wonderful kitchen staff at Windlestraw or Cringletie will pack you a delicious lunch to enjoy as you rest beside your horse and take in the sweeping views. Those who wish to canter will have ample opportunity to loosen the reins and fly across the grassy meadows.

    After finishing your ride in the afternoon, you’ll head back to Windlestraw or Cringletie Hotel for one last night of aristocratic luxury. Reminiscing on your adventures with your fellow globetrotters as you tuck into dinner, you’re guaranteed to agree on one thing: this won’t be the last time you ride in the Borders!

  • Day 4

    Today you’ll savour a final gourmet breakfast, then check out of your room. You’re free to depart any time after check-out, but if you wish to enjoy a final farewell ride in the morning, this can be arranged at an additional cost (please discuss this with Susy on day 3).

  • Transfer Information

    Please be aware this is a self-driving riding holiday. While Edinburgh is the closest airport, it’s still at least 1 hour away from where the ride is based and there is no transfer service included. You’ll need to hire a car as you’ll be expected to drive to and from your ride destination each day, whether it’s the stables (15 minutes from your chosen accommodation), or another property where you’ll be riding.

    When you’re not in the saddle, thanks to your hire car, you’ll have the freedom to explore local towns and historical attractions (i.e. Traquair House) in your down-time.

  • Non-Riders

    This itinerary is suitable for non-riders who have their own car – the region is ripe with history and Windlestraw House or Cringletie Hotel are both a suitable base for a number of day trips around the area. The nearby Traquair House (Scotland’s oldest inhabited house) is certainly well worth a visit, and be sure to liaise with your hosts for more Scottish-inspired activities. The non-rider price consists of all standard inclusions in the rider package (i.e. meals & accommodation) minus the riding element.

The Borders Escape, Scotland - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Susan Mellors

‘I have ridden in Scotland many times, but The Borders Escape was definitely in a league of its own. The horses are well trained, responsive, safe and love their job and environment. The freedom and adventure to be in a small group with breathtaking scenery and such amazing horses and people was awesome. Sylvia and John at Windlestraw House provided flawless hospitality with an immaculate and safe environment and meticulous attention to detail. The dining experience was second to none. They went out of their way to make me feel extremely welcome and at home. Gemma is one of the best guides I have ridden with – her knowledge of the area and horses within her care was exceptional. She was fun and supportive and really helped me to regain my confidence. I felt privileged to ride with her!
Globetrotting is a unique company offering an extremely personal service with high quality horses, guides and accommodation. I am already planning my next trip!’

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