We see it all the time: you’re set on one of our heart stopping riding experiences, but something is holding you back. You are somewhere on the spectrum of “not knowing you are ready” to “knowing you are not ready” – to gallop carefree on the beach; to jump a stream or a log out on a trail; to ride out of trouble on safari amongst wild game; to ride in an English saddle; to ride, full stop! Well, my wonderful globetrotters, have we masterminded the PERFECT ride for you!
We conceived The Borders Riding Academy with some of our most beloved and trusted partners from our fabled Scottish Borders Ride. It combines three days of skill and confidence development in the saddle with the most wonderful hospitality from our favourite border country heritage hotel, Cringletie.
Beginners, nervous intermediates, Western to English riding converters… this is the ride for you! We offer this package as a custom departure – tell us when you want to come and learn, and we will assemble the team. There is no minimum headcount to worry about, and no standard riding level to reach. Throw out everything you think you know about riding school. Think of this as Globetrotting school – we’ll have you out on the trail and away from the arena ASAP. We know where we want you to end up: ready to go globetrotting!!
As a helpful by-product, you will likely fall in love with the Scottish Borders. It’s wildly romantic, absurdly scenic, and authentically welcoming. Make no mistake, this counts as a holiday.
Please note: this ride is only available between the months of January to April, then September to December, due to our ride partner’s other commitment over the summer.
- Horse Breed:A mixture of Irish Draft Horses, Irish Cobs, Irish Sport Horses and Connemaras. *Please note, you can expect to ride a couple of different horses throughout your ride.
- 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:January to April & September to December.
- Group size:Variable due to the bespoke nature of this itinerary. But you can expect to ride in a group of no more than 8.
- Time in Saddle:On average between 2 to 4 hours per day.
- Riding Ability:Suitable for all riding abilities.
This ride is a wonderful option for beginners, nervous intermediates, or perhaps globetrotters who require practice riding in an English-style saddle before embarking on a longer riding holiday. Advanced riders can also be catered for. Not sure what your riding ability is? Watch THIS video to find out.
- Accommodation:Guests will stay at one of our favourite hotels in the world - the 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.
- Ride Length:3 days, 3 nights, with 3 riding days. *Please feel free to enquire about a longer stay, subject to availability upon request.
The price includes all riding, accommodation, and meals (from first day dinner through to breakfast on the last day)
The price does not include flights, travel insurance (compulsory), all transfers and alcohol.
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Solo globetrotters are required to pay the single supplement rate for your own room.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The ride 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 ride 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.
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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.
If you are flying internationally, you’ll likely land in Edinburgh, around an hour’s drive from your base for the Academy. Welcome to the Border country! It’s a beautiful drive, so soak it all in.
You’ll need to arrive at your bespoke accommodation – Cringletie House, which looks more like a castle than a hotel – at around 1pm. You’ll be shown to your room by the wonderful GM Lucy and her welcoming and friendly staff, who will be there throughout the coming days to offer a helping hand should you require any assistance. You’ll have about half an hour to settle in and get changed for riding, before driving approximately 15mins down the road to the Equestrian Centre, arriving at 2pm.
Here you’ll be met by Susy and her superb team of horses. Depending on your specifications and who is with you, you’ll most likely enjoy an arena session with one of her wonderful horses. She may well partner you up with multiple horses throughout your stay, which is a great accelerator of skills development in itself. However, the main thing to say is that you will kick off right where you are today – all are welcome. You’ll have a good debrief with the team at the end of the session and talk tactics for your subsequent days.
Heading back to Cringletie, you’ll then have time to freshen up before sitting down to a welcome dinner. Loosen your belts, globetrotters, as the food you’ll be served throughout this week will definitely be worth the extra calories!
After a breakfast worthy of royalty (seriously, you do NOT want to miss the lavish spread served each morning at Cringletie), you’ll return to the equestrian centre. Today could be a split itinerary with lunch back at Cringletie, or, if you are hoping to work on your skills outside the arena and push up to a full day ride, you might head straight out for the trails and take a packed lunch prepared by Cringletie’s incredible catering team.
We expect most Academy guests to enjoy a lesson in the morning and a trail ride of some description in the afternoon. However, it’s YOUR Academy! Flexibility is key.
We’d suggest booking Carlos, the incredible masseur who Cringletie keeps on speed dial, for a massage in your room once you return to the hotel – speak with the lovely team at reception to book. This region is all about the sport: golfers, archers, hikers and bikers, Highland Gamers, shooting parties… a lot of muscles get goaded here, and Carlos can put you back together in time for dinner and a re-match the following day. We think you’ll appreciate his expert attention before getting back in the saddle for the last time tomorrow!
This is your last riding day, and though the format may mirror yesterday’s, it certainly need not. If you have made some key breakthroughs and want to put them to the test in open country, or at a higher speed, for example, this might be the focus. Or maybe you want to take those stirrups away and see how your seat has improved in an arena lesson, or take in a few handy cues on your position from your instructors.
Off the horses, and back to Cringletie, you’ll enjoy a final lavish dinner. And, if you have already decided that this needs to become a semi-regular ‘refresher’ course for you and everyone you know, perhaps this would be a good time to see what else there is to entertain and captivate in the region. A whisky distillery tour? A trip to Hawick, the European ‘capital of cashmere’? (Fun fact: Did you know that all of luxury brand Chanel’s tweed is made in Hawick? #cool) A round of golf? There is so much here to keep you coming back, as if the riding were not reason enough.
Savour one last delicious breakfast at Cringletie before checking out this morning. You’ll bid a fond farewell to Bill and his team and head off on your merry way.
*If you’d like to enjoy one final farewell ride this morning, this can be arranged at an additional cost direct with Susy.
Non-riders are welcome to join their riding travel companions for this itinerary. The region is ripe with history and Cringletie Hotel is 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 a day can easily be spent exploring in nearby Edinburgh too. Keen for a round or two of golf? You’ve got the fabulous Peebles Golf Course an easy 10min drive from your accommodation (bookings essential). Be sure to liaise with your hosts at Cringletie Hotel 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.
Please be aware that this is a self-driving riding holiday. You’ll need to hire a car, as you’ll be expected to drive to and from your ride destination each day (the stables are a 15min drive from Cringletie Hotel). There is no transfer service included with this ride.
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.
Depending on your budget and where you’re flying from, you have the option of flying into either London or Edinburgh and hiring a car from there. Keep in mind, Edinburgh is a 1 hour drive from Cringletie Hotel, while London is a 6 hour drive.
Globetrotting is happy to provide a competitive quote on international flights, travel insurance, car hire and accommodation before and after your ride.