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Return to the Ridings

The “Return to the Ridings” is a celebration of the riding of the boundaries that has taken place for centuries with 11 towns in the Scottish Borders using horses for the traditional ride out. The festivals surrounding these ride outs are steeped in tradition and celebrate borders history, music and song, parades and concerts culminating in the whole town celebrating the ‘Riding’. In 2014, the 11 towns are collaborating to jointly promote their events and to domestic and international visitors.  As well as inviting visitors to experience these unique events, the towns are hosting exile nights to welcome visitors and make them feel a part of the community.

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Events

Hawick: The 500th Anniversary of Hornshole

The year 1514 was an important milestone in the history of Hawick. Following the disastrous battle of Flodden the previous year, the English crown sent raiding parties across the border to raid and plunder. With the men of the town having been slain at Flodden it fell to the youths...

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Homecoming 2014 & Return to the Ridings 2014 Join Forces

Scotland will welcome the world in the Year of Homecoming 2014- providing a year-long programme of events alongside the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games. The Year of Homecoming Scotland will run from 31 December 2013 to 31 December 2014