The annual Common Riding festivals will be held across 11 towns across the Scottish Borders in the months of June and July.

The towns of the Scottish Borders are home to one of the oldest equestrian festivals in the world – the Common Ridings – which pay homage to the region’s tumultuous past and celebrate its unique identity. Throughout June and July, 11 towns across the Scottish Borders are filled with pageantry for the annual Common Riding festivals, which commemorate the historical events of the turbulent time between the 13th and 17th centuries when settlement boundaries were patrolled on horseback to protect against the Border Reivers. The festivals include traditional sports and processions on horseback, with specially elected standard-bearers leading the way who have been voted for by the local community.

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