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Common Ridings

The Common Riding or ‘Riding of the Marches’ stems from the historic need to mark the boundaries of a town’s common land.
Done on horseback by the leading young men of the town the custom, once widespread in both Scotland and England, is still celebrated in the Scottish Borders.
Each is different, respecting the town’s traditions and monuments; each is a colourful festival with the townspeople endorsing their identity in a well-established ceremonial programme. Each involves a spectacular cavalcade of horsemen, formally dressed heading out from the town and returning later to great celebrations.

Berwick

Coldstream

Duns

Galashiels

Hawick

Jedburgh

Kelso

Langholm

Lauder

Melrose

Peebles

Selkirk



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