Roman and Reivers Part I

The Romans and Reivers route follows old Roman roads, forest tracks, drove roads and short sections of quiet lane through the heart of notorious Reivers country,  this route has been developed with multi-use in mind, including self-closing gates etc. It’s a great route if you have family or friends who wish to accompany you – or…

Lessons learnt

  So today was about Craik towards Eskdalemuir. I parked at Craik forest car park just past Daniele’s Meadshaw Farm and Curlew Cottage on the Roman and Reivers Route The day didn’t start so well with a heavy cold,  after a slightly later start than planned we headed up to Craik moor. As I wheezed my way…

South of Scotland Economic Partnership (SoSEP)

Eyemouth is a favourite destination not in small part thanks to excellent fish & chips and ice cream! But not why I am here, this is a real chance to influence change in the South of Scotland. Change is coming to the way local enterprise is supported and the way we enhance local skills in the…

Planning 2 Suceed

The group (see left)  met at Hownam and Beirhope where the menagerie has grown since I was here last, runner ducks now add to the fun! First order of business was getting tucked into Lynne’s custard cream tray bake #priorities There was a lot to get through as the group has now elected a chair and vice…

Stormy Irene

More trail surveys today, started from Yair and picked up the Southern Upland Way from Yair bridge and up to the 3 Brethren and onto Minch Moor.     It started well, lovely and sunny up through the forest which is a mix of FC plantings and some native woodland on the edges for a nice…

Horses for Castles

A beautiful day made even better by a warm welcome from Edward and Sarah Maitland-Carew at the simply stunning Thirlestane castle. The castle already has sumptuous cottages available to book but they are keen to enhance that offering by converting the Grade A listed stable block. It is currently used as a stable but it needs some…

Trails and trials

So the weather finally seems to be taking a turn for the better and its time to get out and survey those routes. Set off this morning for a short loop route starting at the stunning Bowhill House on the Buccleuch estate. Buccleuch estates ltd are kindly supporting the project and with so many lovely…

Office

Lindean Mill is a beautifully converted building next to the river Ettrick. A quiet rural spot with lots of lovely lunchtime walks but only a 2-minute drive from the A7 and Selkirk, and only 40 minutes from Edinburgh ideal if you need to get out and about around the Scottish Borders. Desk space is available in…

A face for radio

I hate, hate, hate getting my photo taken. I have an innate ability to blink, gurn, sneeze, yawn, look away or any combination of the above when there is a camera pointed in my direction. So much to my relief, any press so far have not used the photos taken of me for articles and…

Roll up, roll up

Our 1st networking evening and a chance to share what the project is all about and hear from the experiences of Janet Cochrane one of the founders of Ride Yorkshire. A thoroughly enjoyable evening with over 30 people including many of the Planning to Succeed group, Janet shared with us how their project came to fruition and their…

Off the grid

Just 15 minutes from the office yet it could be 50 miles, feels remote but still within easy reach of Selkirk is the beautiful Friarshawmuir farm with Duncan, Jane and the Sheep, Goats, Alpaca, Highland Cows, Horses, Chickens and Pigs! You can stay in the self-catering but much more fun is the Shepherds hut tucked…

3rd time lucky

Weather is hampering play and with Hownam being on the edge of the Cheviots it can be challenging getting there in this weather but perseverance! Lynne defrosted me with tea and biscuits followed by a tour of the farm followed by more tea. Lots have been written about what Lynne has taken on but I was excited…