Digital & Data Tourism Event

Dalhousie Castle was the venue for today’s MBTAG digital & data tourism event A really informative event and met lots of great people doing some exciting things in the Scottish Borders and beyond, talks from Visit Scotland, The Data Lab, Business Gateway & Digital Boost, Abbotsford House and Bikepacking Scotland. It was also a great chance to network…

First signs of Spring

Wiltonburn B&B is leading the charge to spring with crocuses just pushing through and the snowdrops in full bloom. Spent a lovely morning with Sheila Shell in her Cashmere shop, tried to ignore all the lovely things surrounding me and not spend spend spend! Sheila and her friends regularly ride all the local routes around here and participate in many…

L’époque médiévale

Horses but not as we know them (and a goat). Today took me to visit the insanely talented and lovely Les Amis equestrian stunt team near Jedburgh. They have accommodation on site for longer stays but they have almost completed their arena so keep an eye out for upcoming shows and perhaps you could go to…

Auld Skuil

Does what it says on the tin, the old skuil is an impressive double height airy space with great accessibility for all. You can see your horse across the road in the stables while you have breakfast. Sandra lives next door in the old headmaster house and is on hand for local route knowledge as she…

Wild West

Having been South for a number of years, it is exciting to see ‘proper’ snow again! I suspect that will soon wear off… From East to West and today its Dunsyre right on the edge of the Scottish Borders. This chap made the visit worthwhile, ohh and Hilary’s tea and biscuits! This is the 1st of…

Herring

East coast today, off to see the sea. Eyemouth is not somewhere I had been before but what a great place, with its bustling fishing harbour overlooked by Guns Green House but more on that later The reason for my visit was to see Dani at Eat Sleep Ride. ESR is a social enterprise targeting people experiencing…

Windmills and daring do

Not windy miller but Vyv Wood-Gee the Fell pony adventurer and sometimes Countryside Management Consultant. Vyv did the initial feasibility study in 2002  and project managed the establishment of the South of Scotland Countryside Trails which are the backbone of this project. Spent a fantastic but all too short time with Vyv and her animal collective hearing…

Planning to Succeed

‘Planning to succeed helps to create success’ – sounds like a management mantra but it is, in fact, a Scottish Enterprise initiative aimed to work with rural tourism business leaders to increase innovation, collaboration, investment and leadership in order to achieve higher value add from Scotland’s rural tourism assets. How does this work with SUP Ride Scotland’s Horse Country? …

Tweed Valley Forest Park

Nice trip over to Glentress this morning to talk to the forestry commission’s recreation ranger. Very productive meeting looking forward to working with FCS as the project progresses. Went for a recce to Cardrona Forest, a bit dreich* but beautiful and so peaceful, a long steady winding climb up to an old hill fort with spectacular views…

Southern Uplands Partnership

So this project comes under the banner of the Southern Upland’s Partnership, who are they? They are many things, involved in lots of exciting projects not only in the Scottish Borders but also Dumfries and Galloway and Ayrshire. More about the charity is here. What can SUP so for you? Project Development and Management Community…

4 Star start to the day

Starting to get out more now the festive season is over. What a way to start the day…       In a perfect spot to access the many miles of the Tweed valley forest trails and the old cross-border drovers’ route. They have a neighbouring farmer with stables and a paddock on site suitable to be converted to a…

The Journey Begins – #RSHC

“Wherever man has left his footprints in the long ascent from barbarism to civilization, we find the hoofprint of a horse beside it.” ~ John Trotwood Moore Ride Scotland’s Horse Country is a LEADER funded project, the project officer Gowan Miller was appointed in December 2017. The project is generously supported by