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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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? …

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…