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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…