Spain, a henge and hospitality

A trip West to Weston Farm, Dunsyre and the handsome Henry my steed for the next few days. Henry is Carey’s horse which he kindly lent me to go exploring on, Henry is part Andalusian and once underway is like a Spanish galleon in full sail, steady but determined and he is not phased by…

Rome to Tibet (Part II of the R&R route)

Started the journey from Meadshaw Farm B&B and saddled up my steed for the day which had two wheels rather than 4 legs. Daniele and her husband Bill were my guides for the day They took me on the trails through the forest from their house in the peaceful Meadshaw forest into the vast Craik…

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…

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…