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The Common Ridings and festivals can attract more than 110,000 visitors and provide a major boost to the local visitor economy The Common Ridings and festivals can attract more than 110,000 visitors and provide a major boost to the local visitor economy

VisitScotland Names Common Ridings Festival a Summer-Must

Scotland’s national tourism organisation, VisitScotland, is encouraging visitors, especially young people, to travel to the Scottish Borders by train this summer to experience the region’s annual Common Ridings and festivals.

The events celebrate the region’s character and history, upholding ancient traditions with hundreds of horses and their riders gathering in 11 of the region’s towns over the course of the summer.

As well as the opportunity to witness the equine spectacle, there is an array of activities and associated celebrations young people and families can get involved in.

Each Borders town takes its turn, throughout June, July and August, to uphold traditions dating back centuries and bring their communities together to take part in activities ranging from torchlight processions to fancy dress parades.