Since the beginning of the 16th century the Common Ridings have formed an integral part of the Borders tradition.
Nowadays the ridings form the centrepiece of civic week celebrations and attract visitors from all over the world. They have been included in the official programme for Homecoming Scotland and a ‘Return to the Ridings' has been a centrepiece of the Borders' efforts to welcome home ex-pats and those of Scottish descent.
The events are friendly, heart-stirring and steeped in local history. Visitors are always made welcome and will soon find themselves joining in - whether it's linking arms as the procession moves through the town or cheering the stunning displays of horsemanship as the riders gallop back into the town.
The town's who stage common ridings include Coldstream (August 2-8), Duns (July 5-11), Galashiels (June 19-28), Hawick (June 1-6), Jedburgh (June 27 - July 10), Kelso (July 13-18), Lauder (July 26 - August 1), Melrose (June 14-20), Peebles (June 14-20), Selkirk (June 8-13), West Linton (June 5-13). Just across the Border, at Berwick-on-Tweed, townsfolk celebrate the 400th anniversary of their Common Riding and are planning a spectacular turnout of 400 riders to do the honours.
A new website has been created for the celebrations at www.returntotheridings.co.uk.