Holidays with horses

The North of England and South of Scotland provide some of the best riding in the UK, as well as numerous events which bring together fans of equestrian sports from across the country. Whether you’re an experienced rider, keen to give it a go, or simply like to spectate, we’ve gathered a guide on some of the best ways to enjoy horses in our regions below.

The Common Ridings

 

The Common Ridings take place in the Scottish Borders throughout the summer. During this centuries-old festival, hundreds of riders parade the streets on horseback to commemorate the ancient rivalries of the Border towns. Filled with pageantry and symbolism, they hark back to the Scotland of old in a celebration of each town’s heritage. If you're planning a trip to the area this summer, this fascinating spectacle is not to be missed. Find the full calendar of the Ridings and Festivals here.

 

STAY: Kelso, the home of C&C, hosts Kelso Civic Week from 13th-20th July which includes balls and a cavalcade of around 200 horses – stay at The Scott Apartment on the town square and have a front-row view of the action. Witness the Jedburgh Callants Festival on 12th July when staying at Campsie Cottage, or see over 300 riders progress over the border from Coldstream to Flodden Battlefield when staying at Crookham Eastfield on 10th August.

 

Trekking centres

 

Adventuring through our vibrant landscapes on horseback is one of the finest ways to discover hidden spots and dramatic viewpoints. With numerous trekking centres in all our regions offering guided and unguided rides along scenic trails, going hacking is a great way traverse rolling countryside, learn a new skill, or rediscover your love of riding.

 

STAY: Explore the Cheviot Hills on a ride from Kimmerston Riding Centre before settling into the riverside idyll of Housedon Haugh at Reedsford. Wander through the Yorkshire Dales from Kilnsey Trekking and Riding Centre, within easy reach of the cosy Anvil Cottage. Head out on a coastal ride with Haggerston Riding Centre, taking in picturesque views of Holy Island and Bamburgh Castle, and stay nearby at Cheswick House Gate Lodge.

 

Racing and eventing

 

If you'd rather spectate than get in the saddle yourself, there is a fantastic calendar of equestrian sporting events in the North of England and South of Scotland. Enjoy National Hunt racing at Kelso Racecourse, National Hunt and flat racing at Musselburgh Racecourse, and hugely popular flat racing at York Racecourse. Fans of eventing should also be sure not to miss the 4* Bramham Horse Trials in West Yorkshire and Burgham International Horse Trials in Northumberland.

 

STAY: Enjoy every day at Burgham International Horse Trials from 25th-28th July when staying just eight miles away at Grange House. If racing is more your speed, browse our properties in the city of York which lie within easy reach of the course’s prestigious meetings. Alternatively, stay at The Old Millhouse in Midlothian and enjoy the diversions of both the city of Edinburgh and the racing at Musselburgh.

 

Bring your horse on holiday

 

Did you know that, should you be lucky enough to have your horse of your own, several of our properties even provide stables and grazing so you can bring them on holiday with you? With mile upon mile of trails on their doorsteps, as well as spectacular beaches perfect for blowing away the cobwebs, they make wonderful bases for exploring somewhere new.

 

STAY: The Granary at Rothley East Shield is set on an award-winning organic farm spanning 1,650 acres of rolling land with excellent riding nearby in Harwood Forest. Also in Northumberland, the Coach House in Lesbury is just a short hack away from the sandy beach at Alnmouth and the trails along the Northumberland coast. In the heart of the Scottish Borders, Pirnie Cottage is in a prime location for holidays spent exploring the region’s stunning riverbanks and woodlands. Browse the full collection of holiday homes with stables here.

 


The Common Ridings and Cheviot Hills image credit: VisitScotland / Ian Rutherford

Mussleburgh Racecourse image credit: VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

Kelso Racecourse image credit: Visit Kelso