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Edinburgh Riding of the Marches

Get caught up in the excitement of the Edinburgh Riding of the Marches on Sunday 16th September and enjoy an age old tradition that dates back to 1579.

The Riding of the Marches commemorates the tradition of inspecting the city’s boundaries and re-enacts the Captain of the Trained Band's return to the city with news of defeat at the Battle of Flodden in 1513. After the Union of Parliaments in 1707 the annual inspection ceased until 1946 when a ride was held to celebrate peace after the Second World War.  It returned in 2009 and since then has become a popular family event in Edinburgh, attracting hundreds of riders each year. 

Riding of the Marches 2018

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[Image credit: Edinburgh Riding of the Marches]

The ride will include hundreds of horses and make its way up the Royal Mile to Mercat Cross near St Giles' Cathedral. Each year the Riding of the Marches attracts thousands of eager spectators throughout the city, so come along with your friends and family to enjoy the thrill of the ride and commemorate this fantastic historic event.  

For more information on this history of the Riding of the Marches and to find out more about this year's Captain and Lass visit

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