Riding of the Marches

  • 11 September 2022 - 11 September 2022
  • Free to spectate and open to all
  • The Royal Mile

Come along and be part of the annual re-enactment of the ancient custom of the Edinburgh Riding of the Marches.

2017 Edinburgh Riding Of The Marches Aprpoach Mercat Cross Photo By Phunkt(Image Credit: Phunkt)

Taking place on Sunday 11 September, Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile will play host to 280 horses & riders as part of the celebrations of the annual re-enactment of the ancient custom of the Edinburgh Riding of the Marches.

Led by Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, pipe bands and flag-bearers, this free to attend historic event attracts worldwide riders and is an incredible event to be part of it.

Edinburgh Riding Of The Marches Pipe Band Photo By Phunkt(Image Credit: Phunkt)

Entertainment starts on the cobbled streets of the Royal Mile from 12.30, with the arrival of the horses and riders at around 3.30pm.

The roots of the Edinburgh Riding of the Marches date back to 1579 when Edinburgh had to work hard to protect its Common Land from attack from raiders. The ancient custom of inspecting the ‘Burgh Marches’ or ‘boundaries’ became a regular occurrence. Historical records from 1584 show that the ‘nichtbouris’ of Edinburgh were instructed to meet at the Lord Provost’s house and be ready to inspect the marches - towns people who did not attend the event were fined!  Rides were held on a regular basis between 1579 and 1718, when the last recorded riding took place on 15 April 1718.  No other ridings were carried out until 1946 when a special Riding of the Marches was held in Edinburgh to celebrate peace and the end of the war.

Today’s modern-day event includes an epic 26 mile route which finishes in a final grand cavalcade, up Edinburgh’s most famous street.

Lord Provost Frank Ross Led By Blue Blanket At 2018 Edinburgh Riding Of The Marches Photo By Phunkt(Image Credit: Phunkt)

This will also be a rare opportunity to see the ceremonial ‘Blue Blanket’ - the original was said to have been the Battle Flag of the Edinburgh Trades at the Battle of Flodden in 1513.

The Edinburgh Riding Of The Marches takes place on 11 September. Full details can be viewed here >

 

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