New route opens for riders and walkers around Monteviot

Published: 22nd July 2019

New horse riding route opened in the Borders

A new nine-mile circular horse riding and walking route around Monteviot near Jedburgh opened to the public on Friday 19 July.

The route was developed by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland’s (RHASS) Presidential Initiative 2019, with support from ourselves and Lothian Estates.

The new signposted, safe and multi access circular route uses Woodside as the primary access point. It is waymarked with directional arrows to provide a truly amazing walk or ride along the River Teviot, rising to the hills near the Wellington Monument.

The route also includes information boards highlighting the arable, livestock and forestry along the way.

Information about the route is available from the Ride Scottish Borders website.

The Most Honourable Marquis of Lothian, President of RHASS who officially opened the route on Friday

“We are delighted to see this new walking and riding route open to the public as part of our promotional initiative for the Scottish Borders. 

“It is hoped that this initiative will lead to other such routes being created with support from RHASS members and thereby enable more people to enjoy safe and responsible access to their own countryside.”

Councillor Mark Rowley, Executive Member for Business and Economic Development

 “It’s been important SBC support the RHASS Presidential Team to deliver some fantastic initiatives promoting the Scottish Borders recently. 

“The Royal Highland Show was a spectacular showcase for our Border Ridings and Festivals, our textile industry, our innovative biking opportunities and many great Borders businesses and traditions.
“This fantastic new walking and riding route will be a great legacy for the Borders RHASS Presidency. I’m sure it will encourage many more people to explore our wonderful Borders landscape and also encourage more land managers to explore opportunities for similar routes, encouraging even more to enjoy and explore our countryside which is so close and accessible to Edinburgh and the central belt.”

Further Information

  • The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland’s (RHASS) Presidential Team is made up of representatives from the geographical ‘host’ area where the Royal Highland Show would traditionally have been held when it travelled annually before it moved to its permanent site at Ingliston in 1960. This year the team is from the Borders. More information is available.
  • The opening of the new route rounds up a successful couple of months for the RHASS Presidential Team who also hosted a special Scottish Borders’ showcase at this year’s Royal Highland Show at Ingliston. Some photos are available.