LEADER funds project to increase horse-riding holidays in the Borders

James Rose

An exciting new LEADER-funded project to increase horse-riding holidays in the Scottish Borders has received the go ahead.

Funds have now been secured to employ an equestrian tourism coordinator for 2 years. They will liaise with all relevant interests including businesses and land managers to encourage cooperation, develop marketing, improve digital mapping and to support local and longer distance rides.

Details of how to apply for the position can be found on the Southern Uplands Partnership website here.

The succesful applicant will also update the South of Scotland Countryside Trails web site and provide links to and images of attractions, events, suppliers and services that will benefit horse riders during their stay and encourage them and their friends and family to stay longer in the area.

Ann Fraser, Vice Chairman of British Horse Society Scotland said “the project will enable visitors to more easily find quality accommodation and local transport for horse and rider and to enjoy our fantastic rural and town-based food and drink outlets, local crafts, culture and countryside.”