An exciting new 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.
They 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.”
Further information can be found at www.sup.org.uk
Project partners British Horse Society (Scotland), Southern Uplands Partnership and Future Hawick obtained funds from the European Community LEADER Programme, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Borders Council, Forestry Commission Scotland, British Horse Society (Scotland), British Horse Society (Borders), Buccleuch Estates, Future Hawick and Energise Galashiels.