- What: Hundreds of riders, ride out at dawn following a night of partying and Scottish reeling (a kind of dancing) by torchlight
- Where and When: In the Scottish border towns of
- Hawick, June 8 and 9
- Selkirk, June 15
- Admission: free for all
The Common Riding Festivals of Hawick and Selkirk commemorate this history by recalling the ancient practice of riding a town's borders at dawn to give early warning of raids from the south. In Hawick, they recall a skirmish, in 1514, at a place called Hornshole, when a group of young Hawick men captured an English flag. Selkirk remembers the Battle of Flodden, when the town sent 80 men on to the field and only one returned, carrying a bloody English flag.
There are plenty of festivities surrounding the Common Riding and, in the week or two before the Common Riding, there are frenzied, galloping "ride outs" to neighboring towns and villages.