Reivers Run - 1 day tour
The Reivers were raiders from Northumberland that would raid villages and land, stealing livestock and anything else they deemed of value. In the year of 1544 in the space of just two raids the Reivers manged to escape with over 700 cattle and 100 horses! After suffering such a huge loss the Pringles were left with no option but to relocate to Galashiels. In 1645 the Smailholm estate and Tower were bought over by the Scotts of Harden. The Scotts from Hawick had no need to live in the tower so rented it to another family member, who would turn out to be Sir Walter Scotts' great-grandfather.
With this in mind this 1 day tour is the perfect combination of great riding roads, scenery, historical places of interest and all within easy reach from Edinburgh.
You will enjoy a nice easy ride along the coastal road through the small quant towns of East Lothian including Gullane and North Berwick.
From there you venture on to explore the medieval ruins of Tantallon Castle (destroyed in 1651 by Oliver Cromwell's Army). The Castle sits proudly on the East Coast Cliffs with a great view of the Bass Rock.
After spending some time at the Castle the ride takes you inland of the Scottish Borders to Smailholm Tower (an ancient stronghold defending the locals from the English Reivers).
The Borders are full of great twisty riding roads and things to do and see including the Hawick Museum, which has a dedicated room to local motorcycling legends, (Jimmy Guthrie & Stevie Hislop).The ride from Hawick to the Leadburn Inn, just outside Penicuik is a great twisty road through the Southern uplands. The Leadburn in is a fantastic biker friendly local pub. It regularly hosts motorbike nights, serves great quality food and locally brewed Scottish beers.