The Riding of the Marches has become a much-loved and spectacular event in Edinburgh and this year’s was no exception. Over 200 riders took to the hills, fields and streets around the city to report back that Edinburgh’s town boundaries were once again “all clear”.
Blessed by sunshine, bands and historical reenacters entertained the large crowds, before the event culminated in a spectacular ride up the Royal Mile, to where Lord Provost Donald Wilson and other city dignitaries presided over affairs from the Mercat Cross.
Edinburgh Captain Stuart Nicoll carried Edinburgh’s famed ‘Blue Blanket’ banner, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden. Once this had been safely delivered to the Mercat Cross, it was lowered to initiate a minute’s silence, before the riders departed, their “job” safely done for another year.
Here are our photos from the cavalcade and ceremony on the Royal Mile.