Annan Riding of the Marches

Riding of the Marches takes place in Annan

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A guide to Annan Riding of the Marches

One of the largest and oldest historic traditional ceremonies in south west Scotland is taking place. Annan Riding of the Marches, a fortnight of events, culminates on the first Saturday of July. The Annan Cornet and his Lass lead a cavalcade of riders out of the town round the burgh boundaries.

The traditional words "Safe Oot, Safe In" are shouted out as they forge the latest link in a chain of tradition dating back almost 700 years. Checking the boundaries was the responsibility of their forefathers to ensure that its landmarks had not been removed or tampered with by the English.

Their aim was to ensure that the burgh boundaries were maintained in good order. The cavalcade will circle around a channel in the Solway Firth before returning with the Burgh Standard to take part in traditional horse chases on the banks of the River Annan.