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Medieval fayre at Traquair House

Traquair House.

One of Scotland's oldest homes is to return to the middle ages this weekend.

Jousting tournaments will take place in the grounds of Traquair House for the annual medieval fayre.

And workshops, performances and demonstrations will show what life was like in medieval times:

Borders artwork explores Scottish identity

The Debatable Land by Peter Sacks Credit: ITV Border

Artwork depicting images of the First Minister of Scotland, Britain's Prime Minister, Westminster and Holyrood has gone on display at Traquair House in Peebleshire.

'The Debatable Land' is a collage featuring poems, quotes and pictures relevant to the history of Scotland.

The artwork is by former poet and Harvard Professor Peter Sacks.

Alex Salmond and David Cameron feature in the artwork Credit: ITV Border
Quotes, excerpts and material from Traquair House feature Credit: ITV Border

Scotland's oldest home hosts international discussion

Scotland’s oldest inhabited house is a gathering place for world cultures to meet, talk and exchange ideas on the most pressing issues of our time, through discussion, art and film this weekend.

Traquair House is hosting speakers from around the world, who are discussing current international conflicts in Gaza, Iraq and Ukraine among others.

Observers and peacemakers will be discussing how Scotland can be a greater force for good in the world.

Expert voices with experience of global conflict zones, from BBC correspondent Alan Little to the former UN High Commissioner Sir Kieran Prendergast, are taking part.

Beyond Borders: Art and literature at Traquair

A festival that 'travels beyond borders' is taking place in one of Scotland's oldest homes this weekend.

Traquair House in Peebleshire is hosting art exhibitions, a film festival, lectures, dialogues, literary walks, cycle rides talks and debates during the two-day Beyond Borders festival.

Among those featuring at the festival are war photographer Paul Conroy and Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma.

Scotland's place in the world and international conflicts are among the topics to be discussed.


Thousands run in gruelling Innerleithen race

More than 3,000 people battled the Tweed Valley at weekend in the “The Mighty Deerstalker” event.

Run by Rat Race, an adventure sports company, it's toughest off road run in the UK.

The event, which is now in it's 8th year, starts and finishes at the historic Traquair House, Innerleithen.

It features a mixture of steep ascents, water crossings, forest trails and various natural and man-made obstacles including “The Rack”, “The Scree” and “The Tunnel”.

People can chose to take part either as an individual or as a team. They can then choose between the 5K Deerstalker or the 10K Mighty Deerstalker course.

“The Mighty Deerstalker is one of our toughest events as competitors not only have to deal with a gruelling course, but they must do so in complete darkness. There was also a fantastic atmosphere on the run as competitors were dressed in tartan and tweed”.

– Jim Mee, creator of the Mighty Deerstalker
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