Spectator Vantage Points 2017


To read about the History of the Edinburgh Riding of the Marches, take a look here.

If you are interested in taking part in the event on horseback, visit here to find out how.

If you are an entertainment act and would like to take part in our event, find out more here.


Due to the rapid expansion of this event, we are pleased to announce that there is an additional 30 minutes of entertainment on the Royal Mile this year!

If you or members of your family or friends wish to follow the 2017 Riding of the Marches in Edinburgh, below are some recommended vantage points.

Please note that all timings are approximate and there may be slight changes due to weather conditions or other issues out with our control.

Spectators are requested not to venture into fields on the ride route and must at all times follow directions of ground marshals and observe parking regulations where they are in existence.

Please take care not to impede the progress of the ride and support vehicles.

If you are in control of a dog, please remember that all dogs must be on leads when in close contact with the ride cavalcade.

  • The riders will assemble for the start of the ride between 0730hrs and 0900hrs within Todhills Business Park, Old Dalkeith Road (non-equine transport vehicles should park within the nearby Park and Ride facility)
  • The ride will commence at 0930hrs.
  • Drum Estate Canters can be viewed from Gilmerton Road near to Bernard Hunter’s yard between 0930hrs and 0950hrs.
  • The ride will proceed north on Lasswade road between 1000hrs and 1010hrs.
  • The ride will enter West Edge Farm land to canter up the long field on the east side of Lasswade Road. This can be viewed from Lasswade Road  between 1000hrs and 1010hrs.
  • The ride will proceed along Captains Road between 1020hrs and 1025hrs.
  • The ride will enter Mortonhall Estate at 1100hrs and will exit at 1125hrs. Canters here can be viewed from the cottages at Broomhills Road within the Estate.
  • The ride returns to West Edge Farm fields between 1130hrs and 1200hrs.  This can be seen from the Lang Loan or Lasswade Road.
  • The lunch stop will take place at Todhills between 1215hrs and 1335hrs, at the conclusion of which, the ride will make its way out of the Drum onto Old Dalkeith Road.
  • It should also be noted that if spectators wish to see the ride in the Royal Mile, they should consider making their way there around this stage. Entertainment begins on the Royal Mile at 1245hrs and will include George Heriots Pipe Band, St Ronan’s Silver Band, and other national acts.
  • The ride enters Little France Drive at 1420hrs before walking down to Greendykes Road, thereafter cantering through fields to Hawkhill Woods at Craigmillar Castle. This section takes place between 1420hrs and 1440hrs and can be viewed from the rear of the Royal Infirmary and Craigmillar Castle Road. Vehicles can not stop on Craigmillar Castle Road. Please note that there is a new footpath within Hawkhill/Greendykes which will give excellent viewing opportunities.
  • The ride will pass through Duddingston, Old Church Lane at approx. 1500hrs,
  • At 1515hrs a Pipe Band will form up within Holyrood Park between the broad pavement car park and Holyrood Palace. Another great viewing point.
  • At 1540 The ride will arrive at Horse Wynd and begin its procession up the Royal Mile.
  • The Cavalcade up the Royal Mile to the Mercat Cross takes place between 1545hrs and 1555hrs.
  • The Cavalcade comes to a halt at the Mercat Cross at 1555hrs and the Captain and Lass take part in the return of the flag ceremony before the Lord Provost of Edinburgh and the assembled riders and spectators.  This ceremony should take approximately ten minutes before the ride moves off up the Royal Mile, Johnston Terrace, Lady Lawson Street, West Port and into Grassmarket, where the ride concludes in Kings Stables Road at 1630hrs.

Spectators are invited to attend the After-Ride Celebrations in ‘The Three Sisters’ in The Cowgate, where the traditional singing of the Town Songs will take place.  We look forward to seeing you all and hope you have a great day.