The name Jacobite is derived from James Francis Edward Stuart (the Latin for James being Jacobus), the Old Pretender to the Scottish throne and is the name given to his and his grandson, Charles Edward Stuart, the Young Pretenderís followers. The Jacobite risings took place from 1688 to 1746 when attempts were made to return a Stuart monarch to the Scottish throne. These uprisings culminated in the Jacobitesí devastating defeat at Culloden in 1746 and the Young Pretender, like his grandfather before him, spent the rest of his life in exile.
In 1745 the Young Pretender passed through the Borders on the march south to London, stopping with kinsfolk at Traquair, and hoping to rally support on the way. The Adventure On Wheels Ltd Jacobite Run has Traquair as itís main focal point, encompassing the history, the Traquair ales made by traditional methods in the old brewery, the 1745 restaurant, the intimate family chapel and the peaceful atmosphere of Traquair House, a family home still occupied by members of the Stuart Clan.
He also passed on his return to Inverness, but was in more of a hurry and didnít have time to visit.
Our empty roads in the Scottish Borders make for great relaxed riding
This is a great short day tour taking in some of the Borders most scenic valleys and rivers, while dipping into some Borders history as we go.
From here we continue northwards to Lauder (whose castle also has Jacobite connections) and cut across the hills and onwards to the steekit yetts of Traquair House for a short visit and refreshments.
The closing part of the tour again takes us over the hills by Hawick to Selkirk. Like all Border towns, Hawick and Selkirk are steeped in a blooded history of tribal warfare and reiving between Scotland and England. After a short drive through Selkirk and a fuel stop if necessary, itís back to Melrose.
General Information :
:The theme of all our tours is for a relaxed and unhurried trip, taking in local scenery and points of interest. We try to run at a pace to suit all within the group but appreciate that some may wish to go faster than others and will endeavour to accommodate such riders on appropriate sections of the tour.
It should be noted that it is Tom's policy to avoid riding on motorways so please do not expect any! However, there are occasions when we have to be at a particular location at a specific time and therefore the planned route may be altered accordingly.
The Jacobite run can be merged with any of our other short day tours.
Prices: For individual or joint tours are available on enquiry; accommodation options and costs can also be made available on request, if required.
Dinning out: We are always happy to advise on where to dine and when at all possible we like to dine with the hole group.
Bike hire: For information on bike/equipment hire and our vehicle support service please refer to our webpage Bike and equipment hire etc.
The theme of all our tours is for a safe relaxed and unhurried exciting trip, taking in local scenery, points of interest and great twisty roads. We try to run at a pace to suit all within the group but appreciate that some may wish to go faster than others and will endeavour to accommodate such riders on appropriate sections of the tour.