Following the success of the fifth annual Dandie Dinmont Derby

Kenny and Shona Allan are now focussing on organising their 2020 event.


Please note, theirs is a totally separate event to Paul Keevil and Mike Macbeth’s DD 250 (which takes place 16th- 19th July 2020). We wish them every success and know many UK owners are planning to attend both events.

Their event is the 6th annual Dandie Derby weekend, Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th June 2020 during which they will also be taking the opportunity to celebrate the lives of James Davidson and Francis Somner (see below).

As ever, their focus is entirely on a relaxed, enjoyable get together for Dandie owners and their dogs. Come and join in some or all of the fun!

Outline timetable:

Friday 5th June

For the early birds arriving for the weekend.

Meet up in the afternoon for an informal Dandie walk in the local area.

Evening tbc.

Saturday 6th June

Morning market stall at Selkirk Farmers Market in the square.

Dandie Rally at The Haining

Teas and refreshments

Walk around Haining Loch

Dandie Derby at The Haining (light hearted Dandie races – have your dog’s favourite tasty lures at the ready!)

“Meet the Maker” – Dandie wares and other merchandise in the Marquee


Rides with Archie the Dandie on his Steam Engine tbc

Evening meal in the marquee at The Haining (optional)

Sunday 7th


Meet at historic Oxnam Kirk near Jedburgh to visit the grave of James Davidson .

(Farmer and Dandie owner James Davidson is popularly credited with being the inspiration for Walter Scott’s character Dandie Dinmont.  2020 marks the 200th anniversary of James Davidson’s death.)

The Minister will lead a short service

We will sing the The Lay of The Dandie Dinmont

Doug Davidson, Dandie owner and direct descendent of James Davidson will speak.

Refreshments inside the Kirk


Lunch at the dog friendly Ednam House Hotel on the banks of the beautiful River Tweed in Kelso, with views to magnificent Floors Castle.

We will walk some of the Heritage Trail in the scenic market town of Kelso following in Sir Walter Scott’s footsteps and also highlight the town’s connection with 19th century Dandie breeder Francis Somner.

Final farewells and optional visit to Rutherfords dog friendly micropub before heading home.


Please register your interest with them if you are planning on joining them in 2020.

There is no obligation to register but it greatly helps them with their planning.

Your details will not be shared with any third parties.

This event is free.

Please take a moment to message them on dandiederby@hotmail.com to confirm your attendance and also let them know how many Dandies you are bringing with you.
Of course, you don’t need to bring a Dandie with you to enjoy the weekend, but the more the merrier, especially for their ever popular Derby!