About us

Hands Across the Border is a group for anyone – from any political persuasion or none – who
cares deeply about preserving the United Kingdom. We want to show how much we respect and care for the different nations of the United Kingdom. We will show this by constructing something which we hope will be a lasting symbol of our relationship.

Starting on Sunday 20th July, and continuing through to August, September and hopefully beyond, we will be gathering on the English-Scottish border to build a cairn, in honour of the Union.

We are calling it ‘The Auld Acquaintance’

The monument will combine beautiful formal work from dry-stone wallers with creative community input. You are very welcome to come along at any time, and please do bring your own stone- personalised in any way you like. Don’t worry if you don’t have a stone to bring though, we have English and Scottish stones on site, for you to place and mark yourself.

Please do spread the word about this event among friends and family, and come along and take part in creating a mark in the landscape, in the lead up to the referendum, as a symbol of our commitment to stay together.

For more information on getting to the site, please find directions here.

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch on

We look forward to seeing you there.

Promoted by Rory Stewart on behalf of Cumbria Broadband and Rural Projects limited both at Butterwick, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 2QL.


To ensure your own safety and the safety of others please:
1. Take care when selecting a stone to bring to the cairn. Ensure that you are capable of lifting the stone and don’t select one that is too heavy for you to lift or throw!
2. Wear suitable footwear – the ground is rough and uneven
3. Follow the advice of the staff
4. Keep to the paths. The tapes are there to guide you to the best area – please do not go under the tapes
5. Take care when placing the stone in the cairn. Do not put stones higher than the retaining walls.