Around Selkirk

Selkirk is situated in the centre of the Scottish Borders, just off the A7.  It stands high above the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys, which contain some of the most glorious scenery in the Scottish Borders, including St. Mary’s Loch, southern Scotland’s largest stretch of water.

It is within easy reach of the Border towns of Melrose, Galashiels, Jedburgh, Hawick, Kelso, St Boswells and Peebles. Edinburgh is an hour away by car and is served by a regular bus service from Selkirk.

Click on the links to find out more about places to visit, things to do and some great places to eat.

Selkirk Common Riding in June, with up to 500 riders taking part, is one of the oldest Border festivals with a tradition going back to the Battle of Flodden in 1513.

During Scott’s Selkirk, in the first weekend in December, the town is transformed into a Victorian town as it was in the time of Sir Walter Scott, who was Sheriff of Selkirk for 33 years.

The Croft is ideally suited for walkers and is on the route of the Borders, Abbeys Way, the Southern Upland Way and St Cuthbert’s Way.

Other outdoor activities available locally include golf, fishing, cycling, mountain biking and horse-riding.

Local tourist attractions include:  the Borders Abbeys at Jedburgh, Melrose, Kelso and Dryburgh:  Bowhill House and Country Park, home of the Duke of Buccleuch;  Abbotsford, the house built and lived in by Sir Walter Scott;  Floors Castle, the largest inhabited house in Scotland, home to the Duke and Duchess of Roxburgh and romantic Traquair House, whose traditional brewery dates back to the 16th Century.

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