Selkirk, historically a royal burgh, is a town in the Scottish Borders.
It has a TD7 postcode as do the nearby villages of Ashkirk • Ettrickbridge • Midlem • Yarrow and the surrounding countryside.
Here’s what we love about Selkirk
Selkirk is situated on the Ettrick Water
Selkirk people are known as Souters, which means ‘cobblers’. Turnbull’s Shoe Repairs still do a fine traditional job. Selkirk grew because of its woollen industry. Specialist weavers in town are the Selkirk Weaving Company and Lochcarron which has a coffee shop and visitor centre. The famous Selkirk Bannock is still made locally in traditional ovens.
Famous Sons and Historic Houses
Famous sons of Selkirk include James Hogg, (The Ettrick Shepherd), and Sir Walter Scott whose home at nearby Abbotsford welcomes visitors. Bowhill Estate has exhibitions and activities, and Halliwell Museum gives a feel for Selkirk life in times gone by.
Wonderful for walking and nature
This is an area of rugged landscapes and scenic beauty. The Southern Upland Way and the Sir Walter Scott Way pass nearby and The Three Brethren Walk offers splendid views. The Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys Visitor Guide is a great resource for making the most of the fabulous countryside to the West of Selkirk. For country strolls closer to town The Haining Loch is highly recommended. Philiphaugh has marked walks and you can visit the Salmon Viewing Centre there.
Horsing around in the Borders
Close to town there are riding schools at ISEC, Stable Life, and Broomhill, If you have your own horse, saddle up for a ride around Bowhill Estate or stay for a few days holiday with your horse. Selkirk celebrates its Common Riding festival in June.
Come and See,
Places to Eat,
Phillipburn Hotel does lunches and fine dining and the nearby Woll Restaurant is well worth a visit. Taste of Spice serves delicious Indian cuisine. For informal eateries try specialist coffee shop Three Hills Coffee. The Waterwheel is just out of town at Philiphaugh. In town are The Courthouse Coffee Shop and Jaz Rose.
Sports and Activities,
Play Golf: The Woll Golf Course • Selkirk Golf Course • Synton Mains Driving Range •Try Clay Pigeon Shooting •Join the Canoe Club • Anyone for Cricket, or Rugby? • Play the fiddle with Riddell Fiddles • Swim at the Leisure Centre • Be creative at the Community Shed •
Inspiration for Artists
The rolling uplands of Selkirkshire draw talented artists to the area. See stunning hand-blown glass at •Lindean Mill Glass Studio and •Twists Glass. Drop in to •Hainingside Gallery. Contact other artists to see their work by arrangement. Artists working from •Wasps Studios include •Rob Hain, •Moy Mackay, •Fiona Millar, •Liz Douglas , •Mary Morrison, •Alan Richmond and •Alex Hain. Check out •Helen Tabor, •Deborah Fallas •EBCA Stained Glass and •Rob Elliot Furniture
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