Mini guide to Selkirk
Selkirk, located in Selkirkshire, is a town with a great history and heritage
and it is set in some of Scotland's most scenic countryside. Historians believe
the town to have been where William Wallace was appointed as Guardian of Scotland.
Bowhill House and Country Park are perhaps the town's most popular heritage
attractions. Home to the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, the magnificent early
19th century building houses an internationally renowned art collection with
works by the likes of Gainsborough, Reynolds and Van Dyck. There is also classic
French furniture, antique porcelain, silverware and tapestries for visitors'
For some truly beautiful nature, take a trip to Yair Forest, also known as
Lindinney Wood. This park, owned by the Forestry Commission, sits very close
to the River Tweed and presents some fantastic views of the area.
For evening dining Selkirk has no shortage of options, with traditional British
food available alongside bistros, brasseries, Indian and Italian restaurants.
Since Selkirk isn't a typical tourist town, the nightlife is aimed at the locals
and consists of pleasant Scottish pubs where visitors are welcome to sit down
and enjoy an evening of drink and conversation.
For a trip out of Selkirk, travel the short distance to Abbotsford House, just
two-miles from neighbouring Melrose. This beautiful stately home was once the
residence of Sir Walter Scott, who back in 1812 converted the then-named Cartely
Hall into Abbotsford House; later it was demolished and completely rebuilt.
There are major road and rail routes into Scotland from England, while Edinburgh
offers the nearest airport connection.
Selection of hotels in this region:
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