Come and explore our rich history and traditions and a rolling landscape that is waiting to be enjoyed by foot, by pedal or by horse. Selkirk is a thriving town perched above the beautiful Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys and an excellent location to explore the beautiful Scottish Borders. There’s plenty to do, so make sure you visit and give yourselves plenty of time to enjoy it.
A proud town, Selkirk sits above the surrounding river valleys – in the past an ideal location to defend, now it offers wonderful views. The name Selkirk is probably of Anglo-Saxon origin but may stretch as far back as Roman times. A royal castle was located on Peel Hill in the 12th century and then grew eastwards towards the Auld Kirk. You can travel back in time to learn about our literary stars, our proud traditions of weaving or our romantic customs of Common Ridings.
Our culture and traditions are still at the very heart of our town. Come and learn about Sir Walter Scott who popularised tartan and then visit a mill where the cloth is still produced today by local craftspeople. Hear about our folklore and ballads and then enjoy the local music in the pub at night, perhaps with a locally produced beer, gin or juice in hand as you tap your feet.
Food & Drink
Whether you’re planning to catch up with friends over coffee or a lunch, refuel after a walk in our stunning surroundings, or enjoy a romantic meal for two, Selkirk has it covered. If you're wondering where to eat, then rest assured, we have a wonderful array of Restaurants, Cafes, Coffee Shops and Takeaways to suit every occasion - come and see for yourself what we have to offer. We may be a small Town, however, we have delightful eateries and welcoming service with a smile to compete with the best of them - we even have The Best Eatery in The Borders!
Selkirk is a small town with a close community but for its size, Selkirk has a surprising number of businesses and services that can bring a jolly bustle about the town. From the very old traditions of Souter (shoe repairer) and a dress maker to hairdressers and barbers, vets, chiropodists, surveyors and estate agents – well you might love it so much that you decide to stay! All are very welcoming and if they can’t help, they will certainly be able to suggest someone that can.
Selkirk offers a range of independent shops for visitors and locals alike. We're proud of our traditional market town, right in the middle of the Scottish Borders, and we're sure you'll like it too! We have a monthly farmers market in the centre of town: the Market Place, with a great range of food and produce. Join us on the first Saturday of every month from 9am to 1.30pm.
The Royal and Ancient Burgh sits high above the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys in the heart of the Scottish Borders. We invite you to take a look through our website and see for yourselves what you can do in Selkirk: from its many cultural and historical connections right through to the breath-taking landscapes we have bordering the town, providing an embarrassment of riches for cycling, walking and riding routes! We look forward to welcoming you to Selkirk.