In light of COVID-19, everyone's health and safety is the most important thing. We very much look forward to welcoming to Selkirk so that you can enjoy our rich history, traditions and rolling landscapes but only when it's safe to do so. There’s plenty to do, so make sure you visit and give yourselves plenty of time to enjoy it, as well as calling ahead to check arrangements and opening times.
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
With the significant changes made necessary by Covid-19, our restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and takeaways are working hard to develop new ways to keep their businesses going and look after the local community. Find out more here.
Selkirk is a small town with a close community, find out more about how we work together and support each other. COVID-19: Information about support available for our businesses can be found on the Selkirk Means Business page (links to this can be found on the Community page).
Selkirk offers a range of independent shops for visitors and locals alike. Our butchers, bakers and green grocers are working hard to get supplies out to the local community with particular emphasis on the most vulnerable.
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 hope this will inspire you and encourage you to visit us safely.