Our culture and traditions are still at the very heart of our town. Come and learn about Sir Walter Scott (1771 – 1832), the Scottish historical novelist, poet, playwright and historian, who also popularised the wearing of tartan. See where Robert Burns was slighted by a local doctor. Visit a mill where the cloth is still produced today by local craftspeople and enjoy the work of local artists and photographers at the town’s two art galleries.
Discover local authors, including Alastair Moffat, founder of the Borders Book Festival, in Selkirk’s book stores. 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.
Tom Scott RSA
Selkirk was home to acclaimed Scottish painter Tom Scott (1854-1927), who was known for his watercolours and his dedication to the depiction of the landscapes, unique architecture and cultural history of Selkirk and the Scottish borderlands.
Scottish figurative painter Caroline McNairn (1955-2010), herself the daughter of Scots painter John McNairn, was born in Selkirk. Bernat Klein, Serbian-born textile designer lived just outside Selkirk at Peter Womersley’s highly acclaimed building High Sunderland. The town continues to be home to many local artists, many of whom work and exhibit at Selkirk Wasps Artists’ Studios or are represented in the town’s two art galleries.
Image from the Buccleuch Art Collection, on display at Bowhill House