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 have plenty of time to enjoy it.
Don’t miss the Scottish Borders Walking Festival being held in Selkirk in September – read more on our blog.
The Town Trail
The town itself has much to offer you, and there is no better place to start than following the town trail. Medieval and early modern Selkirk was a small quiet town centred on the Market Place and defined by the ‘Ring o’ the Toun’ – a triangle whose sides are Kirk Wynd, Back Row and the High Street and this pattern comes from the town’s Anglo-Saxon roots and can also be seen in nearby Melrose, Midlem and Bowden. Make sure you also walk down by the riverside.
The Haining Estate
The Haining Estate was left in Trust for the town and you can visit its historic grounds. The house dates from the 1790s and is being developed for events and the arts. Its coach house and stables have already been refurbished and are now host to local artists.
Nearby, Bowhill House & Grounds, home of the Duke of Buccleuch, and offers a magnificent Georgian house, outdoor adventure playground and a choice of woodland trails. It also has a small theatre converted from the estate’s cold storage room. Wonderful views of Bowhill can be enjoyed from the Auld Kirk in the town.