Make time for Selkirk

The bustling hill town of Selkirk has a unique position on the main Edinburgh-Carlisle route, but is also the gateway to the Ettrick and Yarrow valleys.
Take time to enjoy our cafes, bars or restaurants, or just stroll round our braes, wynds and speciality shops, including The General Store – our version of The Repair Shop. Selkirk provides an oasis for nature too, with Mauldsheugh Wood, a community wildlife project, and the Golden Eagle Centre and Salmon Viewing Centre less than two miles out of town.

With walks for every ability, cycling routes that can take you into our rolling hills, access to stables, golf, rugby and a swimming pool, plus a recently reopened 2 Star campsite, Selkirk is perfect for an activity holiday.

The Town Centre

Park in the central 85-space FREE Car Park off the Market Place, allowing access to the High Street, with additional spaces in the Market Place itself, including some cycle hoops and motorcycle space. There is more parking at the east end of the High Street, beside the Police Station. The triangle of streets around the historic High Street is the basis for the popular ‘Ring o’ the Toun’ walk, which takes in The Auld Kirk, the Pant Well and the Old Selkirk Prison.

The Riverside

Selkirk Riverside provides a gentle and flat walk following the Ettrick Water , beside which can be found leisure activities such as salmon jumping, rugby, cricket, cycling, and river walks, as well as other retail offerings such as glass ornaments, tweed clothing, a traditional blacksmith’s and Selkirk’s own coffee roastery. Selkirk’s leisure centre is situated here also, open to visitors for swimming and related activities.

The Haining Estate

The Haining Estate, a haven of loch and woodland surrounding an 18th Century Palladian mansion, was left in Trust for the town and is a short walk from the town centre car park. Its historic grounds are a must-visit for a relaxing walk – right in the middle of a thriving town. The house dates from the 1790s and is being developed for events and the arts, while its coach house and stables have already been refurbished and are now host to local artists.