Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom


Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom is an iconic link to the great Scottish writer.  In this building Scott sat as Sheriff, dispensing justice to the town of Selkirk for nearly 30 years until his death in 1832. This imposing, historic building dates from 1804 and stands in the vibrant Market Place, next to the statue dedicated to Sir Walter who was affectionately known as The Shirra (Sheriff).  Inside the former Town Hall, the story of Scott’s association with the town is presented. Visitors will enjoy the reconstructed courtroom and be intrigued by accompanying tales of past crimes, punishments and lucky escapes.

In addition to displays of personal objects that once belonged to the world-famous writer of great literary works including Rob Roy and the Waverley Novels, there are fascinating items from the Royal Burgh’s rich history.

Due to the age and layout of the building there is no disabled access and several steps to negotiate from street level. Souvenirs, books and gifts are available at reception desk. Tour groups and school visits are welcome by pre-arrangement.

Free entry, donations welcome

Opening Times 

Mon 1 April – Thu 31 October 2019

April – September: Mon-Fri 10:00-16:00, Sat 11:00-15:00

May – August: Mon-Fri 10:00-16:00, Sat-Sun 11:00-15:00

October: Mon-Sat 12:00-15:00

Closed to the public for local events:

Fri 26 April from 14:00; Thu 13 – Sun 16 June 2019; Sat 5 Oct

Family Fun Trail

Pick up an exciting activity pack at reception to follow a trail that takes you around the displays and exhibitions of Sir Walters Scott’s Courtroom. £2 per pack

Contact Methods

Market Place, Selkirk, Scottish Borders, TD7 4BT
Phone 2

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