Selkirk is a small town lying six miles south of Galashiels on the A7 on a terrace of hills above the Ettrick Water. It has a rich history and in the mid-1700s had a strong shoemaking industry, which provided 2,000 pairs of shoes for Bonnie Prince Charlie's army. From the 1800s onwards it was a thriving tweed mill town and today Locharron of Scotland carries on that tradition as the world's leading tartan manufacturer.
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Lots to See and Do
Selkirk was originally a thriving tweed mill town although this industry is now much reduced. The main visitor attraction is Halliwell's House Museum (free entry, open April to October) which was built in 1712 and hosts exhibitions of local historical interest with an adjoining art gallery.
Sir Walter Scott's Court Room (where he was sheriff for over 30 years) displays an exhibition of his life and literary work and provides background information on Mungo Park, the local explorer and anti-slavery advocate who died in his attempt to find the River Niger.
The town has a fitness centre and tennis courts and each summer hundreds of riders take part in the Selkirk Common Riding, a 400 year old tradition that harks back to the Battle of Flodden. The Twist Glass Studio offers a range of contemporary glassware and Bowhill House is just 3 miles away. This historic house and country estate is open to the public (guided tours available) and even has an adventure playground in the woods that is sure to keep children amused.
|Date||Product||Score||Customer Comment||Our Response|
|23-Jan-2021||West Carsaig Cottage AU7 (overall)||Carsaig is isolated, lovely, and the cottage was clean and comfortable. I recommend it: we certainly had fun as a couple with a (very excited) 3 year old! Mull gorgeous. Drive over to Carsaig fine as long as you're careful. Bring food, wellie boots/walking shoes and be prepared for changing weather. But we had sun almost the whole week - and felt lucky for it.|
|15-Jan-2021||Ashieburn Cottage DE8 (overall)||Excellent and very caring. We felt welcome from the moment we arrived|
|15-Jan-2021||Kates Cottage BJ2 (overall)||A lovely cottage in a beautiful location. Hosts most helpful as we had tochange dates due to last minute change in Covid restrictions. Downside was poor internet connction . Couldnt get radio or T.V despite satellite dish. There is a dishwasher,which is great ,but number of plates and cutlery needs to be increased to reflect this.|
|15-Jan-2021||Claddochside GE9 (overall)||Clear guidance and compassionate understanding it a difficult time.|
|15-Jan-2021||Tweed Cottage at Old Melrose CN5 (overall)||Very professional and everything was straight forward|
|01-Jan-2021||Gardener's Cottage AE4 (overall)||It was a great service once we finally managed to get a response..|
|27-Dec-2020||Rosie's Cottage EC2 (overall)||Lovely cottage in a lovely location|
|26-Dec-2020||Dunfuinary Cottage DA7 (overall)||First class from start to finish, this was the second time at the cottage and we do intend to be back|
|26-Dec-2020||Horsemill Cottage CC6 (overall)||Lovely warm comfortable cottage . Great location for days out and walks . Secluded situation but not far from village with useful chops . Have been several times and never tire of the walking .|
|05-Jan-2021||Mag Findargat FA2 (overall)||Good apart from miscommunication about number of beds to be made up and no extra sheets available so it took 24 hours to get someone back to make the 2nd bed up.|