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|
|16-Nov-2019||The Folly at Old Melrose CN7 (overall)||Efficient service provided by Unique Cottages. They wasted no time confirming if we could stay with our 2 dogs.|
|16-Nov-2019||Tayvulin AN8 (overall)||The house was exactly what we hoped for and met every one of our needs it was clean and warm with lots of space for us and our 3 children 15 11 and 8. We had lovely family nights toasting marshmallows and playing the wii and watched some of the DVDs on offer. We were delighted to be able to store the bikes safely in the garage. We ate at the table which could sit 8 and I had all i needed to cook simple meals. I used the washing machine and airer for drying clothes and the location was convenient and we walked down to the shops and cafes several times. Would love to stay again **|
|15-Nov-2019||Skylark Cottage CF1 (overall)||Yes would recommend|
|15-Nov-2019||Corrirowan Cottage GA9 (overall)||Easy booking system. Information given on booking and then further information once final payment made. Easy instructions on how to find the holiday property.|
|15-Nov-2019||Little Lannhall Cottage BZ7 (overall)||We were very satisfied with the experience. It was easy to book and response to queries was efficient|
|15-Nov-2019||Mossbrae Cottage CE1 (overall)||Very helpful with the booking|
|15-Nov-2019||Cuillin View Cottage DX8 (overall)||Lovely house. We arrived on a very cold day and the house was very warm. The location was perfect|
|15-Nov-2019||Sea Cottage AA3 (overall)||Cottage was well presented, had everything we could possibly need in an idyllic location and I could bring my dog! Great holiday.|
|14-Nov-2019||Kates Cottage BJ2 (overall)||It really is a lovely cottage & as cottages go it’s quite large & roomy & very clean, it was like home from home, it had everything we could possibly need, all cooking utensils, pots & pans etc & a very good cooker & microwave, comfy furniture & a very nice comfy bed as well as sky tv & wi fi. It’s in a great location with nice views across the loch, we stopped off in Tayvallich village a few times on the way through & everyone was very friendly & helpful|
|15-Nov-2019||Teviotside Lodge BE5 (overall)||There was so much to do and see just not enough time so we will have to come back!|