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|
|11-Jul-2020||South Lodge BH9 (overall)||Cottage very clean and tidy.coal fire was very welcome due to cold weather.enclosed garden good for dog.large bathroom large with bath and shower.would recommend|
|10-Jul-2020||Tayvulin AN8 (overall)||Easy to use friendly staff let you know what you need to know when you need to know|
|12-Jun-2020||Fyne View Cottage CX3 (overall)||As usual all is good|
|10-Jun-2020||The Croft EE9 (overall)||excellent cottage, very clean and well fitted, excellent location.|
|13-Apr-2020||Silverburn Cottage EP5 (overall)||Lovely, well equipped and cosy cottage. Perfect for a get away from it all break. The two bedrooms are comfortable and airy. A great living room with stays toasty warm with the wood burning stove - we had it on almost the whole time. Great views down the valley towards the River Tay. A little bit of a shame that quite a lot of forestry work has gone on but still a beautiful vista. Forestry work limits some of the walks, but there’s still a good hike up the farm tracks.|
|23-Mar-2020||Restless Winds BD5 (overall)||Welcome pack was a pleasant surprise and the property was clean, well equipped and home from home|
|22-Mar-2020||Tarken Lodge CR4 (overall)||Website easy to negotiate; communication very clear throughout.|
|22-Mar-2020||Kingfisher Cottage EC6 (overall)||Easy to use website, great range of properties with clear booking instructions.|
|15-Mar-2020||The Black Barn DB7 (overall)||Excellent, very easy online booking arrangement|
|14-Mar-2020||Kirkside Cottage GA8 (overall)||Service good missing towels but problem solved quickly - property very clean|