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A county of green-topped hills and quiet valleys, Selkirkshire forms a most peaceful base for a relaxing holiday. St Mary’s Loch, lonely among the hills, is a favourite beauty spot and popular for picnics and sailing. The Duke of Buccleuch’s home of Bowhill, just outside Selkirk itself, is another favourite attraction.
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Lots of History to Explore
The county town of Selkirk is a historic one, annually hosting one of the original Border Festivals. This centres around the defeat at Flodden, when from the 65 men of the town who set forth to fight the English, only one, Fletcher, returned. He was too overwhelmed by what he had experienced to do more than cast his flag in silence in the marketplace.
Here, too, Sir Walter Scott was for many years the 'shirra' or local magistrate. His home at Abbotsford is just 4 miles away on the banks of the Tweed.
Around the Selkirk Area
Follow the B7009 west out of the town up the Ettrick Valley. The 16th century Aikwood Tower has an exhibition of the life of James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd. Further on, you reach the tiny village of Ettrickbridge from where you can take a variety of walks followed by lunch or evening meal at the fascinating old pub (Cross Keys Hotel).
If you take the A708 west of Selkirk (parallel to the B7009) through the Yarrow valley you reach Bowhill House, the home of the Duke of Buccleuch, which has a fine collection of art and antique furniture. There is a small theatre in the courtyard and extensive grounds including an adventure playground, cycle trails (can be hired) and pleasant walks.
Continue along the A708 towards the youth hostel near Yarrowford from where you can walk up the 464 metre high Three Brethern which commands magnificent views of the Borders. The A708 leads eventually leads you to St Mary's Loch where you can swim, sail and have a snack at the caf' or a bar meal at the Tibbie Shiels Inn before attempting the steep climb on the narrow path beside the 200 foot Grey Mare's Tail (a waterfall), about 6 miles south, or joining the Southern Upland Way.
|Date||Product||Score||Customer Comment||Our Response|
|17-Sep-2021||Redgorton Cottage GH1 (overall)||Seamless experience from start to finish. I book every year with this company and have never had a problem .|
|17-Sep-2021||Dunanfiew Cottage BH8 (overall)||Lovely cottage in wonderful surroundings, comfortable, well equipped and warm. Garden secure for little dog who enjoyed himself emencely, even saw hedgehog. Perfect location for us to go out and about, just what we wanted and needed. Great walks straight from the door. Good relaxing and foregoing holidays. Thank you.|
|17-Sep-2021||Loch Cottage EG2 (overall)||Cleanliness, quality, value|
|17-Sep-2021||Riddell House EE3 (overall)||I thought they were helpful, efficient and friendly. They replied promptly to any questions and answered the telephone quickly.|
|15-Sep-2021||Cnoc Gorm DE1 (overall)||Good simple booking process. Good range of property options|
|15-Sep-2021||Easter Steading EX6 (overall)||Very efficient and helpful and I have used them a few times and will continue to do so when visiting Scotland.|
|15-Sep-2021||Bluebell Cottage GE7 (overall)||A beautiful cottage in a lovely location. Easy to book and good comms and info before our stay. Our first booking with Unique Cottages and will definitely use them again|
|15-Sep-2021||Garden Cottage at Ashintully AG8 (overall)||Booking managed well|
|14-Sep-2021||Craig Var Cottage FC1 (overall)||The people in the office were really helpful . Gave us plenty of information promptly and were very polite|
|14-Sep-2021||South Airies Farmhouse EL7 (overall)||Booking process was straightforward with friendly helpful staff, have used Unique Cottages many times and never had a problem.|