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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-Nov-2019||Tigh Na Tri Cottage BR9 (overall)||Excellent!|
|17-Nov-2019||Gorrenberry House BP8 (overall)||Everything made simple and clear. Cottage just as it was marketed.|
|17-Nov-2019||Millside Cottage DZ2 (overall)||So easy to book and very informative about the cottage.|
|17-Nov-2019||Boreray Cottage AH6 (overall)||We have returned from a cottage that was high standard in a special location. Not a high price but a wonderful experience. Originally booked into a different property then found negative reviews. Unique hols changed our property without fuss.|
|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||Teviotside Lodge BE5 (overall)||There was so much to do and see just not enough time so we will have to come back!|