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Welcome to Selkirk and Selkirk Living 

Selkirk Living is an online hub celebrating all that’s best about living in Selkirk and the Scottish Borders. Whether you live, work, or just visiting the area, you’ll find lots of insider tips about where to eat, shop, and explore.  Selkirk Living also has news and stories about what’s happening in and around Selkirk.

Visiting Selkirk

Selkirk is situated on the Ettrick Water which is a tributary to the River Tweed. Selkirk has a great history with many famous people being associated with the town. William Wallace was declared Guardian of the Kingdom of Scotland and Sir Walter Scott was sheriff of Selkirkshire for 33 years.

Selkirk has a number of local places of interest, including historic houses and attractions. Bowhill House is three miles west of the Town. Bowhill is located around beautiful surroundings with many attractive walkways and an adventure playground which highlights the excitement that Bowhill holds for both locals and tourists.

In addition, the Ettrick and Yarrow Valley has sublime scenery which increases the beauty of Selkirk and St Mary’s Loch is Southern Scotland’s largest stretch of water.

The Selkirk common riding is one of the main events of the town with riders coming from all over the Borders to participate in one of the oldest Border Festivals. The ride-out also remembers those men who died during the Battle of Flodden. Eighty Selkirk men followed the Scottish King into battle and only one returned.

The Selkirk festival features the widely acclaimed Casting of Thee Colours which is a remarkable event witnessed by thousands each year.

Selkirk and the surrounding area has some fantastic hotels, B&Bs, bars and restaurants that emphasise the traditional Scottish hospitality that Selkirk has to offer.

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Dandie Dinmont Enthusiasts Flock To The Borders

Mustard Dandie at Abbotsford

Over one hundred and fifty Dandie Dinmont Terrier owners and enthusiasts from across fourteen countries including USA, Canada, Scandinavia and Europe will be flocking to the Borders for a 3 day celebration from 2-4 June, in honour of the founding father of the breed. A bronze statue of ‘Old Ginger’, created by Her Majesty the Queen’s sculptor for Scotland, Alexander Stoddart, will be unveiled in honour of the dog’s 175th birthday, at The Haining Estate, where old Ginger was born on 4th June 1842.

The bronze statue of Old Ginger, which was paid for by donations from group members as well as a generous donation from the Kennel Club. The accumulated funds have also provided for the development of a Dandie Dinmont Discovery Centre which will be opened at The Haining prior to the unveiling of the statue. 2017 is Scotland’s ‘Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology’.  Click here to read the full article.

The Four Abbeys of the Scottish Borders

The Scottish Borders is rich in history and along with the many historic houses and buildings, the region has four magnificent ruined abbeys to explore.

These splendid abbeys are located at Melrose (6.7miles), Dryburgh (12.4miles), Kelso (19miles) and Jedburgh (17.4miles). All are within driving distance from Selkirk.


Visiting Edinburgh

Selkirk is over an hour from Edinburgh (1.15hrs approx.) and can be reached by car using either the A7 through Galashiels and Stow or the A68 through Melrose and Lauder.

If you’re looking to explore the city for a day, watch a show or see the world renowned Edinburgh Military Tattoo then you can get the train from Galashiels (6.7miles). The Borders Waverley train to Edinburgh runs every half hour throughout the day with the last train leaving Edinburgh just before midnight.

SelkirkIf you live or work in Selkirk or the surrounding area then check out the ‘My Selkirk’, ‘Young People’ and ‘Business’ sections from the top menu bar.

These three sections of the Selkirk Living website contain information and articles for the local community, local businesses as well as for young people in the area.

The main menu bar provides links to shops and local businesses, hotels and restaurants, events and places to visit as well as the ‘Magazine’ sections that contains  features and articles.  All these sections of Selkirk Living are there for everyone living and working in the area as well as for those visiting Selkirk either for the day or longer.

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