Selkirkshire Tourist Guide


Learn more about Selkirkshire and Scotland by checking its historical sights

When you are in Selkirkshire or in Selkirk, then you just have the right vantage point wherein you can start your trek and visits to other Border towns and sights, in fact this county is your good starting point for touring in the area.

This county of Selkirk or known as well as the Selkirkshire forms part of Scotland. This county is bordered by Peebles, Midlothian, the Berwick, the Roxburgh and the Dumfries down south. For the most part of its existence, this county is known in Scotland as its textile center. But right now, the mills that help made Selkirkshire an institution are all gone. Generally the county is a relaxed place and gets back to life during the Selkirk Gathering n June.

For the first time visitor of this county, then a trip to the Bowhill House and the Country Park is recommended. This place is actually the home of the Scotts of the Buccleuch and the Queensberry since 1812. This family is known for their wealth and vast landholdings. In fact when you visit the place, you will surely not miss their fantastic collection of French antiques and other European paintings that are on display on the place. You can view the paintings and the works of Canaletto, Guardi, Reynolds and Gainsborough. When visiting the place, it is recommended that you explore the area. Checking out the area and appreciating its wooded hills is made possible by using a network of footpaths and cycle trails. Though there is a minor hitch if you want to go there. Public transport going to the location isn’t available. But you can still go there by checking out the weekly Harrier Scenic Bus Service that runs near the area in the morning, and then returns shortly in the afternoon. Another sight to behold in the area is the wide Yair Forest. Another good place to spend your quality time is the Halliwell’s House Museum and the Robson Gallery. This is the place to be if you want to know the story behind the town and the industry. Walter Scott’s Courtroom should interest you as well. This is the place where Sir Walter Scott served as the Sheriff of Selkirk from 1799 to 1832. See his works and writings displayed in this place. If you step out of the courtroom, then you’ll see as well the statue of the great novelist and anti-slavery campaigner of Selkirkshire. The Yarrow Water and the Ettrick Water are notable spots as well.

The county of Selkirkshire hosts a number of other beautiful places, pubs and taverns. All you need to do is to devote some of your time to explore the area. The place isn’t all about Scotland and its history. The place also takes pride in its Hollywood link. Remember that scene in the Mel Gibson’s Oscar-winning 1995 movie? Most historians believe that one scene in the movie was shot in the area. To be more precise, the scene was shot at the old Kirkyard at Selkirk.