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Activities in and around Selkirk

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Abbotsford House

Abbotsford House was the Borders home of Sir Walter Scott (author of Ivanhoe, Rob Roy and Waverley, to name but a few). Scott was Sheriff-Depute of Selkirkshire, and Abbotsford was located suitably near to the Selkirk court. The house is open to visitors 1st April - 30th November.

Selkirk Common Riding

The traditional Selkirk Common Riding commemorates a time when local men were called upon to defend and protect their common lands. The celebrations pay homage to the 80 men who went to the Battle of Flodden, 79 of whom never returned. This battle also saw the death of King James IV of Scotland, the last monarch in Scotland and Great Britain to die in battle.

A rider is elected Standard Bearer every year in Selkirk, who leads a procession of hundreds of riders across the river Ettrick and up to the summit of the Three Brethren. Be prepared for an early 4 am flute band parade that rouses the town from its slumber! This is celebrated in Selkirk on the Friday after the second Monday in June. The next Common Riding celebration will be 12th June 2015.

Complementing the equestrian history of Selkirk, Broomhill House is located next door to Broomhill Farm Equestrian Centre with riding lessons and stabling available.

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Local food and restaurants

There is a good selection of restaurants to choose from for evening meals in Selkirk, including the County Hotel, the Taste of Spice and The Place. You can also find coffee shops serving light lunches. We can help you to find other restaurants further afield.


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Common Riding

Broomhill House history

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Historical Sites
Jedburgh Abbey

Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford House

Bowhill House and theatre

Selkirk Common Riding, picture by Oliver Jackson (CC attribution)

Other Activities
Selkirk Sessions Music Festival

Ettrick Forest Archers

Scottish Borders

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