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Selkirkshire – William Wallace declared Guardian of the Kingdom of Scotland in Selkirk

Selkirkshire (or the County of Selkirk) is located in the south east of Scotland and was noted in the past for its forestry.

There is evidence of inhabitants in Selkirkshire as far back as 3,000 BC and of course the Romans were evident much later. However, the Roman presence seems to have been limited to a small camp at Oakwood capable of holding around 500 men.

Whilst the name of William Wallace may be associated with many other places in Scotland, it was in Selkirk where he was declared Guardian of the Kingdom of Scotland.

Despite popular belief “Tweed” has no connection with the River Tweed. According to reports a trader misread the name of the cloth (tweel) and thought it spelt tweed.

Reasons to visit Selkirkshire

There are a number of interesting places to visit in Selkirkshire like Bowhill House & Country Estate, which offers great views and several trails and paths to explore the wildlife.

Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom, which was built in the year 1803, is where Sheriff Sir Walter Scott delivered justice. He is better known for his published works, including Rob Roy and The Heart of Midlothian. Halliwells House Museum has free admission and is the winner of many awards.

Other places of interest include: Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre, Lochcarron Mill Visitor Centre, Old Gala House (Galashiels), Aikwood Tower and The Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall in Moffat. 

Entertainment and Dining in Selkirkshire

There are Night Clubs, Bowling and Pool Halls in the area, along with restaurants offering Chinese, Indian, Italian, Mexican and other foods. For more traditional food (Scottish) you could try The Scullery in Galashiels, or The Woll Restaurant in Selkirk.

Accommodation in Selkirkshire

Places to stay are Hotels, Bed and Breakfast, Cottages, Apartments, Camping Sites and Boats. Hotels on offer include The County Hotel in Selkirk, The Dryburgh Abbey Hotel in Galashiels and quite a few others.