Scottish Borders Road Trip: Part 4 – Selkirk

Moving on from Melrose and Dryburgh Abbeys, our last stop was in the town of Selkirk, on the way back to the main road to return to Carlisle.

Selkirk:

Status: Town, Scottish Borders, Scotland

Date: 01/06/2013

Travel: Car

Eating & Sleeping: N/A

Attractions: Sir Walter Scott’s Courthouse, Sir Walter Scott Statue, Fletcher Statue, Victoria Halls, Market Square etc

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This is the tower/spire of Sir Walter Scott’s Courthouse, and the plaque on the side of the building can be seen below.

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The Courtroom was constructed in 1803, and was the location where Sir Walter Scott gave out justice to the local people. The Courtroom is in the Market Square along with the other main buildings in the town.

Sir Walter Scott (1771 – 1832) was a famous writer from Edinburgh who works included “The Heart of Midlothian” and “Rob Roy”. He even got married in Carlisle Cathedral to Charlotte Genevieve Charpentier in 1797.

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There are old buildings every direction you look, and it isn’t until you get much further out of the town that you find any more modern developments.

On the other side of the town is the Victoria Halls, with a statue of Fletcher standing outside. Fletcher is the sole survivor of a bloody battle with English soldiers, the Battle of Flodden in 1513. Fletcher emerged holding the blood stained flag of an English soldier from the Cheshire town of Macclesfield. Hopefully we will get to visit it one day.

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Looking once more at the market square in the town, there is a statue of Sir Walter Scott himself, and it stands proudly on a stone pedestal in the centre of the square. He is a notable figure from the area, and it is one of the tallest statue pedestals I have ever seen, he stood many feet above our heads.

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Bunting hung on most of the streets in the town, giving it a very traditional feel. There is hardly any trace of modern development in the town centre, all of the buildings are old stone or block buildings and give the town a great sense of character.

Selkirk is a lovely town, and the only place we visited that day that didn’t have a massive ruined Abbey at it’s centre. It’s a small town, but it’s so well laid out and the buildings look nice and old, it’s a joy to walk around. I spent a lot of time in the main square in the town, and the bunting made it look like a traditional British town.

There is no train station in Selkirk but the main A7 between Carlisle and Edinburgh runs around the town and provides connections to the rest of the Scottish Borders.

We have been to the Scottish Borders on a separate trip so watch out for my next set of posts as we explore Hermitage Castle and the town of Hawick.

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