Selkirk

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    The Royal and Ancient Burgh of Selkirk stands high above the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys in the heart of the Scottish Borders.

    Selkirk is famous is a town for its braes and wynds, and sudden unexpected views. This historic town can boast some famous patronages: William Wallace was proclaimed Overlord of Scotland in the town's Forest Kirk, while Sir Walter Scott served as Sheriff for 33 years. Halliwell's House, the town's oldest dwelling, is now the local museum.

    Selkirk Common Riding, with over 400 riders taking part, is recognised as one of the oldest of the Border festivals and dates from the Battle of Flodden in 1513, where Selkirk sent 80 men with the Scottish King and only one returned, bearing a blood-stained English flag. Another tradition of the town is the Selkirk Bannock, a delicious fruit cake.

    Three miles west is Bowhill house, a Georgian mansion, set in extensive grounds, with beautiful woodland walks and an adventure playground. Its Little Theatre hosts drama and music performances. The twin valleys of Ettrick and Yarrow contain some of the most glorious scenery in the Scottish borders, with St. Mary's Loch, southern Scotland's largest stretch of water.
     

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