The Ancient and Royal Burgh of Selkirk stands high above the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys. The town is dominated by three statues to local men: the explorer Mungo Park who discovered the source of the Niger, the world's best-selling novelist Sir Walter Scott who served as Selkirk's Sheriff in the Courthouse for 33 years, and 'Fletcher' - Selkirks only surviving soldier from the Battle of Flodden in 1513, who is still remembered 500 years later in the town's annual common ridings. William Wallace, was also declared Guardian of Scotland at the Kirk O' the Forest in the town.
The town is also home to Scotland's oldest horse racing track, the Gala Rig, on the outskirts of the town, and a famous fruit cake called Selkirk Bannock. Nearby you can learn all about the life cycle of the King of the fishes at the Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre and watch the Salmon live on the interactive video screen and choose from 4 different cameras around the edge of the Ettrick river. Bowhill Estate, home to the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry, boasts dedicated way marked paths and trails for wildlife enthusiasts and walkers, while the woodland adventure playground and a full programme of events provide plenty entertainment throughout the year. You can also see fine tartan and tweeds at the Lochcarron Visitor Centre.