Selkirk is situated between
two valleys, the Ettrick and the Yarrow, within the heart of the Scottish Borders . The
Ettrick and Yarrow rivers are both Tweed tributaries with the Tweed being a very popular
area for anglers all over the world for Salmon and Trout. Also very popular with hill
walkers and cyclists.
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The name Selkirk means
the church of the shiels and is Anglo-Saxon in origin. This would suggest that
there was a church present here from early Christian times. Historical facts prove that
the town dated from the first decade A.D. although modern Selkirk was built in the
1800s around the textile trade which in the mid to late 1900s has given way to
the Electronics sector. The current population is just under 6000
and is mainly a manufacturing community with forestry and agriculture.
Selkirk is a historic
shoemaking town which was probably due to the fact that it was the capital of Ettrick
Forrest a royal hunting ground and an important seat of Scotland's 12th century kings.
Selkirk and the surrounding
area is a popular stop for tourists, especially during June - September. The area has a
strong historical past with many Abbeys and other places of interest.