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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 1800’s around the textile trade which in the mid to late 1900’s 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.