Selkirk Town Trail
About This Route
Selkirk is a town in central Borders with a rich social history and industrial history. Famous locally for being the capital of the ancient hunting forest of Ettrick, Selkirk housed an ancient castle the only obvious remnant being the earth mound at the end of Castle Street. Selkirk gained her Royal Charter in 1535 in recognition of the role Selkirk’s men played at Flodden. Selkirk’s riches increased dramatically during the rise of the textile mill industry from 1791 onwards. The population quadrupled from then until 1891. Many of the mill buildings survive and the area is still alive with various industries today. There are plaques on the buildings that are highlighted in the trail. This will give you an opportunity to explore streets that you might not have thought to visit.
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