A great Scottish writer

Sir Walter Scott's Courtroom


We are delighted to announce that Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom will reopen on Saturday 26 June and the season will run until Sunday 31 October. Pre-booking tickets in advance will be essential and tickets will be available to book from Monday 14 June.

Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom is one of our direct links to the great Scottish writer. In this building, Sir Walter Scott sat as Sheriff of Selkirkshire, dispensing justice for nearly 30 years until his death in 1832. The writer was intimately associated with the Borders , with its landscapes and history inspiring his prose and his background in law leading him to take the role of Sheriff-Depute in Selkirk.

This iconic building dates from 1804, with an 100-foot-high spire that stands in the Market Place of the Royal Burgh of Selkirk, next to an imposing statue dedicated to Sir Walter himself. Inside you will discover the fascinating story of Scott’s relationship with the town, through the permanent displays of personal objects which once belonged to this world-renowned writer of great literary works, such as Rob Roy and The Waverley Novels. It also has a gift shop selling books and souvenirs.

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Free parking
Bike racks
Accessible by public transport
Assistance dogs only
Dogs / assistance dogs
Free admission
Coach Tours welcome
Free parking
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There is free parking, bike rack, disable parking and the museum is accessible by public transport. Assistance dogs are welcome. Coach tours are welcome.

Admission is free: donations are welcome.

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Market Square

Selkirk, TD7 4BT

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Opening Times

From Saturday 26 June 2021
  • Monday 11:30 - 16:00
  • Tuesday Closed -
  • Wednesday Closed -
  • Thursday 11:30 - 16:00
  • Friday 11:30 - 16:00
  • Saturday 11:00 - 16:00
  • Sunday Closed -