Sir Walter Scott's Courtroom

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.

This iconic building dates from 1804 and 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 association 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.

The Courtroom itself features a recreation of cases being heard by Sir Walter Scott and it is easy to imagine the proceedings taking place with details of particular cases evoking the goings on of the time.

Family Fun Trail

Pick up an exciting activity pack at reception to follow a trail that takes you around the displays and exhibitions of Sir Walters Scott’s Courtroom. £2 per pack

Gift Shop

A small retail area selling reasonably priced gifts, books and souvenirs is located in the entrance area.


Education and Learning

Primary & Secondary School Visits

Broaden your exploration of Sir Walter Scott’s world with a visit to Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom.  A member of our staff will help your pupils discover for themselves what life was like in an 1800's courtroom, by making them feel like they have stepped back in time. Focusing on crime, punishment, law and order this is ideal for school groups as there are plenty of hands on activities designed to stimulate and educate keen young minds. This service is available free of charge to pre-booked school groups from April – October only. For more details or to book a school group visit please telephone 01750 726456.

Educational Visits – “Walking in the Shirra’s Footsteps”

This year we are offering combined visits to Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom in Selkirk and to Abbotsford- the home of Sir Walter Scott. This memorable dual site experience is available only to pre-booked school groups during April – October 2018. A small charge per pupil applies for Abbotsford. For more details, or to book a dual visit, please telephone the Learning Officer at the Abbotsford Trust on 01896 752043.


Venue Hire

To book Sir Walter Scott's Courtroom for a wedding or civil ceremony please call 01750 726456. Venue hire charge is £180 total with a £50 deposit required at the time of booking to secure your date.

Access and Facilities

Building is on one level but must be accessed by public steps at the side and further step to the entrance door of the building to the entrance. Toilet facilities on site including a disabled toilet.


Large, free public car park 60 yards from the building.



Contact details

Market Square

Tel: 01750 726 456 / 20761