TWO of Selkirk’s most prestigious visitor attractions have reopened their doors.

Halliwell’s House Museum and Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom are both venues steeped in traditional Scottish culture and there are a multitude of things to see and do while visiting.

Both are operated by leisure, sport and cultural trust Live Borders.

Halliwell’s House Museum is a free attraction and located in Halliwell Close. The house is best known for being an ironmongery store in the 1800s and incorporates a reconstruction of a similar shop from this time period.

Upstairs, the museum showcases Selkirk’s heritage. Exhibiting the story behind the Burgh of Selkirk and the many battles which commenced including the Battle of Flodden and how it is commemorated each year during the ‘Casting of Colours’ ceremony at the Selkirk Common Riding Festival.

This year Halliwell’s opens the Selkirk Common Riding display with a brand-new updated video created by Keith Rodgerson explaining the fascinating history and traditions of the annual Common Riding Festival from years gone by to present day.

Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom is another free attraction located in the Market Place next to a statue dedicated to him.

Many know Sir Walter Scott for his literary achievements. However, he was also known for his position as sheriff within Selkirk. The courtroom is a prominent part of Selkirk’s history and exhibits a number of artefacts, portraits and photographs that once belonged to Sir Walter which shed light on his professional life and his connection with Selkirk and the town’s interesting heritage.

This season the courtroom is hosting an exciting schedule of special events for the bicentennial celebration of the Ettrick Shepherd, James Hogg, who wrote his “The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner” in 1824. This pivotal novel saw the development of the British Gothic and a distinct Scottish Gothic tradition. In support of the 200th anniversary a small selection of artefacts relating to the Ettrick Shepherd will be on display for visitors to enjoy.