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A7 • A6091

Selkirkshire is a traditional county in the south of Scotland. It is the smallest of the four counties that were brought together under Scottish Borders Council.

Geography & Economy

The A7 in Selkirk

The small county town of Selkirk lies on the steep slopes above the Ettrick Water in the east of the county, and apart from half of Galashiels, which lies astride the Roxburghshire border, is the only town in the county. The rest is a sparsely populated landscape of hills and valleys, the lowest slopes used for farming but above are vast forestry plantations rising to the open moorland of the hilltops.

There are few traditional industries in the county, farming and forestry being important to the economy. Even tourism has little impact, although the opening of the Borders Railway to Galashiels may help this. It has also brought the towns closer in to the Commuter Belt for Edinburgh, although it is still early days for the impact to be felt fully, and the road network may need some improvement to provide full benefit.


Yair Bridge over the Tweed

There are few roads in Selkirkshire, even allowing for the fact that it is a small county. Away from the towns and the Tweed Valley, most through routes are either A or B roads, but there are large areas with no roads at all. The A708 stretching south down the valley of the Yarrow Water is an enjoyable drive, as are several of the B roads as they wind through the hills.

The Tweed Valley has a number of interesting bridges crossing the river, a mixture of old stone arches and newer concrete spans. Most non-trunk roads within the traditional county are maintained by Scottish Borders Council. The only trunk roads are the A7 and A6091, which are managed by Transport Scotland

Route From To Length


A7 Edinburgh Carlisle 94.3 miles View
A72 Hamilton Galashiels 52.2 miles View
A7a Hawick Edinburgh View
A699 Selkirk Kelso 18 miles View
A707 Near Clovenfords Selkirk 7.0 miles View
A708 Moffat Selkirk 33.4 miles View
A6091 Galashiels Newton St Boswells (N) 4.9 miles View
A6092 High Buckholmside Melrose Road 0.6 miles View  
B709 Heriot Langholm 57.6 miles View
B710 Bowland Caddonfoot 3.6 miles View
B711 Hawick Tushielaw Inn 14.1 miles View
B6360 Lindean Leaderfoot 7.0 miles View
B6400 Ashkirk(N) near Crailing 15.4 miles View
B6452 High Buckholmeside Melrose Road 0.52 miles View
B6459 Bridge Place Station Brae 0.3 miles View
B7009 Selkirk Tushielaw 14.1 miles View
B7014 Selkirk Bridge Selkirk (N) 1.3 miles View
B7039 Bowhill Aikwood Tower 1.6 miles View
B7060 Yair Bridge Boleside (SW) 2.3 miles View     
T26 Carlisle Edinburgh View


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Roman Road
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Main Article: Junctions in Selkirkshire

Bridges, Tunnels, and other Crossings

Main Article: Crossings in Selkirkshire

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