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|Scottish Borders Council
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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 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.
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
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Bridges, Tunnels, and other Crossings