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General

Tibbie sure, this Scottish campsite is in a legendary location. Near Selkirk in the Scottish Borders, Tibbie Shiels is part of an eighteenth century coaching inn set between the spectacular scenery of St Mary’s Loch and Loch of the Lowes, and is a quick drive from the famous waterfall Grey Mares Tail and the steep slopes of White Coomb.

The area has been drawing visitors for generations: Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson were among guests at the site’s inn when it was run by Isabella (Tibbie) Shiel way back when, and guests rock up to it at all times of year for walking, biking, motorbiking, sailing, gliding or just angling for luck at the local loch (if this too sounds like you, pick up a fishing permit at the Tibbie bar).

These days, family-friendly Tibbie Shiels is the centre of a lively local community (although the campsite itself is still a bit of a well-kept secret: sssh), and the Tibbie team will go out of its way to make guests feel at home, from offering firepits to arranging fishing boat and dinghy hire. Firewood and kindling are also available for a small extra charge.

The basic amenities on site include loos and showers, and guests are also very welcome to order takeaway from the hotel bar and eat at the bar or restaurant (both areas are popular for eating in, so it’s recommended that guests book ahead for meals). To stock up on campfire food before arriving, Selkirk is about 15 miles away.


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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Type

Pub campsite

Small (11-25 pitches)

Location

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  • St Mary's Loch Selkirk, Scottish Borders, Scotland, TD7 5LH
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 55.4723°N 3.2016°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Peebles: Eastgate Bus Stop — 12.4 miles
Moffat: Town Hall Coach Stop — 13.6 miles
Selkirk: Market Square Coach Stop — 15.0 miles
Train stations
Carstairs Rail Station — 23.7 miles
Lockerbie Rail Station — 24.9 miles
Lanark Rail Station — 26.4 miles
Ferry ports
Leaplish Ferry Landing — 33.0 miles
Airports
Edinburgh Airport — 33.5 miles

Directions


From the A708 Moffat
Head east on The Holm/A708 toward Duncan Drive and go through the roundabout. Continue to follow the A708 for about 17 miles, past Grey Mares Tail: we are situated between two lochs on the right-hand side.

From Selkirk
Head onto the A708 towards Moffat. We are situated about 17 miles between St Marys Loch and Loch of the Lowes.

From Innerleithen
Head towards Traquair on the B709. Carry on this road until the crossroads (around seven miles). Turn right onto the A708 and follow this road for another eight miles. We are on the left between St Marys Loch and Loch of the Lowes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

The ancient royal burgh of Selkirk is one of the oldest settlements in the Scottish Borders, so is subsequently crammed with history: Sir Walter Scott was sheriff of the town for 33 years, William Wallace was declared guardian of Scotland here, and Scotland’s oldest horse racing track, the Gala Rig, is on Selkirk’s outskirts. Delve into the history of it all at the town museum in Selkirk’s oldest building Halliwell's House.

Scott’s courthouse can still be seen in Selkirk’s marketplace, and the remains of the forest kirk where Wallace was declared Scotland’s guardian are in the ancient churchyard, along with the graves of ancestors of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Georgian mansion Bowhill House, three miles to the west of Selkirk, has vast grounds with woodland walks and also hosts the Little Theatre for dramatic evenings out. Selkirk also pulls in shopping sorts who come for its glassware and tweed, and for the Selkirk Common Riding in June, dating back to the sixteenth century and one of the oldest of the Scottish Border festivals.

Elsewhere around the area, you’d have to be a neighsayer not to appreciate Grey Mares Tail, a hanging valley, wildlife haven and the fifth highest waterfall in the UK, shooting down two hundred feet from Loch Sheen into the Moffat Water Valley. It’s about ten minutes’ drive from Tibbie Shiels and can be reached by a ten-minute walk from the car park, or by climbing White Coomb if you can manage it; either way, it’s worth boastful selfies on Facebook before descent.

St Mary’s Loch, the biggest loch in the Borders, is a must for Scottish-based land fans as well as watery sorts: the community woodland March Wood, referred to by Scott, is on its banks, and both the Sir Walter Scott and the Southern Upland Way long-distance routes pass the loch shores. Windsurfing, paragliding, sailing and fishing are all available locally: championships for the first two have been held at the Tibbie Shiels inn and the site has easy access to the area’s sailing and fishing clubs.

Other sights worth seeing are the nineteenth century St Mary's Kirkyard and the ice valley Carrifran just outside nearby Moffat, while urbanites will find plenty of Borders towns to explore including Peebles, Hawick, Galashiels and Jedburgh.

Must see

  • New Lanark Visitor Centre (26.6 miles)

Cycle routes

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Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Please check in at the bar on arrival.

Please do not bring alcohol with you. Alcoholic drinks must be purchased at the bar or campsite shop. As a business we are responsible for the consumption of all alcohol on the premises and we are required to have control over customers' consumption.

Dogs are very welcome but must be kept under control at all times and absolutely not allowed to roam freely around the site. Owners are expected to clear up after their dog.

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