The Selkirk Arms joins Great Inns of Britain

Amy Horsfield By Amy Horsfield
08 January 2019 | Updated 08 January 2019

UK: The Selkirk Arms has become the newest member of the Great Inns of Britain, perfectly timed for celebrating Burns Night on 25 January.

The Selkirk Arms, Kirkcudbright, is located on the southwest coast of Scotland and reputed to be the birthplace of Robbie Burns' Selkirk Grace.

The traditional townhouse dating back to 1777, is set on Kirkudbright's famous High Street close to the vibrant working harbour; nestled between rugged coastline and heather-clad hills, it provides the ideal base to explore the beautiful south west coast of Scotland. 

Kirkcudbright - with its pastel coloured houses, cobbled streets and quaint 18th century boulevards - is often referred to as Artists' Town due to the colony of painters and craft workers that have lived there since the 1850s.  

Proud owners Chris and Sue Walker have lived in Dumfries and Galloway for more than 30 years and have been welcoming guests at the Selkirk Arms, for over twelve years.  The hotel has 16 individually styled luxurious bedrooms which complement the charm and character of this historic building and add to its reputation for outstanding hospitality and as the perfect place to relax and unwind. 

As to be expected from a hostelry that claims Robbie Burns as one of its most famous guests, the Selkirk Arms offers a selection of wines and malt whiskies.  Head Chef, Ryan Millar, is a staunch proponent of fresh, local ingredients and innovative Scottish flavours.  Using an army of local food heroes - from Galloway Smokehouse with its prize-winning smoked salmon, to prime cuts from traditional, local butchers T H Carson

Chris Walker, joint owner of The Selkirk Arms, said: "We are proud to have been chosen to become a member of the Great Inns of Britain with its shared ethos of providing great hospitality, exceptional fine dining and a warm welcome in wonderful surroundings. We know that our guests are delighted with the service, wonderful food and warm welcome that they receive, and we are pleased to be part of a network of independently owned, traditional inns, that share these aspirations."

The Selkirk Arms is in great company as it joins 21 other fine independent hostelries across the UK including: The Inn at Whitewell, Forests of Bowland; The Wild Boar Inn, Windermere, Cumbria; Y Talbot, Treagaron, Wales; and The Lamb Inn, Wartling, East Sussex. 

Simon Heaton, owner of Shibden Mill Inn near Halifax and Chairman of The Great Inns of Britain, said: "We're delighted to welcome aboard Chris and Sue and the Selkirk Arms as our newest member.  The aim of The Great Inns of Britain has always been to bring together Inn Keepers with a strong and proven commitment to upholding the best traditions of Inn-keeping through continuous investment and improvement and Chris and Sue, as owners of the Selkirk Arms, fit that bill perfectly.  The Selkirk Arms is of an exceptionally high standard and comes with a big reputation - it makes a great addition to the Great Inns collection."

The Great inns of Britain was first established in 1996 by Sir Thomas Ingilby, owner of The Boar's Head in Ripley, North Yorkshire and the late Paul Whittome, who was the owner of The Hoste Arms at Burnham Market in Norfolk.

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