As an historic coaching inn, the County Hotel in Selkirk, together with local tour company Borders Journeys, are planning to make the most of the new Borders railway when it opens.
In the late 1800s, the hotel had its own coaching business organising horse-and-coach trips around the region, with the County running its own coach service for many years, taking passengers to and from Selkirk station. The coach was named The Flower of Yarrow, and the big wheels from the coach can still be seen in the Brasserie of the hotel today.
Hotel owners Will Haegeland and Trond Dalby have decided to seize the opportunity that the railway brings and resurrect this tour service.
This time round it won’t involve a horse and carriage at Selkirk station, but it does involve collecting passengers from the station at Tweedbank and taking them on a pre-arranged tour of the Borders.
The County has teamed up with Ian Walker of Borders Journeys whose expertise, first-class service and intimate knowledge of the Borders is well renowned. Will, Trond and Ian are now designing a range of themed, all-inclusive tours to be launched for the arrival of the first trains in September.
As a tribute to the Flower of Yarrow coaching service, there will be a tour of the beautiful Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys, taking in St Mary’s Loch and Bowhill.
There will be visits to Scott’s Country, along with themed tours featuring historic houses and gardens.
Following their guided sightseeing tour, visitors will be taken to the County for dinner and an overnight stay before being transported back to the station next morning after a hearty breakfast.