Project Description

The Selkirk Arms

Dating back to 1777, and once known to host the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns, this delightful property perfectly captures the charm, history and heritage of Kirkcudbright.


Located in the heart of Kirkcudbright and nestled between rugged coastlines and dramatic heather-clad hills, The Selkirk Arms is the ideal base from which to explore the beautiful south west coast of Scotland.

Dating back to 1777, the traditional townhouse hotel is set on the Kirkudbright’s famous High Street, just a stone’s throw from the vibrant working harbour. Known as the ‘Artist’s Town’, due to being home to a flourishing colony of painters and craft workers since 1850, Kirkcudbright’s characterful cobbled streets lined with doll-house like pastel houses and quaint 18th century boulevards lead to the stunning banks of the River Dee.

Owners Chris and Sue Walker have lived in Dumfries and Galloway for over 30 years, 12 of which they have spent extending a warm and friendly welcome to guests from far and wide to The Selkirk Arms.


The hotel’s sixteen individually styled luxurious bedrooms complement the historic character and charm of the property, contributing to The Selkirk Arms’ reputation for outstanding hospitality and as a place to relax and unwind. Well behaved dogs are welcome in the bedrooms for a small charge of £7 per night, as well as in the Burns Room lounge. 

Food & Drink

Head Chef Ryan Millar is committed to using fresh and local ingredients to create innovative Scottish dishes with a Mediterranean twist. Diners can choose to from the relaxed and informal atmosphere of The Bistro, serving up lighter bites, or the more formal dining experience offered by the magnificent Artistas Restaurant. And to complement any evening, and any menu choice, The Selkirk Arms has a fine selection of wines and malt whiskies to tempt you. 

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Meet the Chef

Ryan Millar has been the head chef at The Selkirk Arms since October 2017 and brings a wealth of experience to the kitchen. Originally from Glasgow, Ryan previously worked in South Africa and came back to the UK in 2013 to take up a pasty chef position before moving to The Horseshoe Inn at Eddleston in the Scottish Borders as sous chef in 2015.

Heading a team of six chefs at The Selkirk Arms, Ryan constantly pushes new boundaries with his inventive culinary ideas and established the Inn’s green vegetarian and vegan menu boasting exciting dishes that even meat eaters will want to try.

Serving top quality bistro style fare, The Selkirk Arms offers a delightful dining experience from traditional to modern cuisine. The menu in the Inn’s bar, bistro and Artistas Restaurant are all the same so you can enjoy fresh and local food in the bar lounge and bistro from 12 noon to 2pm or on more of a formal basis in the Artistas Restaurant from 7pm to 9pm.

Out & About

Kirkcudbright, a lively fishing port, is one of Scotland’s most vibrant communities and enjoys a sheltered location in the estuary of the River Dee. Situated between stunning coastlines and outstanding countryside, it is an ideal spot for cycling, fishing, golf and boasts stunning walking routes that range from gentle to challenging.

For the more adventurous visitors there is also mountain biking, horse-riding and hillwalking to enjoy on the doorstep. Slightly further afield you will find Laggan Outdoor where thrill seekers can try water balling, clay pigeon shooting and a 830 metre zip wire, or enjoy kayaking, wind surfing or sailing at Galloway Activity Centre.

For a more tranquil day out, a short 10 minute drive away is the impressive Dundrennan Abbey, a Cistercian monastery in Romanesque architectural style dating back to 1142, which is well worth a visit. And for a spot of retail therapy, nearby Dumfries, known as ‘The Queen of the South’ is a peaceful historic market town that more than lives up to its local nickname.

Recommended Local Attractions

Laggan Outdoor Centre  – 20 mins
Galloway Activity Centre – 30 mins
Marina – on the doorstep
MacLellan Castle – on the doorstep
Kirkcudbright Galleries – on the doorstep
The Stewarty Museum – on the doorstep
Senwick Alpaca Trekking – 10 mins
Dundrennan Abbey – 10 mins

Retail Therapy

Kirkcudbright – on the doorstep
Carlisle – 1 hour 30 mins
Dumfries – 45 mins
Castle Douglas – 17 mins

All timings denote typical journey time by car, unless specified otherwise.

The Selkirk Arms have carried out a risk assessment, and on the back of this have put in the following procedures:

  • Residents will enter the building via the front door (High Street)
  • Non resident diners will enter the building via the Bistro door
  • The back Garden door will be exit only 
  • All guests are encouraged to book their table via the link here 
  • Dining will be served in 2 sittings to a maximum of 35 person in the building at anyone time at 12 noon and 1.30pm / 5.30pm and 7.30pm – tables will be spaced in line with Government guidelines
  • No bar service, they will bring drinks to you 
  • You will be met by your host and taken to your table on arrival – they will need your name and contact number if you haven’t booked
  • There will be hand sanitisers at every entrance
  • Menus for every service will be yours to keep and are one use throw away, your cutlery will have been sterilised and wrapped in a disposable paper napkin
  • Each room prior to arrival will have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with V2 disinfectant a summary of which you can find here
  • See their risk assessment here 
  • Opening safely is their main concern and that some of the measures will be slightly inconvenient but please bear with them during these very different times

Selkirk Arms are ‘Good to Go’ meaning they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and been awarded the Visit Britain certification. 

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High Street,
Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JG

T 01557 330402

16 Bedrooms

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Dog Friendly 

Well behaved dogs are welcome in the bedrooms for a small charge of £7 per night, as well as in the Burns Room lounge.

Map & Directions

Please click the map below for directions.

Transport Links

By car – for sat nav use DG6 4JG

Glasgow Prestwick Airport  – 1 hour 35 mins

Glasgow Airport  – 2 hours 4 mins