Tibbie Shiels

Scottish Borders, Selkirk

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Tibbie Shiels is a 5 bedroom hotel offering value for money, traditional pub food. We offer an extensive wine list and serve ales from our local breweries. We also have the Conservatory and the Dining Room which overlooks St Mary's Loch.
Our bedrooms are very well equipped with comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms and tea and coffee making facilities. We have a Residents Lounge which offers a great selection of books, piano and TV including all Sky channels.
The Inn takes its name from Isabella (Tibbie) Shiel who moved with her husband Robert Richardson, a mole catcher, in 1823 into what was then known as St. MaryХs cottage on the estate of Lord Napier. After the death of her husband in the following year, Tibbie was determined to support herself and six bairns by taking in gentlemen lodgers. Thirteen beds in all were available for guests in the room which is now the Bar and in the attic, although on occasions such as the 12th of August, when the shooters come up among the hills, as many as 35 were accommodated, the excess being made comfortable on the floor!
James Hogg (the Ettrick Shepherd) was a regular visitor. As an old friend of Hogg, Tibbie was unimpressed by his writing, saying: He wrote a deal of trash but was a sensible man. James Hogg's friend and contemporary, Sir Walter Scott, was another of Tibbie's admirers and other names appearing in the visitor's books (still existing in the care of Tibbie's descendants) are Robert L. Stevenson, Thomas Carlyle, Thomas Stoddart (angler and angling poet) and Gladstone.
Since July 2008 Tibbie Shiels Inn has been owned and run by the Moody Family.

The popularity of our camp-site and St Mary’s Loch is almost legendary and yet to this day it remains one of the best kept secrets in Scotland! The camp site itself has been around for years but had recently undergone considerable modernisation.

Campers will also be happy to know that we operate a very family friendly environment!

Due to the popularity of the site, we recommend that campers pre-book as there are a limited number of pitches available.

Open from 1st Jan to 31st Dec
St Mary's Loch, Selkirk, Scottish Borders, TD7 5LH, Scotland


Quiet and peaceful
Family friendly

Facilities and things nearby

Disabled facilities
Electricity hook up
Evening entertainment
Take away
Washing up facilities
WiFi (Free)
Hills and mountains
Mountain biking

Good to know

Campfires allowed
Dogs allowed
Motorcycles allowed


GPS: 55.4723°N, 3.2016°W
  • Glasgow Prestwick Airport - 88 km
  • Perth/Scone Airport - 108 km
  • Dundee Airport - 109 km
  • Troon - 93 km
  • Newcastle - 123 km
  • Cairnryan - 127 km

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