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The Scottish Borders

The Scottish Borders consist of 1,800 square miles of unspoilt and tranquil rolling countryside that stretches south of Edinburgh and the Lothians to the English border in Scotland’s south east corner. To the east is the magnificent Berwick coastline and to the west is Dumfries and Galloway.

This is an area where visitors can enjoy the very best outdoor activities; learn about the fascinating history and culture of the area by visiting its many historical and cultural sites of interest and simply soak up its untouched and natural beauty.

The Berwickshire coast is perfect for stunning cliff-top walks and the Berwickshire Coastal Path runs from Eyemouth to St. Abbs affording great sea views. This coastline has some very dramatic cliffs and charismatic fishing villages.

St. Abbs is popular with holidaymakers who come here to walk and see the wonderful marine and bird life; the waters in this area provide the perfect conditions for a diverse range of sea life including grey seals, dolphins, whales and seabirds. The St. Abbs Head Nature Reserve is well known for the conservation work it does to maintain the pristine condition of this stretch of coastline.

The River Tweed and Tweed Valley is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts, with a host of wonderful walking routes and off-road mountain bike trail and includes the 7 stanes mountain bike centre. Keen anglers will of course also know that this area is famous for the quality of its salmon fishing rivers.

The regions border towns include Galashiels, known for its textiles and 19th century architecture, Peebles situated on the River Tweed, a handsome and sophisticated little town with parkland and river side-walks, and Selkirk which has great views of St. Mary’s Loch.

Also of interest is Kelso, much favoured by Sir Walter Scott, for its wonderful architecture and cultural past. Close by Scotland’s largest inhabited house, Floors Castle, occupies acres of parkland which overlooks the River Tweed. The castle itself houses collections of paintings, furniture and porcelain.

At Melrose, Abbotsford, the former residency of Sir Walter Scott, remains one of the most famous houses in the world. Here there is a visitor centre and family play trail for the children – well worth a visit.

This region has not always been as peaceful as it is today; historically it’s been the focal point for many cross border conflicts which can be evidenced by the large number of castles and grand stately homes that can be found throughout the area; it also provides some fascinating days out for visitors!

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in the Scottish Borders today.
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  • Coldingham, near Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders
    Coldingham, near Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders×

    South Grange Cottage

    Coldingham, near Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 30698
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove

    Just 3 miles from the award winning sandy beach at Coldingham and under an hour from Edinburgh, this...

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  • Gordon, near Kelso, The Scottish Borders
    Gordon, near Kelso, The Scottish Borders×

    Tara Cottage

    Gordon, near Kelso, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 26769
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove

    This semi-detached holiday cottage, on a working farm, is 9 miles from the Borders town of Kelso which has a variety...

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  • Burnmouth, near Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders
    Burnmouth, near Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders×

    Archie’s Cottage

    Burnmouth, near Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: W41199
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View

    Sea front location

    In a tranquil setting directly overlooking the sea at Burnmouth Harbour, this terraced...

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  • Minto, near Hawick, The Scottish Borders
    Minto, near Hawick, The Scottish Borders×

    Melgund Glen Lodge

    Minto, near Hawick, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: UK5151
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Just a few minutes walk from the pretty conservation village of Denholm with its village greens, good pubs and a...
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  • Kelso, The Scottish Borders
    Kelso, The Scottish Borders×

    Girnick Cottage

    Kelso, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 24278
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire

    Set in glorious countryside just north of Kelso, with panoramic views towards the village of Smailholm, this...

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  • Lennel, Coldstream, The Scottish Borders
    Lennel, Coldstream, The Scottish Borders×

    Minnow

    Lennel, Coldstream, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: W3391
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire

    Large mature garden

    This charming terraced holiday cottage, set in large mature gardens, is in the quiet hamlet...

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  • Carlops near West Linton, The Scottish Borders
    Carlops near West Linton, The Scottish Borders×

    Allan Ramsay Cottage

    Carlops near West Linton, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: UK5000
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Ground Floor Facilities
    Conveniently situated just 20 minutes from Edinburgh, in the tiny village of Carlops on the edge of the Pentland Hills...
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  • Walkerburn, The Scottish Borders
    Walkerburn, The Scottish Borders×

    Bydand

    Walkerburn, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: CC538054
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    An hour south of Edinburgh, set by the side of the beautiful River Tweed on the edge of the Border village of...
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  • Lamberton, near Berwick-upon-Tweed, The Scottish Borders
    Lamberton, near Berwick-upon-Tweed, The Scottish Borders×

    Maple Lodge

    Lamberton, near Berwick-upon-Tweed, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 30558
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location

    In a wonderfully elevated setting, this light and spacious holiday cottage has sea views of...

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  • Mellerstain, near Kelso,
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    Courtyard Cottage

    Mellerstain, near Kelso,

    6
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    Ref: S4569
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location

    The 200 acres of glorious parkland surrounding Mellerstain House, one of Scotland’s grandest stately homes,...

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  • Tweedsmuir, near Biggar, The Scottish Borders
    Tweedsmuir, near Biggar, The Scottish Borders×

    Hearthstanes Cottages - Lategillan Rig

    Tweedsmuir, near Biggar, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 30102
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Rural Location

    Within a traditional steading courtyard, these three charming holiday cottages (refs 30101, 30102 and 30103) are in...

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  • Thirlestane, near Lauder, The Scottish Borders
    Thirlestane, near Lauder, The Scottish Borders×

    Shepherd’s Cottage

    Thirlestane, near Lauder, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 27830
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove

    Set on a large livestock farm just off the A697, 26 miles south of Edinburgh, this very comfortable detached...

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