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

    Hassendean Station Cottage

    Denholm, near Hawick, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: W43291
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Cosy cottage with woodburner and dog friendly garden, great area for cycling and fishing on Rivers Teviot and Tweed. Cosy cottage with woodburner and dog friendly garden, great area for cycling and fishing on Rivers Teviot and Tweed.
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    Beneath the Minto Hills, in a lovely undiscovered area of the Scottish Borders near Hawick (6 miles), this cosy, semi-detached, single-storey holiday cottage has been carefully renovated to a very good standard and features a delightful conservatory. Fishing permits are available for the Rivers Teviot and Tweed, and mountain bike hire, horse riding and golf are available locally. There is a village pub in Denholm, 2 miles away, and Hawick has a leisure centre and shops. Visit Bowhill House...

  • Hawick, The Scottish Borders
    Hawick, The Scottish Borders×

    White Cottage

    Hawick, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: CC538028
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Detached Victorian hideaway in a picturesque setting only 1.5 miles from Hawick in the Scottish Borders
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    White Cottage is a cosy detached Victorian property situated in a peaceful hamlet and surrounded by beautiful open rural views on the outskirts of Hawick located in the Scottish Borders. With the friendly comfort of an open fire in the lounge, this welcoming cottage enjoys a lovely homely ambience throughout. A private patio area provides a tranquil, sheltered spot to relax and dine al fresco. Positioned at the entrance to the grounds of the impressive Appletreehall House, this...
  • Dolphinton, The Scottish Borders
    Dolphinton, The Scottish Borders×

    Ferniehaugh Cottage

    Dolphinton, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 25017
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Conveniently located just 22 miles away from Edinburgh, this delightful cottage is in a tranquil setting in the Pentland Hills. Conveniently located just 22 miles away from Edinburgh, this delightful cottage is in a tranquil setting in the Pentland Hills.
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    In a tranquil setting at the southern end of the Pentland Hills, and just 22 miles from Edinburgh, this delightful holiday cottage is ideal for an ’away from it all’ break. Situated on a working sheep farm, there is hill walking from the doorstep. A wealth of local attractions include historic Traquair House, magnificent gardens at Dawyck and Kailzie, golf, 3 miles, Peebles, 11 miles, Biggar, 8 miles and Clyde Valley, 17 miles. Beach, 30 miles. Shops, pubs and restaurant 5...

  • Kirk Yetholm near Kelso, The Scottish Borders
    Kirk Yetholm near Kelso, The Scottish Borders×

    Rowantree Cottage

    Kirk Yetholm near Kelso, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: CC538041
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Adorable detached Grade 2 thatched cottage is the quintessential romantic retreat
     
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    Rowantree Cottage is the quintessential romantic retreat. Brimming with charm and character this adorable detached thatched Grade 2 listed cottage dates back to the 1780’s. Beautifully renovated to a superior standard it provides a unique hideaway for couples seeking stylish and quirky accommodation. Immaculately presented throughout with so much thought, care and attention to the finer details this property is idyllic! With its lovely exposed beams the living area has a feature...
  • St Abbs Head, The Scottish Borders
    St Abbs Head, The Scottish Borders×

    St Abbs - Lighthouse Retreat

    St Abbs Head, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: CC538024
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View
    Perched high on the cliff top at the head of St Abbs, the setting of this collection of Lighthouse Cottages is simply sublime!
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    Perched high on the cliff top at the head of St Abbs, the setting of this collection of Lighthouse Cottages is simply sublime!   The winding climb up the protected cliff face to the top rewards with the most magical of sea views; seen from many of the windows of the properties.
    Lighthouse Retreat is a ground floor apartment with one step via the storm door and then the accommodation being all on one level. The rooms are spacious and there is a partial sea view from the lounge. Shop, pub...
  • Foulden, The Scottish Borders
    Foulden, The Scottish Borders×

    Foulden Hill Farm Cottage

    Foulden, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: S4640
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Cosy cottage with wonderful views of Cheviot Hills, close to Eyemouth with sandy beachs and wild grey seals to feed. Cosy cottage with wonderful views of Cheviot Hills, close to Eyemouth with sandy beachs and wild grey seals to feed.
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    Boasting far-reaching views to the Cheviot Hills and lovely walking from the doorstep, this cosy and comfortable cottage (shown right of photograph) is set just 5 miles from sandy beaches at the village of Eyemouth, where visitors can feed wild grey seals. Enjoying its own garden, the cottage sits on the owners’ 200 acre arable farm, an idyllic spot threaded with many footpaths. Boat trips are easily available and the nearby coastline is famed for crystal clear waters, shipwrecks...

  • Mellerstain, near Kelso, Inverness-shire
    Mellerstain, near Kelso, Inverness-shire×

    Clock House

    Mellerstain, near Kelso, Inverness-shire

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    Ref: S4568
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Surrounded by 200 acres of parkland this delightful cottage is ideal for exploring the Border country. Surrounded by 200 acres of parkland this delightful cottage is ideal for exploring the Border country.
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    The 200 acres of glorious parkland surrounding Mellerstain House, one of Scotland’s grandest stately homes, designed and built by William and Robert Adam, provide a wonderful setting for these three delightful cottages (S4166, S4568 & S4569). Visitors are welcome to roam the grounds including the fabulous Italian-style terraced gardens which command panoramic views over the lake to the distant Cheviot Hills. The scenic and historic attractions of the Border country are all close at...

    Courtyard Cottage
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  • Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders
    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders×

    Whitmuir Hall - Dryburgh

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: SW37
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    There are 21 golf courses located close by, as well as other pursuits, including water sports, horse riding and walking/cycling. There are 21 golf courses located close by, as well as other pursuits, including water sports, horse riding and walking/cycling.
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    Heated indoor swimming pool
    Shared gardens with furniture and play area

    This stone-built Edwardian mansion with its converted coach house and stable is situated near Selkirk, in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Edinburgh to the north, and the Berwickshire and Northumbrian coast to the east, are all within a pleasant hour’s drive.
    A perfect base for a peaceful country holiday, the cottages of Abbey Court, the individual character of the Coach House properties and...

    Whitmuir Hall - Rob Roy
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    Whitmuir Hall - Redgauntlet
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    Whitmuir Hall - Marmion
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    Whitmuir Hall - Ivanhoe
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    Whitmuir Hall - Kenilworth
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    Whitmuir Hall - Waverley
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    Whitmuir Hall - Woodstock
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  • Mellerstain, near Kelso,
    Mellerstain, near Kelso, ×

    West Lodge

    Mellerstain, near Kelso,

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    Ref: S4166
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Enjoying splendid views to the Cheviots, West Lodge makes an ideal family base for a holiday in Scotland. Enjoying splendid views to the Cheviots, West Lodge makes an ideal family base for a holiday in Scotland.
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    The 200 acres of glorious parkland surrounding Mellerstain House, one of Scotland’s grandest stately homes, designed and built by William and Robert Adam, provide a wonderful setting for these three delightful cottages (S4166, S4568 & S4569). Visitors are welcome to roam the grounds including the fabulous Italian-style terraced gardens which command panoramic views over the lake to the distant Cheviot Hills. The scenic and historic attractions of the Border country are all close at...

    Clock House
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    Courtyard Cottage
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  • Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders
    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders×

    Whitmuir Hall - Kelso

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: SW3701
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    This holiday property is located close to the River Tweed, as well as stocked lochs - both are ideal for fishing. This holiday property is located close to the River Tweed, as well as stocked lochs - both are ideal for fishing.
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    Heated indoor swimming pool
    Shared gardens with furniture and play area

    This stone-built Edwardian mansion with its converted coach house and stable is situated near Selkirk, in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Edinburgh to the north, and the Berwickshire and Northumbrian coast to the east, are all within a pleasant hour’s drive.
    A perfect base for a peaceful country holiday, the cottages of Abbey Court, the individual character of the Coach House properties and...

    Whitmuir Hall - Rob Roy
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    Whitmuir Hall - Redgauntlet
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    Whitmuir Hall - Marmion
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    Whitmuir Hall - Ivanhoe
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    Whitmuir Hall - Kenilworth
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    Whitmuir Hall - Waverley
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    Whitmuir Hall - Woodstock
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  • near Hawick, The Scottish Borders
    near Hawick, The Scottish Borders×

    Ruberslaw View

    near Hawick, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: CC538046
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Nestled between Denholm and Ancrum this lovely cottage makes an excellent base to explore the Scottish Borders
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    This lovely, cosy and well appointed holiday cottage lies in the heart of the Scottish Borders between Denholm and Ancrum. The wood burning stove offers the perfect companion for snuggling up with a good book as you sip a glass or two of wine. The area offers so much whether you love stunning scenery, culture, heritage, shopping with a difference or just want to take in the sights and sounds. The area will soon have you enchanted by its beauty and enthralling history. Here you will see a...
  • Morebattle near Jedburgh and Kelso, The Scottish Borders
    Morebattle near Jedburgh and Kelso, The Scottish Borders×

    The Nook

    Morebattle near Jedburgh and Kelso, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: CC538038
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Charming stone built cottage nestled in a quiet lane in the picturesque conservation village of Morebattle in the Scottish Borders
     
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    Nestling in a quiet lane in the welcoming conservation village of Morebattle 8 miles south of Kelso and on the 100km route of St Cuthbert’s Way; The Nook is a charming stone built cottage dating from the 1880’s. Beautifully restored the cottage is spacious and well designed. The comfortable lounge has a cosy open fire, idyllic to relax in front of and watch flames dance after a day exploring the stunning Scottish Borders. The spacious, well appointed kitchen dining room has...

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