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

    Whitmuir Hall - Ivanhoe

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

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    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    This ground floor holiday property is part of Whitmuir Hall, which boasts 32 acres of landscaped and woodland grounds. This ground floor holiday property is part of Whitmuir Hall, which boasts 32 acres of landscaped and woodland grounds.
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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 - Kenilworth
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    Whitmuir Hall - Waverley
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    Whitmuir Hall - Woodstock
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  • Grantshouse, The Scottish Borders
    Grantshouse, The Scottish Borders×

    Berryhill Cottage

    Grantshouse, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: SKKF
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Delightful cottage for couples, in romantic woodland setting, where deer, squirrels and owls can be seen, ideal for Edinburgh. Delightful cottage for couples, in romantic woodland setting, where deer, squirrels and owls can be seen, ideal for Edinburgh.
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    This detached stone holiday cottage lies in peaceful woodland, just 45 minutes south of Edinburgh and is a perfect romantic retreat for two with a light living room looking out to the garden and woods where roe deer, red squirrels and owls can be glimpsed by the patient observer. St Abbs Nature Reserve is 8 miles and the spectacular cliffs and beaches of the east coast are within easy reach. The Seabird Centre at North Berwick is 25 miles. Good walking both along the coast and inland in...

  • Denholm, The Scottish Borders
    Denholm, The Scottish Borders×

    Heathfield

    Denholm, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: W43341
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Lovely cottage in secluded, tranquil countryside, looking towards Ruberslaw Hill, wonderful walks from the door, close to Hawick and Jedburgh. Lovely cottage in secluded, tranquil countryside, looking towards Ruberslaw Hill, wonderful walks from the door, close to Hawick and Jedburgh.
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    With lovely views of Ruberslaw Hill in the beautiful Scottish Borders, this delightful detached holiday cottage sits in rural tranquillity equidistant from Hawick and Jedburgh, on the owners’ 170-acre grounds. The Borders Way is 0.25 miles away and there are wonderful walks in every direction. Edinburgh is less than an hour’s drive, also the Lake District and Northumberland. Hawick offers a rich heritage, with year-round events such as the Reivers’ Festival in March or...

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

    The Hirsel - Ray Bells

    Coldstream, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: SUUY
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Set in the heart of the historic Hirsel Estate, this property is adjacent to an 18-hole golf course. Set in the heart of the historic Hirsel Estate, this property is adjacent to an 18-hole golf course.
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    Set in the heart of the historic Hirsel Estate just 18 miles from the coast at Berwick-upon-Tweed and adjacent to an 18-hole golf course, these two charming holiday cottages (Lakeview, ref SQQH and Ray Bells, ref SUUY) are beautifully furnished and decorated. Close to the Hirsel Lake which is nationally renowned for its otters, swans and wildfowl, there are waymarked walks through the estate and especially around Dundock Wood, famous for its rhododendrons and azaleas, full of wonderful...

    The Hirsel - Lakeview
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  • Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders
    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders×

    Whitmuir Hall - Kenilworth

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: SW32
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Edinburgh is within a pleasant hour’s drive from this ground floor apartment, located in Whitmuir Hall. Edinburgh is within a pleasant hour’s drive from this ground floor apartment, located in Whitmuir Hall.
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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 - Waverley
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    Whitmuir Hall - Woodstock
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  • St Abbs, near Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders
    St Abbs, near Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders×
    Newly Listed
    Rock Cottage

    Rock Cottage

    St Abbs, near Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: UK5384
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Sea View
    A cosy couples retreat, Rock Cottage is in the perfect location for exploring the Scottish borders, Edinburgh and Northumberland.
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    Rock Cottage is a cosy, compact retreat on the edge of the pretty harbour of St Abbs, just ½ mile from Coldingham Bay on the Scottish border. The property is set within the courtyard of Dive St Abbs, where the owners run a diving charter boat and B&B. This is the perfect destination for couples looking to be in the heart of village and harbour-side life. There are views of the harbour from every window, and the living room opens onto a small enclosed decked patio right next to the...
  • Tweedsmuir, near Biggar, The Scottish Borders
    Tweedsmuir, near Biggar, The Scottish Borders×

    Hearthstanes Cottages - Mathieside Cairn

    Tweedsmuir, near Biggar, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 30103
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Rural Location
    This holiday property is located in the Tweedsmuir Hills, where wonderful walking and biking can be enjoyed. This holiday property is located in the Tweedsmuir Hills, where wonderful walking and biking can be enjoyed.
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    Within a traditional steading courtyard, these three charming holiday cottages (refs 30101, 30102 and 30103) are in the heart of a working hill farm in the picturesque Tweedsmuir Hills in the Scottish Borders. With wonderful hill walking and biking, they are ideal for those seeking a comfortable base close to outdoor activities, or a peaceful retreat in a lovely rural setting, and for stalking, shooting and fishing in season. Although apparently remote, Edinburgh is only a scenic hour...

    Hearthstanes Cottages - Manyleith Rig
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    Hearthstanes Cottages - Lategillan Rig
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  • St Abbs Head, The Scottish Borders
    St Abbs Head, The Scottish Borders×

    The Flag House

    St Abbs Head, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: CC538053
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property
    Perched high on the cliff top at the head of St Abbs, the setting of The Flag House 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 property. The Flag House was indeed where the flags were stored and outside was where the flag flew. Now it is a comfortable studio with spectacular sea views from every window. With steps up to the door, there is a small entrance...
  • near Hume, by Kelso, The Scottish Borders
    near Hume, by Kelso, The Scottish Borders×

    Horseshoe Cottage

    near Hume, by Kelso, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: CC538030
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Detached single storey cottage for couples in a tranquil spot within the Scottish Borders
     
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    Horseshoe Cottage is delightfully positioned on the edge of a farm near the tranquil hamlet of Hume in the Scottish Borders. This detached cottage is deceptively spacious with the accommodation benefitting from being all on ground floor level. The open countryside views surrounding Horseshoe Cottage are simply stunning; a large mature garden is the idyllic spot to rest and relax.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level and comprises:
    Lounge: With gas...

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

    The Wheelhouse

    Kirk Yetholm, near Kelso, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 29426
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    This ground floor apartment is ideal for a couple who wish to explore the stunning countryside in the Scottish Borders. This ground floor apartment is ideal for a couple who wish to explore the stunning countryside in the Scottish Borders.
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    Originally the ‘wheel room’ of a grain mill, this ground floor holiday apartment creates a wonderful light and spacious area for a truly relaxing holiday. Just a mile inside the Scottish border, surrounded by magnificent countryside, and 6½ miles from Kelso, the joined villages of Kirk Yetholm and Town Yetholm are at the end of the Pennine Way. Forming part of the owner’s mill house, with its own private patio, it provides a delightful base from which to explore...

  • Bowden, Newton St Boswells, The Scottish Borders
    Bowden, Newton St Boswells, The Scottish Borders×

    Quarry Green

    Bowden, Newton St Boswells, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: CC538013
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Bungalow for couples in the pretty village of Bowden in the heart of the Scottish Borders  
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    Quarry Green is a link terraced bungalow located at the western end of the pretty village of Bowden within the heart of the Scottish Borders. It provides cosy and well presented holiday accommodation for couples and is the ideal base for exploring this delightful region of Scotland- a region rich in heritage, history and legend and a deservedly popular holiday destination. The relaxing lounge complete with Freeview TV, coupled with the therapeutic effects of the wood burning stove ensure...
  • St Abbs Head, The Scottish Borders
    St Abbs Head, The Scottish Borders×

    St Abbs - Keepers Fold

    St Abbs Head, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: CC538025
    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.
    Keepers Fold is a compact one-bedroom studio apartment suitable for a single person or couple with the accommodation being all on ground floor level. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground Floor: The compact accommodation is all on one level, heated...

    The Flag House
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