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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 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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    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...

  • 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...

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

    Whitmuir Hall - Waverley

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: SW38
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Go and explore the local woodlands and countryside from this property, as well as Edinburgh which is a 1-hour drive. Go and explore the local woodlands and countryside from this property, as well as Edinburgh which is a 1-hour drive.
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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 - Woodstock
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  • 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...

  • Peebles, The Scottish Borders
    Peebles, The Scottish Borders×

    Riverbank Cottage

    Peebles, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: W42442
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Delightful cottage in riverside location, garden leading to river, greedy ducks on the lawn, and lovely walks from the door. Delightful cottage in riverside location, garden leading to river, greedy ducks on the lawn, and lovely walks from the door.
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    Riverside setting

    Beautifully situated beside a pretty river wending its way through the lovely Borders town of Peebles and only 20 miles from Edinburgh. This cosy mid terrace holiday cottage is the perfect peaceful spot for watching the ducks, or as a base from which to enjoy the city and the excellent hill walking nearby. Wide variety of pubs and restaurants, interesting local shops, art galleries and craft shops in walking distance. Lovely circular walk along the River Tweed...

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

    Whitmuir Hall - Lindean

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: SW30
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    With a cosy open fire in the living room, this property is an ideal holiday base all year round. With a cosy open fire in the living room, this property is an ideal holiday base all year round.
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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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  • 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...

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

    Whitmuir Hall - Tweed

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 5313
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    In the heart of the Scottish Borders, this property is surrounded by spectacular scenery and recreational opportunities. In the heart of the Scottish Borders, this property is surrounded by spectacular scenery and recreational opportunities.
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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 Selkirk, The Scottish Borders
    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders×

    Whitmuir Hall - Teviot

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 5309
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Enjoy shared use of the extensive grounds at this property, with a play area and recreation building. Enjoy shared use of the extensive grounds at this property, with a play area and recreation building.
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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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  • 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...
  • Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders
    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders×

    Whitmuir Hall - Woodstock

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: SW40
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    From this property, Edinburgh and the Berwickshire and Northumbrian coast, are all within an hour’s drive. From this property, Edinburgh and the Berwickshire and Northumbrian coast, are all within an hour’s drive.
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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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    2
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    Whitmuir Hall - Redgauntlet
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    2
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    Whitmuir Hall - Marmion
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    1
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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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  • Skirling, near Biggar, The Scottish Borders
    Skirling, near Biggar, The Scottish Borders×

    Gardener’s Cottage

    Skirling, near Biggar, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: UK5341
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Just an hour south of Edinburgh and Glasgow, in the beautiful Scottish Borders with views from the sun room to a pretty woodland.
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    Conveniently situated on the edge of Skirling village, within the extensive grounds of the owner’s arts and crafts home, this pretty detached cottage, with lofty beamed open plan living space complete with cosy wood burner, also has a comfortable sun room which looks out into pretty woodland surrounding the garden. Very comfortably furnished and decorated to provide a welcoming base from which to enjoy this lovely area of rolling hills and fine views. The market town of Biggar, 3...
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