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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 - 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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    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
    2
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  • 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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  • Skirling, near Biggar, The Scottish Borders
    Skirling, near Biggar, The Scottish Borders×
    Newly Listed
    Gardener’s Cottage

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

    Whitmuir Hall - Esk

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 5315
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Enjoy the surrounding countryside from this property, which has woodland, lakes, rivers and many walking and cycling routes. Enjoy the surrounding countryside from this property, which has woodland, lakes, rivers and many walking and cycling routes.
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    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
    2
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    Whitmuir Hall - Waverley
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    1
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    Whitmuir Hall - Woodstock
    3
    1
    1
  • 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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    Whitmuir Hall - Rob Roy
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    Whitmuir Hall - Redgauntlet
    4
    2
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    Whitmuir Hall - Marmion
    2
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    Whitmuir Hall - Ivanhoe
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    Whitmuir Hall - Kenilworth
    2
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    1
    Whitmuir Hall - Waverley
    2
    1
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    Whitmuir Hall - Woodstock
    3
    1
    1
  • Coldingham, Berwickshire, The Scottish Borders
    Coldingham, Berwickshire, The Scottish Borders×

    Whitfield Steading

    Coldingham, Berwickshire, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: SRRU
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    St Abbs Head Nature Reserve is close to this stone cottage, with wood burning stove, walled garden and sandy beaches. St Abbs Head Nature Reserve is close to this stone cottage, with wood burning stove, walled garden and sandy beaches.
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  • Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders
    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders×

    Whitmuir Hall - Redgauntlet

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 15786
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    In the Scottish Borders, this ground floor holiday property is part of Whitmuir Hall, a stone-built Edwardian mansion located near Selkirk. In the Scottish Borders, this ground floor holiday property is part of Whitmuir Hall, a stone-built Edwardian mansion located near Selkirk.
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    Whitmuir Hall - Rob Roy
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    Whitmuir Hall - Marmion
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    1
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    Whitmuir Hall - Ivanhoe
    2
    1
    1
    Whitmuir Hall - Kenilworth
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    1
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    Whitmuir Hall - Waverley
    2
    1
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    Whitmuir Hall - Woodstock
    3
    1
    1
  • St Abbs Head, The Scottish Borders
    St Abbs Head, The Scottish Borders×

    St Abbs - Lightkeepers Cottage

    St Abbs Head, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: CC538023
    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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    The Flag House
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  • Oxnam, near Jedburgh, The Scottish Borders
    Oxnam, near Jedburgh, The Scottish Borders×
    Newly Listed
    Amble Cottage

    Amble Cottage

    Oxnam, near Jedburgh, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: UK5292
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Rural Location
    Situated on the Scottish borders, Amble Cottage provides a welcoming feeling creating the perfect home from home for your family holiday.
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  • 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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    Courtyard Cottage
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  • Tweedsmuir, near Biggar, The Scottish Borders
    Tweedsmuir, near Biggar, The Scottish Borders×

    Hearthstanes Cottages - Manyleith Rig

    Tweedsmuir, near Biggar, The Scottish Borders

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    2
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    Ref: 30101
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Rural Location
    A perfect retreat for four, explore the estate and discover the tracks and cycle paths throughout the forest. A perfect retreat for four, explore the estate and discover the tracks and cycle paths throughout the forest.
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    Hearthstanes Cottages - Lategillan Rig
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    Hearthstanes Cottages - Mathieside Cairn
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