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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 - 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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  • 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, near Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders
    St Abbs, near Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders×

    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...
  • 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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  • 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...

  • 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...
  • 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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    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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  • 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...

  • 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...

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

    The Apartment

    Coldstream, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: W44287
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile
    In the centre of the Scottish Border town of Coldstream, this holiday property lies close to many of the region’s favourite attractions. In the centre of the Scottish Border town of Coldstream, this holiday property lies close to many of the region’s favourite attractions.
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    Situated in the centre of the historic Scottish Borders town of Coldstream, The Apartment is a thoughtfully renovated basement property, offering comfortable accommodation for up to three guests. With many local amenities, you don’t have to venture far for good food and convenient shopping. Coldstream is famous for its regimental military history and is located close to many of the region’s favourite attractions. Scotland’s border towns are home to ancient abbeys...

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