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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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    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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  • 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...

  • 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...
  • Fountainhall, near Stow, The Scottish Borders
    Fountainhall, near Stow, The Scottish Borders×

    Middletoun Cottages - South Lodge

    Fountainhall, near Stow, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 30464
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    With a cosy wood burner and enclosed garden, this is a fantastic year-round property with easy access to Edinburgh. With a cosy wood burner and enclosed garden, this is a fantastic year-round property with easy access to Edinburgh.
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    This beautifully styled contemporary detached holiday lodge, near Gala Water, is situated just off the A7 and 23 miles south of Edinburgh on a working farm. The original Lodge has been extensively extended creating a wonderful light and welcoming living area with stunning views, a cosy wood burner and French doors opening to the enclosed garden. The property is within easy reach of Edinburgh, just 40 minutes by train from Stow, or take advantage of the convenient park and ride, just 17...
    Middletoun Cottages - Beech Tree Cottage
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    Middletoun Cottages - Pine Tree Cottage
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  • Near Lauder, The Scottish Borders
    Near Lauder, The Scottish Borders×

    Digger’s Cottage

    Near Lauder, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 26858
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location
    In a peaceful location with pleasant views of fields, this holiday property is situated 20 miles south of Edinburgh. In a peaceful location with pleasant views of fields, this holiday property is situated 20 miles south of Edinburgh.
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    In a peaceful location 20 miles south of Edinburgh, this comfortable barn conversion has a pleasant outlook over fields towards the village. It boasts hill walking in the Lammermuirs with the Southern Upland Way nearby. The beach at Gullane, 23 miles, is within easy reach, as are the Borders abbeys, North Berwick’s Sea Life centre and boat trips to Bass Rock to see seals and puffins. Enjoy Edinburgh’s historic castle, free museums, excellent choice of restaurants and...

  • 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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    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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  • 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...
    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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    Set in the wonderful rolling countryside of Oxnam, just 3 miles from Jedburgh, this pretty terraced holiday cottage has been thoughtfully furnished and decorated with comfort and relaxation in mind. The bright living room is spacious and welcoming, while the well-equipped kitchen has everything you might need to conjure up a culinary masterpiece. There’s a good range of independent shops, cafés, pubs and galleries in Jedburgh, as well as the Castle Jail and Queen Mary’s...
  • Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders
    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders×

    Whitmuir Hall - Rob Roy

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 14034
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    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 from this property.
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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 - 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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  • Paxton, The Scottish Borders
    Paxton, The Scottish Borders×

    Hawthorn Cottage

    Paxton, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: S4671
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Cosy cottage with open fire and peaceful enclosed garden, feed wild grey seals at Eyemouth just 9 miles. Cosy cottage with open fire and peaceful enclosed garden, feed wild grey seals at Eyemouth just 9 miles.
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    Commanding lovely views across open countryside, this cosy and comfortable cottage has an open fire in the original range, and a wonderfully peaceful enclosed garden, ideal for outdoor dining. Lying on the edge of Paxton village in Berwickshire, which boasts its own country house featuring a gallery, gardens and tea room, and in an ideal location for exploring the glorious Borders scenery and the dramatic Northumbrian Heritage Coast. Beautiful beaches within 5 miles at Willing and...

  • Edrom, near Duns, The Scottish Borders
    Edrom, near Duns, The Scottish Borders×
    Newly Listed
    Broomhouse Lodge

    Broomhouse Lodge

    Edrom, near Duns, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: UK5565
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Admire the beauty of the surrounding natural landscapes, then return to relax and enjoy cosy evenings in front of the delightful wood burner.
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    Almost hidden in the heart of the Berwickshire countryside, this pretty detached stone holiday cottage is under half an hour’s drive from the glorious coastline around Berwick-on-Tweed, and 2½ miles from the market town of Duns. Stylishly furnished, the living room is the heart of the house, boasting an inglenook fireplace with a wood burner and oak mantle. The bright kitchen has a dining table for 4 and a door leading to the private patio. The bedrooms offer lovely crisp...
  • 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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    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.
    Lightkeepers Cottage is accessed via one step through a storm door with the accommodation having the added convenience of being all on ground floor level.  This property has recently undergone a total...
    The Flag House
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