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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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  • Whitmuir Hall - Tweed

    Nr. Selkirk

    Grade
    3
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 5313

    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 the spacious apartments located within Whitmuir Hall itself, offer a range of accommodation for all tastes, seasons and party sizes. There are 32 acres of private grounds consisting of woodland and lawns, and a recreation building containing a heated indoor swimming pool (access by arrangement).
    Recreational possibilities include: 21 golf courses included in the Freedom of the Fairways Passport; walking, whether gently through woods and alongside rivers and towns, or on the more challenging Southern Upland and St Cuthbert’s Ways; cycling for all abilities on quiet local roads, on the many great cycle routes nearby or try some downhill trails at Glentress Forest, Peebles (cycle store available at the properties); or have fun on their Go Ape tree top adventure course; fishing for salmon and trout on the River Tweed and its tributaries, or on stocked lochs for trout and coarse fish. Historic houses, abbeys and castles including Melrose Abbey (burial place of the the heart of Robert the Bruce); Mary Queen of Scots’ house in Jedburgh; Traquair, the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland, and the Roman camp of Trimontium.
    Other activities in the area include horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and mountain biking, all within 30 minutes’ drive. Good selection of pubs and restaurants locally.
    As well as holidays and weekend breaks, we also cater for family gatherings, anniversaries, weddings and any other celebrations with accommodation for larger parties. For group, corporate and party bookings, a bar and catering are available by arrangement direct with the owner. An initial grocery order service is available on request. Properties SW30, SW37, SW3701 and 15785 have electric showers.

    In the main house. All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (four poster) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Additional single available on request.

    Cot on request. Fridge/freezer.

    All properties: Electricity NSH and/or convector heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared coin-operated laundry room. Shared payphone. Shared gardens with play area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared indoor swimming pool, access by arrangement. No smoking.

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  • Kirkgate Cottage

    Chirnside, nr. Duns

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W42896

    Set on the edge of Chirnside village, 12 miles from the coast, this pretty semi-detached stone-built holiday cottage is furnished in appropriate ‘cottage’ style with a welcoming open fire in the cosy living room and a tiny courtyard garden to the rear. It makes a highly convenient and comfortable base from which to enjoy the Berwickshire and Northumberland Coast. Visit historic Paxton House, bird watch from majestic St Abbs Head, explore the town of Berwick-on-Tweed, or let the train take the strain for a day in Edinburgh, 40 minutes. Shop 0.75 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: 1 step to living room. 1 step to kitchen/dining room. 1 twin bedroom. First floor: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and sloping ceilings.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Internet connection.Telephone-emergency only. Patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. On road parking.

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  • St Abbs - Lighthouse Retreat

    St Abbs Head

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC538024
    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.

    Ground Floor: The property is heated by electricity and comprises:
    One step to entrance then all accommodation on one level
    Lounge:  with Freesat TV and partial sea view
    Dining room:  a spacious room with table and chairs to seat 8, radio
    Kitchen:  with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice-box, dishwasher and washing machine
    Bedroom 1:  with double bed
    Bedroom 2:  with two single beds
    Bathroom:  with shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All electricity included. Bed linen provided. Electric blankets provided. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Whitfield Steading

    Coldingham, Berwickshire

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: SRRU

    Set within the grounds of the owners’ home, this single storey holiday cottage is 10 minutes from the St Abbs Head Nature Reserve, 40-minutes from Edinburgh and is close to the harbour of Eyemouth and Coldingham’s sandy beaches. The cottage has its own secluded walled garden, plus use of the owners’ large garden. Walking and cycling from the door. Easy access to local attractions including Holy Island, Bamburgh and boat trips from Seahouses to the Farne Islands. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    Open-plan living room/dining room with wood-burning stove, exposed stonework, French doors and well-equipped kitchen area. Utility. Double bedroom with 6ft bed, en-suite shower room with toilet. Double bedroom with 6ft bed (can be twin) with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden with patio
    • Shared use of owners’ large, lawned garden with croquet and boules
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Fenced pond in owners’ shared garden

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  • Foulden Hill Farm Cottage

    Foulden

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: S4640

    Boasting far-reaching views to the Cheviot Hills and lovely walking from the doorstep, this cosy and comfortable cottage (shown right of photograph) is set just 5 miles from sandy beaches at the village of Eyemouth, where visitors can feed wild grey seals. Enjoying its own garden, the cottage sits on the owners’ 200 acre arable farm, an idyllic spot threaded with many footpaths. Boat trips are easily available and the nearby coastline is famed for crystal clear waters, shipwrecks and diverse marine life – a paradise for divers. Picturesque St Abbs, with its harbour and nature reserve, the golden sands of Coldingham Bay and historic Berwick-upon-Tweed are under 10 miles. The beautiful city of Edinburgh is an hour’s drive or take the train from Berwick train station, which is less than a 10-minute drive, giving guests easy access to central Edinburgh. Visit the village of Ayton’s imposing castle, 3 miles. Shop and pub 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room/dining area. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, both with combed ceilings.

    Open fire in living room included. Biomass woodchip central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Satellite TV (full package). CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Hawthorn Cottage

    Paxton

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: S4671

    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 Spittal. Numerous castles (magnificent Bamburgh Castle, 28 miles), Holy Island and St Abb’s Head Nature Reserve are all an easy drive on quiet country roads. Eyemouth is 9 miles, where visitors can feed wild grey seals and take boat trips, and the nearby coastline has crystal clear waters, shipwrecks and marine life - a paradise for divers. Edinburgh’s attractions are well worth a trip. Shops and amenities in Berwick, 5 miles, pub serving meals 0.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living/dining room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£30per week or per short break 25th September-27th March). Electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking. No children under 5 years.

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  • Whitmuir Hall - Melrose

    Nr. Selkirk

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 15785

    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 the spacious apartments located within Whitmuir Hall itself, offer a range of accommodation for all tastes, seasons and party sizes. There are 32 acres of private grounds consisting of woodland and lawns, and a recreation building containing a heated indoor swimming pool (access by arrangement).
    Recreational possibilities include: 21 golf courses included in the Freedom of the Fairways Passport; walking, whether gently through woods and alongside rivers and towns, or on the more challenging Southern Upland and St Cuthbert’s Ways; cycling for all abilities on quiet local roads, on the many great cycle routes nearby or try some downhill trails at Glentress Forest, Peebles (cycle store available at the properties); or have fun on their Go Ape tree top adventure course; fishing for salmon and trout on the River Tweed and its tributaries, or on stocked lochs for trout and coarse fish. Historic houses, abbeys and castles including Melrose Abbey (burial place of the the heart of Robert the Bruce); Mary Queen of Scots’ house in Jedburgh; Traquair, the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland, and the Roman camp of Trimontium.
    Other activities in the area include horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and mountain biking, all within 30 minutes’ drive. Good selection of pubs and restaurants locally.
    As well as holidays and weekend breaks, we also cater for family gatherings, anniversaries, weddings and any other celebrations with accommodation for larger parties. For group, corporate and party bookings, a bar and catering are available by arrangement direct with the owner. An initial grocery order service is available on request. Properties SW30, SW37, SW3701 and 15785 have electric showers.

    In Abbey Court. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Cot on request. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer.

    All properties: Electricity NSH and/or convector heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared coin-operated laundry room. Shared payphone. Shared gardens with play area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared indoor swimming pool, access by arrangement. No smoking.

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  • Ruberslaw View

    near Hawick

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC538046
    This lovely, cosy and well appointed holiday cottage lies in the heart of the Scottish Borders between Denholm and Ancrum. The wood burning stove offers the perfect companion for snuggling up with a good book as you sip a glass or two of wine. The area offers so much whether you love stunning scenery, culture, heritage, shopping with a difference or just want to take in the sights and sounds. The area will soon have you enchanted by its beauty and enthralling history. Here you will see a gentler pace of life amidst the sweeping valleys, verdant forests and heather clad moorlands. With excellent local food and drink, a range of outdoor pursuits and flourishing cultural scene, the Scottish Borders will soon hold you in its spell. The nearby town of Hawick offers a rich cultural and historical heritage, which can be seen in such events as the Reivers Festival and the Common Riding. The town centre offers interesting walks each revealing the secrets of its past. Walkers also have quiet country byways to explore, whilst the rolling hills offer more challenging walking. Golfers are well catered for with courses at Hawick, Lilliesleaf, Minto and The Woll which all welcome day visitors. The ruins of the four great abbeys of the Scottish Borders, Dryburgh, Jedburgh, Melrose and Kelso have inspired painters, poets and writers throughout the centuries and their foundation marked the beginning of Border history as we know it. The principal Border towns are Galashiels, Hawick, Jedburgh and Melrose, Selkirk and Peebles. Nowhere in the Border country are visitors far from the sound of water. The River Tweed often called the queen of the salmon rivers passes dignified mansions and luxuriously wooded banks. It was the monks who first established Border wool as an important export fetching high prices on the continent. The quality of the wool, the softness of the water for washing it and the skill of the weavers all came together to make the famous ‘Tweed’ cloth and Hawick is the centre for cashmere and fine woolens. Abbotsford in Melrose is the home of Sir Walter Scott and located on the banks of the Tweed it evokes the power of the romantic past like nowhere else. Sitting at the heart of the most stunning landscapes it is easy to see how Sir Walter Scott was so inspired to write. The 7Stanes venues at Glentress and Innerleithen offer some of the best mountain biking in the UK and further afield. Glentress, as one of the best centres in the UK, has won several acclaimed awards. Innerleithen has the tag of providing awesome downhill and free-ride trails as well as the red graded XC route. This wonderful area caters for all tastes and interests. Shop, pub and restaurant 2½ Miles.

    Ground Floor: Living Room: with wood burner and 42” LCD Sky TV.
    Sitting room: with 36” Sky TV, X-Box and a selection of board games.
    Dining Room
    Kitchen: with electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and washing machine
    Bathroom: with shower over bath and toilet

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: with king sized bed
    Bedroom 2: with zip ‘n link bed which can be two singles or a super king sized bed (please state preference at time of booking)

    Oil central heating, oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner included.Private garden with patio area with furniture, sun parasol and BBQ. Off road parking for 3 cars. Wi-fi internet connection available.

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  • Whitmuir Hall - Kelso

    Nr. Selkirk

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: SW3701

    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 the spacious apartments located within Whitmuir Hall itself, offer a range of accommodation for all tastes, seasons and party sizes. There are 32 acres of private grounds consisting of woodland and lawns, and a recreation building containing a heated indoor swimming pool (access by arrangement).
    Recreational possibilities include: 21 golf courses included in the Freedom of the Fairways Passport; walking, whether gently through woods and alongside rivers and towns, or on the more challenging Southern Upland and St Cuthbert’s Ways; cycling for all abilities on quiet local roads, on the many great cycle routes nearby or try some downhill trails at Glentress Forest, Peebles (cycle store available at the properties); or have fun on their Go Ape tree top adventure course; fishing for salmon and trout on the River Tweed and its tributaries, or on stocked lochs for trout and coarse fish. Historic houses, abbeys and castles including Melrose Abbey (burial place of the the heart of Robert the Bruce); Mary Queen of Scots’ house in Jedburgh; Traquair, the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland, and the Roman camp of Trimontium.
    Other activities in the area include horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and mountain biking, all within 30 minutes’ drive. Good selection of pubs and restaurants locally.
    As well as holidays and weekend breaks, we also cater for family gatherings, anniversaries, weddings and any other celebrations with accommodation for larger parties. For group, corporate and party bookings, a bar and catering are available by arrangement direct with the owner. An initial grocery order service is available on request. Properties SW30, SW37, SW3701 and 15785 have electric showers.

    In Abbey Court. Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Cot on request. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer.

    All properties: Electricity NSH and/or convector heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared coin-operated laundry room. Shared payphone. Shared gardens with play area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared indoor swimming pool, access by arrangement. No smoking.

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  • Abbey Cottage

    Jedburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W43326

    Set in an elevated position with views over the town of Jedburgh and towards the Cheviot Hills, this well equipped, terraced holiday cottage is ideally central for exploring the Borders region. Comfortably furnished, with 3 acres of shared grounds to enjoy, plus excellent shopping, inns, restaurants and cafes within strolling distance. Nearby are Jedburgh Abbey, Floors Castle, Abbotsford and Mellerstain. Excellent walking and cycle routes, golf, horse riding and fishing. Day trips to Edinburgh, Northumberland and Keilder Water. Relax on the veranda and simply take in the views after a busy day out. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    20 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Verandah with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 3-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Riverside Cottage

    Peebles

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC538011
    Riverside Cottage is both delightful and charming and provides a superb base for exploring the beautiful Scottish Borders. The property dates back to 1648 and forms part of the old town. Its location is ideal: tucked away down its own medieval close yet only a stone’s throw from the timeless High Street. As its name suggests, the front of the property overlooks the river known locally as ’ the Cuddy’.  Peebles, a Royal Burgh since 1152, is a hidden treasure with its own distinct heritage, culture and traditions. The motto of the town translates as, "Against the stream they multiply". An apt description given that the town straddles the majestic River Tweed, world famous for the quality of its salmon fishing.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating, is accessed by 24 step and comprises:
    Lounge: With free view TV and DVD. A lovely, light room with river views.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds and view to river.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Highchair available.
    Wi-fi access availablePatio area. Off road parking for one car plus parking for one additional vehicle by arrangement with the owner. Bikes can be stored by arrangement with the owner.

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  • South Grange Cottage

    Coldingham, nr. Eyemouth

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 30698

    Just 3 miles from the award winning sandy beach at Coldingham and under an hour from Edinburgh, this beautifully presented, semi-detached holiday cottage is in a peaceful rural setting overlooking open woodland where you may glimpse deer and red squirrels. The cosy living room has a multi-fuel stove and a French door leading to the pretty garden, and the sunny kitchen is well-equipped, also with access to the garden. The quiet roads are ideal for cycling and there are numerous golf courses nearby and also opportunities for sailing, surfing, scuba-diving, hill and spectacular coastal walking. Further afield, explore the historic walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, mysterious Holy Island, the Farne islands, Alnwick Castle and its amazing water gardens. Shops, pubs and restaurants 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French door and beams. Dining room/kitchen. 1 single bedroom. Bathroom with roll top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 double (5ft) bedrooms.

    Multi-fuel stove in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. No children aged 2-5 years.

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