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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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  • 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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    - 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...
  • 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
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    - 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
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    - 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...

  • Eyemouth, Scottish Borders
    Eyemouth, Scottish Borders×

    Puffin House

    Eyemouth, Scottish Borders

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    Ref: UK5447
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    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View
    With sea views from the living room, this cosy cottage is only yards from the beach and within walking distance of all amenities.
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    Just seconds from the beach at Eyemouth, this substantial semi-detached holiday home is located in this bustling seaside town. Its tucked away in a quiet corner, with sea views from the living room, yet the high street with its shops, cafés and pubs is just yards away. The working harbour and fish market provide lots of interest, and there is a leisure centre with swimming pool, children’s play park, amusements and family friendly activities nearby.
    This is one of the...
  • Partanhall, Burnmouth, The Scottish Borders
    Partanhall, Burnmouth, The Scottish Borders×

    Shoreline Cottage

    Partanhall, Burnmouth, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 29083
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    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View - Woodburning Stove
    A cosy family property with sea views, ideal for exploring the borders with Berwick-on-Tweed and Northumberland within easy reach. A cosy family property with sea views, ideal for exploring the borders with Berwick-on-Tweed and Northumberland within easy reach.
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    Nestling on the seashore in the little known fishing village of Burnmouth, this former fisherman’s semi-detached holiday cottage is full of charm and character, and all the windows face the sea. With open stone work, original coomed beamed ceilings and a multi-fuel stove, this cottage is decorated and furnished to a very good standard, ensuring a warm and welcoming stay at any time of the year. All the rooms have views out to sea, with Velux windows in each of the bedrooms. This is...

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

    Kilmuir

    Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: UK5057
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire
    This pretty cottage is tucked away in a quiet location, but is close to the shops, spend the day visiting one the many historic houses in the area.
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    Set in a secluded position on the edge of Selkirk, this comfortable detached, holiday cottage is roomy, light and welcoming. The spacious living area has a piano, a wood burner and looks out over the pretty garden. It’s under a 5-minutes walk to the high street where there are local shops, pubs and cafés. Take time to explore nearby Abbotsford House, 4 miles, the beautiful riverside home of Sir Walter Scott who was once Sheriff of Selkirk. Or browse around Melrose, 8 miles,...
  • Paxton, The Scottish Borders
    Paxton, The Scottish Borders×

    Hawthorn Cottage

    Paxton, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: S4671
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    - 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...

  • 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
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    - 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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  • Morebattle near Jedburgh and Kelso, The Scottish Borders
    Morebattle near Jedburgh and Kelso, The Scottish Borders×

    The Nook

    Morebattle near Jedburgh and Kelso, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: CC538038
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    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Charming stone built cottage nestled in a quiet lane in the picturesque conservation village of Morebattle in the Scottish Borders
     
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    Nestling in a quiet lane in the welcoming conservation village of Morebattle 8 miles south of Kelso and on the 100km route of St Cuthbert’s Way; The Nook is a charming stone built cottage dating from the 1880’s. Beautifully restored the cottage is spacious and well designed. The comfortable lounge has a cosy open fire, idyllic to relax in front of and watch flames dance after a day exploring the stunning Scottish Borders. The spacious, well appointed kitchen dining room has...
  • 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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    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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  • Ancrum, near Jedburgh, The Scottish Borders
    Ancrum, near Jedburgh, The Scottish Borders×

    Campsie Cottage

    Ancrum, near Jedburgh, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: UK5432
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile
    Close to Jedburgh and in a good location for exploring The Scottish Borders with lots to do in the surrounding area.
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    This pretty and very comfortable semi-detached holiday cottage is situated just beyond Ancrum village green and has a private and sheltered, enclosed garden. It is within a 2-minute stroll of the excellent pub and village shop with very easy access to the A68 to get out and about around this glorious Borders region. The south facing living room has French doors opening onto the patio, and the kitchen is spacious and well equipped. For a small village, Ancrum has a host of events...
  • Foulden, The Scottish Borders
    Foulden, The Scottish Borders×

    Foulden Hill Farm Cottage

    Foulden, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: S4640
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Cosy cottage with wonderful views of Cheviot Hills, close to Eyemouth with sandy beachs and wild grey seals to feed. Cosy cottage with wonderful views of Cheviot Hills, close to Eyemouth with sandy beachs and wild grey seals to feed.
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    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...

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