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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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  • Jedburgh, The Scottish Borders
    Jedburgh, The Scottish Borders×

    Tweed Cottage

    Jedburgh, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: S22
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Set in an enviable position in beautiful grounds, this property enjoys stunning views across Jedburgh towards the abbey and Cheviot Hills. Set in an enviable position in beautiful grounds, this property enjoys stunning views across Jedburgh towards the abbey and Cheviot Hills.
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    Enjoying stunning views from every window across Jedburgh towards the abbey and Cheviot Hills, this architect-designed cottage is set in an enviable position in beautifully landscaped grounds and provides a peaceful, relaxing holiday haven. This cottage adjoins another holiday cottage. From this cottage it is a short walk of approximately 220 yards to go down into town on a pedestrian route which provides a gradual ascent or decent of the hill. Jedburgh is a charming market town set on...

  • Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders
    Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders×

    Old Town Apartment

    Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: UK5478
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Woodburning Stove
    Old Town Apartment is situated in the centre of Eyemouth and is ideal for exploring the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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    This delightful first floor apartment is just moments from Eyemouth’s sandy beach and has a sea peek from the double bedroom. With a bright and cosy living room with wood burner, this is an ideal base for a relaxing seaside holiday with lots of children’s entertainment nearby. There are local activities to suit all interests, including golf, sea angling, diving, cycling, boat trips, bird watching, historic houses and gardens. There are pubs and restaurants within strolling...
  • New Channelkirk, Oxton, The Scottish Borders
    New Channelkirk, Oxton, The Scottish Borders×

    Mill Cottage

    New Channelkirk, Oxton, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: SFFJ
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Glorious location beside a babbling burn, traditional stone cottage with wood-burning stove, ideal for Edinburgh, Melrose and Kelso. Glorious location beside a babbling burn, traditional stone cottage with wood-burning stove, ideal for Edinburgh, Melrose and Kelso.
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    Set by a tumbling burn in rolling hills, this detached stone cottage lies 23 miles south of Edinburgh with easy access to all that the vibrant city has to offer. Part of a working sheep farm, it was formerly an old mill, now converted to a high standard with great attention to comfort and style. Melrose is 15 miles, and Kelso 20 miles, with fascinating shops, great historic houses and gardens, good golf courses and fishing. Beaches of the East Lothian coast, 25 miles. Good walking from...

  • 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,...
  • Jedburgh,
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    Abbey Cottage

    Jedburgh,

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    Ref: W43326
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile
    Looking out over Jedburgh this lovely cottage is ideal for exploring the Borders, with Jedburgh Abbey and Floors Castle nearby. Looking out over Jedburgh this lovely cottage is ideal for exploring the Borders, with Jedburgh Abbey and Floors Castle nearby.
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    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...

  • 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...
  • 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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    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...

  • Mellerstain, near Kelso,
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    West Lodge

    Mellerstain, near Kelso,

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    Ref: S4166
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Enjoying splendid views to the Cheviots, West Lodge makes an ideal family base for a holiday in Scotland. Enjoying splendid views to the Cheviots, West Lodge makes an ideal family base for a holiday in Scotland.
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    The 200 acres of glorious parkland surrounding Mellerstain House, one of Scotland’s grandest stately homes, designed and built by William and Robert Adam, provide a wonderful setting for these three delightful cottages (S4166, S4568 & S4569). Visitors are welcome to roam the grounds including the fabulous Italian-style terraced gardens which command panoramic views over the lake to the distant Cheviot Hills. The scenic and historic attractions of the Border country are all close at...

    Clock House
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    Courtyard Cottage
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  • Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders
    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders×

    Whitmuir Hall - Dryburgh

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: SW37
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    There are 21 golf courses located close by, as well as other pursuits, including water sports, horse riding and walking/cycling. There are 21 golf courses located close by, as well as other pursuits, including water sports, horse riding and walking/cycling.
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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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  • 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...

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

    The Hirsel - Lakeview

    Coldstream, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: SQQH
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This property is located close to the Hirsel Lake and Dundock Wood, which is nationally renowned for its variety of wildlife. This property is located close to the Hirsel Lake and Dundock Wood, which is nationally renowned for its variety of wildlife.
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    Set in the heart of the historic Hirsel Estate just 18 miles from the coast at Berwick-upon-Tweed and adjacent to an 18-hole golf course, these two charming holiday cottages (Lakeview, ref SQQH and Ray Bells, ref SUUY) are beautifully furnished and decorated. Close to the Hirsel Lake which is nationally renowned for its otters, swans and wildfowl, there are waymarked walks through the estate and especially around Dundock Wood, famous for its rhododendrons and azaleas, full of wonderful...

  • Grantshouse, near Duns, The Scottish Borders
    Grantshouse, near Duns, The Scottish Borders×

    The Granary

    Grantshouse, near Duns, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: UK5115
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This delightful single-storey cottage is situated in the rural Scottish Borders, with beautiful views over the lush countryside.
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    The Granary is an ideal destination, located in the rural Scottish Borders with terrace views over lush countryside. This comfortably appointed property, which is situated on a working farm, offers relaxed calm and bustle-free living. Wildlife observers will relish the local fauna (red squirrels have been known to roam the area!) whilst the energetically-inclined will enjoy the many walks and cycling opportunities to be found locally. Nearby St Abbs Nature Reserve is a must for visitors to...

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