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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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  • Westruther, near Lauder, The Scottish Borders
    Westruther, near Lauder, The Scottish Borders×

    Oldfield

    Westruther, near Lauder, The Scottish Borders

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    3
    Ref: SAAZ
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Located just 33 miles from Edinburgh, this property boasts an enclosed garden and grounds which enjoy spectacular views over Lauderdale. Located just 33 miles from Edinburgh, this property boasts an enclosed garden and grounds which enjoy spectacular views over Lauderdale.
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    This delightful whinstone house lies in a glorious setting in the village of Westruther, which gained an award made by the Scottish Borders Council, ‘Scotland’s Floral Gateway Best Wee Village’ in 2012. Just 33 miles from the beautiful city of Edinburgh, it stands detached and benefits from an enclosed landscaped garden and grounds which include several lawns, an orchard, and horse paddocks. The garden enjoys a wide open outlook on to the horizon over Lauderdale and...

  • Town Yetholm, near Kelso, The Scottish Borders
    Town Yetholm, near Kelso, The Scottish Borders×

    Lochside Garden House

    Town Yetholm, near Kelso, The Scottish Borders

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    4
    Ref: S4484
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Impressive wing of Victorian country house, ideal for gatherings of family and friends, with private hot tub and fishing available. Impressive wing of Victorian country house, ideal for gatherings of family and friends, with private hot tub and fishing available.
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    This private and self-contained wing of a beautiful Victorian country house is ideal for family gatherings and parties. It is the perfect base for exploring Northumberland and the Scottish Borders with its fine beaches, historic buildings and stunning scenery. This bright southfacing house overlooks its own secluded garden complete with barbecue, garden furniture, badminton and a large private hot tub for relaxing in, or for family and friends to splash wildly in. Beyond Yetholm Loch...
  • Nettlingflat, near Heriot, The Scottish Borders
    Nettlingflat, near Heriot, The Scottish Borders×

    Braehill House

    Nettlingflat, near Heriot, The Scottish Borders

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    6
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    Ref: 26348
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    A swimming pool and games room make this a wonderful holiday base for exploring the Borders. A swimming pool and games room make this a wonderful holiday base for exploring the Borders.
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    Easy access to Border towns

    With views over the Moorfoot hills, this spacious, detached holiday cottage is set on a working sheep farm has been crafted from original farm buildings. Edinburgh is just 16 miles away with particularly easy access using the park & ride. Explore Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, the cobbles of the Royal Mile and the thoroughfares of the New Town. Enjoy theatres, clubs, restaurants, art galleries and shops. Fishing and hill walking locally, with golf...

  • Melrose, The Scottish Borders
    Melrose, The Scottish Borders×

    Harmony Garden

    Melrose, The Scottish Borders

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    6
    3
    2
    Ref: 30061
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    This period holiday property is set in Harmony Garden (National Trust for Scotland), located in the town of Melrose. This period holiday property is set in Harmony Garden (National Trust for Scotland), located in the town of Melrose.
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    This 19th century house is a peaceful haven, set in the lush walled Harmony Garden. Harmony was given its name by the Melrose joiner who built it, after the Jamaican pimento plantation where he made his fortune. This detached holiday house has been carefully furnished to combine period detail with all the comforts. Gathering together the whole family in Harmony’s opulent drawing room should be a step back in time without having to leave contemporary convenience behind. Harmony Garden...

  • Gordon, near Kelso, The Scottish Borders
    Gordon, near Kelso, The Scottish Borders×

    Pinewood House

    Gordon, near Kelso, The Scottish Borders

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    3
    3
    Ref: 18561
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Relax and unwind in the private hot tub or try an invigorating swim in the Rapid River spa at this holiday property. Relax and unwind in the private hot tub or try an invigorating swim in the Rapid River spa at this holiday property.
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    This spacious home is ideal for family and friends wishing to share a wonderful holiday or special occasion. Relax in the hot tub or try an invigorating swim in the Rapid River spa, also enjoy the large enclosed garden with swings, a sunken patio, fountain and waterfall. Have fun using the barbecue and lunch alfresco, and make use of the wine fridge in the kitchen. Play the grand piano in the living room with its open fire or take a walk in the 90-acre community woodland. Visit the...

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