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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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  • Coldingham, near Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders
    Coldingham, near Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders×

    South Grange Cottage

    Coldingham, near Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 30698
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Historic houses and gardens, and coastal or hill walking are just some of the pleasures to enjoy from this peaceful cottage. Historic houses and gardens, and coastal or hill walking are just some of the pleasures to enjoy from this peaceful cottage.
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    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...

  • Burnmouth, near Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders
    Burnmouth, near Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders×

    Archie’s Cottage

    Burnmouth, near Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: W41199
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View
    Terraced cottage with open fire, in glorious sea front location, yards from the sea, with coastal walks from the door. Terraced cottage with open fire, in glorious sea front location, yards from the sea, with coastal walks from the door.
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    Sea front location

    In a tranquil setting directly overlooking the sea at Burnmouth Harbour, this terraced cottage set over three floors has been stylishly converted to provide a superb holiday base. Only 5 miles from historic Berwick-Upon-Tweed, 3 miles from Eyemouth and within an hour’s drive from the centre of Edinburgh, the options for days out are endless. Castles, battle sites and museums are all around for those interested in history, whilst there are leisurely coastal...

  • Kelso, The Scottish Borders
    Kelso, The Scottish Borders×

    Girnick Cottage

    Kelso, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 24278
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Located in Kelso, this holiday property is set in glorious countryside, enjoys a fully enclosed garden and panoramic countryside views. Located in Kelso, this holiday property is set in glorious countryside, enjoys a fully enclosed garden and panoramic countryside views.
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    Set in glorious countryside just north of Kelso, with panoramic views towards the village of Smailholm, this charming holiday cottage is tastefully furnished to provide a comfortable base from which to explore. Kelso, 6 miles, set on the River Tweed has interesting and individual shops and eateries, an abbey, racecourse and ice rink. Excellent cycling, fishing and walking in the Eildon Hills, access to two 18 hole golf courses, historic houses at Floor Castle and Mellerstain, 2 miles....

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

    Tara Cottage

    Gordon, near Kelso, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 26769
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Located near to Kelso, this holiday property is less than an hour’s drive from Edinburgh and the sandy Berwickshire coast. Located near to Kelso, this holiday property is less than an hour’s drive from Edinburgh and the sandy Berwickshire coast.
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    This semi-detached holiday cottage, on a working farm, is 9 miles from the Borders town of Kelso which has a variety of shops and restaurants. An ideal base to explore this historic area. Less than an hour’s drive from Edinburgh and the sandy Berwickshire coast. Fishing and cycling locally. Shop, pub 1½ miles, restaurant 9 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First...

  • Minto, near Hawick, The Scottish Borders
    Minto, near Hawick, The Scottish Borders×

    Melgund Glen Lodge

    Minto, near Hawick, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: UK5151
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    This beautiful, single-storey lodge is set in peaceful woodland, an ideal base for exploring this picturesque area.
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    Just a few minutes walk from the pretty conservation village of Denholm with its village greens, good pubs and a restaurant, this spacious cottage is privately situated near the entrance to the owner’s home, which is ¼-mile further on. Set in mature woodland and a small stream bordering the open garden, it’s an idyllic place for children to play and explore, or for others to simply soak up the peace and tranquillity. Bright, welcoming and comfortably furnished, this is a...
  • Lennel, Coldstream, The Scottish Borders
    Lennel, Coldstream, The Scottish Borders×

    Minnow

    Lennel, Coldstream, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: W3391
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Charming cottage, with open fire, large garden, walks from the door, close to Coldstream with salmon fishing on River Tweed. Charming cottage, with open fire, large garden, walks from the door, close to Coldstream with salmon fishing on River Tweed.
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    Large mature garden

    This charming terraced holiday cottage, set in large mature gardens, is in the quiet hamlet of Lennel and 0.75 miles from Coldstream and the English border. Spacious and well equipped with a large breakfast kitchen, Minnow makes an ideal base from which to explore Southern Scotland and the sandy beaches of the Northumberland coastline. Coldstream benefits from an excellent 18-hole golf course and there are many others within easy driving distance. There is a...

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

    Middletoun Cottages - Holly Tree Cottage

    Fountainhall, near Stow, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: CC538055
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    A rural property situated on a working farm with lovely countryside views. All bedrooms have TVs and there is a second living room.
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    Beautifully located on a working farm in Gala Water, and accessed by a farm track, this property sits in a row with two similar properties and boasts glorious outlooks over rolling hills. Holly Tree Cottage is the largest of the three cottages and enjoys an open plan living area and a useful second living room. The bedrooms each have a good outlook and are tastefully decorated and furnished.
    The property is within easy reach of Edinburgh, just 40 minutes by train from Stow, or...
    Middletoun Cottages - Beech Tree Cottage
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    Middletoun Cottages - Pine Tree Cottage
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  • Tweedsmuir, near Biggar, The Scottish Borders
    Tweedsmuir, near Biggar, The Scottish Borders×

    Hearthstanes Cottages - Lategillan Rig

    Tweedsmuir, near Biggar, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 30102
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Rural Location
    Set on a working farm, this property is an ideal base for guests who enjoy outdoor activities. Set on a working farm, this property is an ideal base for guests who enjoy outdoor activities.
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    Within a traditional steading courtyard, these three charming holiday cottages (refs 30101, 30102 and 30103) are in the heart of a working hill farm in the picturesque Tweedsmuir Hills in the Scottish Borders. With wonderful hill walking and biking, they are ideal for those seeking a comfortable base close to outdoor activities, or a peaceful retreat in a lovely rural setting, and for stalking, shooting and fishing in season. Although apparently remote, Edinburgh is only a scenic hour...

    Hearthstanes Cottages - Manyleith Rig
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    Hearthstanes Cottages - Mathieside Cairn
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  • Thirlestane, near Lauder, The Scottish Borders
    Thirlestane, near Lauder, The Scottish Borders×

    Shepherd’s Cottage

    Thirlestane, near Lauder, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 27830
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    With panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, this cottage is an ideal spot for exploring the spectacular Scottish Borders. With panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, this cottage is an ideal spot for exploring the spectacular Scottish Borders.
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    Set on a large livestock farm just off the A697, 26 miles south of Edinburgh, this very comfortable detached holiday cottage is an ideal spot from which to explore the lovely Scottish Borders. The south facing living room has a multi-fuel burner and a large window with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Good walking from the cottage door with the Southern Upland Way passing through the farm on its way to the coast. Fishing, cycling and riding locally. Visit Thirlestane...

  • Walkerburn, The Scottish Borders
    Walkerburn, The Scottish Borders×

    Bydand

    Walkerburn, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: CC538054
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    A spacious and comfortable furnished holiday cottage situated in a beautiful area, perfect for any time of year.
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    An hour south of Edinburgh, set by the side of the beautiful River Tweed on the edge of the Border village of Walkerburn, this south-facing spacious holiday cottage enjoys uninterrupted views of the river and the hills beyond. Ideal for carefree family holidays or friends, it is very comfortably furnished with a good sized, enclosed garden surrounding. Take relaxing walks along the river or more strenuous hikes up into the hills from the doorstep. Try the adrenalin rush of downhill biking...
  • Kelso, The Scottish Borders
    Kelso, The Scottish Borders×

    Wellwood

    Kelso, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: CC538044
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Newly refurbished detached bungalow on the fringe of the lovely market town of Kelso
     
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    Wellwood is an attractive detached bungalow situated on the fringe of the lovely market town of Kelso in the Scottish Borders. Set at the entrance to a peaceful cul-de-sac this delightful property has been fully refurbished to provide excellent self catering accommodation. Immaculately presented throughout, each room has been beautifully furnished with much thought, care and attention to the finer details. The bright and airy lounge leads through to a separate dining area. The kitchen is...
  • Lamberton, near Berwick-upon-Tweed, The Scottish Borders
    Lamberton, near Berwick-upon-Tweed, The Scottish Borders×

    Maple Lodge

    Lamberton, near Berwick-upon-Tweed, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 30558
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Boasting sea views and an enclosed garden, this spacious cottage lies 4 miles from Berwick-on-Tweed, with its array of shops and pubs. Boasting sea views and an enclosed garden, this spacious cottage lies 4 miles from Berwick-on-Tweed, with its array of shops and pubs.
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    In a wonderfully elevated setting, this light and spacious holiday cottage has sea views of Northumberland’s Heritage Coast from the main living areas. Attractively furnished and decorated, with an enclosed garden and sheltered patio, it’s an ideal spot to relax after a day out. The cottage also caters for the less mobile with wide doors and ramp access at the rear. Situated just 4 miles north of the dramatic walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, where there is a good array of...

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