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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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  • Roundhill Cottage

    St Abbs, near Eyemouth

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: UK5112
    Gloriously situated on the clifftop, looking down onto the pretty harbour in the tiny village of St Abbs, this very comfortable semi-detached cottage has sea views from every window. The garden opens directly onto the Berwickshire Coastal Path and St Abbs Nature Reserve, with large colonies of kittiwakes, gulls, fulmars and some puffins. Coldingham, 2 miles away has a couple of pubs serving food, local shops and a sheltered sandy beach with a diving centre. The clear waters of the coast are exceptional and ideal for recreational diving, good too for sea angling and boat trips. Bamburgh Castle, the Farne Island and Holy Island, with its flooding causeway, castle and priory, are all just a short drive away. Visit historic houses at Paxton and Manderston, or further down the coast to Alnwick Castle and Gardens. Edinburgh is an easy day away and you can get there in under an hour using the train from Berwick. Beach 950 yards. Shop 150 yards, pub and restaurant 1¾ miles.

    Ground Floor: 1 step to entrance.
    Living/dining room: With electric-coal effect fire, Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
    Steep stairs to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With twin beds and sloping ceiling.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds and sloping ceiling.

    Economy 7 night storage heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Enclosed garden with garden furniture. On road parking. No smoking. Please note: The garden is enclosed by a low wall, and there are cliffs near the property, 35 yards away.

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  • Woodside

    Newcastleton

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 18469

    Privately situated on the edge of the village of Newcastleton and backed by woodland, this spacious holiday property is decorated and furnished in a light, contemporary style and is equipped for disabled access, families and moutain bikers alike. Good walking in the surrounding hills and forests. In easy reach are the Seven Stanes mountain bike route, Kielder Water and Forest Park with a wide range of activities and spectacular scenery. Hermitage Castle, 5 miles, is a startling reminder of the area’s violent past. Carlisle, 25 minutes’ drive. Shops and pubs 350 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Shared utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin, each with en-suite toilet. Bathroom with (elec hoist over) bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared tumble dryer in utility room. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond.

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  • Whitmuir Hall - Yarrow

    Nr. Selkirk

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 5314

    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 second floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 3 twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Cot and high chair 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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  • Shepherd’s Cottage

    Thirlestane, nr. Lauder

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 27830

    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 Castle close by. Melrose is 14 miles, with its ancient abbey and annual book festival. Lauder, 21/2 miles, has good local shops, pubs serving local food and an art gallery with great coffee.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room included. Economy 10 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed patio with furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Courtyard Cottage

    Mellerstain, nr. Kelso

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: S4569

    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 hand and the beaches of Berwick and Holy Island are also easily accessible. Kelso (6 miles) offers shops, inns and restaurants and is home of Floors Castle and the famous Kelso Horse Races, whilst Edinburgh, with its magnificent castle, museums, galleries and excellent shopping, is only a 35 mile drive. Fly fishing can be arranged locally, several golf courses are nearby and shops and pubs are just 3.5 miles away. Beautifully appointed and very comfortable, these three properties offer a unique holiday opportunity. West Lodge, ref S4166, is a charming 18th-century stone cottage enjoying its own garden with splendid views towards the Cheviots. Clock House, ref S4568, has been beautifully converted to a high standard to form part of the Old Clock House dating from the early 18th century. Adjoining the Clock House is Courtyard Cottage, ref S4569, which has also been lovingly converted to a high standard and boasts three en-suite bedrooms. The courtyard coffee shop serves delicious home cooking on ‘house open’ days - and special occasions, large and small can be catered for by arrangement in the state rooms of Mellerstain House. Shop and pub 7 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet (accessed also from hall). First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster) with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Freeview TV. Dishwasher. Parking.

    Note: The Clock House and Courtyard Cottage can be interlinked to offer accommodation to sleep up to 10 guests.

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Travel cot. Microwave. Shared access to extensive grounds and gardens. NB: Drops and lake in grounds.

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  • Sea Breeze

    Greystonelees, nr. Eyemouth

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: S4552

    Set on the dramatic Berwickshire coastline and only 5 miles from the Northumberland Heritage Coast, these two attractive steading conversions enjoy wonderful sea views and an excellent location for discovering the delights of both beautiful regions. The fishing village of Burnmouth lies just 1 mile distant, and Eyemouth, where visitors can feed wild seals, is 3.5 miles and the St Abb’s Head nature reserve’s spectacular clifftop walks are only 7 miles away. Historic Berwick-upon-Tweed (6 miles) offers good shops and restaurants as well as a wealth of places of interest to explore. From here, visitors can take a 45 minute train journey to the magnificent city of Edinburgh. Bamburgh Castle, Holy Island and Alnwick Castle and Gardens are also all easily accessible. Shop 3.5 miles, pub serving food 0.25 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Shared games room with pool table and table tennis. No smoking.

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  • Bydand

    Walkerburn

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: CC538054
    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 at Innerleithen, mountain tracks in Glentress or the Go Ape ropes course, only four miles away. Nearby, visit historic Traquair House, Kailzie Gardens and Dawyk Botanic Garden, with lots of choice of restaurants, coffee shops and independent shopping in Innerleithen (two miles), and Peebles (eight miles). There is a children’s play park 150 metres away from the cottage.

    Ground Floor: The property has two steps to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: Spacious with gas coal-effect fire, Freeview TV, DVD player, radio and river views.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With zip and link twin beds (which can be made to super king size bed - please advise when booking) and garden views.
    Bedroom 2: With zip and link twin beds (which can be made to super king size bed - please advise when booking) and river views.
    Bedroom 3: With zip and link twin beds (which can be made to super king size bed - please advise when booking) and river views.
    Bathroom 1: With Jacuzzi shower and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Private parking for 3 cars. Bike store. No smoking. NB: Fenced river 150 yards away.

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  • Woodend

    Broughton, nr. Biggar

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 25398

    Boasting stunning views over rolling countryside, this charming holiday cottage is situated in the lovely Tweed Valley between the picturesque towns of Peebles and Biggar. Ideally located to explore the Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, and South Lanarkshire, with the cities of Edinburgh, 30 miles, and Glasgow, 50 miles. Also ideal for exploring such attractions as the conservation village of New Lanark, Falls of Clyde, 20 miles, Glentress Mountain Biking Centre or Traquair House, 15 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors and laminate floor/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft), one (zip and link), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. External wet room/ drying room with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Natural water supply from spring. Two dogs welcome, to be kept on lead at all times (sheep country). No smoking. NB: Stream in adjacent field (20 yards).

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  • Valley View - Broughton

    near Biggar

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: UK5137
    Beautifully situated in glorious rolling countryside with views eastwards down the valley towards Broughton Heights, this charming, detached holiday cottage is light, bright and spacious – a most welcoming retreat for couples and families in the Scottish Borders region. Ideal for birdwatchers, some 32 species of birds have been spotted in the pretty garden, and the historic market town of Biggar is just 3 miles away, with its large number of independent shops, cafés, restaurants specialising in local produce, and its vibrant arts and crafts culture. Biggar’s Victorian Puppet Theatre and the town of Peebles are well worth a visit, and for more adventurous holidaymakers, there’s a mountain bike centre at Glentress just 15 miles away. A day trip to Scotland’s vibrant capital city is a must, and there’s also golf, fishing, some fantastic walking and cycling available locally. Shop 1¾ miles, pub and restaurant 3¾ miles.

    Ground Floor: 10 steps to entrance (level access at rear). All on the ground floor.
    Living room: With Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Utility room.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair. Sitting-out area with garden furniture. Bike store. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a spring.

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  • Garden Cottage Fairlaw

    Reston

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: SCCJ


    With striking views across the fields to the coast from the 1st floor living area, this comfortable, light and extremely spacious detached holiday cottage is on a working farm in beautiful countryside. A peaceful haven for relaxing and unwinding, with lots to do nearby; stunning beaches are within a few miles, Edinburgh is easily reached, as are Holy Island and Alnwick Castle and Gardens. A perfect base for families, walkers (Southern Upland Way and St Cuthbert’s Way), bird watchers and divers (St Abb’s Head), surfers and beach lovers, golfers (Goswick, Gullane, Dunbar and many more nearby). Privately set in the grounds of the owner’s home, it has its own pretty, secluded garden with dining area and children’s play area. Shop 1½ miles, pub 1 mile.

    Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Living room with gorgeous views towards the coast and Cheviot Hills. Very spacious beamed kitchen/dining room. Separate toilet.

    • Electricity and full oil central heating included (October-May £30 per week)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Enclosed charming garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Charming woodland
    • Parking (for 4 cars)
    • Cycle storage
    • Children’s play area
    • Homemade bread, fresh flowers on arrival
    • No smoking
    • NB: Stream in woodland

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  • Allan Ramsay Cottage

    Carlops near West Linton

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: UK5000
    Conveniently situated just 20 minutes from Edinburgh, in the tiny village of Carlops on the edge of the Pentland Hills and handily next door to one of Scotland’s oldest coaching inns. Comfortably and cosily furnished, this apartment is a great base for walkers with challenging and less arduous routes in the nearby Pentlands or the Peeblesshire Hills. There is very easy access into Edinburgh, a 30-minute drive or 1 hour by bus for a hassle free day, allowing you to enjoy a vibrant, busy city environment safe in the knowledge that by night you can come back to your cottage retreat. Visit Rosslyn Chapel, 10 miles, a beautiful heritage attraction, described as a medieval treasure in stone. West Linton, 4 miles, has a pub, restaurant and local shopping, while Peebles, 17 miles, has several good eating places, interesting shops and galleries. Glentress, the mountain biking mecca, is just 6 miles further on.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With electric wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and two single sofa beds (for flexible sleeping arrangements).
    Kitchen: Galley style with electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Wellwood

    Kelso

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC538044
    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 very well equipped and leads to a private sun room; an idyllic spot to rest and relax whilst overlooking the garden. All three double bedrooms are tastefully  coordinated and a fresh contemporary bathroom completes the interior. The open garden grounds that surround Wellwood are superb for children at play.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric ’stove effect’ fire, Freeview TV and DVD player
    Dining Area: With dining table and chairs and additional sofa
    Kitchen: With large Range cooker with electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine. Tumble dryer in storage area
    Sun Room: With additional comfortable seating and access to the garden
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed
    Bedroom 2: With king size bed
    Bedroom 3: With two single beds
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Wi-fi facilityLarge open gardens with outdoor furniture. Pool table in garage. Off road parking for 2 + cars.
    Please note this is a non-smoking property.

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