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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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  • Edrom, near Duns, The Scottish Borders
    Edrom, near Duns, The Scottish Borders×
    Newly Listed
    Broomhouse Lodge

    Broomhouse Lodge

    Edrom, near Duns, The Scottish Borders

    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: UK5565
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Admire the beauty of the surrounding natural landscapes, then return to relax and enjoy cosy evenings in front of the delightful wood burner.
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    Almost hidden in the heart of the Berwickshire countryside, this pretty detached stone holiday cottage is under half an hour’s drive from the glorious coastline around Berwick-on-Tweed, and 2½ miles from the market town of Duns. Stylishly furnished, the living room is the heart of the house, boasting an inglenook fireplace with a wood burner and oak mantle. The bright kitchen has a dining table for 4 and a door leading to the private patio. The bedrooms offer lovely crisp...
  • Coldingham, Berwickshire, The Scottish Borders
    Coldingham, Berwickshire, The Scottish Borders×

    Whitfield Steading

    Coldingham, Berwickshire, The Scottish Borders

    4
    2
    2
    1
    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...

  • 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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    2
    Whitmuir Hall - Redgauntlet
    4
    2
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    Whitmuir Hall - Marmion
    2
    1
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    Whitmuir Hall - Ivanhoe
    2
    1
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    Whitmuir Hall - Kenilworth
    2
    1
    1
    Whitmuir Hall - Waverley
    2
    1
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    Whitmuir Hall - Woodstock
    3
    1
    1
  • Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders
    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders×

    Whitmuir Hall - Redgauntlet

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

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    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 15786
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    In the Scottish Borders, this ground floor holiday property is part of Whitmuir Hall, a stone-built Edwardian mansion located near Selkirk. In the Scottish Borders, this ground floor holiday property is part of Whitmuir Hall, a stone-built Edwardian mansion located near Selkirk.
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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
    4
    2
    2
    Whitmuir Hall - Marmion
    2
    1
    1
    Whitmuir Hall - Ivanhoe
    2
    1
    1
    Whitmuir Hall - Kenilworth
    2
    1
    1
    Whitmuir Hall - Waverley
    2
    1
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    Whitmuir Hall - Woodstock
    3
    1
    1
  • Eyemouth, Scottish Borders
    Eyemouth, Scottish Borders×
    Newly Listed
    Puffin House

    Puffin House

    Eyemouth, Scottish Borders

    4
    2
    1
    0
    Ref: UK5447
    Key Features:
    - 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...
  • Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders
    Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders×
    Newly Listed
    Old Town Apartment

    Old Town Apartment

    Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders

    4
    2
    1
    1
    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...
  • Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders
    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders×

    Whitmuir Hall - Kelso

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

    4
    2
    1
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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
    4
    2
    2
    Whitmuir Hall - Redgauntlet
    4
    2
    2
    Whitmuir Hall - Marmion
    2
    1
    1
    Whitmuir Hall - Ivanhoe
    2
    1
    1
    Whitmuir Hall - Kenilworth
    2
    1
    1
    Whitmuir Hall - Waverley
    2
    1
    1
    Whitmuir Hall - Woodstock
    3
    1
    1
  • Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders
    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders×

    Whitmuir Hall - Melrose

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

    4
    2
    1
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    Ref: 15785
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Enjoy the 32 acres of grounds at this property, as well as a recreation building containing a heated indoor swimming pool! Enjoy the 32 acres of grounds at this property, as well as a recreation building containing a heated indoor swimming pool!
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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
    4
    2
    2
    Whitmuir Hall - Redgauntlet
    4
    2
    2
    Whitmuir Hall - Marmion
    2
    1
    1
    Whitmuir Hall - Ivanhoe
    2
    1
    1
    Whitmuir Hall - Kenilworth
    2
    1
    1
    Whitmuir Hall - Waverley
    2
    1
    1
    Whitmuir Hall - Woodstock
    3
    1
    1
  • Coldstream, The Scottish Borders
    Coldstream, The Scottish Borders×

    The Hirsel - Lakeview

    Coldstream, The Scottish Borders

    4
    2
    1
    0
    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...

  • Tweedsmuir, near Biggar, The Scottish Borders
    Tweedsmuir, near Biggar, The Scottish Borders×

    Hearthstanes Cottages - Manyleith Rig

    Tweedsmuir, near Biggar, The Scottish Borders

    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 30101
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Rural Location
    A perfect retreat for four, explore the estate and discover the tracks and cycle paths throughout the forest. A perfect retreat for four, explore the estate and discover the tracks and cycle paths throughout the forest.
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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 - Lategillan Rig
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    Hearthstanes Cottages - Mathieside Cairn
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  • Paxton, The Scottish Borders
    Paxton, The Scottish Borders×

    Hawthorn Cottage

    Paxton, The Scottish Borders

    4
    2
    1
    2
    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...

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

    Whitmuir Hall - Esk

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

    4
    2
    1
    0
    Ref: 5315
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Enjoy the surrounding countryside from this property, which has woodland, lakes, rivers and many walking and cycling routes. Enjoy the surrounding countryside from this property, which has woodland, lakes, rivers and many walking and cycling routes.
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    Pets included
    Pets go free

    Accommodation at

    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
    4
    2
    2
    Whitmuir Hall - Redgauntlet
    4
    2
    2
    Whitmuir Hall - Marmion
    2
    1
    1
    Whitmuir Hall - Ivanhoe
    2
    1
    1
    Whitmuir Hall - Kenilworth
    2
    1
    1
    Whitmuir Hall - Waverley
    2
    1
    1
    Whitmuir Hall - Woodstock
    3
    1
    1
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