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

    Old Town Apartment

    Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders

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    - 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...
  • St Abbs Head, The Scottish Borders
    St Abbs Head, The Scottish Borders×

    St Abbs - Lighthouse Retreat

    St Abbs Head, The Scottish Borders

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    - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View
    Perched high on the cliff top at the head of St Abbs, the setting of this collection of Lighthouse Cottages is simply sublime!
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    Perched high on the cliff top at the head of St Abbs, the setting of this collection of Lighthouse Cottages is simply sublime!   The winding climb up the protected cliff face to the top rewards with the most magical of sea views; seen from many of the windows of the properties.
    Lighthouse Retreat is a ground floor apartment with one step via the storm door and then the accommodation being all on one level. The rooms are spacious and there is a partial sea view from the lounge. Shop, pub...
  • Near Lauder, The Scottish Borders
    Near Lauder, The Scottish Borders×

    Digger’s Cottage

    Near Lauder, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 26858
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location
    In a peaceful location with pleasant views of fields, this holiday property is situated 20 miles south of Edinburgh. In a peaceful location with pleasant views of fields, this holiday property is situated 20 miles south of Edinburgh.
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    In a peaceful location 20 miles south of Edinburgh, this comfortable barn conversion has a pleasant outlook over fields towards the village. It boasts hill walking in the Lammermuirs with the Southern Upland Way nearby. The beach at Gullane, 23 miles, is within easy reach, as are the Borders abbeys, North Berwick’s Sea Life centre and boat trips to Bass Rock to see seals and puffins. Enjoy Edinburgh’s historic castle, free museums, excellent choice of restaurants and...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

    Whitmuir Hall - Rob Roy

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 14034
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Edinburgh and the Berwickshire and Northumbrian coast, are all within an hour’s drive from this property. Edinburgh and the Berwickshire and Northumbrian coast, are all within an hour’s drive from this property.
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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 - 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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  • Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders
    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders×

    Whitmuir Hall - Redgauntlet

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

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

    Hearthstanes Cottages - Manyleith Rig

    Tweedsmuir, near Biggar, The Scottish Borders

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    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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  • Morebattle near Jedburgh, The Scottish Borders
    Morebattle near Jedburgh, The Scottish Borders×

    Kirkgate Cottage

    Morebattle near Jedburgh, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: CC538001
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    A traditional detached cottage nestled within the heart of the welcoming Scottish Border village of Morebattle.
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    Kirkgate Cottage is a traditional, detached property, nestled within the heart of the welcoming Scottish Borders village of Morebattle. The lounge enjoys the friendly comfort of an open fire, ensuring this is a cosy cottage, whatever the season and the newly refurbished kitchen overlooks the private garden. The master bedroom and shower room have the added benefit of being at ground floor level and a charming spiral staircase leads from the lounge to the second bedroom and bathroom. The...
  • Oxnam, near Jedburgh, The Scottish Borders
    Oxnam, near Jedburgh, The Scottish Borders×

    Amble Cottage

    Oxnam, near Jedburgh, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: UK5292
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Rural Location
    Situated on the Scottish borders, Amble Cottage provides a welcoming feeling creating the perfect home from home for your family holiday.
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    Set in the wonderful rolling countryside of Oxnam, just 3 miles from Jedburgh, this pretty terraced holiday cottage has been thoughtfully furnished and decorated with comfort and relaxation in mind. The bright living room is spacious and welcoming, while the well-equipped kitchen has everything you might need to conjure up a culinary masterpiece. There’s a good range of independent shops, cafés, pubs and galleries in Jedburgh, as well as the Castle Jail and Queen Mary’s...
  • Partanhall, Burnmouth, The Scottish Borders
    Partanhall, Burnmouth, The Scottish Borders×

    Shoreline Cottage

    Partanhall, Burnmouth, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 29083
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View - Woodburning Stove
    A cosy family property with sea views, ideal for exploring the borders with Berwick-on-Tweed and Northumberland within easy reach. A cosy family property with sea views, ideal for exploring the borders with Berwick-on-Tweed and Northumberland within easy reach.
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    Nestling on the seashore in the little known fishing village of Burnmouth, this former fisherman’s semi-detached holiday cottage is full of charm and character, and all the windows face the sea. With open stone work, original coomed beamed ceilings and a multi-fuel stove, this cottage is decorated and furnished to a very good standard, ensuring a warm and welcoming stay at any time of the year. All the rooms have views out to sea, with Velux windows in each of the bedrooms. This is...

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