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

    Whitmuir Hall - Melrose

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

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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
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    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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  • Oxnam, near Jedburgh, The Scottish Borders
    Oxnam, near Jedburgh, The Scottish Borders×
    Newly Listed
    Amble Cottage

    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...
  • 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....

  • 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...

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

    Whitmuir Hall - Kielder

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 5312
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    There are 32 acres of private grounds consisting of woodland and lawns, at this first floor apartment, located in Whitmuir Hall. There are 32 acres of private grounds consisting of woodland and lawns, at this first floor apartment, located in Whitmuir Hall.
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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 - 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 - Traquair

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 5311
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    The Go Ape tree-top adventure course is located near to this family-friendly first floor holiday apartment, located near Selkirk. The Go Ape tree-top adventure course is located near to this family-friendly first floor holiday apartment, 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 - 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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  • Ancrum near Jedburgh, The Scottish Borders
    Ancrum near Jedburgh, The Scottish Borders×

    Midro

    Ancrum near Jedburgh, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: CC538057
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Woodburning Stove
    This pretty terraced cottage sits close to the village pub in Ancrum, near Jedburgh with its magnificent 12th century Augustinian abbey.
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    Nestling in the centre of the picturesque Borders village of Ancrum, Midro is a pretty terraced cottage which accommodates up to five guests. Decorated and furnished with an eye for detail and situated close to local amenities including a renowned pub/restaurant, Midro is also ideally located for exploring this rich and historic region of Scotland. Nearby Jedburgh is famous for its 12th Century abbey ruins which dominate this bustling market town. Nearby St Boswells lies on the River Tweed...
  • Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders
    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders×

    Whitmuir Hall - Ettrick

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 5310
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Historic houses, abbeys and castles including Melrose Abbey, Mary Queen of Scots’ house in Jedburgh, Traquair and Trimontium are easily accessible. Historic houses, abbeys and castles including Melrose Abbey, Mary Queen of Scots’ house in Jedburgh, Traquair and Trimontium are easily accessible.
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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 - 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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  • Burnmouth, near Berwick, The Scottish Borders
    Burnmouth, near Berwick, The Scottish Borders×

    Catch A Penny

    Burnmouth, near Berwick, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 1922
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Rural Location
    With spectacular views and located 1 mile from the sea, this property provides a great base for discovering Berwick and Edinburgh. With spectacular views and located 1 mile from the sea, this property provides a great base for discovering Berwick and Edinburgh.
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    Lovely views to the sea

    This former farmhouse is conveniently close to the A1 for ease of access, yet quietly situated with lovely views to the sea less than 1 mile away. This spacious detached house has been modernised and is furnished and decorated to a good standard and provides an ideal holiday base. Close to sandy beaches, with the fishing town of Eyemouth 3 miles. There are wide views of the sea and coast, moorland walking direct from the house. Historic Berwick 5 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...

  • 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...

  • Coldstream, near Kelso, The Scottish Borders
    Coldstream, near Kelso, The Scottish Borders×
    Newly Listed
    Bartlehill Farm Cottage

    Bartlehill Farm Cottage

    Coldstream, near Kelso, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: UK5481
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This wonderful property, located on the Scottish Borders, makes an ideal base to explore the surrounding area and all it has to offer.
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    With a panormaic view of the Cheviot Hills from all of the south facing windows, this very cosy and comfortable, terraced cottage, set on a working arable farm, makes the perfect rural retreat, yet with easy access to the charming market towns along the Scottish Borders. Kelso and Coldstream are around 6 miles away, and Melrose with its magnificent Abbey is just a 30-minute drive from the property. This lovely property is only 19 miles from the coast, where the beaches are uncrowded, and...
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