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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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • Reston, The Scottish Borders
    Reston, The Scottish Borders×

    Garden Cottage Fairlaw

    Reston, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: SCCJ
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This comfortable, light and extremely spacious detached ‘upside-down’ house is set on a working farm in beautiful countryside This comfortable, light and extremely spacious detached ‘upside-down’ house is set on a working farm in beautiful countryside
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    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),...

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

    Woodend

    Broughton, near Biggar, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 25398
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    This property enjoys countryside views and is ideally located for visiting the Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway and South Lanarkshire. This property enjoys countryside views and is ideally located for visiting the Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway and South Lanarkshire.
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    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,...

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

    Middletoun Cottages - Pine Tree Cottage

    Fountainhall, near Stow, The Scottish BordersThe Scottish Borders

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    Ref: UK5515
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Situated at one end of a working farm with lovely views, this wonderful property is great for the whole family.
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    Privately situated at one end of this delightful collection of holiday properties on a working farm, Pine Tree Cottage boasts wonderful views, and an enclosed lawned garden, making it ideal for families. Beautifully furnished, the living room is light and spacious with a cosy wood burner for cooler evenings, the kitchen/dining room is well-equipped and there are three sumptuous bedrooms. The property is within easy reach of Edinburgh, just 40 minutes by train from Stow, or take advantage of...
    Middletoun Cottages - Beech Tree Cottage
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  • near Biggar, The Scottish Borders
    near Biggar, The Scottish Borders×

    Valley View Broughton

    near Biggar, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: UK5137
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities
    Fittingly named, this charming bungalow enjoys scenic views over the rolling landscape of the Scottish Borders countryside.
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    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,...
  • Carlops near West Linton, The Scottish Borders
    Carlops near West Linton, The Scottish Borders×

    Allan Ramsay Cottage

    Carlops near West Linton, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: UK5000
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Ground Floor Facilities
    Located in the quaint, former weavers’ village of Carlops, nestled at the foot of the Pentland Hills with easy access into Edinburgh.
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    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,...
  • 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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