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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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  • Dolphinton, The Scottish Borders
    Dolphinton, The Scottish Borders×

    Ferniehaugh Cottage

    Dolphinton, The Scottish Borders

    Dolphinton, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 25017
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Conveniently located just 22 miles away from Edinburgh, this delightful cottage is in a tranquil setting in the Pentland Hills. Conveniently located just 22 miles away from Edinburgh, this delightful cottage is in a tranquil setting in the Pentland Hills.
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    9.6 5 reviews
    9.6 5 reviews

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  • Kirk Yetholm near Kelso, The Scottish Borders
    Kirk Yetholm near Kelso, The Scottish Borders×

    Rowantree Cottage

    Kirk Yetholm near Kelso, The Scottish Borders

    Kirk Yetholm near Kelso, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: CC538041
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Adorable detached Grade 2 thatched cottage is the quintessential romantic retreat
      Adorable detached Grade 2 thatched cottage is the quintessential romantic retreat
     
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    8.7 15 reviews

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  • Denholm, near Hawick, The Scottish Borders
    Denholm, near Hawick, The Scottish Borders×

    Hassendean Station Cottage

    Denholm, near Hawick, The Scottish Borders

    Denholm, near Hawick, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: W43291
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Cosy cottage with woodburner and dog friendly garden, great area for cycling and fishing on Rivers Teviot and Tweed. Cosy cottage with woodburner and dog friendly garden, great area for cycling and fishing on Rivers Teviot and Tweed.
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    8.7 16 reviews
    8.7 16 reviews

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  • Hawick, The Scottish Borders
    Hawick, The Scottish Borders×

    White Cottage

    Hawick, The Scottish Borders

    Hawick, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: CC538028
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Detached Victorian hideaway in a picturesque setting only 1.5 miles from Hawick in the Scottish Borders Detached Victorian hideaway in a picturesque setting only 1.5 miles from Hawick in the Scottish Borders
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    8.9 10 reviews

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  • Near Lauder, The Scottish Borders
    Near Lauder, The Scottish Borders×

    Digger’s Cottage

    Near Lauder, The Scottish Borders

    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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    9.3 11 reviews
    9.3 11 reviews

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  • Gattonside, near Melrose, Scottish Borders
    Gattonside, near Melrose, Scottish Borders×
    Newly Listed
    Overbutton Cottage

    Overbutton Cottage

    Gattonside, near Melrose, Scottish Borders

    Gattonside, near Melrose, Scottish Borders

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    Ref: UK5612
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Ideally located for exploring the Scottish Borders, the village of Gattonside offers two excellent restaurants and is located just 10 minutes’ walk from Melrose. Ideally located for exploring the Scottish Borders, the village of Gattonside offers two excellent restaurants and is located just 10 minutes’ walk from Melrose.
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    9.8 4 reviews

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  • Jedburgh,
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    Abbey Cottage

    Jedburgh,

    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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    8.8 4 reviews
    8.8 4 reviews

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  • Tweedbank, near Melrose, The Scottish Borders
    Tweedbank, near Melrose, The Scottish Borders×
    Newly Listed
    Lochside Apartment

    Lochside Apartment

    Tweedbank, near Melrose, The Scottish Borders

    Tweedbank, near Melrose, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: UK5635
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile
    Make the most of the variety of walks available near this lovely apartment, and discover the beauty of the surrounding area of the Scottish Borders. Make the most of the variety of walks available near this lovely apartment, and discover the beauty of the surrounding area of the Scottish Borders.
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  • Mellerstain, near Kelso, Inverness-shire
    Mellerstain, near Kelso, Inverness-shire×

    Clock House

    Mellerstain, near Kelso, Inverness-shire

    Mellerstain, near Kelso, Inverness-shire

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    Ref: S4568
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Surrounded by 200 acres of parkland this delightful cottage is ideal for exploring the Border country. Surrounded by 200 acres of parkland this delightful cottage is ideal for exploring the Border country.
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    8.5 12 reviews
    8.5 12 reviews

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    Courtyard Cottage
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  • Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders
    Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders×
    Newly Listed
    Old Town Apartment

    Old Town Apartment

    Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders

    Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: UK5478
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View - 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. 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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    9 1 reviews

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  • Coldstream, The Scottish Borders
    Coldstream, The Scottish Borders×

    The Hirsel - Lakeview

    Coldstream, The Scottish Borders

    Coldstream, The Scottish Borders

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    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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    8.6 7 reviews
    8.6 7 reviews

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

    Campsie Cottage

    Ancrum, near Jedburgh, The Scottish Borders

    Ancrum, near Jedburgh, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: UK5432
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile
    Close to Jedburgh and in a good location for exploring The Scottish Borders with lots to do in the surrounding area. Close to Jedburgh and in a good location for exploring The Scottish Borders with lots to do in the surrounding area.
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    9.6 12 reviews
    9.6 12 reviews

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