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

    The Hirsel - Lakeview

    Coldstream, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: SQQH
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    - 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...

  • Paxton, The Scottish Borders
    Paxton, The Scottish Borders×

    Hawthorn Cottage

    Paxton, The Scottish Borders

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    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...

  • 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...

  • 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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    Hearthstanes Cottages - Mathieside Cairn
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  • Selkirk, The Scottish Borders
    Selkirk, The Scottish Borders×

    Kilmuir

    Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: UK5057
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire
    This pretty cottage is tucked away in a quiet location, but is close to the shops, spend the day visiting one the many historic houses in the area.
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    Set in a secluded position on the edge of Selkirk, this comfortable detached, holiday cottage is roomy, light and welcoming. The spacious living area has a piano, a wood burner and looks out over the pretty garden. It’s under a 5-minutes walk to the high street where there are local shops, pubs and cafés. Take time to explore nearby Abbotsford House, 4 miles, the beautiful riverside home of Sir Walter Scott who was once Sheriff of Selkirk. Or browse around Melrose, 8 miles,...
  • 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...

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

    Campsie Cottage

    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.
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    This pretty and very comfortable semi-detached holiday cottage is situated just beyond Ancrum village green and has a private and sheltered, enclosed garden. It is within a 2-minute stroll of the excellent pub and village shop with very easy access to the A68 to get out and about around this glorious Borders region. The south facing living room has French doors opening onto the patio, and the kitchen is spacious and well equipped. For a small village, Ancrum has a host of events...
  • Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders
    Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders×

    Old Town Apartment

    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 - 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...
  • Foulden, The Scottish Borders
    Foulden, The Scottish Borders×

    Foulden Hill Farm Cottage

    Foulden, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: S4640
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Cosy cottage with wonderful views of Cheviot Hills, close to Eyemouth with sandy beachs and wild grey seals to feed. Cosy cottage with wonderful views of Cheviot Hills, close to Eyemouth with sandy beachs and wild grey seals to feed.
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    Boasting far-reaching views to the Cheviot Hills and lovely walking from the doorstep, this cosy and comfortable cottage (shown right of photograph) is set just 5 miles from sandy beaches at the village of Eyemouth, where visitors can feed wild grey seals. Enjoying its own garden, the cottage sits on the owners’ 200 acre arable farm, an idyllic spot threaded with many footpaths. Boat trips are easily available and the nearby coastline is famed for crystal clear waters, shipwrecks...

  • Mellerstain, near Kelso,
    Mellerstain, near Kelso, ×

    West Lodge

    Mellerstain, near Kelso,

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    Ref: S4166
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Enjoying splendid views to the Cheviots, West Lodge makes an ideal family base for a holiday in Scotland. Enjoying splendid views to the Cheviots, West Lodge makes an ideal family base for a holiday in Scotland.
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    The 200 acres of glorious parkland surrounding Mellerstain House, one of Scotland’s grandest stately homes, designed and built by William and Robert Adam, provide a wonderful setting for these three delightful cottages (S4166, S4568 & S4569). Visitors are welcome to roam the grounds including the fabulous Italian-style terraced gardens which command panoramic views over the lake to the distant Cheviot Hills. The scenic and historic attractions of the Border country are all close at...

    Clock House
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    Courtyard Cottage
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  • 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...
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