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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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  • White Cottage

    Hawick

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC538028
    White Cottage is a cosy detached Victorian property situated in a peaceful hamlet and surrounded by beautiful open rural views on the outskirts of Hawick located in the Scottish Borders. With the friendly comfort of an open fire in the lounge, this welcoming cottage enjoys a lovely homely ambience throughout. A private patio area provides a tranquil, sheltered spot to relax and dine al fresco. Positioned at the entrance to the grounds of the impressive Appletreehall House, this delightful cottage affords plenty of privacy within a truly picturesque setting.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level with calor gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With open fire, Free view TV and DVD player
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and washing machine, fridge and freezer in hallway
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and radio
    Bedroom 2: With single bed
    Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    All gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for open fire provided. Travel cot and high chair available.Private, enclosed patio with outdoor furniture. Off road parking for 2 cars. Although your pet is welcome please note that there is an additional charge of £20.

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  • Shoreline Cottage

    Partanhall, Burnmouth

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 29083

    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 a truly get away from it all location, where crab and lobster boats can be seen sailing from the small harbour. Enjoy beachcombing and sea fishing and relaxing at the harbourside. There is a clifftop walk taking in spectacular views on the way to the bustling fishing port of Eyemouth. Burnmouth lies close to the many attractions this beautiful area has to offer; visit Berwick-upon-Tweed and Holy Island with Lindisfarne Castle on this glorious coastline. Further inland there are the historical border towns of Jedburgh, Kelso and Coldstream under the Cheviot Hills all well worth a visit. There is a local pub on the outskirts of the village serving food, and shopping for everyday needs can be done in Eyemouth or Berwick-upon-Tweed. Access by single track road. Sandy beach 2 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 550 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin both with Velux. Shower room with bidet and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 39" Freesat HD TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Terraced patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Drops on patio. 20 yards to open sea.

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  • Foulden Hill Farm Cottage

    Foulden

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: S4640

    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 and diverse marine life – a paradise for divers. Picturesque St Abbs, with its harbour and nature reserve, the golden sands of Coldingham Bay and historic Berwick-upon-Tweed are under 10 miles. The beautiful city of Edinburgh is an hour’s drive or take the train from Berwick train station, which is less than a 10-minute drive, giving guests easy access to central Edinburgh. Visit the village of Ayton’s imposing castle, 3 miles. Shop and pub 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room/dining area. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, both with combed ceilings.

    Open fire in living room included. Biomass woodchip central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Satellite TV (full package). CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Whitfield Steading

    Coldingham, Berwickshire

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: SRRU

    Set within the grounds of the owners’ home, this single storey holiday cottage is 10 minutes from the St Abbs Head Nature Reserve, 40-minutes from Edinburgh and is close to the harbour of Eyemouth and Coldingham’s sandy beaches. The cottage has its own secluded walled garden, plus use of the owners’ large garden. Walking and cycling from the door. Easy access to local attractions including Holy Island, Bamburgh and boat trips from Seahouses to the Farne Islands. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    Open-plan living room/dining room with wood-burning stove, exposed stonework, French doors and well-equipped kitchen area. Utility. Double bedroom with 6ft bed, en-suite shower room with toilet. Double bedroom with 6ft bed (can be twin) with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden with patio
    • Shared use of owners’ large, lawned garden with croquet and boules
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Fenced pond in owners’ shared garden

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  • Kirkgate Cottage

    Chirnside, nr. Duns

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W42896

    Set on the edge of Chirnside village, 12 miles from the coast, this pretty semi-detached stone-built holiday cottage is furnished in appropriate ‘cottage’ style with a welcoming open fire in the cosy living room and a tiny courtyard garden to the rear. It makes a highly convenient and comfortable base from which to enjoy the Berwickshire and Northumberland Coast. Visit historic Paxton House, bird watch from majestic St Abbs Head, explore the town of Berwick-on-Tweed, or let the train take the strain for a day in Edinburgh, 40 minutes. Shop 0.75 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: 1 step to living room. 1 step to kitchen/dining room. 1 twin bedroom. First floor: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and sloping ceilings.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Internet connection.Telephone-emergency only. Patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. On road parking.

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  • St Abbs - Lightkeepers Cottage

    St Abbs Head

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC538023
    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.
    Lightkeepers Cottage is accessed via one step through a storm door with the accommodation having the added convenience of being all on ground floor level.  This property has recently undergone a total refurbishment offering a contemporary blend to this unique building.  The living / dining / kitchen areas are at the front and offer sea views.  Both bedrooms are positioned at the rear along with the modern bathroom and additional cloakroom making this property suitable for the gathering of family and friends or those couples seeking something rather special!

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level heated by electricity and comprises:
    Lounge / diner:  with Freesat TV and sea views
    Kitchen:  with integral electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
    Bedroom 1:  with king-size bed
    Bedroom 2:  with two single beds
    Bathroom:  with shower over bath, WC and wash basin
    Cloakroom:  with WC and wash basin

    All electricity included. Bed linen provided. Electric blankets provided.Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Ruberslaw View

    near Hawick

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC538046
    This lovely, cosy and well appointed holiday cottage lies in the heart of the Scottish Borders between Denholm and Ancrum. The wood burning stove offers the perfect companion for snuggling up with a good book as you sip a glass or two of wine. The area offers so much whether you love stunning scenery, culture, heritage, shopping with a difference or just want to take in the sights and sounds. The area will soon have you enchanted by its beauty and enthralling history. Here you will see a gentler pace of life amidst the sweeping valleys, verdant forests and heather clad moorlands. With excellent local food and drink, a range of outdoor pursuits and flourishing cultural scene, the Scottish Borders will soon hold you in its spell. The nearby town of Hawick offers a rich cultural and historical heritage, which can be seen in such events as the Reivers Festival and the Common Riding. The town centre offers interesting walks each revealing the secrets of its past. Walkers also have quiet country byways to explore, whilst the rolling hills offer more challenging walking. Golfers are well catered for with courses at Hawick, Lilliesleaf, Minto and The Woll which all welcome day visitors. The ruins of the four great abbeys of the Scottish Borders, Dryburgh, Jedburgh, Melrose and Kelso have inspired painters, poets and writers throughout the centuries and their foundation marked the beginning of Border history as we know it. The principal Border towns are Galashiels, Hawick, Jedburgh and Melrose, Selkirk and Peebles. Nowhere in the Border country are visitors far from the sound of water. The River Tweed often called the queen of the salmon rivers passes dignified mansions and luxuriously wooded banks. It was the monks who first established Border wool as an important export fetching high prices on the continent. The quality of the wool, the softness of the water for washing it and the skill of the weavers all came together to make the famous ‘Tweed’ cloth and Hawick is the centre for cashmere and fine woolens. Abbotsford in Melrose is the home of Sir Walter Scott and located on the banks of the Tweed it evokes the power of the romantic past like nowhere else. Sitting at the heart of the most stunning landscapes it is easy to see how Sir Walter Scott was so inspired to write. The 7Stanes venues at Glentress and Innerleithen offer some of the best mountain biking in the UK and further afield. Glentress, as one of the best centres in the UK, has won several acclaimed awards. Innerleithen has the tag of providing awesome downhill and free-ride trails as well as the red graded XC route. This wonderful area caters for all tastes and interests. Shop, pub and restaurant 2½ Miles.

    Ground Floor: Living Room: with wood burner and 42” LCD Sky TV.
    Sitting room: with 36” Sky TV, X-Box and a selection of board games.
    Dining Room
    Kitchen: with electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and washing machine
    Bathroom: with shower over bath and toilet

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: with king sized bed
    Bedroom 2: with zip ‘n link bed which can be two singles or a super king sized bed (please state preference at time of booking)

    Oil central heating, oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner included.Private garden with patio area with furniture, sun parasol and BBQ. Off road parking for 3 cars. Wi-fi internet connection available.

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  • Digger’s Cottage

    Nr. Lauder

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 26858

    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 stylish shops. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. Shower room and toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels. Two Freeview TVs. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed decked area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Fenced burn in grounds.

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  • Whitmuir Hall - Dryburgh

    Nr. Selkirk

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: SW37

    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 the spacious apartments located within Whitmuir Hall itself, offer a range of accommodation for all tastes, seasons and party sizes. There are 32 acres of private grounds consisting of woodland and lawns, and a recreation building containing a heated indoor swimming pool (access by arrangement).
    Recreational possibilities include: 21 golf courses included in the Freedom of the Fairways Passport; walking, whether gently through woods and alongside rivers and towns, or on the more challenging Southern Upland and St Cuthbert’s Ways; cycling for all abilities on quiet local roads, on the many great cycle routes nearby or try some downhill trails at Glentress Forest, Peebles (cycle store available at the properties); or have fun on their Go Ape tree top adventure course; fishing for salmon and trout on the River Tweed and its tributaries, or on stocked lochs for trout and coarse fish. Historic houses, abbeys and castles including Melrose Abbey (burial place of the the heart of Robert the Bruce); Mary Queen of Scots’ house in Jedburgh; Traquair, the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland, and the Roman camp of Trimontium.
    Other activities in the area include horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and mountain biking, all within 30 minutes’ drive. Good selection of pubs and restaurants locally.
    As well as holidays and weekend breaks, we also cater for family gatherings, anniversaries, weddings and any other celebrations with accommodation for larger parties. For group, corporate and party bookings, a bar and catering are available by arrangement direct with the owner. An initial grocery order service is available on request. Properties SW30, SW37, SW3701 and 15785 have electric showers.

    In Abbey Court. Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Cot on request. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer.

    All properties: Electricity NSH and/or convector heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared coin-operated laundry room. Shared payphone. Shared gardens with play area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared indoor swimming pool, access by arrangement. No smoking.

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  • Hearthstanes Cottages - Manyleith Rig

    Tweedsmuir, nr. Biggar

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30101

    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 away and Glasgow is a little further. Converted from original stabling for carriage horses, the holiday cottages have been thoughtfully equipped and furnished with a generous provision of en-suite facilities and can accommodate up to 12 guests in all. For around 30 years hydro power has provided clean energy for the farm and steading and a computerised 9-pin bowling alley with a spacious entertainment area is available by arrangement (at cost). There is a network of well-established tracks and forest rides throughout the estate’s unspoiled open hills and forests along both sides of the upper reaches of the River Tweed, and most of the farm is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The summit of Broad Law 2,790ft, is a good hike rewarded by panoramic views on a clear day and Hearthstanes is midway along the 121 mile Solway to Forth Cycle ride. Enjoy a wonderfully scenic drive past Tweedsmuir Reservoir to St Mary’s Loch and down to Selkirk, or visit historic Traquair House and Gardens at Dawyk and Kailzie, where there is an osprey watch, from Easter to late August. Shop, pub and restaurant 13 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Microwave.

    All properties: Hydropower electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Wi-fi. Shared courtyard. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared 9-pin bowling alley (at cost). Natural water supply from spring. Pets - working farm and sheep country. No smoking. NB: Stream and two ponds in grounds. These properties have a security deposit of £100.

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  • The Stables

    Kirk Yetholm near Kelso

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC538008
    This property is sublime! Snuggled in a peaceful corner of the picturesque village of Kirk Yetholm within the beautiful Scottish Borders, The Stables has been newly renovated and totally refurbished to provide an idyllic hideaway for couples. The cottage is deceptively spacious with much care and attention to detail given to provide accommodation of a superior standard. The open plan lounge/dining area is large yet kept cosy with a fabulous wood burning stove, ensuring a warm welcome awaits guests regardless of the season. Full size glass doors floods the room with light, maximising its bright and airy ambience and lead to a private, enclosed garden area; perfect for a spot of alfresco dining. The contemporary kitchen area is well equipped and the luxurious bathroom has a modern bath large enough to share.... A spiral staircase leads to the bedroom with a view toward the church, and the convenience of an additional cloakroom. A second relaxing living area leads onto a roof top terrace overlooking the church yard with stunning views towards the hills beyond.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With wood burning stove, TV, DVD, under floor heating, sofa bed (for + 2) and sliding glass doors leading to private, enclosed garden area complete with furniture including BBQ pit.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
    Bathroom: With large bath made for two, rain shower, WC  and wash basin
    Spiral staircase leads to.....

    First Floor: Second Lounge: Another spacious relaxing area with patio door leading to roof terrace overlooking church yard and open moor land and hills beyond
    Bedroom: With double bed enjoying views towards the church
    Cloakroom: A spacious room with WC and wash basin

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. First basket of fuel for wood burning stove supplied. Travel cot and high chair available.Enclosed garden at rear with furniture. On road parking.

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  • Kilmuir

    Selkirk

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UK5057
    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, where there are craft shops, galleries, wonderful Melrose Abbey and the three peaks of the Eildon Hills to climb. For a relaxing day in the city take the scenic one hour journey on the borders railway into Edinburgh from Tweedbank, 6 miles away. Shop, pub and restaurant 530 yards.

    Ground Floor: 3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor.
    Living/dining room: With wood burner, Freeview/Freesat TV, DVD player and piano.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Payphone. Garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Bike store. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking.

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