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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 - Redgauntlet

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 15786
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities

    Heated indoor swimming pool
    Shared gardens with furniture and play area

    This stone-built Edwardian mansion...

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  • 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

    Commanding lovely views across open countryside, this cosy and comfortable cottage has an open fire in the original...

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  • 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

    The 200 acres of glorious parkland surrounding Mellerstain House, one of Scotland’s grandest stately homes,...

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  • St Abbs Head, The Scottish Borders
    St Abbs Head, The Scottish Borders×

    St Abbs - Lighthouse Retreat

    St Abbs Head, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: CC538024
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    - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View
    Perched high on the cliff top at the head of St Abbs, the setting of this collection of Lighthouse Cottages is...
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  • St Abbs Head, The Scottish Borders
    St Abbs Head, The Scottish Borders×

    St Abbs - Lightkeepers Cottage

    St Abbs Head, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: CC538023
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    - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View
    Perched high on the cliff top at the head of St Abbs, the setting of this collection of Lighthouse Cottages is...
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  • Mellerstain, near Kelso, Inverness-shire
    Mellerstain, near Kelso, Inverness-shire×

    Clock House

    Mellerstain, near Kelso, Inverness-shire

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    Ref: S4568
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location

    The 200 acres of glorious parkland surrounding Mellerstain House, one of Scotland’s grandest stately homes,...

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  • New Channelkirk, Oxton, The Scottish Borders
    New Channelkirk, Oxton, The Scottish Borders×

    Mill Cottage

    New Channelkirk, Oxton, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: SFFJ
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove

    Set by a tumbling burn in rolling hills, this detached stone cottage lies 23 miles south of Edinburgh with easy access...

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  • Jedburgh, The Scottish Borders
    Jedburgh, The Scottish Borders×

    Tweed Cottage

    Jedburgh, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: S22
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio

    Enjoying stunning views from every window across Jedburgh towards the abbey and Cheviot Hills, this...

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

    Rowan Tree Cottage

    Fountainhall near Stow, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: CC538056
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Beautifully located on a working farm in Gala Water, this property sits in a row with two similar properties and...
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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

    Lovely views to the sea

    This former farmhouse is conveniently close to the A1 for ease of access, yet...

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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
    Nestling in the centre of the picturesque Borders village of Ancrum, Midro is a pretty terraced cottage which accommodates...
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  • Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders
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    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

    Heated indoor swimming pool
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    This stone-built Edwardian mansion...

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