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

    St Abbs - Lighthouse Retreat

    St Abbs Head, The Scottish Borders

    St Abbs Head, The Scottish Borders

    4
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    Ref: CC538024
    Key Features:
    - 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 simply sublime!
    Perched high on the cliff top at the head of St Abbs, the setting of this collection of Lighthouse Cottages is simply sublime!
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    9.3 11 reviews
    9.3 11 reviews

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    The Flag House
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  • Jedburgh,
    Jedburgh, ×

    Abbey Cottage

    Jedburgh,

    Jedburgh,

    4
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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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  • Kelso, The Scottish Borders
    Kelso, The Scottish Borders×

    Girnick Cottage

    Kelso, The Scottish Borders

    Kelso, The Scottish Borders

    5
    3
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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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    8.7 9 reviews
    8.7 9 reviews

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  • Burnmouth, near Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders
    Burnmouth, near Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders×

    Archie’s Cottage

    Burnmouth, near Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders

    Burnmouth, near Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders

    5
    3
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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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    8.6 17 reviews
    8.6 17 reviews

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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

    Burnmouth, near Berwick, The Scottish Borders

    5
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 1922
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Rural Location
    With spectacular views and located 1 mile from the sea, this property provides a great base for discovering Berwick and Edinburgh. With spectacular views and located 1 mile from the sea, this property provides a great base for discovering Berwick and Edinburgh.
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    8.6 9 reviews
    8.6 9 reviews

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  • Gordon, near Kelso, The Scottish Borders
    Gordon, near Kelso, The Scottish Borders×

    Tara Cottage

    Gordon, near Kelso, The Scottish Borders

    Gordon, near Kelso, The Scottish Borders

    5
    3
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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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    9.4 10 reviews
    9.4 10 reviews

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  • Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders
    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders×

    Whitmuir Hall - Eildon

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

    5
    2
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    1
    Ref: 5308
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    This ground floor apartment is located in Whitmuir Hall, an Edwardian mansion, with extensive grounds and a recreation building. This ground floor apartment is located in Whitmuir Hall, an Edwardian mansion, with extensive grounds and a recreation building.
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    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
    2
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    Whitmuir Hall - Kenilworth
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    Whitmuir Hall - Waverley
    2
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    Whitmuir Hall - Woodstock
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  • Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders
    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders×

    Whitmuir Hall - Traquair

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

    5
    2
    1
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    Ref: 5311
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    The Go Ape tree-top adventure course is located near to this family-friendly first floor holiday apartment, located near Selkirk. The Go Ape tree-top adventure course is located near to this family-friendly first floor holiday apartment, located near Selkirk.
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    7.5 2 reviews
    7.5 2 reviews

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    Whitmuir Hall - Rob Roy
    4
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    Whitmuir Hall - Redgauntlet
    4
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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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  • Newcastleton, Scottish Borders
    Newcastleton, Scottish Borders×
    Newly Listed
    Black Burn Cottage

    Black Burn Cottage

    Newcastleton, Scottish Borders

    Newcastleton, Scottish Borders

    5
    3
    1
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    Ref: UK5755
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Ideal for a family wishing to explore the Scottish Borders region with many attractions for everyone within easy reach. Ideal for a family wishing to explore the Scottish Borders region with many attractions for everyone within easy reach.
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  • Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders
    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders×

    Whitmuir Hall - Cardrona

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

    5
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: SW31
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    With access to a heated indoor swimming pool , as well as 32 acres of grounds, this property is ideal for families. With access to a heated indoor swimming pool , as well as 32 acres of grounds, this property is ideal for families.
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    7.3 4 reviews
    7.3 4 reviews

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    Whitmuir Hall - Rob Roy
    4
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    Whitmuir Hall - Redgauntlet
    4
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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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  • Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders
    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders×

    Whitmuir Hall - Ettrick

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

    5
    2
    1
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    Ref: 5310
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Historic houses, abbeys and castles including Melrose Abbey, Mary Queen of Scots’ house in Jedburgh, Traquair and Trimontium are easily accessible. Historic houses, abbeys and castles including Melrose Abbey, Mary Queen of Scots’ house in Jedburgh, Traquair and Trimontium are easily accessible.
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    7 1 reviews
    7 1 reviews

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    Whitmuir Hall - Rob Roy
    4
    2
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    Whitmuir Hall - Redgauntlet
    4
    2
    2
    Whitmuir Hall - Marmion
    2
    1
    1
    Whitmuir Hall - Ivanhoe
    2
    1
    1
    Whitmuir Hall - Kenilworth
    2
    1
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    Whitmuir Hall - Waverley
    2
    1
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    Whitmuir Hall - Woodstock
    3
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    1
  • Minto, near Hawick, The Scottish Borders
    Minto, near Hawick, The Scottish Borders×

    Melgund Glen Lodge

    Minto, near Hawick, The Scottish Borders

    Minto, near Hawick, The Scottish Borders

    5
    3
    1
    2
    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. This beautiful, single-storey lodge is set in peaceful woodland, an ideal base for exploring this picturesque area.
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    9.7 22 reviews
    9.7 22 reviews

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