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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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  • Shepherd’s Cottage

    Thirlestane, nr. Lauder

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 27830

    Set on a large livestock farm just off the A697, 26 miles south of Edinburgh, this very comfortable detached holiday cottage is an ideal spot from which to explore the lovely Scottish Borders. The south facing living room has a multi-fuel burner and a large window with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Good walking from the cottage door with the Southern Upland Way passing through the farm on its way to the coast. Fishing, cycling and riding locally. Visit Thirlestane Castle close by. Melrose is 14 miles, with its ancient abbey and annual book festival. Lauder, 21/2 miles, has good local shops, pubs serving local food and an art gallery with great coffee.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room included. Economy 10 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed patio with furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Maple Lodge

    Lamberton, nr. Berwick-upon-Tweed

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 30558

    In a wonderfully elevated setting, this light and spacious holiday cottage has sea views of Northumberland’s Heritage Coast from the main living areas. Attractively furnished and decorated, with an enclosed garden and sheltered patio, it’s an ideal spot to relax after a day out. The cottage also caters for the less mobile with wide doors and ramp access at the rear. Situated just 4 miles north of the dramatic walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, where there is a good array of shops, pubs and restaurants, along with a theatre. Holy Island, Paxton House and Bamburgh Castle are nearby, or take a boat trip to the Farne Islands from Seahouses. For a fun and hassle free day, Edinburgh is 40 minutes away by train. Shop and pub 2½ miles, restaurant 1¼ mile.

    2 steps to entrance (ramp at rear). All on ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Sun room. 3 double bedrooms (one 6ft zip and link, one 5ft). Bathroom with toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 50" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Games room with pool table. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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  • Courtyard Cottage

    Mellerstain, nr. Kelso

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: S4569

    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 hand and the beaches of Berwick and Holy Island are also easily accessible. Kelso (6 miles) offers shops, inns and restaurants and is home of Floors Castle and the famous Kelso Horse Races, whilst Edinburgh, with its magnificent castle, museums, galleries and excellent shopping, is only a 35 mile drive. Fly fishing can be arranged locally, several golf courses are nearby and shops and pubs are just 3.5 miles away. Beautifully appointed and very comfortable, these three properties offer a unique holiday opportunity. West Lodge, ref S4166, is a charming 18th-century stone cottage enjoying its own garden with splendid views towards the Cheviots. Clock House, ref S4568, has been beautifully converted to a high standard to form part of the Old Clock House dating from the early 18th century. Adjoining the Clock House is Courtyard Cottage, ref S4569, which has also been lovingly converted to a high standard and boasts three en-suite bedrooms. The courtyard coffee shop serves delicious home cooking on ‘house open’ days - and special occasions, large and small can be catered for by arrangement in the state rooms of Mellerstain House. Shop and pub 7 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet (accessed also from hall). First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster) with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Freeview TV. Dishwasher. Parking.

    Note: The Clock House and Courtyard Cottage can be interlinked to offer accommodation to sleep up to 10 guests.

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Travel cot. Microwave. Shared access to extensive grounds and gardens. NB: Drops and lake in grounds.

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  • Old Pump House Cabins - Jessica

    Lintlaw near Duns

    Grade
    6
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC538033
    In a tranquil setting around a mile from the sleepy hamlet of Lintlaw in the beautiful Scottish Borders nestles this pair of newly constructed log cabins.  Immaculately presented throughout the ambience within each property provides a haven for relaxation.  The open plan living space is bright and airy with stylish furnishings.  There are two double bedrooms and a large shower room.  The decked area is an idyllic spot to relax and listen to the rustle of the leaves dancing in the breeze and enjoy the open views that surround these lovely log cabins.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation has four steps to entrance then all on one level with lpg central heating and comprises:

    Open plan lounge / dining / kitchen
    Lounge area:  with Freeview TV/DVD and sofa bed (for +2)

    Kitchen / dining area:  with electric oven and gas hob, microwave and fridge

    Bedroom 1:  with king-size bed

    Bedroom 2:  with two single beds

    Shower room:  with large shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All fuel and power included.  Bed linen and towels provided. Decked area with outdoor seating. Off road parking.

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  • Whitmuir Hall - Yarrow

    Nr. Selkirk

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 5314

    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 the main house. All on second floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 3 twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Cot and high chair on request. 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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  • Ocean View

    Greystonelees, nr. Eyemouth

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: S4553

    Set on the dramatic Berwickshire coastline and only 5 miles from the Northumberland Heritage Coast, these two attractive steading conversions enjoy wonderful sea views and an excellent location for discovering the delights of both beautiful regions. The fishing village of Burnmouth lies just 1 mile distant, and Eyemouth, where visitors can feed wild seals, is 3.5 miles and the St Abb’s Head nature reserve’s spectacular clifftop walks are only 7 miles away. Historic Berwick-upon-Tweed (6 miles) offers good shops and restaurants as well as a wealth of places of interest to explore. From here, visitors can take a 45 minute train journey to the magnificent city of Edinburgh. Bamburgh Castle, Holy Island and Alnwick Castle and Gardens are also all easily accessible. Shop 3.5 miles, pub serving food 0.25 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Shared games room with pool table and table tennis. No smoking.

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  • Allan Ramsay Cottage

    Carlops near West Linton

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: UK5000
    Conveniently situated just 20 minutes from Edinburgh, in the tiny village of Carlops on the edge of the Pentland Hills and handily next door to one of Scotland’s oldest coaching inns. Comfortably and cosily furnished, this apartment is a great base for walkers with challenging and less arduous routes in the nearby Pentlands or the Peeblesshire Hills. There is very easy access into Edinburgh, a 30-minute drive or 1 hour by bus for a hassle free day, allowing you to enjoy a vibrant, busy city environment safe in the knowledge that by night you can come back to your cottage retreat. Visit Rosslyn Chapel, 10 miles, a beautiful heritage attraction, described as a medieval treasure in stone. West Linton, 4 miles, has a pub, restaurant and local shopping, while Peebles, 17 miles, has several good eating places, interesting shops and galleries. Glentress, the mountain biking mecca, is just 6 miles further on.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With electric wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and two single sofa beds (for flexible sleeping arrangements).
    Kitchen: Galley style with electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Bydand

    Walkerburn

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: CC538054
    An hour south of Edinburgh, set by the side of the beautiful River Tweed on the edge of the Border village of Walkerburn, this south-facing spacious holiday cottage enjoys uninterrupted views of the river and the hills beyond. Ideal for carefree family holidays or friends, it is very comfortably furnished with a good sized, enclosed garden surrounding. Take relaxing walks along the river or more strenuous hikes up into the hills from the doorstep. Try the adrenalin rush of downhill biking at Innerleithen, mountain tracks in Glentress or the Go Ape ropes course, only four miles away. Nearby, visit historic Traquair House, Kailzie Gardens and Dawyk Botanic Garden, with lots of choice of restaurants, coffee shops and independent shopping in Innerleithen (two miles), and Peebles (eight miles). There is a children’s play park 150 metres away from the cottage.

    Ground Floor: The property has two steps to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: Spacious with gas coal-effect fire, Freeview TV, DVD player, radio and river views.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With zip and link twin beds (which can be made to super king size bed - please advise when booking) and garden views.
    Bedroom 2: With zip and link twin beds (which can be made to super king size bed - please advise when booking) and river views.
    Bedroom 3: With zip and link twin beds (which can be made to super king size bed - please advise when booking) and river views.
    Bathroom 1: With Jacuzzi shower and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Private parking for 3 cars. Bike store. No smoking. NB: Fenced river 150 yards away.

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  • Hearthstanes Cottages - Lategillan Rig

    Tweedsmuir, nr. Biggar

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: 30102

    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. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, 2 twin, both with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    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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  • Roundhill Cottage

    St Abbs, near Eyemouth

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: UK5112
    Gloriously situated on the clifftop, looking down onto the pretty harbour in the tiny village of St Abbs, this very comfortable semi-detached cottage has sea views from every window. The garden opens directly onto the Berwickshire Coastal Path and St Abbs Nature Reserve, with large colonies of kittiwakes, gulls, fulmars and some puffins. Coldingham, 2 miles away has a couple of pubs serving food, local shops and a sheltered sandy beach with a diving centre. The clear waters of the coast are exceptional and ideal for recreational diving, good too for sea angling and boat trips. Bamburgh Castle, the Farne Island and Holy Island, with its flooding causeway, castle and priory, are all just a short drive away. Visit historic houses at Paxton and Manderston, or further down the coast to Alnwick Castle and Gardens. Edinburgh is an easy day away and you can get there in under an hour using the train from Berwick. Beach 950 yards. Shop 150 yards, pub and restaurant 1¾ miles.

    Ground Floor: 1 step to entrance.
    Living/dining room: With electric-coal effect fire, Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
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    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With twin beds and sloping ceiling.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds and sloping ceiling.

    Economy 7 night storage heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Enclosed garden with garden furniture. On road parking. No smoking. Please note: The garden is enclosed by a low wall, and there are cliffs near the property, 35 yards away.

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  • Valley View - Broughton

    near Biggar

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: UK5137
    Beautifully situated in glorious rolling countryside with views eastwards down the valley towards Broughton Heights, this charming, detached holiday cottage is light, bright and spacious – a most welcoming retreat for couples and families in the Scottish Borders region. Ideal for birdwatchers, some 32 species of birds have been spotted in the pretty garden, and the historic market town of Biggar is just 3 miles away, with its large number of independent shops, cafés, restaurants specialising in local produce, and its vibrant arts and crafts culture. Biggar’s Victorian Puppet Theatre and the town of Peebles are well worth a visit, and for more adventurous holidaymakers, there’s a mountain bike centre at Glentress just 15 miles away. A day trip to Scotland’s vibrant capital city is a must, and there’s also golf, fishing, some fantastic walking and cycling available locally. Shop 1¾ miles, pub and restaurant 3¾ miles.

    Ground Floor: 10 steps to entrance (level access at rear). All on the ground floor.
    Living room: With Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Utility room.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair. Sitting-out area with garden furniture. Bike store. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a spring.

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  • Holly Tree Cottage

    Fountainhall near Stow

    Grade
    6
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: CC538055
    Beautifully located on a working farm in Gala Water, this property sits in a row with two similar properties and boasts glorious outlooks over rolling hills. Holly Tree Cottage is the largest of the three cottages and enjoys an open plan living area and a useful second lounge. The bedrooms each have a good outlook and are tastefully decorated and furnished.

    The property is within easy reach of Edinburgh, 50 minutes by train, or take advantage of the convenient Park and Ride, 17 miles. Hill walkers and mountain bike enthusiasts will appreciate the joy of heading into the hills from the doorstep, with a waymarked route on an old railway line, and a Pictish settlement to explore nearby. Mountain biking and Go Ape at Glen Tress is 24 miles away, and there is golf at Torwoodlee, 10 miles.

    Holly Cottage can be booked together with Rowan Tree Cottage (CC538056) and Beech Tree Cottage (CC538051) to accommodate up to 12 guests. There is also a detached property nearby called South Lodge (30464) which can accommodate another 4 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Spacious open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With wood burner and 42" Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Lounge 2: With Smart TV.
    Utility room/cloakroom: With washing machine and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed, TV and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With zip and link king size bed (which can be made to 2ft 6in twin beds for children on request, please advise when booking) and TV.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed and TV.
    Bedroom 4: With single bed and TV.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided, remainder available at £3.50 per basket. Tumble dryer in garage available on request. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Two fitted stairgates. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Shared games room with table tennis, a small playhouse, a wooden role play kitchen area and ride on wheelybugs and bopsters.Enclosed patio and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Private parking for three cars. Natural water supply from a borehole. No smoking. NB: Access via farm track.

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