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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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  • Lintlaw near Duns, The Scottish Borders
    Lintlaw near Duns, The Scottish Borders×

    Old Pump House Cabins - Chloe

    Lintlaw near Duns, The Scottish Borders

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    - Coastal Property - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Pair of newly constructed log cabins in a tranquil and peaceful setting only 5 miles from the charming market town of Duns
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    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...
  • Newcastleton, The Scottish Borders
    Newcastleton, The Scottish Borders×

    Woodside

    Newcastleton, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 18469
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    A contemporary furnished property with disabled access, handy for Keilder Water and Carlisle is a short drive away. A contemporary furnished property with disabled access, handy for Keilder Water and Carlisle is a short drive away.
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    Privately situated on the edge of the village of Newcastleton and backed by woodland, this spacious holiday property is decorated and furnished in a light, contemporary style and is equipped for disabled access, families and moutain bikers alike. Good walking in the surrounding hills and forests. In easy reach are the Seven Stanes mountain bike route, Kielder Water and Forest Park with a wide range of activities and spectacular scenery. Hermitage Castle, 5 miles, is a startling reminder...

  • Thirlestane, near Lauder, The Scottish Borders
    Thirlestane, near Lauder, The Scottish Borders×

    Shepherd’s Cottage

    Thirlestane, near Lauder, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 27830
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    With panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, this cottage is an ideal spot for exploring the spectacular Scottish Borders. With panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, this cottage is an ideal spot for exploring the spectacular Scottish Borders.
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    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...

  • Lamberton, near Berwick-upon-Tweed, The Scottish Borders
    Lamberton, near Berwick-upon-Tweed, The Scottish Borders×

    Maple Lodge

    Lamberton, near Berwick-upon-Tweed, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 30558
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Boasting sea views and an enclosed garden, this spacious cottage lies 4 miles from Berwick-on-Tweed, with its array of shops and pubs. Boasting sea views and an enclosed garden, this spacious cottage lies 4 miles from Berwick-on-Tweed, with its array of shops and pubs.
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    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...

  • Carlops near West Linton, The Scottish Borders
    Carlops near West Linton, The Scottish Borders×

    Allan Ramsay Cottage

    Carlops near West Linton, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: UK5000
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Ground Floor Facilities
    Located in the quaint, former weavers’ village of Carlops, nestled at the foot of the Pentland Hills with easy access into Edinburgh.
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    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,...
  • Newcastleton, The Scottish Borders
    Newcastleton, The Scottish Borders×

    Staffin

    Newcastleton, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 19640
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    This ground floor holiday property is located in the Liddle Valley where superb hill walking and cycling is abundant. This ground floor holiday property is located in the Liddle Valley where superb hill walking and cycling is abundant.
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    Very comfortable, spacious end terraced house set in the heart of the village of Newcastleton on the Scottish border, in the beautiful Liddle Valley. For centuries this was the front line in the wars between Scotland and England, but now this peaceful and scenic area an ideal holiday location for relaxing or more energetic pursuits. Superb hill walking locally and on the Seven Stanes Cycle route – great centre for families and all levels of ability or aspiration. The Traditional...

  • Reston, The Scottish Borders
    Reston, The Scottish Borders×

    Garden Cottage Fairlaw

    Reston, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: SCCJ
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This comfortable, light and extremely spacious detached ‘upside-down’ house is set on a working farm in beautiful countryside This comfortable, light and extremely spacious detached ‘upside-down’ house is set on a working farm in beautiful countryside
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    With striking views across the fields to the coast from the 1st floor living area, this comfortable, light and extremely spacious detached holiday cottage is on a working farm in beautiful countryside. A peaceful haven for relaxing and unwinding, with lots to do nearby; stunning beaches are within a few miles, Edinburgh is easily reached, as are Holy Island and Alnwick Castle and Gardens. A perfect base for families, walkers (Southern Upland Way and St Cuthbert’s Way),...

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

    Courtyard Cottage

    Mellerstain, near Kelso,

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    Ref: S4569
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Courtyard Cottage has scenic views over the Border country, and is close to Kelso and Floors Castle, with Berwick easily reached. Courtyard Cottage has scenic views over the Border country, and is close to Kelso and Floors Castle, with Berwick easily reached.
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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...

  • Tweedsmuir, near Biggar, The Scottish Borders
    Tweedsmuir, near Biggar, The Scottish Borders×

    Hearthstanes Cottages - Lategillan Rig

    Tweedsmuir, near Biggar, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 30102
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Rural Location
    Set on a working farm, this property is an ideal base for guests who enjoy outdoor activities. Set on a working farm, this property is an ideal base for guests who enjoy outdoor activities.
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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 - Manyleith Rig
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    Hearthstanes Cottages - Mathieside Cairn
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  • Walkerburn, near Peebles, The Scottish Borders
    Walkerburn, near Peebles, The Scottish Borders×

    West Bold Cottage

    Walkerburn, near Peebles, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: UK5233
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Just an hour south of Edinburgh, amidst the stunningly beautiful Tweed Valley, West Bold Cottage is great for keen walkers and cyclists as well as those who want a unique shopping experience in the capital.
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    Surrounded by broad, rolling hills just 9 miles east of the vibrant town of Peebles, 3 miles from the cycling mecca of Innerleithen with cafes, restaurants and pubs, and 7 miles from Glentress, this beautifully renovated semi-detached farm cottage has been thoughtfully equipped and decorated to provide a very comfortable, welcoming base whatever the season. There is a cosy wood burner in the open plan living area and patio doors opening onto a decked terrace with views towards the River...
  • Greystonelees, near Eyemouth,
    Greystonelees, near Eyemouth, ×

    Ocean View

    Greystonelees, near Eyemouth,

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    Ref: S4553
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Delightful barn conversion on dramatic coastline, with games room with pool table, historic Berwick close by. Delightful barn conversion on dramatic coastline, with games room with pool table, historic Berwick close by.
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    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....

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

    Whitmuir Hall - Yarrow

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 5314
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This second floor holiday apartment enjoys spectacular views of the 32-acre grounds, in the Edwardian mansion of Whitmuir Hall. This second floor holiday apartment enjoys spectacular views of the 32-acre grounds, in the Edwardian mansion of Whitmuir Hall.
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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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