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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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  • Hawick, The Scottish Borders
    Hawick, The Scottish Borders×

    White Cottage

    Hawick, The Scottish Borders

    Hawick, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: CC538028
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Detached Victorian hideaway in a picturesque setting only 1.5 miles from Hawick in the Scottish Borders Detached Victorian hideaway in a picturesque setting only 1.5 miles from Hawick in the Scottish Borders
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    9.5 10 reviews
    9.5 10 reviews

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  • Dolphinton, The Scottish Borders
    Dolphinton, The Scottish Borders×

    Ferniehaugh Cottage

    Dolphinton, The Scottish Borders

    Dolphinton, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 25017
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Conveniently located just 22 miles away from Edinburgh, this delightful cottage is in a tranquil setting in the Pentland Hills. Conveniently located just 22 miles away from Edinburgh, this delightful cottage is in a tranquil setting in the Pentland Hills.
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    9.4 5 reviews
    9.4 5 reviews

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  • Kirk Yetholm near Kelso, The Scottish Borders
    Kirk Yetholm near Kelso, The Scottish Borders×

    Rowantree Cottage

    Kirk Yetholm near Kelso, The Scottish Borders

    Kirk Yetholm near Kelso, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: CC538041
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Adorable detached Grade 2 thatched cottage is the quintessential romantic retreat
      Adorable detached Grade 2 thatched cottage is the quintessential romantic retreat
     
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    9.3 15 reviews
    9.3 15 reviews

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  • Denholm, near Hawick, The Scottish Borders
    Denholm, near Hawick, The Scottish Borders×

    Hassendean Station Cottage

    Denholm, near Hawick, The Scottish Borders

    Denholm, near Hawick, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: W43291
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Cosy cottage with woodburner and dog friendly garden, great area for cycling and fishing on Rivers Teviot and Tweed. Cosy cottage with woodburner and dog friendly garden, great area for cycling and fishing on Rivers Teviot and Tweed.
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    8.8 16 reviews
    8.8 16 reviews

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

    Broomhouse Lodge

    Edrom, near Duns, The Scottish Borders

    Edrom, near Duns, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: UK5565
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Admire the beauty of the surrounding natural landscapes, then return to relax and enjoy cosy evenings in front of the delightful wood burner. Admire the beauty of the surrounding natural landscapes, then return to relax and enjoy cosy evenings in front of the delightful wood burner.
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    9.6 11 reviews
    9.6 11 reviews

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

    Whitmuir Hall - Redgauntlet

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 15786
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    In the Scottish Borders, this ground floor holiday property is part of Whitmuir Hall, a stone-built Edwardian mansion located near Selkirk. In the Scottish Borders, this ground floor holiday property is part of Whitmuir Hall, a stone-built Edwardian mansion located near Selkirk.
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    Whitmuir Hall - Rob Roy
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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 - Kelso

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: SW3701
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    This holiday property is located close to the River Tweed, as well as stocked lochs - both are ideal for fishing. This holiday property is located close to the River Tweed, as well as stocked lochs - both are ideal for fishing.
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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
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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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  • Fountainhall, near Stow, The Scottish Borders
    Fountainhall, near Stow, The Scottish Borders×

    Middletoun Cottages - South Lodge

    Fountainhall, near Stow, The Scottish Borders

    Fountainhall, near Stow, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 30464
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    With a cosy wood burner and enclosed garden, this is a fantastic year-round property with easy access to Edinburgh. With a cosy wood burner and enclosed garden, this is a fantastic year-round property with easy access to Edinburgh.
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    9.4 18 reviews
    9.4 18 reviews

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    Middletoun Cottages - Beech Tree Cottage
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    Middletoun Cottages - Pine Tree Cottage
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  • Fountainhall, near Stow, The Scottish Borders
    Fountainhall, near Stow, The Scottish Borders×

    Middletoun Cottages - Rowan Tree Cottage

    Fountainhall, near Stow, The Scottish Borders

    Fountainhall, near Stow, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: CC538056
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    A rural property situated on a working farm with Edinburgh just 21 miles away. Enjoy the warming wood burner and peaceful surroundings. A rural property situated on a working farm with Edinburgh just 21 miles away. Enjoy the warming wood burner and peaceful surroundings.
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    9.3 11 reviews
    9.3 11 reviews

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    Middletoun Cottages - Beech Tree Cottage
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    Middletoun Cottages - Pine Tree Cottage
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  • Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders
    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders×

    Whitmuir Hall - Melrose

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

    Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders

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    Ref: 15785
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Enjoy the 32 acres of grounds at this property or visit the many castles that can be found in the area. Enjoy the 32 acres of grounds at this property or visit the many castles that can be found in the area.
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    8 2 reviews
    8 2 reviews

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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
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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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  • Eyemouth, Scottish Borders
    Eyemouth, Scottish Borders×

    Puffin House

    Eyemouth, Scottish Borders

    Eyemouth, Scottish Borders

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    Ref: UK5447
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View
    With sea views from the living room, this cosy cottage is only yards from the beach and within walking distance of all amenities. With sea views from the living room, this cosy cottage is only yards from the beach and within walking distance of all amenities.
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    9 4 reviews
    9 4 reviews

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  • Mellerstain, near Kelso, Inverness-shire
    Mellerstain, near Kelso, Inverness-shire×

    Clock House

    Mellerstain, near Kelso, Inverness-shire

    Mellerstain, near Kelso, Inverness-shire

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    Ref: S4568
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Surrounded by 200 acres of parkland this delightful cottage is ideal for exploring the Border country. Surrounded by 200 acres of parkland this delightful cottage is ideal for exploring the Border country.
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    8.5 13 reviews
    8.5 13 reviews

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    Courtyard Cottage
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