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Find cottages in The Scottish BordersVisit 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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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Set in the heart of the historic Hirsel Estate just 18 miles from the coast at Berwick-upon-Tweed and adjacent to an 18-hole golf course, these two charming holiday cottages (Lakeview, ref SQQH and Ray Bells, ref SUUY) are beautifully furnished and decorated. Close to the Hirsel Lake which is nationally renowned for its otters, swans and wildfowl, there are waymarked walks through the estate and especially around Dundock Wood, famous for its rhododendrons and azaleas, full of wonderful colour and scent May to June. In the Homestead courtyard nearby there are fascinating craft workshops, a countryside museum, a tea room serving delicious lunches and home baking and a children’s play area. Edinburgh is just an hour away, while the wide sandy beaches of the Northumbrian coast are only 30 minutes’ drive. Shop and pub 1 mile.

Open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove/dining room with step down to galley-style kitchen with tiled floor. Double bedroom with 6ft zip and link bed (can be twin), TV and en-suite shower room and toilet.

  • Full oil central heating included
  • Freeview TV
  • iPod dock
  • Washer/dryer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed garden with furniture
  • Friday to Friday

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Shared sitting-out area with picnic benches
  • Shared access to farm and woodland walks
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • NB: Unfenced lake in grounds, 550 yards

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£245-£640
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0

Easy access to Border towns

With views over the Moorfoot hills, these spacious, detached holiday cottages (Braehill House 26348 and Braehill Cottage 29434) have been crafted from original farm buildings. Edinburgh is just 16 miles away with particularly easy access using the park & ride. Explore Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, the cobbles of the Royal Mile and the thoroughfares of the New Town. Enjoy theatres, clubs, restaurants, art galleries and shops. Fishing and hill walking locally, with golf at Torwoodlee, 14 miles, and mountain bike trails for every level in Glentress Forest, 20 miles. Good access to the Border towns of Melrose and Kelso with their ancient abbeys, historic houses and gardens. Local shopping in Stow, 7 miles, with main shopping in Galashiels, 15 miles. Braehill House (26348) has a timber deck running along the front which can be accessed from each of the main living areas opening with a sliding wall from the dining area, and a sheltered, private, enclosed courtyard garden as well as a swimming pool and games room give endless entertainment, and the very spacious living areas provide both quiet and social spaces. Braehill Cottage (29434) is close to, but private from Braehill House and has a wonderful barbecue hut with comfortable sofas, large screen TV and of course, a barbecue. Fully sheltered from any breezes and giving full benefit of the view, this is a perfect sun downing spot. Spacious and sociable open plan living area with cosy woodburning stove. Sharing only the extensive landscaped garden and children’s play area, 26348 and 29434 may be booked separately, or together provide accommodation for 18 guests. Shop, pub and restaurant 7 miles.

Ground floor: Living room/dining area with 3 steps and wooden floor/kitchen. Second living room. Utility room. Study. Games room. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Open-tread stairs to galleried seating area. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Second staircase to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, double shower cubicle and toilet, 2 twin with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas fire in second living room included. Oil central heating, electric underfloor central heating (in living/dining room/kitchen). Travel cot. High chair. Nine satellite TVs. CD. Electric and gas hobs. Electric ovens. Two dishwashers. Enclosed garden with patio, terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. Indoor heated, private swimming pool (7m x 4m). Small gym. Games room with pool table, table football, air hockey and juke box.

Both properties: Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large shared garden and children’s play area. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Pond and 6 steps in shared garden.

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£1160-£3439
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Mill Cottage Ref: SFFJ

Set by a tumbling burn in rolling hills, this detached stone cottage lies 23 miles south of Edinburgh with easy access to all that the vibrant city has to offer. Part of a working sheep farm, it was formerly an old mill, now converted to a high standard with great attention to comfort and style. Melrose is 15 miles, and Kelso 20 miles, with fascinating shops, great historic houses and gardens, good golf courses and fishing. Beaches of the East Lothian coast, 25 miles. Good walking from the door. Shops, excellent restaurants and pubs 2 miles.

Large living room with sofa-bed (alternative sleeping), wood-burning stove in feature fireplace, window seat and French door to garden. Kitchen/dining room. Separate toilet. Spiral staircase to first floor: Two bedrooms, each with 6ft zip & link beds (can form two singles) and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed garden with patio, furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Secure cycle store
  • Natural spring water supply
  • No smoking
  • NB: Fenced stream nearby

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£325-£720
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Smiddy Cottage Ref: 28208

With sea views from almost every window, this delightful, stylish, end-of-terrace holiday cottage is set on a working livestock farm and was the original smiddy or blacksmiths workshop, full of period detail and quirky features it is now a charming, beautifully furnished holiday cottage. The property is accessed by a farm track through the steading, which continues down to a small pebble beach, just five minutes’ walk away. Explore the Southern Upland Way, with the John Muir Way and Pennine Way offering lowland and coastal walking. The area is a good base from which to tour the Lothians, Borders and Northumberland. Enjoy a 30-minute train journey from Dunbar, 8 miles, to the festival city of Edinburgh for a relaxed day exploring the historic sites and a great range of entertainment. Cockburnspath, 2½ miles, has local pubs and shopping. Enjoy a game of golf, 8 miles, or a visit to the sandy beach, just 1½ miles. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 6 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. 2 steps up to dining room/kitchen with French doors and wooden floor. 4 steps down to sun room with French doors and beams. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet. Sloping ceilings throughout.

Double-sided woodburner in living room and sun room included. Oil central heating and underfloor electric central heating (in bathrooms) included (£30per week, £15 per short break November-March). Electricity, oil, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Two Freeview TVs. Blu-ray. CD. Oil Rayburn. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£306-£1117
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Set in the heart of the historic Hirsel Estate just 18 miles from the coast at Berwick-upon-Tweed and adjacent to an 18-hole golf course, these two charming holiday cottages (Lakeview, ref SQQH and Ray Bells, ref SUUY) are beautifully furnished and decorated. Close to the Hirsel Lake which is nationally renowned for its otters, swans and wildfowl, there are waymarked walks through the estate and especially around Dundock Wood, famous for its rhododendrons and azaleas, full of wonderful colour and scent May to June. In the Homestead courtyard nearby there are fascinating craft workshops, a countryside museum, a tea room serving delicious lunches and home baking and a children’s play area. Edinburgh is just an hour away, while the wide sandy beaches of the Northumbrian coast are only 30 minutes’ drive. Shop and pub 1 mile.

Living/dining room with wood-burning stove in feature stone fireplace. Three steps down to kitchen. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom (zip & link beds, can be 6ft double) with TV. Three steps down to wet room with drenching shower and toilet.

  • Full electric central heating (underfloor in kitchen and bathroom) included
  • Two Freeview TVs
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Shared sitting-out area with picnic benches
  • Shared access to farm and woodland walks
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • NB: Unfenced lake in grounds, 550 yards

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£232-£709
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1


This charming, detached, south-facing holiday cottage, only 5 minutes from the lovely sandy shore of Coldingham Bay with its multi-coloured beach huts, has a light and airy living area with imaginative, tasteful touches of style and a cosy wood-burning stove for relaxing winter evenings. The privately screened hot tub is ideally placed to enjoy the wonders of the night sky, and the enclosed garden is ideal for children and pets. Coldingham Bay is a popular venue for Scotland’s burgeoning surfing scene with boards and equipment for hire and lessons available. Spoilt for choice of activities nearby from fantastic hill walking in the Cheviot Hills to bird-watching on St Abbs Head, or take a boat trip to the Farne Islands to see puffins and seals, explore ancient Holy Island, Alnwick Castle or Edinburgh, under an hour’s drive. Great cycling on quiet roads and sea loch fishing available locally. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

Spacious open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and galley-style kitchen. Open-tread, spiral staircase to first floor: Landing with 5ft bed and low, sloping ceiling. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and sloping ceiling. Shower room with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter at cost
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Sky TV (BT package)
  • Video
  • DVD
  • CD
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed, lawned garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • Cycle store
  • Screened 6-seater hot tub with changing hut
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

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£518-£901
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