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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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2

Perfect for families or groups of friends holidaying together, this lovely holiday cottage has been created from original farm buildings to form roomy, flexible holiday accommodation. The spacious kitchen is the heart of the house with the Aga and long dining table at one end and a cosy stove and comfortable seating at the other. The bright sitting room has an open fire and French doors to the garden. Set in rolling countryside, 6 miles north of the picturesque town of Kelso, and 5 minute walk from imposing Hume Castle, this delightful holiday cottage also has a private enclosed garden and open countryside views. Range of activities to suit all ages and interests are available locally; cycling, golf, riding, horseracing, fishing, historic houses of Floors Castle and Mellerstain and the four great border abbeys of Kelso, Melrose, Jedburgh and Dryburgh, while Edinburgh is only a scenic 1 hour drive. Shops and pub 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room with French doors/kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedroom: 2 twin bedrooms, one with additional raised single (with ladder to bed, for child). Bathroom with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, both with sloping ceilings. Shower room with toilet. Second staircase to first floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. CD. Aga. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. 2 fridge/freezers. Wi-fi. Broadband.Telephone-incoming calls only. Enclosed garden and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£616-£1486
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Skylark Ref: 28118

With fine views towards the distant Cheviot Hills, this comfortable terraced holiday cottage provides a peaceful retreat in a commanding position overlooking the Royal Burgh of Jedburgh, with its historic abbey and castle. Jedburgh has a good array of pubs, shops and restaurants as well as a family swimming pool and gym. Golf 1 mile, fishing locally and great hill and river walks and cycling nearby. Jed Forest and the Northumberland National Park are both within 5 miles. Kelso and Melrose are within a 30-minute drive. Edinburgh is an hour’s drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 350 yards.

30 steps to entrance: Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freesat TV. Video. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Decked terrace and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: 18 steps down from parking, then 12 steps up to entrance. Stream in grounds.

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£0-£0
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Perched high on the cliff top at the head of St Abbs, the setting of this collection of Lighthouse Cottages is simply sublime!   The winding climb up the protected cliff face to the top rewards with the most magical of sea views; seen from many of the windows of the properties.
Lighthouse Retreat is a ground floor apartment with one step via the storm door and then the accommodation being all on one level.  The rooms are spacious and there is a partial sea view from the lounge.

Ground Floor: The property is heated by electricity and comprises:
One step to entrance then all accommodation on one level
Lounge:  with Freesat TV and partial sea view
Dining room:  a spacious room with table and chairs to seat 8, radio
Kitchen:  with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice-box, dishwasher and washing machine
Bedroom 1:  with double bed
Bedroom 2:  with two single beds
Bathroom:  with shower over bath, WC and wash basin

All electricity included.  Bed linen provided.  . Electric blankets provided. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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£265-£450
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Quarry Green Ref: CC538013
Quarry Green is a link terraced bungalow located at the western end of the pretty village of Bowden within the heart of the Scottish Borders. It provides cosy and well presented holiday accommodation for couples and is the ideal base for exploring this delightful region of Scotland- a region rich in heritage, history and legend and a deservedly popular holiday destination. The relaxing lounge complete with Freeview TV, coupled with the therapeutic effects of the wood burning stove ensure a restful start and end to the day. The modern kitchen is well equipped and the double bedroom tastefully decorated.

Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level, has a wood burning stove, electric storage heaters and comprises:
Lounge: with wood burning stove, Freeview TV and DVD.
Kitchen/diner: with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
Bedroom: with double bed.
Shower room: with shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.
Box room: Contains a shortie bunk bed suitable for toddlers. Note there is no window in this room.

All electricity included. First supply of fuel for wood burning stove. Bed linen and towels provided. Cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi available.Enclosed, lawned area within rear garden. Off road parking for one car.

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£230-£380
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Williams Suite Ref: S4518

In the glorious countryside of Berwickshire, near the historic villages of Coldingham, St Abbs and Eyemouth, lies Press Castle, a 17th century manor house of great character and charm. Divided into well appointed apartments, two first floor apartments offered here, it nestles within 13 acres of lovely grounds, home to badgers and red squirrels. Award winning beaches, a marine reserve, NTS properties, fishing villages, surfing, diving and superb golf courses are all close by, and there is wonderful walking in the Cheviot Hills and along the coast. Edinburgh is under an hour’s drive. Shop and pub 2 miles.

All on first floor: Living room with double sofa bed. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (four poster) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel inc).

Both properties: Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. M/wave. Washer/dryer. F/freezer. Shared garden. Shared 13-acre grounds. Parking. Fishing available. No smoking. NB: Steps to entrance. Unfenced stream in grounds.

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£245-£436
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

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. An initial grocery order service is available on request. Properties SW30, SW37, SW3701 and 15785 have electric showers.

In Coach House Court. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Cot on request. Internet access on request.

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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£173-£475
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Tara Cottage Ref: 26769

This semi-detached holiday cottage, on a working farm, is 9 miles from the Borders town of Kelso which has a variety of shops and restaurants. An ideal base to explore this historic area. Less than an hour’s drive from Edinburgh and the sandy Berwickshire coast. Fishing and cycling locally. Shop, pub 11/2 miles, restaurant 9 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Children’s seating area. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft, zip and link) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin (zip and link), 1 single with additional pull-out single, all with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed garden with patio and sitting-out area. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£269-£684
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Kiln Cottage Ref: 26834

In a courtyard setting, amidst the rolling hills of Peeblesshire, this detached holiday cottage makes an excellent base from which to explore the beautiful area. Formerly a pottery studio, with sessions available with the owner, the contemporary furnishings and open plan design are ideal for relaxed holiday living. Conveniently located for Edinburgh (18 miles) with park and ride available from Straiton 15 minutes away, Glasgow (32 miles), Peebles (12 miles) and Biggar (7 miles), there are a great variety of restaurants nearby where local produce can be sampled. Visit the wonderful gardens at Dawyk, Kailzie to see ospreys on webcam, and historic Traquair to get lost in the maze. Hill walking, golf and fishing are all available locally. Shop, pub and restaurant 7 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Sea Breeze Ref: S4552

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 inc). Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. F/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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£465-£950
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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
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Westloch Cottage Ref: 26625

This lovely, bright detached holiday property is in a secluded setting just 10 minutes drive from the beach. Furnished and decorated in contemporary style, there is a very spacious living room with cosy woodburner and generous comfortable seating, a separate dining room ideal for special occasion meals and a well equipped large kitchen. Outdoor space is private and sheltered with decking, garden furniture and barbecue. Bedrooms are again spacious, bright and airy, furnished in Scandinavian style. There are activities for all ages and interests nearby; trout fishing on Coldingham Loch, 2 minutes; golf at Eyemouth, 3 miles or choice of several local and championship courses within 40 minutes drive; scuba diving from Coldingham Bay; bird watching at St Abbs Head, 4 miles; Holy Island, 20 miles; boat trips to the Farne Islands from Seahouses; historic houses and gardens at Paxton, Mellerstain, Bamburgh and Alnwick castles. A day in Edinburgh is particularly enjoyable and stress free when travelling by train from Berwick or Dunbar and the bustling town of Berwick on Tweed, 15 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Wooden floor throughout. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom (zip and link). First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. H/cahir. Satellite TV. 3 Freeview TVs. DVD and small library. CD. iPod dock. Range with gas hob and electric ovens. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezers. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

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£652-£1572
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
Harmony Garden Ref: 30061

This 19th century house is a peaceful haven, set in the lush walled Harmony Garden. Harmony was given its name by the Melrose joiner who built it, after the Jamaican pimento plantation where he made his fortune. This detached holiday house has been carefully furnished to combine period detail with all the comforts. Gathering together the whole family in Harmony’s opulent drawing room should be a step back in time without having to leave contemporary convenience behind. Harmony Garden is a tranquil walled garden comprising lawns, herbaceous and mixed borders, vegetable and fruit, and a rich display of spring bulbs. The garden’s texture, fragrance and colour change throughout the year making it a place to return to again and again. A trip to Melrose isn’t complete without a wander round the Abbey. Although portions of the 12th century structure survive, the magnificent rose-stone building dates from the 1385 rebuilding. Look out for the chapter house, where Robert the Bruce’s heart is said to be buried, or the statue of Scottish medieval wizard, Michael Scott. Visit nearby rustic Priorwood Garden to learn about the craft of dried flower work; pick your own blooms to order and take home. Walk part of the St Cuthbert’s Way, following in the footsteps of the eponymous saint. The whole route takes four days and leads across the mudflats to Lindisfarne. The Melrose to St Boswell’s section is 7½ miles each way. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

Stairs to entrance. First floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Stairs to library. Bathroom with toilet. Separate toilet. Second floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with additional Z-bed (for alternative sleeping) and en-suite bathroom with toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. Third floor: 3 twin bedrooms, one with sloping ceiling.

Open fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas range. Microwave. Washing machine (in outbuilding). Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio area and furniture. Shared gardens (open to public). Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£1470-£22999
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