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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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
The Wheelhouse Ref: 29426

Originally the ‘wheel room’ of a grain mill, this ground floor holiday apartment creates a wonderful light and spacious area for a truly relaxing holiday. Just a mile inside the Scottish border, surrounded by magnificent countryside, and 6½ miles from Kelso, the joined villages of Kirk Yetholm and Town Yetholm are at the end of the Pennine Way. Forming part of the owner’s mill house, with its own private patio, it provides a delightful base from which to explore the Borders and Northumberland. Historic Kelso at the confluence of the Tweed and Teviot rivers dates from the 12th century and has an excellent range of shops and restaurants with festivals and activities throughout the year. The Borders is a land of beautiful landscapes offering outstanding facilities for cycling, hill walking, driving and bird watching. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 150 yards.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double (6ft zip and link) bedroom with en-suite wet room with bath and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine on request. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Gravelled patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Wheelchair access. Friday to Friday.

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£207-£464
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

In a tranquil setting at the southern end of the Pentland Hills, and just 22 miles from Edinburgh, this delightful holiday cottage is ideal for an ’away from it all’ break. Situated on a working sheep farm, there is hill walking from the doorstep. A wealth of local attractions include historic Traquair House, magnificent gardens at Dawyck and Kailzie, golf, 3 miles, Peebles, 11 miles, Biggar, 8 miles and Clyde Valley, 17 miles. Beach, 30 miles. Shops, pubs and restaurant 5 miles. In a tranquil setting at the southern end of the Pentland Hills, and just 22 miles from Edinburgh, these delightful holiday cottages are ideal for an ’away from it all’ break. Situated on a working sheep farm, there is hill walking from the doorstep and trout fishing (foc) on the pond. Thoughtfully decorated throughout, these holiday cottages are both welcoming whatever the season: Ferniehaugh ref 25017 features an open fire, and a sitting-out area in shared grounds, while Bellevue ref 26632, accessed by a non-tarmacadam farm road, benefits from a warming woodburner and enclosed garden. A wealth of local attractions include historic Traquair House, magnificent gardens at Dawyck and Kailzie, pony trekking, golf, 3 miles, the attractive town of Peebles, 11 miles, Biggar, 8 miles and Clyde Valley, 17 miles. Beach, 30 miles. Shops, pubs and restaurant 5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Video. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Broadband connection.Telephone-honesty box. Sitting-out area in shared grounds. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. NB: Unfenced pond in grounds and farm road at front door.

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£272-£466
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0


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), bird watchers and divers (St Abb’s Head), surfers and beach lovers, golfers (Goswick, Gullane, Dunbar and many more nearby). Privately set in the grounds of the owner’s home, it has its own pretty, secluded garden with dining area and children’s play area. Shop 1½ miles, pub 1 mile.

Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Living room with gorgeous views towards the coast and Cheviot Hills. Very spacious beamed kitchen/dining room. Separate toilet.

  • Electricity and full oil central heating included (October-May £30 per week)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Enclosed charming garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Charming woodland
  • Parking (for 4 cars)
  • Cycle storage
  • Children’s play area
  • Homemade bread, fresh flowers on arrival
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Stream in woodland

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£402-£900
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

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 Abbey Court. Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Cot on request. Dishwasher. 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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£233-£695
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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 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
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
11
Bedrooms
4
Pets
3

This beautiful Victorian house with stunning views over a loch and hills, sits between its own large garden and the flower-filled courtyard of Lochside House. Set on a working farm with rare breeds and horses, this comfortable holiday property is extremely well-equipped and superbly furnished with antiques and soft sofas, perfect for relaxing in after exploring the many abbeys, castles and old houses found within the area.
Numerous recreational facilities are provided for visitors – without even having to leave the grounds – and which cater for a whole range of interests and a variety of tastes. In the drawing room a selection of games, toys and books make a enjoyable evening spent together as a family. The more sports-orientated are able to while away many happy hours playing snooker and badminton, or enjoying the more sedate game of croquet, whilst trout and coarse fishing are also available on-site at cost. A pub to frequent in the evenings lies just 1½ miles away.
The village of Yetholm is made up of two distinct parts – Kirk Yetholm and Town Yetholm, which lie just ¼ mile apart. Situated on the edge of the Cheviot Hills, they mark the end of the Pennine Way footpath, as well as the second leg of St Cuthbert’s Way (a 60-mile walk ending at Holy Island in Northumberland). Six miles to the north is Kelso, where surviving ruins belie the fact that Kelso Abbey was once the richest and most powerful in southern Scotland, and took eighty years to build. Kelso lies at the confluence of the River Tweed and River Teviot, a renowned spot for salmon fishing, and a short walk leads to Floors Castle, a huge castellated mansion overlooking the Tweed, which is open for visiting (April to Oct). Shops 1½ miles.

Hall with polished oak floor. Living room with sofa-bed (for +2). Spacious drawing room with portraits, games, toys and books. Farmhouse kitchen/dining area with Aga, electric oven and hob. Utility. Cloakroom with toilet. First floor: Family suite: Double bedroom with four-poster bed, single bed (for +1) in dressing room and en-suite bathroom with elec over-bath shower and toilet. Double bedroom with four-poster bed. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity, oil-fired Aga, oil central heating , hot tub and logs(October-April £150 per week, £75 per short break, April - October £100per week, £50 per short break poa)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Large enclosed garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Hot tub
  • Rustic shared games barn with full-size snooker table
  • Badminton and croquet
  • Trout and coarse fishing available from £10
  • Friday to Friday

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£615-£1761
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Heathfield Ref: W43341

With lovely views of Ruberslaw Hill in the beautiful Scottish Borders, this delightful detached holiday cottage sits in rural tranquillity equidistant from Hawick and Jedburgh, on the owners’ 170-acre grounds. The Borders Way is 0.25 miles away and there are wonderful walks in every direction. Edinburgh is less than an hour’s drive, also the Lake District and Northumberland. Hawick offers a rich heritage, with year-round events such as the Reivers’ Festival in March or the Common Riding in June, the museums at Drumlanrig’s Tower and Wilton Lodge Park. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Grassed, natural garden with decked terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Steps down to garden from terrace.

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£212-£443
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
3
Thistle Cottage Ref: 26147

At the heart of this small, peaceful village, 15 miles from the coast at Berwick, this terraced holiday cottage has a cosy living room, sunny conservatory and first floor roof terrace with views of the Cheviot Hills. Perfect for a romantic getaway. Hill walking, fishing and golf nearby. Kelso, 7 miles, for shops, restaurants and Floors Castle. Explore the coast around St Abbs for birdwatching, Holy Island or the beaches at Bamburgh. Shop and pub 4 miles, restaurant 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/conservatory with patio doors. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with bidet and toilet. Steep steps to first floor: 1 double bedroom (four poster) with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with corner bath, toilet and sloping ceilings.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. Blu-ray and small library. Gas range. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Decked roof terrace. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£304-£684
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

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. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. 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 free of charge - working farm and sheep country. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Stream and two ponds in grounds.

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£293-£777
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
The Barn, Wiston Ref: CC538039
The Barn is a perfect excuse to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and just unwind and relax in this unspoiled and hidden gem of an area at the foot of Tinto Hill. This stunning semi detached architect barn conversion of an original barn shares history together with 21st century luxury living and was featured within Scotland on Sunday’s Interiors section. The south west facing views from the dining room and family room are simply spectacular and the flow of space on the ground floor makes for very sociable open plan living. Tinto is a graceful cone shaped hill on the area’s southern horizon. At 711 metres it is the highest point in central Scotland and on a clear day the views take some beating. The perfect introduction to hill walking and all from your front door!

Ground Floor: Property is heated by under floor heating and multi fuel burner and comprises;
Sitting Room: With multi fuel burner set into a feature wall shared with the sun room. A beautiful light filled room with French windows leading onto the garden. TV and DVD player
Family Room/Dining Room: This beautiful room has French windows opening onto the magnificent garden and patio. TV and DVD player
Breakfast Kitchen: Beautiful room with views to front. Range cooker with electric fan assisted oven and gas hob, dishwasher, American fridge/freezer with ice cooler and filtered water, washing machine and tumble dryer, microwave
Sun Room; Multi fuel burner set into a feature wall shared between this room and the sitting room. Beautiful views
Bedroom 1: With double bed and views to both front and rear
Wet Room: Clad in glossy black tiling, with a smoked glass screen defining the shower area, WC and wash basin.
Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed with views of the Southern Upland hills and en suite walk in shower, WC and wash basin
Bedroom 2: With two single beds
Bedroom 3: With two single beds
Bathroom; With shower attachment over bath, WC, wash basin and TV

All electricity, bed linen and towels included. Ipod docking station. Wi-fi available

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£435-£1025
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