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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
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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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
3
Oldfield Ref: SAAZ

This delightful whinstone house lies in a glorious setting in the village of Westruther, which gained an award made by the Scottish Borders Council, ‘Scotland’s Floral Gateway Best Wee Village’ in 2012. Just 33 miles from the beautiful city of Edinburgh, it stands detached and benefits from an enclosed landscaped garden and grounds which include several lawns, an orchard, and horse paddocks. The garden enjoys a wide open outlook on to the horizon over Lauderdale and makes the perfect place in which to relax after a hard day touring the beautiful Scottish Borders. The welcoming hall has a cosy open fire and comfortable sofas, which leads to an elegant living room with a vast stone fireplace. The large kitchen has a locally crafted dining table, perfect for wonderful, memorable meals or try the local inn a short walk away in the village.
Lauder, 8 miles, has a good selection of local shops and pubs as well as a golf course. Fishing and shooting can be arranged and horse riding is available locally. Excellent hill walking can be found on the Lammermuirs or Cheviot Hills and on the nearby Southern Upland Way, 2 miles. Thirlstane Castle, Mellerstain House and Floors Castle are just three of the many grand houses to visit nearby.
Edinburgh is a must for a day trip. This historic and magical city evokes the imagination of all ages. Dominated by the imposing castle, there are excellent tours of the city and castle as well as wonderful shopping, pubs, restaurants, cinemas and theatres. The Royal Yacht Britannia is permanently docked in the historic medieval port of Leith, and can be boarded for an interesting insight into how the Royal Family lived whilst at sea. Shops and pubs 8 miles.

Entrance hall with open fire. Spacious living room. Large well-equipped modern kitchen/dining room. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: Three double bedrooms, two with shared en-suite bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Three twin bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity and full oil central heating £50 per week (Winter £100 per week)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD/iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large garden with patio and furniture
  • 3 acres of grounds
  • Grass tennis court (summer only)
  • Parking (for 6 cars)
  • External games barn with table tennis
  • No smoking
  • NB: Unfenced pond in garden

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£1405-£2475
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Girnick Cottage Ref: 24278

Set in glorious countryside just north of Kelso, with panoramic views towards the village of Smailholm, this charming holiday cottage is tastefully furnished to provide a comfortable base from which to explore. Kelso, 6 miles, set on the River Tweed has interesting and individual shops and eateries, an abbey, racecourse and ice rink. Excellent cycling, fishing and walking in the Eildon Hills, access to two 18 hole golf courses, historic houses at Floor Castle and Mellerstain, 2 miles. Cycle store at the property. Shops and pubs 6 miles.

3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (zip and link), 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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£195-£607
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0

A fittingly historic Borders setting

Superbly set within the 1,200 acre estate surrounding magnificent Duns Castle, and just 30 minutes’ drive from sandy beaches, these holiday cottages are perfectly positioned to make the most of a holiday in Scotland’s Border country. Providing comfortable accommodation, they both enjoy access to walks in the extensive grounds, which include deciduous woodland, hill vistas, a nature reserve and a splendid lake. At the heart of the Estate, Duns Castle is the owner’s home where generations of the Hay family have lived since 1696. Today it is a splendid Gothic Revival building which has evolved around a pele tower given in the 14th century by King Robert the Bruce to the Earl of Moray. Step back in time with dinner in the grand castle dining room, available by arrangement. The Castle is just under a mile from the quiet market town of Duns which has good local shops, pubs and restaurants along with a swimming pool, sports centre, tennis courts and 18-hole golf course. Enjoy peaceful lake and woodland walks from the doorstep, where the patient observer may spy roe deer, badger or red squirrel, and mute swans and numerous ducks take right of way on the lakeside road. Activities to suit all ages and tastes are nearby, with 7 golf courses within an hour’s drive; sandy beaches at Scemerston and Coldingham; visit ancient Holy Island; historic houses at Manderston, Floors Castle, Paxton House or slightly further afield at Bamburgh or Alnwick; shooting, salmon fishing and trout fishing, permits available locally or by prior arrangement; archery and clay pigeon shooting available by arrangement or simply savour the peace and quiet of this secluded setting. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Set in its own secluded garden looking onto fields with sheep and llamas, is this sunny, spacious cottage.
All on ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Kitchen. 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and shower attachment, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas coal-effect fire included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. Friday to Friday.

All properties: Gas central heating (controlled by owner), electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared use of tennis court. No smoking. NB: Unfenced lake in grounds.

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£421-£958
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
The Retreat Ref: S4678

Set down a country lane and surrounded by open fields, this spacious, detached house is ideal for family get-togethers and celebrations. A perfect holiday location for exploring the historic Scottish Borders and picturesque Northumberland with their superb beaches, dramatic castles and stunning scenery. The fishing port of Eyemouth with its colourful harbour where the resident wild grey seals may be fed, quaint St Abbs village with great coastal paths and the grand country house and garden of Paxton are all under 10 miles. A little further afield visit Coldstream, take a walk in the Cheviot Hills or explore Holy Island and Bamburgh: all are within 30 miles. Berwick-upon-Tweed with its good selections of shops, cafes and restaurants is only 6 miles. Shops and pub serving food 3.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Kitchen/dining area. Conservatory. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with sloping ceilings.

Bio-mass CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. Freezer. Patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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£558-£1153
Shortlist
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
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Stonebank House Ref: S4611

Enjoying wonderful sea views and a superb location for exploring the Scottish Borders and beautiful Northumberland coast, this spacious and well appointed property is ideal for family gatherings. The picturesque villages of St Abbs and Eyemouth, where visitors can arrange boat trips or feed the wild grey seals living in the harbour, are both close by. Spectacular sandy beaches are just 4 miles away as is the historic town of Berwick, with its faithfully preserved Elizabethan walls and barracks, fine choice of shops and restaurants, and railway station for excursions to the city of Edinburgh, just a 45-minute train journey away. Holy Island (NT) is also easily accessible. Shops 4 miles, pub serving food 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with double sofa bed. Kitchen with breakfast area. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Woodburner in living room inc. Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD/iPod dock. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. Garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars, additional on road parking available). No smoking. NB: Stream in garden.

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£514-£1059
Shortlist
Grade 2 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
3
Minnow Ref: W3391

Large mature garden

This charming terraced holiday cottage, set in large mature gardens, is in the quiet hamlet of Lennel and 0.75 miles from Coldstream and the English border. Spacious and well equipped with a large breakfast kitchen, Minnow makes an ideal base from which to explore Southern Scotland and the sandy beaches of the Northumberland coastline. Coldstream benefits from an excellent 18-hole golf course and there are many others within easy driving distance. There is a choice of pubs to eat in, as well as cafés in the local area. Coldstream sits on the River Tweed, which is famous for its salmon fishing. Shops, pubs with food 0.75 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Self-contained single bedroom. External toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Two digital TVs. Video and small library. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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£255-£501
Shortlist
Grade 2 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Golden sandy beaches nearby

This delightful terrace cottage has been refurbished to provide holiday accommodation to a good standard and is tastefully decorated throughout. For an enjoyable day out there are the golden sandy beaches at nearby Coldingham and Eyemouth and St Abbs which is renowned for its nature reserve. This property is only 0.5 miles from the A1, giving easy access to the festival city of Edinburgh, which is within easy driving distance and makes this a superb base to explore the many historic border towns across Southern Scotland. Shop 5 miles, pub 1 mile, restaurant 50 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single.

Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Video and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher.Telephone-incoming calls. Lawned garden. On road parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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£183-£529
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
16
Bedrooms
8
Pets
3
Pinewood House Ref: 18561

This spacious home is ideal for family and friends wishing to share a wonderful holiday or special occasion. Relax in the hot tub or try an invigorating swim in the Rapid River spa, also enjoy the large enclosed garden with swings, a sunken patio, fountain and waterfall. Have fun using the barbecue and lunch alfresco, and make use of the wine fridge in the kitchen. Play the grand piano in the living room with its open fire or take a walk in the 90-acre community woodland. Visit the village park with facilities for all ages. Experience the excellent local activities, golf, salmon and trout fishing, horse racing, riding and ice skating. The Southern Upland Way and St Cuthbert’s Way provide wonderful walking/riding, or explore the spectacular Berwickshire and Northumberland coast. Nearby, Kelso has cobbled streets and interesting local shops, restaurants and pubs. The ancient abbey, gracious town square and beautiful views along the River Tweed may be explored by following the town trail. Ideal for visiting the historic towns of Melrose, Jedburgh and Coldstream, while Edinburgh is only an hour by car. Home made meals, celebration dinners and housekeeping by arrangement. Shop ½ mile, pub 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with patio door. Second living room. Dining room. Dining room/kitchen. Second kitchen. 1 twin bedroom with additional pull-out single (2ft 6in) on request. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 7 bedrooms: 5 double (one 5ft), 2 twin (both zip and link). Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with bidet and toilet.

Open fires in living rooms included. Oil central heating, oil, gas and electricity £50per week, £40 per short break (£100per week, £70 per short break October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Two cots. Two high chairs. DVD. CD. Three induction hobs (one in utility). Two electric ovens. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Grand piano. Large enclosed garden. Patio area. Decked area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Hot tub. Rapid River swim/spa in glazed enclosure with loungers. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Pond with fountain 9 yards.

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£1203-£2353
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Allanshaugh Ref: 26770

Located in the tiny village of Fountainhall, this lovely holiday cottage is ideally located to explore the Scottish Borders and all its many attractions. Set in a very peaceful location, in the extensive grounds of the owner’s home, Allanshaugh is only 30 minutes’ drive from Edinburgh, or from the fantastic Glentress mountain biking tracks and is surrounded by numerous golf courses. Shop 4 miles, pubs and restaurants 11 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with French door and wooden floor. Kitchen. Utility room. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet (also accessed from hallway). First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric Aga. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large patio and furniture. Shared grounds. Barbecue. Tennis court. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: River in grounds.

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£0-£0
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
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