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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 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).

WAS
NOW
£255-£501
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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NOW
£514-£1059
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Hillview Ref: CC538047
This lovely, spacious and light filled holiday house has wonderful views over the surrounding hills and of the Peebles Hydro Hotel. Hillview offers bright, comfortable, modern accommodation set in delightful gardens with a stunning hillside backdrop. Set between the Moorfoots and the Southern Uplands, this Ancient and Royal Burgh of Peebles provides the perfect base for a huge range of walks to suit all tastes, levels and abilities. Whether you choose the leisurely town trail - a moderate riverside walk passing the beautiful Neidpath Castle, or the John Buchan Way - a more challenging hill walk. Peebles has been shortlisted in the Britain’s favourite market town category in the BBC’s Countryfile Magazine Awards and you will instantly see why.

Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
Lounge/Dining: With gas ’coal effect fire’, Freeview TV/DVD/VCR, dining furniture and lovely dual outlook to the front and the rear overlooking the delightful garden
Kitchen/Dining: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher, dining furniture and French doors to the garden.
Utility Room: With washing machine and tumble dryer
Bedroom 1: With two single beds and TV/DVD
Bedroom 2: With double bed, TV/DVD and views of the garden
Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

First Floor: Bedroom 3: A family room with double bed, single bed, cot, TV/DVD, views over the garden towards the hills and en suite bathroom with shower over bath, WC and wash basin
Bedroom 4: With two single beds, TV/DVD, views over the garden towards the hills and en suite shower room with shower cubicle, WC, bidet and wash basin.

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included.Garden mainly laid to lawn with a small patio with picnic table, bench seats and summer house. Fully enclosed by two gates, fence and hedge. Off road parking for 2 cars (1 of these spaces is across the very quiet road).

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£375-£780
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Oak Ref: S4604

In the countryside of the Scottish Borders, and only half a mile from the village of Chirnside, these two stunning lodges are built and furnished to a good standard. Perfectly located for enjoying the woodland walks, wildlife and fishing, which is available free of charge on the River Whiteadder, in season. The nature reserve and coastline of St Abb’s Head are just a few miles away, and at Berwick-on-Tweed, 8 miles, visitors will find a good selection of shops and restaurants. The Holy Island of Lindisfarne and the Northumbrian Heritage Coast, with its unspoilt beaches and castles to explore, are a half hour drive, whilst Edinburgh is an hour away. Mellerstain, Floors Castle and Manderston are among the stately homes within easy reach. Shops and pub serving food 0.5 miles.

Living room with patio doors. Kitchen/dining area. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Underfloor oil CH inc. Wi-fi on request. Enclosed garden and furniture. Wheelchair access.

Both properties: Elec, bed linen and towels inc. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. F/freezer. Verandah. Parking. Fishing in season (foc). Welcome pack. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£372-£950
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Greystones Ref: CC538009
Snuggled on the fringe of the welcoming small town of Yetholm, Greystones has been skilfully converted from a  former steading and now offers stylish holiday accommodation all on ground level. This L shaped property is spacious and well appointed and enjoys a contemporary ambience throughout. Each of the three double bedrooms has French doors opening onto the private courtyard area and with two bathrooms too, this property is suitable for the gathering of family and friends or for those couples looking for something special.... Greystones is located at the end of a no-through track, less than a mile west of Yetholm and near Kale Water. Guests will enjoy dining alfresco and absorb the panoramic vistas across the valley to the Cheviot Hills beyond.

Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
Lounge/Diner: With sky + (family package) TV and DVD
Dining Kitchen:  With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, bench top freezer and washing machine.
Bedroom 1: With double bed with TV (monitor only) for DVD and folding bed (for + 1)
Bedroom 2: With two single beds with TV (monitor only) for DVD
Bedroom 3: With two single beds with TV (monitor only) for DVD
Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin
Bathroom: With  large shower enclosure, bath, WC and wash basin

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels includedPatio area with furniture and private courtyard area. Off road parking for 3 + cars.

WAS
NOW
£295-£630
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Shoreline Cottage Ref: 29083

Nestling on the seashore in the little known fishing village of Burnmouth, this former fisherman’s semi-detached holiday cottage is full of charm and character, and all the windows face the sea. With open stone work, original coomed beamed ceilings and a multi-fuel stove, this cottage is decorated and furnished to a very good standard, ensuring a warm and welcoming stay at any time of the year. All the rooms have views out to sea, with Velux windows in each of the bedrooms. This is a truly get away from it all location, where crab and lobster boats can be seen sailing from the small harbour. Enjoy beachcombing and sea fishing and relaxing at the harbourside. There is a clifftop walk taking in spectacular views on the way to the bustling fishing port of Eyemouth. Burnmouth lies close to the many attractions this beautiful area has to offer; visit Berwick-upon-Tweed and Holy Island with Lindisfarne Castle on this glorious coastline. Further inland there are the historical border towns of Jedburgh, Kelso and Coldstream under the Cheviot Hills all well worth a visit. There is a local pub on the outskirts of the village serving food, and shopping for everyday needs can be done in Eyemouth or Berwick-upon-Tweed. Access by single track road. Sandy beach 2 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 550 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin both with Velux. Shower room with bidet and toilet.

Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat HD TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Terraced patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Drops on patio. 20 yards to open sea.

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£242-£612
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.

WAS
NOW
£304-£684
Shortlist
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

WAS
NOW
£402-£900
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Eildonside Ref: CC538037
Eildonside is a handsome property oozing an ambience of grandeur located in the picturesque small town of Melrose nestled in the Scottish Borders. This stylish upper conversion of a Victorian villa has an independent entrance, which is accessed via a sweeping driveway. The front door leads to a wide staircase which is flooded by light courtesy of a beautiful glass atrium. All of the accommodation is on first floor level. Large bay windows enhance its bright and airy ambience with lovely views across the town with the Eildon Hills as a backdrop. Immaculately presented throughout with much thought, care and attention to the final details ensures a restful stay within this elegant property. Eildonside snuggles adjacent to one of several churches in a leafy, quiet street. Yet there are many amenities available within this attractive town all a mere gentle stroll from Eildonside. With its wide array of independent shops, quality restaurants and variety of bars available all within walking distance. There are also ample sporting activities to try, including tennis, bowling, cricket and golf with mountain biking and fishing being popular past times too. The Melrose Rugby Sevens are famous world wide with a major event hosted each April. Families will enjoy the delightful Gibson Park with superb children’s play area. Melrose is the start of the St Cuthbert’s Way; a long distance walk to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne on the far north east coast.

Ground Floor: Property is on first floor level has gas central heating and comprises:
Entrance Hallway:
Utility Room: With washer/dryer, WC and wash basin
Staircase leading to....

First Floor: Lounge: With gas fire, Freeview TV, DVD and sofa bed (for+2)
Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and 7 ring gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
Bedroom 1: With super king size bed and TV
Bedroom 2: With 6ft zip n link
Bedroom 3: With single bed
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included.Enclosed garden at front of property. Off road parking for 3 cars.

WAS
NOW
£365-£780
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.

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
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.

WAS
NOW
£421-£958
Shortlist
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.

WAS
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£616-£1486
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