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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
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Lovelane Ref: W42685

Located in the heart of Peebles, just 22 miles south of Edinburgh, this delightful, terraced holiday cottage is comfortably furnished in the Scandinavian style and has a tiny, private sun-trap garden, perfect for a relaxing end to the day. A short walk away is a great array of shops, restaurants, pubs and excellent theatre in a 2 minutes walk. Good walking area, fishing on the Tweed and renowned mountain biking centre at Glentress, 6 miles. Visit ancient Traquair House to sample their excellent ale then get lost in the maze, go to Dawyck Botanic Garden or Kailzie for live viewing of nesting ospreys from Easter to the end of August. Shops, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. First floor: 2 double bedrooms (one 5ft). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating included (£25per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small enclosed garden and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Cycle store. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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

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

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

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

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£306-£1117
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
3
The Mill House Ref: 29343

Just an hour’s drive from Edinburgh, this spectacularly light and spacious holiday cottage provides comfortable and flexible accommodation for family parties or groups of friends. Sympathetically created from original farm buildings, this semi-detached property is in an elevated setting on a working livestock farm, with great views of the Eildon Hills beyond Melrose, 6 miles. The twin fronted woodburner and big, comfortable sofas give a welcoming, cosy atmosphere throughout the house, whatever the season. There are French doors opening onto the grassed garden to enjoy the best of the summer weather. Being on the Earlston Circular Route, there are lovely walks from the doorstep, through woodland and alongside the Leader Water. Earlston village, ½ mile, has local shopping and pubs, while in Melrose there is the ancient abbey to visit, as well as a host of fascinating independent shops and great eating places. The town also hosts the annual Rugby Sevens in April and Borders Book Festival in June, which attracts a wide variety of renowned authors. Nearby, activities include hill walking, fishing, a great range of very affordable golf courses, downhill biking or the Go Ape rope course at Glentress, near Peebles. There are historic houses galore to visit, including Abbotsford, Mellerstain and Floors Castle. The coast, with sandy beaches near Berwick, can be reached in under an hour. Shop, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.

Ground floor: Living room/2 steps to dining room with French doors/kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 2 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double). Wet room with toilet. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with French doors and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor ground source heat pump central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric range. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Balcony. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£838-£2335
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Situated on a picturesque hillside on the fringes of Coldingham village, these two cottages are the ideal place to relax after a day exploring the dramatic Berwickshire coast. Adjoining the owners’ home, the cottages sit just a mile from the beautiful beach of Coldingham Sands, a perfect secluded gem where Gosmount Farm visitors also enjoy use of the owners’ beach hut. Diving enthusiasts are drawn to the area’s clear offshore waters and the coastline affords visitors glorious walking: those heading south to the little town of Eyemouth, 3.5 miles by road, can take a boat trip from its attractive working harbour or feed the wild seals, whilst 2 miles to the north lies the quaint fishing village of St Abbs, and the St Abb’s Head nature reserve famously provides spectacular clifftop walks. The splendid city of Edinburgh is only an hour’s drive or 45 minutes by train from the historic town of Berwick upon Tweed, 11 miles. Shops and pubs 0.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen/dining area. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel inc). Oil CH inc. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small garden and furniture. Gas BBQ.

Both properties: Elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. M/wave. W/machine. Parking. Shared garden. Use of owner’s beach hut. No smoking.

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£343-£704
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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
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
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
In a tranquil setting around a mile from the sleepy hamlet of Lintlaw in the beautiful Scottish Borders nestles this pair of newly constructed log cabins.  Immaculately presented throughout the ambience within each property provides a haven for relaxation.  The open plan living space is bright and airy with stylish furnishings.  There are two double bedrooms and a large shower room.  The decked area is an idyllic spot to relax and listen to the rustle of the leaves dancing in the breeze and enjoy the open views that surround these lovely log cabins.

Ground Floor: The accommodation has four steps to entrance then all on one level with lpg central heating and comprises:

Open plan lounge / dining / kitchen
Lounge area:  with Freeview TV/DVD and sofa bed (for +2)

Kitchen / dining area:  with electric oven and gas hob, microwave and fridge

Bedroom 1:  with king-size bed

Bedroom 2:  with two single beds

Shower room:  with large shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

All fuel and power included.  Bed linen and towels provided. Decked area with outdoor seating. Off road parking.

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£260-£425
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
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 the main house. All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Additional single available on request.

Cot on request. 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
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Mill Cottage Ref: SFFJ

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

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

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

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£325-£720
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Kirktonhill Cottage Ref: CC538049
This charming end terrace holiday cottage enjoys a rural, yet not isolated location, with uninterrupted views over the surrounding countryside. Comfortably furnished it is set on a working livestock farm on the southern side of Soutra Hill and accessed by farm track, it is 1.5 miles off the A68 and four miles from Lauder which has good local shopping, a gallery and choice of pub. Edinburgh is in easy reach, with park and ride, 18 miles, being a hassle free option. Enjoy galleries, theatres, Edinburgh Castle, and all that a capital city has to offer. Explore nearby Thirlstane Castle, seven miles and the Border towns of Melrose and Kelso. Good hill walking, fishing and golf locally.

Ground Floor: With full oil central heating and electric by solar panels comprising:
Two steps up to the front door:
Living/dining room: with wooden floors, woodburning stove, Wi-Fi, 32" Freeview TV and connection to Satellite TV (please bring your own Satellite box), DVD/CD player and a library of mostly classical CD’s.
Kitchen: with comprehensive cooker comprising of electric ovens, grills and gas hob, fridge with ice box, microwave and washing machine.
Bedroom 1: with twin beds.
Bedroom 2: with king size bed.
Shower room: with shower over bath (for showers only) and WC.
Studio: accessed from the garden via three steps.

All fuel, electric, oil, bed linen and towels included. Highchair and fireguard provided. Wi-Fi. Rear enclosed garden with garden furniture and BBQ. Natural water supply from a bore hole. Private parking for 2 cars. Property accessed via a rough track. 2 pets welcome free of charge. No smoking.

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£295-£467
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
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Conservatory Ref: S4617

Set within Press Castle, this delightfully spacious and lovingly restored ground floor apartment retains fine original features, whilst offering contemporary comfort and its own private garden. Visitors may roam the castle’s 13 acres of gardens, woodlands and riverside walks where red squirrels, badgers and deer are spotted. Beautiful beaches, clifftop walks, St Abb’s Head nature reserve, fishing villages and golf courses are all close by, historic Berwick-upon-Tweed is only 12 miles and Edinburgh is under an hour’s drive. Shope and pubs are found in Coldingham, 3 miles, a quaint village lying on a sandy bay. Shops and pubs, 3 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen with breakfast area. Conservatory. 2 double bedrooms, both with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, one with double sofa bed. Separate toilet.

Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CDs. M/wave. W/machine. F/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Shared 13-acre grounds. BBQ. Parking. No smoking. Wheelchair access. NB: Pond in garden and unfenced stream in grounds.

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£0-£0
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