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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
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Abbey Cottage Ref: W43326

Set in an elevated position with views over the town of Jedburgh and towards the Cheviot Hills, this well equipped, terraced holiday cottage is ideally central for exploring the Borders region. Comfortably furnished, with 3 acres of shared grounds to enjoy, plus excellent shopping, inns, restaurants and cafes within strolling distance. Nearby are Jedburgh Abbey, Floors Castle, Abbotsford and Mellerstain. Excellent walking and cycle routes, golf, horse riding and fishing. Day trips to Edinburgh, Northumberland and Keilder Water. Relax on the veranda and simply take in the views after a busy day out. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

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

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Verandah with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 3-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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£308-£510
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Watermill House Ref: SZZ

This superb property has been built within the 14th-century shell of an old watermill, which was originally part of Dryburgh Abbey. It boasts a gloriously private and peaceful setting near a path to the river, and the surrounding grounds still show evidence of the noted Japanese Garden which was created here in years gone by. With its own fenced patio, Watermill House has been beautifully furnished and equipped and offers charming spacious accommodation for larger parties. Drawing room with wood-burning stove and French windows to fenced patio. Spacious farmhouse kitchen/dining room. Shower room with toilet. Utility room. Sun room. First floor: Double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms. Child’s single bedroom (for +1). Bathroom with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter at cost
  • Travel cot
  • Larder fridge
  • Patio with
    furniture

  • Electricity and NSH by £1 coin meter (first £10 included)
  • Further background ‘Econ 7’ central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • High chair
  • Two TVs
  • Video
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Barbecue
  • Salmon fishing by arrangement
  • Trout fishing (April – October) foc
  • Fishing on 1 mile stretch of River Tweed foc
  • Discount golf ‘passports’ available by arrangement
  • Teddy bear playhouse
  • Parking
  • NB: River in grounds

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 2 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Glengabar Ref: 18998

Comfortable, detached house set on the edge of the charming town of Peebles, only 16 miles from Edinburgh. With a convenient bus stop directly outside, this is an ideal location from which to visit Edinburgh, especially during the festival in August. Close by, Dawyk Botanic Garden, 6 miles, and Kailzie Garden, 2 miles are spectacular in spring and rejuvenating at other seasons. Traquair House and Brewery, 8 miles, is Scotland’s oldest inhabited house. Peebles has a good variety of excellent pubs, restaurants and individual shops, a superb theatre and there is wonderful hill walking, cycling and golf locally. Shops and pubs ¼mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedroooms: 1 double, 1 twin. bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed garden. On road parking. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£218-£626
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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
4
Bedrooms
2
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.

Formerly the gardener’s cottage, this delightfully secluded, 19th century stone built holiday cottage is set amidst a profusion of azaleas and mature shrubs just a short walk from the lake.
All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Cots and high chairs on request. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. Easy walking access.

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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£524-£524
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 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

Boasting far-reaching views to the Cheviot Hills and lovely walking from the doorstep, this cosy and comfortable cottage (shown right of photograph) is set just 5 miles from sandy beaches at the village of Eyemouth, where visitors can feed wild grey seals. Enjoying its own garden, the cottage sits on the owners’ 200 acre arable farm, an idyllic spot threaded with many footpaths. Boat trips are easily available and the nearby coastline is famed for crystal clear waters, shipwrecks and diverse marine life – a paradise for divers. Picturesque St Abbs, with its harbour and nature reserve, the golden sands of Coldingham Bay and historic Berwick-upon-Tweed are under 10 miles. The beautiful city of Edinburgh is an hour’s drive or take the train from Berwick train station, which is less than a 10-minute drive, giving guests easy access to central Edinburgh. Visit the village of Ayton’s imposing castle, 3 miles. Shop and pub 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living room/dining area. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, both with combed ceilings.

Open fire in living room inc. Biomass woodchip CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Cot. Satellite TV (full package). CD. M/wave. W/machine. Shared t/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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£305-£638
Shortlist
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
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Woodend Ref: 25398

Boasting stunning views over rolling countryside, this charming holiday cottage is situated in the lovely Tweed Valley between the picturesque towns of Peebles and Biggar. Ideally located to explore the Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, and South Lanarkshire, with the cities of Edinburgh, 30 miles, and Glasgow, 50 miles. Also ideal for exploring such attractions as the conservation village of New Lanark, Falls of Clyde, 20 miles, Glentress Mountain Biking Centre or Traquair House, 15 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room with French doors and laminate floor/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft), one (zip and link), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. External wet room/ drying room with shower cubicle and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Natural water supply from spring. Two dogs welcome, to be kept on lead at all times (sheep country). No smoking. NB: Stream in adjacent field (20 yards).

WAS
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£264-£680
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Riverview Mews Ref: S4543

Set on the banks of the Whiteadder River, this luxuriously appointed property commands wonderful views over the water and surrounding countryside – perfect for watching the abundant wildlife and enjoying riverside walks. Providing a superb base from which to explore the Scottish Borders, Riverside Mews is part of an exclusive rural development on the site of an old mill, just 8 miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed’s Elizabethan ramparts and good selection of shops and restaurants. This is a holiday location to suit everyone – for natural pleasures, the spectacular coastline and nature reserve of St Abb’s Head are just a few miles away and the Northumbrian coast’s miles of unspoilt beaches and Holy Island of Lindisfarne are a half hour drive. Whilst for visitors seeking historic attractions and lively cultural delights, the beautiful city of Edinburgh is only about an hour’s drive. Seal spotting and feeding, boat trips and diving are easily accessible as are great country houses and castles including Aydon, Floors and Mellerstain. Shops and pubs serving food 3 miles.

Entrance on ground floor. Open tread stairs to first floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. Second floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 single (for alternative sleeping only). Third floor: Two double bedrooms, both with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Elec CH (underfloor in bathrooms), elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Satellite TV (basic package). DVDs. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Balcony. Shared grounds. Garage and parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Unfenced stream and river by property.

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£465-£950
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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Set in the heart of the historic Hirsel Estate just 18 miles from the coast at Berwick-upon-Tweed and adjacent to an 18-hole golf course, these two charming holiday cottages (Lakeview, ref SQQH and Ray Bells, ref SUUY) are beautifully furnished and decorated. Close to the Hirsel Lake which is nationally renowned for its otters, swans and wildfowl, there are waymarked walks through the estate and especially around Dundock Wood, famous for its rhododendrons and azaleas, full of wonderful colour and scent May to June. In the Homestead courtyard nearby there are fascinating craft workshops, a countryside museum, a tea room serving delicious lunches and home baking and a children’s play area. Edinburgh is just an hour away, while the wide sandy beaches of the Northumbrian coast are only 30 minutes’ drive. Shop and pub 1 mile.

Living/dining room with wood-burning stove in feature stone fireplace. Three steps down to kitchen. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom (zip & link beds, can be 6ft double) with TV. Three steps down to wet room with drenching shower and toilet.

  • Full electric central heating (underfloor in kitchen and bathroom) included
  • Two Freeview TVs
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Shared sitting-out area with picnic benches
  • Shared access to farm and woodland walks
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • NB: Unfenced lake in grounds, 550 yards

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£232-£709
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