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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
South Lodge Ref: 30464


This beautifully styled contemporary detached holiday lodge, near Gala Water, is situated just off the A7 and 23 miles south of Edinburgh on a working farm. The original Lodge has been extensively extended creating a wonderful light and welcoming living area with stunning views, a cosy woodburner and French doors opening to the enclosed garden. There is easy access to Edinburgh by bus, or by the Waverley line - available summer 2015, or alternatively there is a convenient park & ride 17 miles away. Nearby are historic houses at Traquair and Thirlestane and the lovely Border towns of Melrose and Kelso, each with its ancient abbey. The market town of Peebles is also nearby and has fantastic mountain biking at Glentress, one of the 7 stanes. Hill walking, golf and fishing nearby. Shop and pub 4 miles restaurant 11 miles.

4 steps to entrance: Ground floor: Living room with French door. Dining room. 4 steps to kitchen. Utility area. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin (zip and link can be 6ft double on request). Bathroom with freestanding bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. 32" Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£282-£543
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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 ground floor: Living/dining room with French door. 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
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
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 large, secluded garden, this charming house is tucked away next to the old walled garden of the Estate.
Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Second living room. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Bathroom with toilet.

Open fire in living room (fuel at cost). Cots and high chairs on request. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 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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£726-£754
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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).

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£264-£680
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
3
Thistle Cottage Ref: 26147

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

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

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

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£304-£684
Shortlist
Grade 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
Shortlist
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
Shortlist
Grade 2 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Shieling View Ref: S4414

Enjoying glorious sea views, and set just 3 miles from Berwick’s many historic attractions, this detached single storey cottage makes an ideal year round base for exploring beautiful Borders scenery and Northumberland’s Heritage coast. The splendid castles of Bamburgh and Alnwick (famously featured in the Harry Potter films) and pretty Seahouses Harbour – for boat trips to the Farne Islands and Holy Island – are all close by. Berwick boasts good shopping, galleries, museums, inns and restaurants, golf and cycle hire whilst Edinburgh’s myriad delights are about an hour and 20 minutes’ drive. Riding locally. Shops 3 miles, pub 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas CH, elec and bed linen inc. Cot. Video. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. Garden and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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£321-£780
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Williams Suite Ref: S4518

In the glorious countryside of Berwickshire, near the historic villages of Coldingham, St Abbs and Eyemouth, lies Press Castle, a 17th century manor house of great character and charm. Divided into well appointed apartments, two first floor apartments offered here, it nestles within 13 acres of lovely grounds, home to badgers and red squirrels. Award winning beaches, a marine reserve, NTS properties, fishing villages, surfing, diving and superb golf courses are all close by, and there is wonderful walking in the Cheviot Hills and along the coast. Edinburgh is under an hour’s drive. Shop and pub 2 miles.

All on first floor: Living room with double sofa bed. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (four poster) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel inc).

Both properties: Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. M/wave. Washer/dryer. F/freezer. Shared garden. Shared 13-acre grounds. Parking. Fishing available. No smoking. NB: Steps to entrance. Unfenced stream in grounds.

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£245-£436
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
6
Bedrooms
3
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/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Step down to 1 double (zip and link) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms, 1 double (zip and link), 1 twin (2ft 6in for children), both with sloping ceiling.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Garden furniture. Gas barbecue. Parking (3 cars).

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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£393-£393
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Riverside Cottage Ref: CC538011
Riverside Cottage is both delightful and charming and provides a superb base for exploring the beautiful Scottish Borders. The property dates back to 1648 and forms part of the old town. Its location is ideal: tucked away down its own medieval close yet only a stone’s throw from the timeless High Street. As its name suggests, the front of the property overlooks the river known locally as ’ the Cuddy’.  Peebles, a Royal Burgh since 1152, is a hidden treasure with its own distinct heritage, culture and traditions. The motto of the town translates as, "Against the stream they multiply". An apt description given that the town straddles the majestic River Tweed, world famous for the quality of its salmon fishing.

Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating, is accessed by 24 step and comprises:
Lounge: With free view TV and DVD. A lovely, light room with river views.
Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed
Bedroom 2: With two single beds and view to river.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Highchair available.
Wi-fi access availablePatio area. Off road parking for one car plus parking for one additional vehicle by arrangement with the owner. Bikes can be stored by arrangement with the owner.

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£370-£470
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