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Self Catering and Cottage Holidays in the Scottish Borders

Spanning around 1800 square miles, the vast, sprawling area that is the Scottish Borders runs from the hills and moorlands of the west, to the picturesque coast of the east. The Scottish Borders are home to rolling hills and meandering rivers, like the River Tweed, that flows west to east through the region. Read more

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55.678356, -3.519132

You'd never believe this tranquil setting is only a 25-minute drive from the outskirts of Edinburgh. Lammerlaw Farm Cottage is on a family-run farm in the Pentland Hills, 10-minutes from Biggar and 15-minutes from Carstairs. It's in a fantastic location for walking, hill walking and mountain biking, catering well for all three activities with secure storage and drying space. Two bedrooms sleep four people in 4-Star comfort that includes an enclosed garden with panoramic views. Stirling, Paisley, Ayr, Bannockburn, Glasgow, and the Scottish Borders are all within easy reach, making this an excellent holiday destination all year round.  Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£500 to £700
Short breaks from £71 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

55.624128, -2.400763

Stay in comfort in this peaceful farm cottage, less than three miles from Kelso in the beautiful Scottish Borders. With space for up to four people in two rooms and wonderful views towards the Cheviot Hills, Southsyde is ideal for couples, families or friends who want to experience the best of the Scottish Borders. There is excellent walking, cycling and fishing virtually on the doorstep, and the holiday cottage's location is also within reach of Edinburgh and the breathtaking Northumberland coastline. Southsyde is one of four 4-Star properties on Hendersyde Farm and can be booked on its own or together with one or more of the other properties to accommodate larger groups of extended family or friends. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£425 to £620
Short breaks from £298 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

West Cottage

Last Minute Offer:Tue, 5th Jul 2022 for 4 nights, £476"4 Stars, 4 Nights, 4 People! Discount for 2. Surrounded by walks, wildlife & wonderful views to Northumberland. A peaceful spot looking over the Tweed Valley, near Kelso. Dogs welcome."
55.624128, -2.400763

Cosy with a warm Scottish welcome, West Cottage is surrounded by peace and tranquility, yet just two miles down river from the attractive thriving Border town of Kelso with its fantastic market, superb shops, pubs and restaurants. A haven for wildlife and a perfect setting for relaxing, walking or exploring the areas numerous attractions with fishing, cycling and championship golf nearby. If all that's not enough, the stunning coastline of Northumberland and Edinburgh are within driving distance of this welcoming self-catering holiday cottage.

Weekly guide price:
£425 to £620
Short breaks from £298 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

55.624128, -2.400763

Beautifully presented throughout, this lovely Scottish holiday cottage provides single level accommodation and sits in a wonderfully tranquil position just two miles from the vibrant Border town of Kelso. Millsyde offers all the right ingredients to simply relax, and an abundance of attractions for great days out. Spend your days exploring Kelso, fishing, cycling, playing golf on a championship course, walking or exploring the Northumberland coast or City of Edinburgh. The choices are endless.

Weekly guide price:
£860 to £1350

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

55.626967, -2.502058

Unwind in the peace and tranquility of Mungo’s Well in the glorious Scottish Borders, watching wildlife from your patio and enjoying riverside walks. Just six miles from Northumberland, this light and airy cottage for two is well placed for relaxing and exploring the areas many attractions.

Weekly guide price:
£440 to £610
Short breaks from £100 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

Begrum

Last Minute Offer:Tue, 12th Jul 2022 for 7 nights, £549Save £61"Other lengths of stay. South conservatory magnificent rural views. Peaceful cottage. Wonderful birdlife. Cottage garden. Ideally located for exploring beautiful Borders Homebaking and a warm welcome"
55.626967, -2.502058

Providing a warm Scottish welcome, this self-catering barn affords wonderful views over the glorious countryside of the Scottish borders and offers lovely walks and a rural, peaceful setting to relax and unwind. It is within easy reach of the areas many attractions and six miles from the Northumberland Border.

Weekly guide price:
£440 to £610
Short breaks from £100 per night

2+2  |   1  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

Thairn

Last Minute Offer:Wed, 13th Jul 2022 for 3 nights, £357Save £39"South facing conservatory. Peaceful. All on 1 level. Ideal for exploring area. Wonderful views. Lovely walks. EV charging Wi-Fi Kelso only 3 miles away."
55.626967, -2.502058

A converted stone barn with great views across the heart of the Scottish borders. Within easy reach of castles, gardens, ancient abbeys and just six miles from the Northumberland Border, Thairn holiday cottage provides a good base for exploring the beautiful Scottish Borders. Explore walks from the cottage and enjoy the peace of Burnbrae.

Weekly guide price:
£440 to £610
Short breaks from £100 per night

2+1  |   1  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

Plum Tree Cottage

Last Minute Offer:Mon, 11th Jul 2022 for 4 nights, £400"Hygge Cottage for 2 with spiral stairs. beams and balcony. Prosecco chilling for you."
55.627539, -2.408848

Plum Tree Cottage is a romantic retreat ideal for couples in a stunning setting with views over rolling farmland. Close to the popular Scottish Border town of Kelso with superb shopping and great places to enjoy a meal out, Plum Tree Cottage is perfect for exploring the Border towns, historic sights and many attractions. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner

2  |   1  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

55.627539, -2.408848

Garden Bank Cottage sits in a pretty tranquil setting on the Scottish Borders near to the popular town of Kelso. Great walking and fishing, superb places for a meal out, plenty of historic sites to visit and wonderful shopping are just some of the reasons to visit (along with the use of a tennis court!). Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£280 to £550

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star

55.627539, -2.408848

With the vibrant Scottish Borders town of Kelso within easy reach, Cockle Kitty holiday cottage affords a peaceful and tranquil setting to return home to at the end of an exciting day browsing the superb shops, visiting the historic sights or walking until your heart is content. Guests have the use of a fantastic tennis court. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£280 to £550

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star

55.627539, -2.408848

The Scottish Borders are spectacular. Plum Braes Barn is an organic farm four miles from Kelso, offering a superb selection of self-catering accommodation, including Orchard Hideaway. Sleeping four people in two bedrooms, the newly built property was designed to make the most of the views and is perfect for couples or families. Being close to Kelso gives easy access to all the best Borders attractions such as Floor Castle and Kelso Racecourse, and the area is fantastic for golf, bird watching, cycling, fishing and horseriding. There are no end of footpaths on which to explore whether you want to climb a steep hill or just wander along the banks of the Tweed River. It is an incredible holiday destination whatever time of year you visit.

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

55.656261, -2.366168

Tucked away between Coldstream and Kelso, this dog-friendly cottage has everything families and friends need for a relaxing Borders holiday. Bartlehill Cottage sleeps six people in three bedrooms, two of which can have super-king or twin single beds to suit guests needs. Kelso is six miles away, Coldstream is five miles away, and the River Tweed and English border are just two miles from the door. There are stunning walks and bike rides locally, including trails to the beautiful Cheviot Hills, which are so clearly visible from the house and garden. Bamburgh and Lindisfarne are under an hour's drive for relaxing days at the coast. 

Weekly guide price:
£130 to £150
Short breaks from £130 per night

6  |   3  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

55.781010, -2.216456

Greenloaning Cottage is perfect for a self-catering holiday in the Scottish Borders. The two-bedroom holiday rental sleeps four people, is dog-friendly and ideal for couples or families. It is on the edge of the quiet village of Allanton, within a short walk of the award-winning Allanton Inn and easy reach of favourite attractions like Floors Castle, Abbotsford House, Melrose House, Foxlake and St Abbs Harbour. It's also close to popular places over the border, including Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh Castle, and Lindisfarne. Greenloaning Cottage is available for bookings all year round, with short breaks possible outside of peak season. 

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner
Short breaks from £110 per night

4  |   2  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

55.627539, -2.408848

Set in a peaceful corner of an organic farm and only two miles from Kelso, Eden Hideaway is a wonderful holiday chalet for up to four people, with beautiful views of the Eden Valley and the Cheviot Hills. The owner has taken great care to ensure guests can relax and enjoy themselves from the moment they arrive, whether it is by lighting the cosy log burner or heating the wood-fired outdoor spa to sit under the stars and let the warm water soothe tired muscles. There are fantastic footpaths and mountain bike routes nearby, as well as favourite attractions including Roxburgh Castle, Floors Castle and Kelso Abbey.

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

55.627539, -2.408848

The Eden Valley is one of the most beautiful parts of the Scottish Borders and this contemporary chalet, just two miles from Kelso, is ideally positioned to enjoy the view. There is space for four people in two bedrooms, and it is as popular with couples who want a romantic escape as it is with active families. The private log-fired outdoor hot tub is a luxurious touch, and the owners have taken care to ensure guests enjoy a comfortable and relaxing stay as they explore the beautiful landscape and famous attractions such as Floors Castle.

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

55.920065, -2.313650

In an idyllic position, this delightful self-catering holiday cottage sits on a stretch of picturesque coastline with miles of sandy beaches on the doorstep. A perfect coastal retreat for exploring the Scottish Borders. Twenty miles from Berwick-on-Tweed, Townhead Farm offers a taste of country life and a wealth of attractions for day trips out in both the Border towns and Northumberland. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£600 to £1000

4-6  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star

55.396052, -2.847133

A spacious detached holiday home located three miles from Hawick in the Scottish Borders. Set in two acres of private gardens with hot tub, gazebo and Finnish style BBQ house, Branxholm Knowe House is ideal for entertaining, celebrating a special occasion or for two families to enjoy a holiday together.

Weekly guide price:
£1500 to £2950
Short breaks from £450 per night

12  |   5  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

55.881675, -2.205828

Blackpotts Farm Cottage is a pretty holiday home on a working farm just outside of Coldingham and a mile from the beach at Coldingham Sands. The cottage can sleep up to four people with a layout that suits couples, small families and friends who want a peaceful environment where they can unwind and relax. Berwick-Upon-Tweed and Edinburgh are both close enough for a fun day out, and there are miles of footpaths, cycling routes and bridleways accessible locally, all offering breathtaking views of the spectacular landscape.

Weekly price:
£595 all year

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 5 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

55.767637, -1.999139

A ground floor courtyard holiday apartment a few minutes walk from the centre of Berwick-Upon-Tweed, with easy access to shops, cafes, pubs, the beach and other attractions. The Smoke Room dates from 1780 and is full of character. It sleeps up to three people in one bedroom with space for a cot. Despite its central location, it is wonderfully peaceful. Guests can walk, cycle, fish, play golf, and sightsee to their heart's content. The walk around Berwick's historic walls gives views across the estuary, sea and up the Tweed, while the Northumberland National Park is only half an hour's drive. 10 miles south of Berwick, Holy Island or Lindisfarne is accessible by causeway at low tide.

Weekly guide price:
£340 to £430

2+1  |   1  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

55.342608, -2.762875

Located within the beautiful Scottish Borders region and just seven miles south of Hawick, this is an ideal holiday location for anyone looking for a relaxing getaway, wanting to explore the area or enjoy outdoor activities. Nestling amongst glorious Scottish countryside, Shankend sits within 100 acres which include a lake for fishing and kayaking.

Weekly guide price:
£495 to £875

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

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Cottages in the Scottish Borders

An area awash with history, the Scottish Borders have been much fought over in conflicts such as the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 13th and 14th centuries. It wasn’t until 1975 that the area now known as the Scottish Borders, was created. As such, you can see evidence of the years of changing ownership in the English and Scottish place names throughout the region.

It isn’t hard to understand why the lush, rolling hills of the Scottish Borders were so fought over. Sweeping valleys, bountiful forests and scenic moorlands filled with heather now provide peaceful, rural surroundings. With an area of 1800 square miles to explore, getting lost in the variety of different scenery the area yields, is a pleasure.

The rich and fascinating history of the area provides plenty of entertainment for those who want to take a trip back in time. There are numerous historical buildings, stately homes and castles to visit. Melrose Abbey is a must-see, where the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce is said to have been laid to rest.

For those more interested in the present day, the gardens and grounds that accompany the historical buildings are a delight to explore.

Those in search of natural forest surrounds have plenty to choose from, such as Glentress Forest, where you can take it at a gentle pace with walking and hiking trails or go full speed ahead on one of the many mountain bike courses that cover the area. With so much spectacular unspoilt natural scenery, the Scottish Borders are alive with wildlife.

A great year-round destination, the Scottish Borders offer a wealth of attractions and amusements to keep you occupied every day of your holiday.