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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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55.772413, -2.827769

The Capercaillie at airhouses is a stunning purpose built 10 bedroom property with a huge ten seater hot tub, enclosed garden and hobbit style BBQ hut. Nestled amongst acres of organic farmland yet 45 mins from bustling Edinburgh you will feel a world away from everyday life.  

Weekly guide price:
£2625 to £3250

10  |   5  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.846944, -2.965930

Dandelion Cottage is a dreamy rural holiday cottage where couples can relax in luxury against the beauty of the Cumbrian countryside. It's four miles from Carlisle and a short drive from the Lake District National Park, Solway Coast, Hadrian's Wall and the Scottish border. This quiet area is the perfect place for fell walking, climbing, mountain biking and road cycling, with historic houses, gardens and lakes for variety. The spacious one-bedroom barn conversion has a super-kingsized bed, a huge ensuite, and a private landscaped garden with a covered hot tub. 

Weekly guide price:
£770 to £1050
Short breaks from £110 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

55.678356, -3.519132

You would never believe this tranquil setting is only a 25-minute drive from the outskirts of Edinburgh. Lammerlaw Self Catering is on a family-run farm in the Pentland Hills, 10-minutes from Biggar and 15-minutes from Carstairs. It is 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

Mungo's Well

Last Minute Offer:Sun, 7th Jul 2024 for 4 nights, £504"Peaceful cottage Kelso 3 miles Conservatory Wonderful birdlife Ideally located to explore beautiful Borders Walk or cycle from your cottage Historical houses and gardens nearby"
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:
£485 to £672
Short breaks from £120 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

Begrum

Last Minute Offer:Sat, 22nd Jun 2024 for 7 nights, £600Save £50"Summer Offer £50 discount on any 7night holiday taken between 22 June & 30 Aug 2024 Voucher code Sun24. Peaceful, comfortable cottage for 1 or 2 EV charger Ground level Home baking & 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:
£460 to £640
Short breaks from £120 per night

2+2  |   1  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

Thairn

Last Minute Offer:Sun, 30th Jun 2024 for 5 nights, £571"Amazing views from your peaceful cottage Kelso 3 miles Conservatory Wonderful birdlife Ideally located to explore beautiful Borders Walk or cycle from your cottage Historical houses and gardens nearby"
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:
£460 to £640
Short breaks from £120 per night

2+1  |   1  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

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.  Licence No: SB00044F

Weekly price:
£1110 all year
Short breaks from £150 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.    Licence No: SB00045F

Weekly guide price:
£840 to £930
Short breaks from £120 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 guide price:
£980 to £1500
Short breaks from £250 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

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 guide price:
£980 to £1500
Short breaks from £250 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

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 guide price:
£980 to £1500
Short breaks from £250 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

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 guide price:
£350 to £680
Short breaks from £150 per night

2  |   1  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

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:
£400 to £750
Short breaks from £150 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 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:
£400 to £750
Short breaks from £150 per night

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

55.551003, -2.275761

Audrey’s is a beautiful self-catering property located in Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders.  A family friendly, walkers paradise. 

Weekly guide price:
£600 to £1050
Short breaks from £80 per night

4+cot  |   2  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

55.721745, -2.160089

Hillberry is on a quiet lane in the historic Northumberland village of Norham, moments from the River Tweed, Norham Castle, the Mason's Arms pub, butchers, a baker and the village shop. Berwick-Upon-Tweed is seven miles away, and countless footpaths, trails and cycling routes exist to explore. Accommodation at Hillberry is entirely on one level. There is space for five people to sleep in three bedrooms. Recently renovated to a high standard, the self-catering holiday home is perfectly located for exploring north Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. 

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £950
Short breaks from £115 per night

5  |   3  |   1  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 4 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

55.711094, -2.749523

The Chesters at Castleview Holiday Lodges is a deluxe self-catering two bedroom lodge with a BBQ, hot tub and a raised sundeck for you to sit back and enjoy the incredible countryside views overlooking the Lauderdale Valley in the Scottish Borders.

Weekly guide price:
£694 to £1250
Short breaks from £183 per night

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

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 £925

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

55.732040, -3.381214

An exceptional inspiring dog-friendly holiday cottage in the heart of the Scottish Peeblesshire countryside. Under twenty miles from Edinburgh, guest's can enjoy spectacular views, eco-friendly living and easy access to the Pentlands with outstanding walking - an ideal self-catering getaway for couples, friends and families and great base for exploring this lovely part of Scotland.

Weekly guide price:
£750 to £950
Short breaks from £150 per night

4+2  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

55.345145, -2.366431

The magnificent Northumberland National Park, Kielder Forest and Whitelee Moor surround this period stone holiday home that sleeps four people in two bedrooms. The Pennine Way passes the gate, and there are miles of footpaths, bridleways and cycling routes to explore. The Old School House is close to favourite attractions like Cragside, Hadrian's Wall, and Alnwick Castle and Garden. The Northumberland Coast is just an hour away, and there are many other attractions and activities to delight couples and families in all seasons. 

Weekly guide price:
£335 to £550
Short breaks from £85 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   No

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

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.