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    The gateway to some of the most spectacular countryside in Britain, surrounded by the romantic landscape of the Borders, as well as great historic houses and majestic ruined castles, Edinburgh is one of the most elegant cities in Europe. The capital of an independent Scotland for more than two hundred and fifty years, the city is dominated by the spectacular fortress of Edinburgh Castle, situated high on the peak of the once-volcanic Castle Rock.

    The Borders area stretches along the entire border region of southern Scotland and neighbouring areas of northern England, to include Dumfriesshire and Kirkcudbrightshire, as well as Northumberland, Cumberland and Westmorland.

    Things to do in Edinburgh and the Borders
    In addition to walking and wildlife pursuits, the Borders area is particularly rich in historic buildings – from the more humble of local town and village halls to the most regal and majestic of royal palaces and great houses.

    Top Destinations
    Linlithgow – An historic Royal Burgh in the central Scottish lowlands, Linlithgow was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots; the magnificent ruins of the Royal palace are situated on the banks of a loch, and the palace and grounds are open to the public.

    Jedburgh – The ruined 12th century Augustinian Jedburgh Abbey still attracts visitors to this, the largest town between Edinburgh and Newcastle upon Tyne. The town lies on the Jed Water, a tributary of the River Teviot, and is just ten miles within the Scottish border.

    Kelso – Situated at the confluence of the River Tweed and the River Teviot, with cobbled streets and elegant Georgian buildings, Kelso is also the site of the ruined 12th century Kelso Abbey and of Floors Castle, the home of the Dukes of Roxburghe.

    Aberlady – A coastal village, Aberlady is now surrounded by several well-known golf courses. An important harbour in the Middle Ages, from the 7th century the village had strong links with the monasteries at Iona and Lindisfarne, with an important role facilitating pilgrim traffic between the two holy sites. Since 1952, Aberlady Bay has been recognised as a centre for nature and conservation, and nearby Waterston House is the HQ of the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club (SOC).

    South Queensferry – Ten miles from the centre of Edinburgh, on the shore of the Firth of Forth, between the Forth Bridge and the Forth Road Bridge, the area of South Queensferry takes its name from St Margaret of Scotland, who is thought to have established a ferry for pilgrims who were on their way north to St Andrews.

    Berwick-upon-Tweed – The northern most town in England, with a strategic border position on the east coast and the mouth of the River Tweed, Berwick changed hands between Scotland and England for the final time in 1482. Given its former military significance, it is unsurprising that Berwick Barracks and the ramparts of the town are now key local landmarks.

    Selkirk – This historic town lies on the banks of Ettrick Water, a tributary of the River Tweed. Site of the first Border Abbey, Selkirk was once famous for its woollen industry; now its primary fame is perhaps from its links with bannocks – a particular variety of dry fruit cake.

     


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    photo of Oldhamstocks Cottage , Oldhamstocks, By Dunbar, Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    With Edinburgh just 40 minutes away and Holy Island, the castles of Bamburgh and Alnwick within 45 to 55 minutes' drive, endless sandy beaches and golf courses on the doorstep, this charming, detached stone cottage could ...
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    photo of Tweed , Nr. Selkirk, Selkirk, The Scottish Borders
    Heated indoor swimming poolShared gardens with furniture and play areaThis stone-built Edwardian mansion with its converted coach house and stable is situated near Selkirk, in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Edinburgh ...
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    photo of Coach House , Ratho, nr. Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Hidden away among lovely beech trees and with views from the terrace of the attractive Union Canal, The Coach House is a perfect base from which to explore Edinburgh. Stone-built and detached, it is set within the ...
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    photo of Hume Orchard Steading , Hume, nr. Kelso, Kelso, The Scottish Borders
    Perfect for families or groups of friends holidaying together, this lovely holiday cottage has been created from original farm buildings to form roomy, flexible holiday accommodation. The spacious kitchen is the heart of ...
    Bedrooms: 5
    Sleeps Max: 11
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    photo of Minnow Cottage , Lennel, Coldstream, Duns, The Scottish Borders
    Large mature gardenThis charming terraced holiday cottage, set in large mature gardens, is in the quiet hamlet of Lennel and 0.75 miles from Coldstream and the English border. Spacious and well equipped with a large ...
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    photo of Westland Cottage , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    This cosy, characterful holiday cottage is situated near a working farm yet surprisingly, on the edge of the city, and is the end one of a row of stone-built cottages with an enclosed sunny garden to the rear. With a ...
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    photo of The Hayloft , By Carnwath, Biggar, Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
    Nestled in the beautiful Scottish countryside with views of Tinto Hill, this pair of adjoining holiday cottages, originally stables and dairy parlours stand adjacent to the owner's home. Dating back over 200 years, they ...
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    photo of Allanshaugh , Fountainhall, nr. Galashiels, Peebles, The Scottish Borders
    Located in the tiny village of Fountainhall, this lovely holiday cottage is ideally located to explore the Scottish Borders and all its many attractions. Set in a very peaceful location, in the extensive grounds of the ...
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    photo of The Spinney , Langlee, Jedburgh, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders
    Log cabins are set in quiet location two miles south of Jedburgh and are pet friendly. The lodge has an open plan well equipped kitchen and sitting room and separate bedroom and bathroom Privately owned and located in ...
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    photo of Cobbinshawloch Cottages , West Calder, West Lothian
    Set within peaceful tranquillity on an organic farm overlooking the Pentland Hills and Cobbinshaw Loch this gorgeous 2 bedroomed cottage is the perfect retreat for a relaxing holiday while being only 22 miles from the ...
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