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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 Woodside , Newcastleton, The Scottish Borders, Hawick
    Privately situated on the edge of the village of Newcastleton and backed by woodland, this spacious holiday property is decorated and furnished in a light, contemporary style and is equipped for disabled access, families ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 6
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    photo of Drakes Cottage , Lamington, near Biggar, Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
    Drake Cottage has fabulous views over spectacular countryside. This adjoining holiday barn conversion, renovated with superb comfort and style, including 100% cotton bed linen and towels, lies adjacent to the owner’s ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 6
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    photo of Melrose , Near Selkirk, The Scottish Borders
    Shared gardens with furniture 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 ...
    Bedrooms: 2
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    photo of Hume Orchard Steading , Hume, near 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 Stonebank House , Lamberton, near Berwick, The Scottish Borders, Eyemouth
    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 ...
    Bedrooms: 4
    Sleeps Max: 10
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    Pets: dog friendly

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    photo of The Spinney , Langlee, 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 ...
    Bedrooms: 1
    Sleeps Max: 2
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    photo of Old Town Apartment , Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders
    This delightful first floor apartment is just moments from Eyemouth’s sandy beach and has a sea peek from the double bedroom. With a bright and cosy living room with wood burner, this is an ideal base for a relaxing ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    photo of Blueacres , Kilbucho, near Biggar, The Scottish Borders, Peebles
    Set in the midst of fabulous rolling countryside with far reaching views over the surrounding hills, this comfortable, contemporary, semi-detached apartment is adjacent to the owners’ home. Single-storey, it is situated ...
    Bedrooms: 1
    Sleeps Max: 2
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    photo of Valley View Broughton , near Biggar, The Scottish Borders, Peebles
    Beautifully situated in glorious rolling countryside with views eastwards down the valley towards Broughton Heights, this charming, detached holiday cottage is light, bright and spacious – a most welcoming retreat for ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 6
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    Pets: pet friendly

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    photo of South Lodge , Fountainhall, near Stow, The Scottish Borders, Peebles
    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 ...
    Bedrooms: 2
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    photo of Waverley Cottage , Penton, near Carlisle, Cumbria
    This detached holiday bungalow is set in half an acre of lawn and wild gardens to encourage the local wildlife, on the border of Scotland. The area was fiercely fought over for centuries by Scottish and English families ...
    Bedrooms: 2
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