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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 Rowan Tree Cottage , Fountainhall, near Stow, The Scottish Borders, Peebles
    Beautifully located on a working farm in Gala Water, accessed by a farm track, this property sits in a row with two similar properties and boasts glorious outlooks over rolling hills. Rowan Tree Cottage has a pretty living ...
    Bedrooms: 2
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    photo of Newhall Steading Cottage , Carlops, near Penicuik, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    These beautifully situated holiday cottages are part of historic Newhall Estate, just 14 miles south west of the vibrant city of Edinburgh, and a central base from which to explore further afield to Glasgow, Stirling, Fife ...
    Bedrooms: 2
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    photo of The Hayloft , By Carnwath, Glasgow and the Clyde Valley, Biggar
    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 Puffin House , Eyemouth, Scottish Borders, The Scottish Borders
    Just seconds from the beach at Eyemouth, this substantial semi-detached holiday home is located in this bustling seaside town. Its tucked away in a quiet corner, with sea views from the living room, yet the high street ...
    Bedrooms: 2
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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
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    photo of Courtyard Cottage , Mellerstain, near Kelso,, The Scottish Borders
    Ground floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet (accessed also from hall). First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster) with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 1 twin with ...
    Bedrooms: 3
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    photo of Clayron Cottage , Dunbar, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Ideally situated for golf, the beach and easy access to Edinburgh, this delightful, semi-detached holiday cottage has a sunny sitting-out area to the rear and a bright sun porch open to the cosy living/dining room. There ...
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    photo of The Promenade , Portobello, Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    This superbly located, terraced holiday cottage has direct access onto the sandy beach in Portobello and is only 15 minutes drive or bus ride from Edinburgh city centre. Perfect for a family holiday combining the sights ...
    Bedrooms: 4
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    photo of Hideaway , Kelso, Scottish Borders, The Scottish Borders
    With plenty of space for two, this delightful, end-terrace cottage, in the heart of The Borders market town of Kelso, is set in a quiet area close to the old parish church. The very comfortable living/dining room opens ...
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    photo of Berryhill Cottage , Grantshouse, The Scottish Borders, Duns
    This detached stone holiday cottage lies in peaceful woodland, just 45 minutes south of Edinburgh and is a perfect romantic retreat for two with a light living room looking out to the garden and woods where roe deer, red ...
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