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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 Riverview Mews , Near Chirnside, The Scottish Borders, Eyemouth
    Entrance on ground floor. Open tread stairs to first floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. Second floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle ...
    Bedrooms: 5
    Sleeps Max: 8
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    Pets: dog friendly

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    photo of Queens Hill , Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Ideal for a city breakWith wonderful views of Edinburgh Castle and the city skyline from the living room, this spacious third floor holiday apartment, with parking, is in a quiet location, 5 minutes’ bus ride from the ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    photo of Tweed Cottage , Jedburgh, The Scottish Borders
    Enjoying stunning views from every window across Jedburgh towards the abbey and Cheviot Hills, this architect-designed cottage is set in an enviable position in beautifully landscaped grounds and provides a peaceful, ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    Pets: pet friendly

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    photo of The Retreat Cottage , North Berwick, Edinburgh and the Lothians, Dunbar
    Tucked away in a very pretty, secluded courtyard in the grounds of the owner’s home, this traditional detached holiday cottage was originally the dairy of Abbey Farm. No longer a farm now it lies in the quiet west end of ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
    Guide Price: £££
    Pets: pets allowed

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    photo of Rock Cottage , St Abbs, near Eyemouth, The Scottish Borders
    Rock Cottage is a cosy, compact retreat on the edge of the pretty harbour of St Abbs, just ½ mile from Coldingham Bay on the Scottish border. The property is set within the courtyard of Dive St Abbs, where the owners run ...
    Bedrooms: 1
    Sleeps Max: 2
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    Pets: pets allowed

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    photo of Links Lodge , Longniddry, near Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    This detached, single-storey holiday property is set within the grounds of the owner’s home with its own south facing private garden and screened for privacy. It is ideally situated on the edge of Longniddry village - a ...
    Bedrooms: 1
    Sleeps Max: 2
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    photo of Lochside Stable Hse , Town Yetholm, near Kelso, The Scottish Borders
    This beautiful Victorian country house sits between its own large garden and the courtyard of Lochside House. Ideal for family gatherings and parties, it is the perfect base for exploring Northumberland and the Scottish ...
    Bedrooms: 4
    Sleeps Max: 10
    Guide Price: £££
    Pets: pets allowed

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    photo of Powderhall Brae , Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    This wonderfully light, spacious first floor apartment is beautifully furnished with a stylish living room, complete with piano and small balcony, offering the perfect base for a memorable Edinburgh holiday. The generous ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 5
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    photo of Esk , 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
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    photo of Oak Cottage , Crawfordjohn, near Biggar, Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
    Enjoying an idyllic situation on the 33,000-acre Douglas Estate, surrounded by open countryside and panoramic views, these three attached holiday cottages, set within a courtyard, have been renovated and furnished to a 5 ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 6
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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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    Pets: dog friendly

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