Destination guide

Experience Scottish Borders in holiday lettings

With rolling hills and gentle valleys along the picturesque Berwickshire coastline, the Scottish Borders is a beautiful place for a relaxing holiday of exploring and sightseeing. From awe-inspiring castles and stately homes to outdoor excursions in the diverse terrain, the Scottish Borders is a premier destination for every type of traveller. Holiday lettings in the Scottish Borders put you right in the heart of the region and all it has to offer.


Historic sites near Scottish Borders holiday homes

The Scottish Borders is filled with enchanting historic locations with fascinating stories to tell. Holiday lettings can be found near sites like the Traquair House, a 12th-century stately home with elegant furnishings and brewery and craft workshops, and Dryburgh Abbey, a medieval ruin site with an old Gothic monastery and nature trails. The Jedburgh Abbey, a ruined 12th-century Augustinian abbey with Romanesque architecture and a herb garden, and St Abb’s Head, a rocky promontory with a nature reserve and historic lighthouse, are also great places to visit and learn about the history of the region.


Activities and attractions in Scottish Borders

Are you looking for top things to see and do while you're in the area? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and check out everything that makes Scottish Borders a fun place to get away to. Here are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Royal Commonwealth Pool (29.3 mi / 47.1 km)
  • Our Dynamic Earth (30 mi / 48.2 km)
  • Kelso Racecourse (13.8 mi / 22.3 km)
  • Great Polish Map of Scotland (19.2 mi / 30.9 km)
  • Kielder Observatory (24.7 mi / 39.8 km)
  • Butterfly and Insect World (25.2 mi / 40.6 km)
Outdoor activities

Outdoor fun near Scottish Borders holiday lettings

The picturesque countryside of the Scottish Borders provides a natural playground for outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels. Adrenaline-pumping mountain biking, off-road quad biking, archery, treetop adventures and surfing are the most popular outdoor excursions in the Scottish Borders, though those looking for leisurely activities can enjoy a relaxing afternoon of angling or golf. Many nature trails can be found in historic ruin sites, ancient woodland or vast hills and valleys, providing excellent opportunities for walking, biking or horseback riding among native wildlife. Whatever your inclination, holiday homes in Scottish Borders put you right in the centre of the action.

Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Scottish Borders

Scottish Borders is famous for its stunning river views and beautiful gardens. Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to appreciate the scenery, Scottish Borders is a great place to get outside. These are a few of the area's most stunning natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Arthur's Seat (29.9 mi / 48 km)
  • Northumberland National Park (28.7 mi / 46.1 km)
  • Holyrood Park (29 mi / 46.7 km)
  • Three Brethren (4.5 mi / 7.2 km)
  • Kailzie Gardens (14.5 mi / 23.3 km)
  • St Mary's Loch (16.5 mi / 26.6 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Scottish Borders

The nearest airport is in Edinburgh (EDI), located 34.1 mi (54.9 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Carlisle (CAX), which is 43.8 mi (70.5 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Tweedbank Station, Galashiels Station and Stow Station are the main stations in the area.

How to get around

Transport to Scottish Borders holiday homes

The Scottish Borders is convenient and easy reach, thanks to its location between Edinburgh, Northumberland and Lothians. Buses and car hires can bring you into Scottish Borders from the north or south, and train lines run from major cities in the UK right into the heart of the region. Once there, you can use many bus services to travel between towns or hire a car to travel through the area near your holiday rental at your own pace.

Food & drink 

Sample Scottish Borders cuisine

With excellent pubs, cafes and restaurants boasting sustainably-sourced and organic meats, vegetables, game and fish with simple spices, the Scottish Borders offers a culinary journey for foodies. Craft brewers, artisan gin distillers and whiskey producers put the finishing touch on the fine cuisine in the region. Visit a restaurant or pub near your holiday rental in the Scottish Borders to try authentic recipes like powsowdie, a Scottish sheep’s-head stew, Arbroath smokies, a type of smoked haddock, and Dundee cake, a popular fruit cake with rich flavours and local ingredients.

How many holiday rentals are available around Scottish Borders?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 819 holiday lettings around Scottish Borders. From 530 cabins to 530 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a rural property in Scottish Borders?

There's something special about living out in the countryside. If you're a city dweller yearning for a rural living experience, let us give you a helping hand. HomeAway has 304 rural getaway properties in this destination. Open to other ideas? HomeAway has oodles more rental options to check out, including:

  • 130 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 75 seaside holiday accommodation options.
  • 74 town holiday accommodation options.

Can I stay in Scottish Borders in a large group?

It can be hard finding time to meet up with friends and family. A group holiday is an excellent opportunity to be reunited. If you were hoping to stay under the same roof, HomeAway has places for you. At the moment, cottage holiday rentals are the hottest thing for big groups of travellers here, and you'll find 62 listed on our database. If you're wanting to stay in a big group, the holiday rentals that can meet your needs include:

  • Are you searching for rentals that can fit 6 of you? We have 150 that will be suitable. The prices start from £58 per night.
  • If you have 5 in your group, you'll be thrilled to hear that there are 81 rental properties suitable. The starting price is £60 a night.
  • Planning a trip away with 8 guests? We offer 54 rental properties that fit the bill. Prices begin at just £100 per night.

You and all your mates will be in good hands when you arrange your Scottish Borders escape with us!

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Scottish Borders?

Cut down on those steep accommodation expenses when you organise your stay with HomeAway. You'll find plenty of excellent holiday rentals and save heaps of cash! Selkirk is an awesome area to look at if you want to keep a handle on your budget. HomeAway has 93 holiday rentals, and the average price is a modest £86 per night. There are another 169 HomeAway holiday rentals awaiting you in or around Melrose. The average price here is £88 a night.

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