Holiday cottages in Southern Scotland and Borders

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Enjoy a gentle pace of life in the beautiful and historic Scottish Borders and Southern Scotland. Discover sweeping valleys, moorlands and emerald forests along with local food and drink, outdoor pursuits and plenty of culture on offer.
In the north of the region lies Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland where centuries of history meet with a busy, cosmopolitan city in a beautiful setting. Discover stunning scenery, enjoy fine foods and explore the beautiful coast and countryside in the nearby Lothians. Edinburgh is home to Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano in Holyrood Park with panoramic views from the top. At the top of the Royal Mile stands Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland's crown jewels. With many galleries, shops, theatres, restaurants, a zoo and much more, there is a great deal to discover in the splendid city of Edinburgh.

Heading eastwards five miles north of the border with England is the historic town of Eyemouth which boasts a natural harbour and splendid coastal scenery. The harbour is set in the heart of the town with traditional features along with up to date modern facilities. In summer explore the harbour, enjoy fish & chips, ice cream or simply relax and feed the local harbour seals.

Nestled in an area of outstanding beauty discover the border town of Peebles, recognised as an arts destination town and also offers something for everyone from outdoor activities such as fishing, walking and golf to fine shops and award winning restaurants.

Along the banks of the River Tweed, the market town of Kelso is an ideal place to explore the borders, Berwickshire coast and North Northumberland. Full of history with its Romanesque abbey and the largest cobbled market square in Scotland, Kelso boasts an array of shops, restaurants and pubs. Jedburgh, another vibrant market town near Kelso, is an ideal place to suit walkers of all abilities along with many other outdoor pursuits such as horse riding, golf and angling.

From streams to summits, woodlands to shores, the landscape in Dumfries & Galloway is naturally inspiring – an artist's dream, it is the perfect backdrop for many activities and offers an abundance of wildlife. As well as being a beautiful area Dumfries offers much more with many museums, including Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum, The Robert Burns Centre and the spectacular Mid Steeple Building dating back to 1708.

Castle Douglas, one of Dumfries & Galloway's must-see towns, is a perfect base to explore Galloway's countryside, including Loch Ken, Galloway Forest Park and the Solway Coast. Specialising in traditional and speciality food shopping, Castle Douglas has a main street almost entirely consisting of independent retailers. If you prefer a more leisurely stay take a riverside walk, have a boat ride or simply potter around the quiet paths leading to small villages surrounding this popular market town.

Ten miles from Castle Douglas lies the harbour town of Kirkcudbright, set on the banks of the River Dee, is the only town on the Solway Coast with a working harbour. Visit attractions such as MacLellan's Castle, Broughton House famous for its impressive Japanese gardens and the Tolbooth Art Centre. There is a good array of shops as well as some great places to eat out from simple pub food to traditional Scottish cuisine.

Newton Stewart is a small market town on the banks of the River Cree famous for salmon and trout fishing. Surrounded by the Galloway hills, a favourite for hill walkers and mountain bikers alike the area offers some of the most dramatic scenery in southern Scotland.

Heading as far west as you can go in Southern Scotland is the attractive village of Portpatrick with pastel coloured houses set around a small bay. Portpatrick is now a peaceful holiday resort ideal for walking along the cliffs to Dunskey Castle, sea fishing or simply getting away from it all and relaxing.

Situated on the Ayrshire coast lies the traditional seaside town of Girvan, its harbour being a centre of attraction for visitors. From here you can set off for a day's angling at sea or a pleasure trip around Ailsa Crag. Inland there are many walkers' trails in Carrick Forest. Other attractions include the Stumpy Tower, originally built as a prison. The McKechnie Institute as well as a variety of restaurants, cafes and shops.

The Royal Burgh of Ayr, on the Firth of Clyde is the largest coastal town in South Ayrshire and a popular seaside resort complete with a charming sea front and esplanade with a long sandy beach perfect for a stroll. It's a lively town offering a variety of high street shops, a famous racecourse, good shopping and dining facilities and three public golf courses.

Located on the River Clyde, is the seaside resort of Largs, complete with Victorian promenade. It is a good base for exploring the many west coast islands including Cumbrae, which lies just a mile offshore. The famous Waverley Paddle Steamer offers regular ferry crossings to the islands during the summer months. The town has several restaurants including Scotts Bar and Restaurant located at Largs Yacht Haven, where you can enjoy a coffee, casual drinks or a meal overlooking the marina, as well as many pubs and an ice cream parlour.

Glasgow is Scotland's largest city, renowned for culture and friendliness. Glasgow offers many museums, galleries, stunning architecture, with works by renowned designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, nightlife and superb shopping as well as a diverse array of restaurants and bars. Crowned European City of Culture in 1990, Glasgow is a buzz with art galleries, exhibitions and Victorian structures. Beyond the city you will find beautiful countryside, family days out and plenty of history as you follow the path of the River Clyde.
So whether you're looking for a romantic break or a last minute getaway, Southern Scotland and the Scottish Borders region has something for everyone. Search for a Scottish holiday cottage today!