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.

Can I find a vacation rental around Scottish Borders?

Yes, our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 615 vacation rentals near Scottish Borders. From 362 cabins to 362 cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Scottish Borders for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Scottish Borders?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Scottish Borders. From Vrbo UK travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Hawick: 132 vacation rentals
  • Eyemouth: 171 vacation rentals
  • Kelso: 257 vacation rentals
  • Duns: 310 vacation rentals
  • Selkirk: 150 vacation rentals

And Vrbo UK offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Scottish Borders! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Scottish Borders?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Scottish Borders:

  • Hawick: 132 rentals
  • Eyemouth: 171 rentals
  • Kelso: 257 rentals
  • Duns: 310 rentals
  • Selkirk: 150 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Scottish Borders?

Vrbo UK offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Scottish Borders. From Vrbo UK travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • St Mary's Loch: 105 rentals
  • Duns Castle Nature Reserve: 358 rentals
  • Galashiels Station: 195 rentals
  • Traquair House: 132 rentals
  • Stow Station: 198 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Scottish Borders listed on Vrbo UK where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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