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The border between Scotland and England is a long contested stretch of scenery, as dramatic to look at as its history. While some of the battles here have been bloody, and there's a historic reputation for lawlessness, the Scottish Kings were also battling for 'hearts and minds' and built some impressive monuments to their wealth and power in the region. Some of the best places to stay in the Scottish Borders are the old manor houses and strongholds built to fortify and rule the area. The Scottish Borders is about 1,800 square miles of land stretched below Edinburgh and The Lothians from the moors in the west to the Berwickshire coast in the east.
What Not To Miss
- Hikers will know the Scottish Borders region as the northern end of the Pennine Way, a long distance walking trail which follows part of Hadrian's Wall from Edale to Kirk Yetholm. The Way finishes just beyond the most beautiful waterfalls in the whole of the British Isles.
- The scale of the landscape, and its remoteness, means that one of the best ways to experience the Scottish Borders is by car. Plan a road trip to the towns and villages which most interest you, or else fly by the seat of your pants and discover the quiet majesty of the landscape and the beauty of the towns dotted throughout it.
- These emerald mountains, jade valleys and purple-heather moorlands are also favoured by mountain bikers.
- History enthusiasts will enjoy the famous Borders abbey towns of Melrose, Kelso and Jedburgh, and those with a literary bent might be interested in taking a pilgrimage to Galashiels, near Abbotsford, home of Sir Walter Scott, or visit Wigtown for its annual book festival.
- Pay a visit to Eyemouth Harbour - a fully working functional harbour where visitors can grab a bite to eat and watch the boats and seals go by.
Our selection of the best places to stay in the Borders offer everything from a great property for all the family to grand luxury hotels.
The best places to stay in the Borders
For a family friendly country escape
- Trigony House Hotel is easily one of the best places to stay in the Borders. It offers a home from home atmosphere and welcomes children and dogs alike!
For understated luxury
- The Windlestraw Lodge is an ideal escape if you crave peace and quiet in grand scenery. But when you return from your rambles you'll be coming back to good food, roaring fires and every comfort.
- Perfect for visitors looking to do various outdoor activities Caddon View is 19th century country guesthouse nestled in the village of Innerleithen. Eight individually designed rooms still retain many of their original features. Relax by the fireplace or enjoy the many outdoor pursuits. Only 30 miles from Edinburgh this is the ideal country bolt hole.
- Ideally located near two nearby nature reserves, Cavens House is an impressive country house set in a stunning location. Traditional rooms feature large sash windows and tastefully upholstered furniture. Good Scottish cuisine with award winning service. Plenty of country pursuits in the surrounding area. An ideal country escape with all the comforts of home.
For country house grandeur
- The Roxburghe Hotel is a grand old county house well used to playing host to hungry sportsmen and women and keen explorers and now accepting paying guests to do the same.
- Every inch the elegant escape, Glenholme Country House is a striking country house set in beautifully manicured gardens. Four elegant rooms feature white-washed walls, high ceilings, four poster beds and sash windows. The cosy lounge is warmed by a roaring fire, home-cooked dinners are offered and there's plenty to explore in the surrounding area.
- Perfect for foodies, Knockinaam Lodge is steeped in history, this former hunting lodge has hosted Churchill and Eisenhower. Enjoy unspoilt views of the Scottish coastline from your cosy, warm palleted room, many of which have tiled fireplaces. There are 38 acres to explore and a Michelin star restaurant. Haute cuisine in the highlands!
For an apartment or cottage
- if you'd prefer your own space, don't hesitate to visit our online partner, Booking.com for a fantastic range of properties scattered throughout the region.
- Fly to Edinburgh Airport located 61km (38 miles) from the Borders largest town, Galashiels. The airport provides a wide range of both domestic and International flights.
- Catch a train on the new Borders Railway which provides a fast link between Edinburgh and the Borders.
- If you want to rent a car to explore the rolling countryside and quaint towns, for prices visit our online partner, Holiday Autos.
- Best time to visit - the summer months from June to early September provide typically the warmest weather ideal for exploring everything this wonderful region has to offer.
Best Hotels in Borders
Caddon View 8 rooms from $69Peeblesshire, Borders
A 19th century country guesthouse nestled in the village of Innerleithen. Eight individually designed rooms still retain many of their original features. Relax by the fireplace or enjoy the many outdoor pursuits. Only 30 miles from Edinburgh this is the ideal country bolt hole.Great walks - Caddon View is an excellent location for walks of all grades around Innerleithen from forest to hill walking over the Minch MoorFishing - The River Tweed is famous for its salmon fishing but it also has an excellent run of sea troutRomantic - Good for couples.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
The Horseshoe 8 rooms from $130Borders
A charming 'restaurant with rooms' in a picturesque village in the Scottish Borders. Simply dressed rooms are traditional in style with each room sticking to a colour theme. The highly accoladed restaurant is the real crowning glory, fresh produce and skillful handling. The perfect country escape.Foodies - The award winning restaurant showcases Scotland's best produce and is the real drawing point.Romantic - Good for couples.TraditionalFull of characterRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Windlestraw Lodge 6 rooms from $143Walkerburn, Borders
Intimate hideaway in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Peaceful ambiance, good food, roaring fires, and lovely views of the countryside.Remote - Off the beaten track.Romantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Crookston House 3 rooms from $143Borders
Nestled amidst rolling green countryside, Crookston House is a delightful rural retreat. Boasting lovely bedrooms, an atmospheric dining room and glorious bounding gardens, it all comes together to create a stellar B&B.Sights nearby - With Edinburgh less than 20 miles away, it's very accessible for a day trip.Great walks - The surrounding area has lovely walking trails.Romantic - Good for couples.
Roxburghe Hotel 22 rooms from $254Borders
A comfortable country house hotel in beautiful countryside with great sporting opportunities and excellent food for hungry sportsmen and women.Fishing - Expert tuition available with Eion FairgrieveGolf - Championship courseBirdwatching - with Falconry ScotlandSpa