Destination guide

The riverside setting of Scottish Borders is ready to explore

The area's monuments and history are just a few of the reasons to vacation in Scottish Borders. This welcoming and relaxing city is known for its riverfront, restaurants and bars. With a vacation rental, you get a home away from home—many rentals offer full kitchens and outdoor grills for some home cooking.


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 cozy vacation rental and check out everything that makes Scottish Borders a fun place to get away. Here are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • 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)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Scottish Borders

Scottish Borders is famous for its stunning river views and picturesque 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 center:

  • 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 center. 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.

Where to stay around Scottish Borders?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 835 vacation rentals near Scottish Borders. From 391 Cabins to 391 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 HomeAway.

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 HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Peebles: 120 vacation rentals
  • Selkirk: 213 vacation rentals
  • Kelso: 384 vacation rentals
  • Melrose: 221 vacation rentals
  • Hawick: 208 vacation rentals

And HomeAway 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:

  • Peebles: 120 rentals
  • Selkirk: 213 rentals
  • Kelso: 384 rentals
  • Melrose: 221 rentals
  • Hawick: 208 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?

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

  • Duns Castle: 470 rentals
  • Neidpath Castle: 233 rentals
  • Abbotsford: 276 rentals
  • Floors Castle: 436 rentals
  • Melrose Abbey: 300 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Scottish Borders listed on HomeAway 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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