Rolling hills, rushing rivers, windswept moors and a dramatic coast are all on the doorstep of Berwickshire holiday cottages. This unspoiled corner of southern Scotland is scattered with stately homes, ruined castles and abbeys, recalling a turbulent history of bloody battles with the English. Explore the region's majestic landscapes; it's easy to see why they have inspired artists and writers such as Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns for centuries. Whether you fancy hiking through glorious countryside, climbing a craggy hill for breathtaking views or exploring charming towns and villages, there's no shortage of things to do on self-catering holidays in Berwickshire. Golf, fishing, mountain-biking and wildlife-watching are popular activities. With its fresh air and stunning scenery, Berwickshire is the perfect place to unwind and savour a gentler pace of life.
If you fancy a day by the sea, head to the Berwickshire coast, dominated by towering cliffs, dotted with ancient ruins, occasionally giving way to hidden coves and beaches. A Berwickshire holiday cottage is an excellent choice if you want to sample the best food the Scottish Borders have to offer. Shop for meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables at your nearest market or enjoy an evening meal at one of the region's many inns and restaurants, where delicious food is prepared with the best local ingredients.
Some of Berwickshire's most spectacular scenery is found near the English border, along Yarrow Water, between Selkirk and Moffat and in Tweed Valley. Don't miss Sir Walter Scott's mansion at Abbotsford or Traquair House and Brewery - said to be Scotland's oldest inhabited home. The textile-producing towns of Galashiels and Hawick are well worth a visit, as is Duns, the former county town of Berwickshire, with fine architecture and independent businesses to explore.