Find My Favourite Holiday Cottages in Duns

Duns is the former county town of Berwickshire, 40 miles east of Edinburgh. It lies in the heart of the unspoiled region of Southern Scotland known as the Scottish Borders, renowned as the beloved home of Sir Walter Scott and for the Common Ridings – the world’s oldest horse-riding festival. Self-catering holidays in Duns are perfect if you want to explore the Borders’ rugged hills, coast, stately homes and castles. With its sweeping market square and grand architecture, this atmospheric town is the perfect example of a historic Scottish Burgh. From your holiday cottage in Duns, the town centre’s narrow streets and alleyways, parks, cafes, pubs, and remarkable landmarks will be a stroll away. A market cross stands in the square as a symbol of the town’s history as a centre for trade.


This semi-detached cottage is in a courtyard location in the rural hamlet of Allanton just outside Chirnside in the Scottish Borders. Groom's Cottage is a few miles from the coast at Berwick and can sleep four people in two bedrooms.

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Gothic Revival, Duns Castle grounds, are now a peaceful park and bird sanctuary, while beautifully located Greenknowe Tower and the kirk where James IV prepared for the Battle of Flodden are striking reminders of the town’s turbulent history. In Dun’s lovely park, you will notice a bronze statue of the medieval philosopher John Duns Scotus, who is believed to have been born in the town. Nearby, the historic Manderston House and the Jim Clark Museum, which tells the story of the Formula 1 racing driver, are well worth a visit. The countryside surrounding Duns is some of the region’s most spectacular. The hill of Dun Law offers fantastic views across the low-lying farmlands to the coast beyond. Look out for the remains of an Iron Age Hillfort as you hike to the 700ft summit. Holiday cottages in Duns are perfectly positioned for day trips in the Scottish Borders. The Berwickshire coast is a short drive eastward with vast, sandy bays and secluded rocky coves, while the fascinating city of Edinburgh is a scenic drive northwest.