Garrington Property Finders conduct searches on the behalf of private clients seeking a variety of property types across the Scottish Borders. To the north this vast region of Scotland borders with Edinburgh and to the south and east it borders the English counties of Northumberland and Cumbria.
Whether you are unsure of the best place to live in the Scottish Borders and would like guidance from our local experts on where to live to suit your lifestyle and requirements, or you know where you’d like to live but cannot find the ideal property – our professional property finders would be delighted to assist.
Scottish Borders Home Search
The Scottish Borders is a vast region covering roughly 1800 square miles of Scottish Lowlands and encompassing the historic counties of Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire. The area is home to the River Tweed and boasts lush undulating hills and farmland alongside some of Scotland’s most beloved ancient towns and villages.
The Borders are a hugely desirable choice for those seeking easy access to both Scottish and English cities, whilst enjoying the rich history, ancient architecture and natural beauty that comes with it. The Scottish Borders are famed to be the home of the world-famous literary writer Sir Walter Scott and John Buchan. The John Buchan Way is a popular hillwalkers route which inspired the Victorian writer, and the Borders Book Festival is a four-day festival showcasing the works of famous writers such as these along with interesting talks, activities and wine tasting events. Positioned on the east coast of Scotland, the Scottish Borders is home to the stunning Berwickshire Coastal Path, with several charming towns and fishing villages scattered along the cliff tops such as St Abbs and Eyemouth.
The famous equestrian scene offers a plethora of riding events that take place each year such as Common Ridings, point to points and polo. Kelso Races are well renowned for spectacular horse racing days out and The Borders Festival of the Horse is a 10-day extravaganza celebrating many equestrian pursuits.
The Scottish Borders is home to some of the most impressive stately homes, castles and abbeys in the UK and the vast stretches of countryside surrounding each historical town means it is often an attractive choice for those looking to purchase country estates, farm cottages or rural townhouses.
The Borders railway line serves most areas in the Scottish Borders; the fastest trains can take you to London in 3 hours and 35 minutes and directly Edinburgh in 40 minutes from Berwick-Upon-Tweed. There are several highly regarded state and private schools across the Borders including Longridge Towers which is situated just south of the border outside Berwick-Upon-Tweed.
Melrose Property Search
Melrose is known to be one of the best Places to Live in the UK and has won awards to this effect over the years; there is much to be said by choosing this picturesque town, or the surrounding stretches of gorgeous countryside, as a home in the Scottish Borders.
Set in the valley of the River Tweed, the rising triple peaks of the Eildon Hills overlook the town which give it a dramatic and beautifully scenic backdrop. One of Scotland’s greatest landmarks is the ruined 12th century Melrose Abbey, where it is believed that Robert the Bruce requested his heart to be buried.
Melrose is known by the English to be the ‘Cotswolds of the North’ with its beautifully restored ancient stone architecture. Sir Walter Scott’s home, the stately Abbotsford House, is a wonderful place to visit, steeped in history with a breath taking library and beautiful surrounding grounds.
Priorwood Garden is another firm favourite of the area, showcasing a stunning apple orchard and dried flower shop. Fishing on the River Tweed is a highly sought after activity in Melrose, as is hillwalking and golf. Burts Hotel has a delicious restaurant for those seeking to treat themselves to an evening out, and there are a number of other delicious eateries in the area amongst other local amenities.
There are a large selection of schools in Melrose such as St Mary’s School which is an independent prep school and Earlston High School which was mentioned as one of 20 top state schools in 2018 by Tatler. Tweedbank Railway Station has direct trains to Edinburgh in less than an hour.
Kelso Home Search
This pretty country town was once described by Sir Walter Scott, who went to school in Kelso, as ‘the most romantic town in Scotland’, and few would dispute this with its charming cobbled marketplace, Kelso Square, which is known to be one of the largest historical marketplace’s in Scotland.
Kelso lies where the River Tweed and the River Teviot unite, and one of its key landmarks are the three bridges, one of which was a smaller model for the Waterloo Bridge built by John Rennie. Kelso was built alongside the spectacular Kelso Abbey, whose ruins are a fine example of one of the most impressive monastic houses of the 12th century.
A picturesque river walk leads from Kelso to the nearby Floor Castle, the largest castle in Scotland to still be inhabited and is currently home to the 10th Duke of Roxburgh. There is a spectacular walled garden in the grounds and cycle paths surrounding the castle offer a fine day out.
The ancient market square continues to be the hub of the town, with plenty of quaint independent shops and eateries. Rutherford’s Micropub is the first of its kind in Scotland and delicious cream teas can be had at The Cream Chimneys café. Kelso Races are a must do for the dairy as is the Border Union Agricultural Show.
There are several local primary and secondary schools in the area and a couple of private schools which are within easy reach. The nearest train stations are Tweedbank and Berwick-Upon-Tweed for direct connections to Edinburgh and London.
Property in Peebles
The royal burgh of Peebles is a town in the Scottish Borders that should be a top choice for buyers due to its gorgeous location on the River Tweed, glorious hilly surroundings and its convenient proximity to Edinburgh.
Famous for its variety of exceptional art, the Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre is a vibrant location hosting an array of creative, artistic, musical and theatrical performances year-round. The Beltane Festivals is an enjoyable historical week-long festival to be enjoyed as is the annual Pebbles Jazz Festival.
Along with fishing on the Tweed, there are all sorts of activities for residents of Peebles, including gorgeous walks through the town or surrounding countryside, mountain biking to get the pulse racing and playing golf at Peebles Golf Course.
Peebles is renowned for its unique retail opportunities and has been ranked as the Top Independent Retailing Town in Scotland. Plenty of charming shops adorn the high street along with a number of delicious restaurants such as Coltman’s Delicatessen & Kitchen.
Just outside Peebles is the imposing Traquair House which is renowned to be Scotland’s oldest inhabited house visited by royal monarchs since the 12th century. It offers a gorgeous day out exploring the house, grounds and woodlands.
Peebles High School is a well reputed state school amongst others in the area. Peebles is best accessed by car and is just under an hour from Edinburgh.
Scottish Borders Property Finders
If you’re looking for a property in the Scottish Borders we’d be delighted to assist with your search. For a no obligation discussion regarding your property requirements and our services please contact us.