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Welcome to the Scottish Borders!

         The Borders lie mid-way between Scotland’s capital of Edinburgh and Newcastle, the industrial capital of the north of England. Both cities were rich prizes in ancient wars of conquest and independence.
            HOME AT FIRST’s accommodations here by the southern border with England are spacious, comfortable cottages neighboring the handsome, historic town of Melrose.

 

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Sir Walter Scott Country

The Eildon Hills seen from Scott's View. The Scottish Borders are Sir Walter Scott Country. Photo © Home At First.
THE EILDON HILLS SEEN FROM SCOTT'S VIEW. THE
SCOTTISH BORDERS ARE WALTER SCOTT
COUNTRY.

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

         Scotland's great writer, Walter Scott, came to the Borders east of Melrose as a small boy recovering from polio. His boyhood exploits by Smailholm Tower inspired his future romantic adventure novels and poems, many of which were set in Scotland. As an adult Scott returned to the Borders, where he lived as a titled landowner in his country manor, Abbotsford House, just outside of Melrose.
        The lush rural landscapes of the Scottish Borders have changed little since Sir Walter Scott died at Abbots-ford and was buried nearby at Dryburgh Abbey.

 

Quality Cottages!
          HOME AT FIRST’s Scottish Borders cottages are well equipped with all the comforts of home. Moreover, they are perfectly located as bases for day trips throughout southern Scotland (from Glasgow and Edinburgh south) and northern England (from Newcastle north, including the Northumberland National Park).

Home At First cottage, Melrose, Scotland. Photo © Home At First.
HOME AT FIRST COTTAGES — MELROSE, SCOTLAND.
Photo © HOME AT FIRST

   
 

JUST OUTSIDE OF THE
TOWN OF MELROSE


DUKE'S ESTATE
COTTAGES

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In our customers' own words — 

            "The Duke's Estate Cottages were nicely located close to the main street of Melrose and near the major historical landmarks. The hostess and her family were all very nice."
                                             
                
— S. & D. O'Neill, California

 

A Peaceful Land
with a Violent Past.

           The Borders of Scotland is a region for centuries in dispute, fought for by Celts, Romans, Vikings, Angles, Normans, English and Scots.

 
Melrose Abbey, most complete of the four great medieval Border Abbeys. Photo © Home At First.
MELROSE ABBEY
Photo © HOME AT FIRST
 

 
Hermitage Castle, Scottish Borders. Photo © Home At First.
THE HERMITAGE CASTLE
Photo © HOME AT FIRST
 

        Today, the Scottish Borders is a peaceful region. Here is a pleasant landscape dotted with small villages and larger market towns. Agriculture is the way of life. The many walking paths offer tranquility. The many great abbeys and castles are curiosities standing as mute witnesses to a much less peaceful history.

 

Lots to do, on foot, by bike, and with your rental car!

          Of course there are castles to explore, for the Borders has them in abundance. There is also wonderful walking along short paths or long-distance routes. The Borders is a great place to shop for woolens, and to discover real ales in friendly pubs. In Scotland, both coasts plus the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow are easy day trips, as is York city in northern England. Golfers of all levels will be tempted by the wide variety of courses within reach, including some of the greatest Scottish links on both coasts. And anglers will want to cast a line in the region's many superb streams full of fish.

 
The River Tweed is one of Britain's great angling streams. Photo © Home At First.
FISHING ON THE RIVER TWEED
Photo © HOME AT FIRST

 

Independent travel with Home At First's help.

Home At First's exclusive "Scotland Activity Guide".

 
       
HOME AT FIRST offers a travel package to the Scottish Borders with quality cottage accommodations, air and land transportation, along with maps and our exclusive Scotland Activities Guide, full of suggestions for day trips and other activities for your visit.

 

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Fore! Golf is Great in The Borders!

          The Scottish Borders offers several fine inland courses, and is within reach of some of the famous coastal links courses. For information about golf in Scotland, including HOME AT FIRST's offer for pre-arranged tee-times at some of Scotland's top courses — including many hidden gems — visit our SCOTLAND GOLF web page.

GOLF AT ST. BOSWELLS, SCOTTISH BORDERS
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St. Boswells Golf Course, near Melrose, Scottish Borders. Photo © Home At First.

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  OUR LOWEST-COST 2-WEEK FULL-PACKAGE BRITISH ISLES VACATION! 

• NOTE: Any included airfares are subject to change until tickets are issued and may
be subject to fuel surcharges and tax increases.

• NOTE: Any included car rentals may be subject to any locally charged taxes & fees.

• NOTE: Prices subject to change in the event of major currency fluctuations affecting
foreign-purchased components.
 

PRICES PER PERSON 2 PERSONS 3 PERSONS 4 PERSONS 5+ PERSONS SUPPLEMENTS
& REDUCTIONS

1 Week
FULL

PACKAGE

• TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHTS

• 1-WEEK LODGING

• 1-WEEK CAR RENTAL

• ACTIVITIES GUIDE

$2192
 
PER PERSON

$2110
 
PER PERSON

$2091
 
PER PERSON

$1989
 
PER PERSON

HI SEASON
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PER PERSON

$590
 
PER PERSON

$531
 
PER PERSON

$497
 
PER PERSON

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INCLUDES: One Additional Week at the Same Lodging & Extension of Car Rental.

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$669
 
PER PERSON

$636
 
PER PERSON

$549
 
PER PERSON

$502
 
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INCLUDES: 1 Additional Week at a Different Borders Lodging + 1 Week of Car Rental.

1 Week
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ARRANGEMENTS

• 1-WEEK LODGING
• 1-WEEK CAR RENTAL
• ACTIVITIES GUIDE

$878
 
PER PERSON

$767
 
PER PERSON

$691
 
PER PERSON

$602
 
PER PERSON

HI SEASON
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INCLUDES: One Week of Borders Lodging & Car Rental (but no On-Site Services).

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LODGING ONLY

$796
 
PER PERSON

$706
 
PER PERSON

$599
 
PER PERSON

$549
 
PER PERSON

HI SEASON
+$98/prs.

INCLUDES: One Week Borders Lodging but No Transportation Items or On-Site Services.

SEASONS:

HIGH SEASON: MAY 13 – AUG 22, 2017

MAIN SEASON: All Other Dates

LOW SEASON: NOV 1 – DEC 15, 2016 and JAN 6MAR 17, 2017

NOTE: Prices subject to change.
Estimated Connecting Costs per person from THE BORDERS to:
SCOTLAND ENGLAND & WALES IRELAND
Edinburgh
& Glasgow
Borders &
Far North
London Wales &
Rural England
Central
Ireland
Cork and
 Kerry
Donegal, Sligo,
and Antrim
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What Do You Get?

WITH HOME AT FIRST'S VACATIONS TO THE BORDERS?
 

         You get all the elements your trip requires. You don't get more than you need. Your trip comes with the independence and flexibility that will let you travel at your own pace and explore according to your interests.
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               HOME AT FIRST helps you do it all with its exclusive, expansive SCOTLAND ACTIVITY GUIDE, full of information keyed to exploring the Scottish Borders from your cottage or apartment home base.

 
Jedburgh Abbey, one of the four great medieval Border Abbeys of the Scottish Borders. Photo © Home At First.
JEDBURGH ABBEY—ONE OF FOUR GREAT
MEDIEVAL ABBEYS OF THE SCOTTISH BORDERS.
Photo © HOME AT FIRST

 
 

In our customers' own words — 

          "Paul's favorite sites were the unoccupied castles where he could be 'seven years old' again and explore every nook and cranny. He sampled fish & chips everywhere and ate enough lamb shanks that I though the sheep were counting their appendages whenever we passed by."

D. Attenborough, Massachusetts

 

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Short Trips to Scotland's Distant Islands:

 
Callenish Stone Circle, in the Outer Hebrides. Photo © Home At First.

         Scottish Borders guests wanting to explore the furthest corners of Scotland can opt for special partial-week packages to the WESTERN ISLES (Outer Hebrides) and to ORKNEY and the SHETLAND ISLANDS that include flights, car rental and lodging for a great price. Please inquire.

CELTIC STANDING STONE CIRCLE
AT CALLENISH, WESTERN ISLES
Photo © HOME AT FIRST

 
 

In our customers' own words — 

            "We had a great time! We loved our cottage and its setting.
All went smoothly — even the ferry to/from the Western Hebrides!"

— Louisa Brown, Pennsylvania

 

How to Design & Book Your Trip:
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Biking is another great way to explore the Scottish Borders. Photo © Home At First.

 

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