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The Bothy at Dryburgh

St. Boswells, Scottish Borders

A charming bothy on the banks of the River Tweed perfectly located to enjoy the simple pleasures of country life.

The Bothy at Dryburgh

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On the banks of the River Tweed, The Bothy at Dryburgh is a cosy bolthole which offers rural tranquility in a countryside setting.

Enjoy the simple pleasures of country life in a traditional stone bothy

The Bothy at Dryburgh is situated at the end of a no-through road and is a charming and welcoming stone cottage, perfect as a base to explore the multitude of local attractions such as the neo-classical pavilion with its fantastic Temple of the Muses sculpture; the mighty Wallace Monument; the spectacular ruins of Dryburgh Abbey and the Dryburgh Suspension Bridge which offers a gentle stroll into the village of St. Boswells for a leisurely lunch.

At the heart of The Bothy is a compact open-plan living space with French doors which open out to a newly built conservatory to the rear with views across the surrounding farmland. 

The kitchen is well equipped with plenty of thoughtful extras and there is a spacious ground floor bedroom complete with crisp linens and detailing which make this a real home-from-home.

Outside, guests can enjoy a morning coffee on the patio area to the front of the Bothy, or venture further afield to the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel where guests are welcome to use the bar and AA rosette restaurant and bistro.

Property details

Ground floor

Access via rear courtyard (4 steps down).

Small hall opening up to a compact open-plan living space comprising:

Sitting room with two sofas, TV with Freeview.

Kitchen with ceramic hob, electric oven, large fridge / freezer, full-size dishwasher, microwave. Dining space with seating for four. French doors lead through to a conservatory with views across open farmland.

Bedroom with double bed, side tables, dressing area, wardrobe, TV with Freeview, chest of drawers.


There is a courtyard patio to the front of the property with a cafe table and chairs.


There is ample parking in the designated communal parking area adjacent to The Bothy.

Two three-pin 3kW outdoor sockets are available for all guests staying in Dryburgh properties to charge electric vehicles, found next to the sheltered communal parking area. Please note that these are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Babies & children

A travel cot and highchair are available on request.


Two well-behaved dogs are very welcome. There is a hosepipe in the courtyard to clean dogs after walking. Guests must please clear up after their dogs.

Guest Amenities

The property is well equipped with bed linen and towels, guest toiletries, waffle bathrobes, and hairdryers in the bedroom. 

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is available. There is good mobile coverage on most networks and a 4G signal.


There is oil central heating throughout.

Guest Privacy

Guests should be aware that the property is part of a development of five holiday lets, and the access courtyard and the large lawned area that wraps around the steading is for the communal use of all guests.

The Bothy sits directly to the rear of Dryburgh Farmhouse (a five-bedroom property). 

Additional Accommodation

For guests looking to holiday together, this cottage can be booked alongside Dryburgh Steading One (sleeping 4), Dryburgh Steading Two (sleeping 4), Dryburgh Steading Three (sleeping 6), Dryburgh Steading Four (sleeping 4), Dryburgh Stirling One (sleeping 4), Dryburgh Stirling Two (sleeping 4) or Dryburgh Farmhouse (sleeping 10).


Dryburgh is within walking distance of the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel where guests are welcome to use the bar and AA rosette restaurant and bistro and is just three miles from St Boswells which boasts the fabulous, award-winning Mainstreet Trading bookshop, café, deli and antiques shop and the excellent Blue Coo Bistro at the Buccleuch Arms. There is also a good butcher, small Co-op supermarket and the Borders Gunroom.

Nearby Melrose (7 miles) is one of the most picturesque in the Borders and has an excellent range of independent shops selling fine quality food and drink including The Country Kitchen for deli produce, cheeses, whole foods and fresh coffees; Dalgetty’s Bakery, makers of the original Selkirk Bannock; or Baird’s Butchers for locally sourced produce as well as freshly prepared homemade meals which are perfect for holiday stays. You will also find quality fishmongers, a fresh fruit and veg shop as well as two small convenience stores.

For coffee and cake, pop into Apples for Jam for a steaming cappuccino and a delicious buttercream sponge, or for evening dining, the Town House, Provender, Burts or Marmions all come highly recommended. A short drive will also take you to the pretty conservation village of Gattonside ( 6 miles) for excellent food at Seasons or the Hoebridge Restaurant.


Dryburgh is an excellent base for exploring the local area. The evocative ruins of Dryburgh Abbey, the final resting place of Sir Walter Scott, sit just a five-minute walk away, upheld as the most beautiful of the Border Abbeys with remarkably complete ruins set in stunning grounds. Also on the doorstep is the mighty red sandstone monument of Sir William Wallace, and nearby Scott’s View offering panoramic views over superb Borders countryside.

For outdoor pursuits, there are excellent walks from the cottage along the river and several major walking and cycling routes nearby including the picturesque Four Abbeys Cycle Route and famous St Cuthbert's Way which charts the historic trail of this revered seventh century Saint on a 62-mile walk between Melrose Abbey where he started his religious life and his eventual resting place on the sublime Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

It is also an ideal base for fishing parties with notable middle Tweed beats including Dryburgh, Tweedswood, Bemersyde and Lower Pavilion offering some excellent value fishing. Shooting, be it clays or game is also available locally, including Bisley at Braidwood where you can pay and play, sharpen up your eye with a few shooting lessons, or perhaps try the first full-bore pipe rifle shooting range in Scotland.

For golf fans, the 9 hole Melrose golf club sits in the shadow of the Eildon Hills, or head to the stunning championship course at the Roxburghe Hotel near Kelso for a leisurely afternoon.

For sightseeing, the grand stately homes and castles of Floors, Mellerstain, Manderston, Abbotsford and Thirlestane are all within a short half-hour drive where the beautiful artworks, rich architectural detailing and scenic grounds and gardens are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

For short breaks, our local events and festivals provide the perfect excuse for friendly get-togethers where you can enjoy National Hunt Racing at Kelso Racecourse, local Antique Fairs and Auctions, the Floors Castle Horse Trials, Point-to-Point Meets, the Borders Book Festival, Walking Festival and Common name just a few!

You can reach the wonderful heritage coastline in less than an hour with miles of deserted golden sands perfect for rest or play, or hop onto a train from Tweedbank (9 miles) for a day visit to the cultural city of Edinburgh where you can take advantage of events such as the vibrant Edinburgh Fringe Festival, exceptional Jazz and Blues Festival, or simply take some time to explore the exquisite historical architecture of this beautiful city.



"We had a lovely stay at The Bothy, Dryburgh by the beautiful silvery Tweed. It suited our needs ( two and four legged) perfectly; very cosy and ‘welcome pack’ was most appreciated. The housekeeper was most helpful, always with a friendly smile and he clearly loves his job. We enjoyed many different walks from The Bothy and had a very relaxing break."

Mr & Mrs Smid

"We had a lovely holiday at The Bothy, Dryburgh. It is ideal for two people or a family of four. The Bothy has been made into a lovely comfortable holiday home with a very useful welcome pack and some great touches throughout the premises. It is fully equipped with good quality fittings and has everything you need. The location and outlook was fantastic with great walks from the doorstep. The area is stunningly beautiful and only about an hour from the coast. The housekeeper was often on hand if you needed him and he was extremely pleasant and willing to help. I would have no hesitation in recommending this property."

Mr & Mrs Morris

"The Bothy was lovely – comfortable, well equipped, beautifully clean. The housekeeper was very friendly & gave us some good ideas for dog walks nearby. The location was fab. We were able to explore & feel we got to know the Borders. We have been so impressed by the service you provide & will definitely recommend you to our family & friends."

Ms Carpenter

"Just to say that we had a lovely weeks stay at The Bothy, fantastic location and the manager and the housekeeping team were brilliant going that extra mile to ensure there guest had a trouble free stay."

Mr & Mrs Derrick
Location By the River Tweed at Dryburgh.
  • Two dogs are welcome.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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"The fabulous walks from the doorstep down to the tranquil shores of the River Tweed are truly a delight. "
Sue, Crabtree & Crabtree
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