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Visiting The Borders

Use Traveline Scotland for journey planning and time tables.

By Road
The Scottish Borders are easily accessible by road from many areas including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle and Carlisle, which are all about an hour’s drive away.

By Bus
If you are coming to the Scottish Borders by bus, there are a number of options. If arriving from the south, you can travel from Berwick-upon-Tweed with Perryman’s Buses, from Carlisle with First Group and Newcastle with Munro’s of Jedburgh or National Express.

If you are coming from Edinburgh, First Group and Munro’s of Jedburgh both run services.

National Express links the region to Newcastle, Manchester and Birmingham. To travel north by bus, travel to Edinburgh where Scottish Citylink connects the major Scottish cities.

By Rail
The Scottish Borders is accessible by train from Edinburgh, stopping at Stow and Galashiels, with the line ending at Tweedbank .  There are some stops on the East Coast main line between London and Edinburgh, which stops at nearby Dunbar and North Berwick in East Lothian, and Berwick-upon-Tweed which is located just across the border. Bus links to the Scottish Borders are available from all three towns, or travel with your bike and start exploring as soon as you step off the train. Timetables are available from ScotRail and National Rail.

By Sea
Regular ferry services from Europe come into the ports of Newcastle and Hull – check with DFDS Seaways and P&O ferries for further details. If you are coming from Northern Ireland, there is also a service from Belfast to Cairnryan with Stena Line, as well as P&O ferries between Larne and Cairnryan or Troon. After arriving at these ports, you can travel on to the Scottish Borders by road, with the journey time being around four hours from Hull, three hours from Cairnryan and about an hour and a half from Newcastle.

By Air
The Scottish Borders can be easily reached from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle international airports which are all within one to two hours travel. All three airports have direct connections with over 30 destinations including Amsterdam, Brussels, London and Paris and car hire is available at the airports or from car hire companies such as D S Dalgleish and Arnold Clark.

By Bicycle

The Scottish Borders offer some wonderful cycling and you can find details on routes on the Cycle Scottish Borders and Sustrans sites.