The Scottish Borders is perfectly positioned as perhaps the easiest destination in Scotland to reach; Edinburgh & The Lothians lie to the north, Dumfries & Galloway to the west, and Northumberland in northern England to the south.
Explore the rolling hills and open countryside and picturesque coastline, full of spellbinding abbeys, awe-inspiring stately homes and castles, and the time-honoured and truly unique Common Ridings.
Travel to and around the Scottish Borders
The Scottish Borders is so simple to get to it's no wonder people return here time and again. Spanning 1,800 square miles, it sits just south of Edinburgh & The Lothians, to the north east of Dumfries & Galloway and borders with Northumberland in the north of England.
The Scottish Borders is accessible by train on the East Coast main line between London and Edinburgh, which stops at nearby Dunbar and North Berwick in East Lothian, and in Berwick-upon-Tweed, which is located just across the border with England.
The Borders Railway makes the region more accessible than ever. Connecting Edinburgh with Tweedbank, the line allows for a journey time of just under an hour and calls at 10 charming towns in both Midlothian and the Borders.
Bus and coach
Visit and explore the Scottish Borders by train and bus with the Borders Explorer pass. This all-in-one ticket includes rail travel to and from Edinburgh Waverley, as well as onward travel via Borders Buses from the Galashiels Transport Interchange to towns and villages including Hawick, Jedburgh, Peebles and Kelso.
Whether you drive or take the bus from north or south, it won't take long - you can reach the heart of the region from Edinburgh or Newcastle within two hours.
Travel by car on a choice of routes from England: the four main routes are the A1 in the east, the A7 and A68 in the central Borders and the A697 from the south. The most scenic route to take - where you can marvel at the beautiful scenery the second you reach the Scottish Borders - is the A68 at Carter Bar which takes you right into the heart of the region.
Bus and coach
You could always sit back, relax and let someone else do the driving. Take one of the many bus services Borders Buses runs between the towns.
Enjoy the freedom of travelling in your own car or take the stress out of getting from place to place by making use of the excellent public transport links. The A1 in the east and the A7 and A68 all run through the central Borders while an extensive network of minor roads ensure all towns are within easy reach of one another.
Why not take one of the scenic driving routes and trails the area has to offer?
- Follow the Borders Historic Route for the most picturesque journey.
- Motorsport fans can pay homage to the former Formula One racing legend, Jim Clark, on the Jim Clark Trail.
- For an immersive experience, download the Reivers Road app for GPS triggered audio trails around the Scottish Borders.
Places to stay
From self-catering experiences to welcoming B&Bs, find your perfect stay in the Scottish Borders.
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Map of the Scottish Borders
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