Travel around Scottish Borders

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  • Cyclists in the grounds of Floors Castle
    Cyclists in the grounds of Floors Castle
  • Two cyclists ride towards St Mary's Loch on the Border Loop
    Cyclists ride towards St Mary's Loch on the Border Loop
  • Large stone plinth marking the Scottish border with England (image © Amanda Slater via Wikimedia Commons)
    Crossing the Border - welcome to Scotland! (image © Amanda Slater)
  • Southern Borders Loop, near the Hermitage Castle
    Southern Borders Loop, near the Hermitage Castle

The quiet roads and country lanes of the Scottish Borders make travelling around a pleasant experience. 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.

By car

There are three major trunk roads within the Scottish Borders; the A1 in the east and the A7 and A68 in the central Borders. There are also many minor roads that lead to other areas within the region, with all towns within easy reach of one another.

For a picturesque trip, why not travel along the National Tourist Route which runs between Edinburgh and Carlisle? The well signposted Borders Historic Route meanders through beautiful countryside and offers a range of things to see and do along the way. Stretching 95 miles (152 km), this romantic route allows you to see historic homes, market towns and royal burghs.

You can travel around the area by car or bike on quiet and scenic roads. You can find out up-to-date traffic information from Traffic Scotland, and plan your route with Transport Direct.

By rail

You will find connecting services to other parts of Loch Lomond, The Trossachs & The Forth Valley from the main stations.

There is a good rail network in the region with stations at Balloch, Helensburgh and Dumbarton, all served from Glasgow. Arrochar, Crianlarich and Tyndrum are served by the Glasgow to Oban line.

Stirling railway station is located right in the centre of the city, serving the towns and villages across the Forth Valley.

Falkirk is particularly well served from Edinburgh and Glasgow, as it lies on the fast service betweent he cities, with departures every 15 minutes during the day.

Clackmannanshire is also well connected, with direct services from Glasgow and Stirling to Alloa railway station.

By bus

In the Scottish Borders area, FirstBorders runs local buses between the towns.

By bike

The Scottish Borders is great for cycling. There are several centres including two 7stanes centres but you can also follow a number of cycling routes throughout the countryside. Take a look at the cycling information to find a route.