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.

By rail

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 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.

From 6 September 2015, travellers will be able to experience the Borders Railway, a brand new line running from Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank in the Scottish Borders. With a total journey time of under an hour, the line passes by 10 stops before arriving in Tweedbank and offers a quick and comfortable journey to some of the Borders' best-known attractions, such as Abbotsford House and Melrose Abbey.  

For more information on rail travel in the Scottish Borders, visit, and

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.