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Getting to the Scottish Borders

Travel to the Scottish Borders and you will find yourself in a stunning part of the world with plenty of easily-accessible transport links

By road

The Scottish Borders are easily accessible by road from many areas including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle and Carlisle, which are all about an hours drive away. For a picturesque trip, why not travel along the National Tourist Route which runs between Edinburgh and Carlisle? This well-signposted route meanders through beautiful countryside and offers a range of things to see and do along the way. To gain a better sense of the area, drive down the Borders Historic Route, which stretches for 95 miles (152 km). This romantic route allows you to see historic homes, market towns and royal burghs.

By train

The only direct trains in to the Scottish Borders are from Edinburgh, but if you travel by rail to Newcastle, Carlisle or Berwick Upon Tweed, there are good road connections to take you to your final destination. Timetables are available from Scotrail and National Rail.

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 Borders Buses, from Carlisle with First Group and Newcastle with National Express.

By ferry

Regular ferry services from Europe come in to 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.

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Image credits: ©Aerogondo/Don Simon/; Paul Richardson/Scottish Borders Council; VisitScotland/David N Anderson

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