How to get around
With Midlothian and the Borders well connected and easy to reach, it is straightforward to get around once you’re here.
Whether you’re looking to explore scenic back roads by car, sit back on public transport, get active by bike, on foot or even by horse, there are plenty of options to get you wherever you want to go.
With major transport routes A7, A68 and A1 running right through Midlothian and the Borders, getting around by car couldn’t be easier. Additionally, a variety of scenic routes quickly take you off the beaten track right into the heart of these destinations.
With literary greats and racing champions equally inspired by our roads, paths and tracks, you won’t want your trip to end.
Midlothian and the Scottish Borders enjoy a well-maintained network of roads, with signage making it easy to find your way around. If you are looking to hire a car or campervan during your trip, you will find car hire companies located conveniently close to the major routes into the areas – in and around Edinburgh, just off the Edinburgh City Bypass, and around the Anglo-Scottish border at Berwick-upon-Tweed.
By Public Transport
If you are exploring by train and bus, you can make the most of your trip with Borders Buses and Scotrail’s combination ticket. The Borders Explorer Ticket is available at manned stations, on the train or bookable over the phone and allows easy joined up journeys between the railway stations and picturesque Borders towns.
The Borders Railway is the two areas’ dedicated railway line to and from Edinburgh Waverley, stopping at Eskbank, Newtongrange and Gorebridge in Midlothian, and Stow, Galashiels and Tweedbank in the Scottish Borders, with good onwards bus connections. Check the ScotRail website for timings and to book tickets in advance.
Lothian buses run regularly from Edinburgh to Midlothian and beyond, while Borders Buses serve Edinburgh, Midlothian as well as major Borders towns including Peebles, Hawick, Selkirk, Kelso and Galashiels, the area’s main transport hub. From Galashiels Transport Interchange, you can change onto a variety of local services, which can take you as far as Berwick-upon-Tweed in the east and Carlisle to the west, making day trips especially easy.
From road racing to downhill adventures, from TweedLove to the Tour o’ the Borders, discover to the most bike-friendly parts of Scotland. You will find many bike related services concentrated along the most popular routes and activities in the Tweed Valley and central Scottish Borders. Cycle Scottish Borders offers a fantastic guide of over 80 cycling routes around the area and helpful advice to get you going.
Both Midlothian and the Scottish Borders are criss-crossed by a multitude of footpaths and long distance routes, making the most of the wide-open spaces and fantastic scenery.
Major long distance routes include the Southern Upland Way, linking the Dumfries and Galloway coast to the Berwickshire coast in the Scottish Borders, and St Cuthbert’s Way, stretching from Melrose all the way across the border with England to the island of Lindisfarne.
Slightly shorter long distance paths include the Borders Abbeys Way, which links the four major abbey ruins in the Scottish Borders, the Berwickshire Coastal Path, which follows the dramatic coast line at Cockburnspath south to Berwick-upon-Tweed, the Romans and Reivers Route, linking Dumfries and Galloway to the heart of the Scottish Borders reiver country and the Cross Borders Drove Road, taking you from Hawick in the south of the Scottish Borders through Midlothian, the Pentland Hills and on to Livingston near Edinburgh via old cattle driving routes.
Midlothian and the Scottish Borders countryside are ideal for horse riding, with the Borders known as Scotland’s horse country. From the Pentland Hills to a number of long distance routes, including the Romans and Reivers Route and the Cross Borders Drove Road, you will find a variety of suitable multi-use paths in both areas.
Ride Scottish Borders provide information on getting organised and planning your route with over 300km of off road riding to choose from.