ScotRail Train travelling along the Borders Railway
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Galashiels Station along the Borders Railway
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ScotRail Train travelling along the Borders Railway
Paul Bigland
Borders Railway
Edinburgh - Tweedbank
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Plan your trip

ITINERARY 1 - The Borders:

Take the Borders Railway from Waverley Station to Tweedbank.


Places to stay near Tweedbank:

Mention that you are travelling by train as some hotels can arrange for you to be collected from the station:

Maplehurst Boutique Guest House, Galashiels  

Burts Hotel, Melrose

Kingsknowes Hotel, Galashiels 


Places to Eat:

The Borders has many fine restaurants including:

Seasons at Gattonside (by Melrose)

FIrebrick Brasserie at Lauder 

Grapevine, Galashiels 

Bueno Gusto, Selkirk 


Things to Do: 

Sports, leisure and outdoors

Abbotsford - Discover the stunning home of Sir Walter Scott. Journey time – 27 minute walk or catch the Border Weaver bus service, taking only a few minutes and drops off outside the Visitor Centre.

Melrose Abbey - Admire the graceful architecture of the abbey church classes as one of Britain’s finest church architecture of the late 1300s. Journey time – 35 minute walk or catch the 314 Earlston bus that takes 12 minutes.

Harmony House Gardens - 3 acres of manicured lawns, scented borders and fruit and vegetable beds lie in front of the beautifully proportioned Georgian manor house, providing a haven of colour and fragrance. Journey time – located opposite Melrose Abbey


ITINERARY 2 - Midlothian 

Take The Borders Railway to Newtongrange, Eskbank or Gorebridge (check with your hotel to find the closest station).


Places to Stay: 

Dalhousie Castle

The Retreat Castle, Bonnyrigg 


Places to Eat: 

You are close enough to Edinburgh to take a train into the city for dinner. Or you could try some local alternatives including:

Itihaas at Dalkeith 

Navaar House Bar and Bistro, Penicuik 

The Paper Mill, Lasswade 


Things to Do:

Rosslyn Chapel - Founded in 1446 and still in use as a place of worship, Rosslyn was introduced to a worldwide audience when featured in Dan Brown's bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code. Journey time – take the train from Tweedbank station to Eskbank (37 minutes) then catch the service 40 bus (runs approx. every 30 minutes) from the nearby Tesco store to Roslin.

National Mining Museum Scotland – One of the best Victorian collieries in Europe, the Lady Victoria Colliery opened in 1895 and ceased production in 1981. Journey time – 6 minute walk from Newtongrange station.

Dalkeith Country Park - Explore many beautiful walks in the park and seasonal bushcraft, and ranger activities for children. The Restoration Yard offers retail therapy and a cafe. Journey time – 25 minute walk from Eskbank or get on the number 40 Lothian Bus from outside the Tesco opposite the station.

Butterfly World – Experience the world’s longest running Butterfly House. Journey time – 35 minute walk or catch the number 29 Silverknowes bus from the nearby Tesco store.

More lines to explore nearby

Nearby heritage railways