Steam train trips

All aboard! Relive the golden age of travel as steam trains return to the Scottish countryside every weekend in August and September.

Step aboard your vintage carriage at Edinburgh Waverley for a memorable day out.

Listen for a chuff and a chuff and a hoot and you’ll be off, smoke drifting past the window as you travel deep into the Scottish Borders.

Edinburgh Waverley – Tweedbank – Edinburgh Waverley

Every Sunday from 7 August – 25 September 2016

Steam along the Borders Railway and you’ll have time to explore the area before your return trip – from a delicious three-course lunch to a tour of Sir Walter Scott’s house. Either hop off the train at Galashiels to sample local food and drink in the nearby restaurants and bars, and stroll around the magnificent Bank Street Gardens in the town. Or carry on to the end of the line. Book an excursion with one of our partners and they’ll pick you up and drop you off at Tweedbank in time for the journey back.

Station Morning service times Evening service times
Departs Edinburgh Waverley 09.45 16.46
Arrives Galashiels 11.03 18.03
Arrives Tweedbank 11.15 18.15
Departs Tweedbank 13.55 19.55
Departs Galashiels 14.04 20.04
Arrives Edinburgh Waverley 15.20 21.25

Things to do in the Scottish Borders

You’ll have a couple of hours to explore Galashiels or Tweedbank before the return journey. Want to make the most of your time? We've teamed up with local tour operators and attractions to give you a taste of the Scottish Borders. The optional excursions include pick up and drop off at Tweedbank station, so you can relax and enjoy the day.

Book your trip at the same time as your steam train tickets.

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Morning excursions Evening excursions

Royal Scot steam locomotive

August: No 46100 Royal Scot

Dates: 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 28 August 2016

No 46100 Royal Scot will haul these journeys.

Built in Derby in 1927 for the LMS Railway, Royal Scot was recently restored and is one of only two locomotives of its class remaining.

Your ticket options...

​Premier dining: A glass of prosecco or orange juice waiting for you on board, and full gourmet dining experience during the journey.

Borders Railway: £130*

Standard class: Refreshments aren’t included, but you can buy snacks and drinks from our buffet on board.

Borders Railway: £55 (adult), £40 (child 0-16), £150 (family: 2 adults, 2 children)

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  • *Premier dining is at tables of four and you may be seated with other passengers. You can reserve a two-seat table for a one-off £20 supplement, subject to availability
  • Ticket prices do not include travel connections to/from Edinburgh Waverley
  • No dogs allowed on board except assistance dogs

Things to do in Tweedbank...

These excursions include pick up and drop off at Tweedbank station, connecting with the morning service.

Visit Abbotsford, the ancestral home of Sir Walter Scott, 19th century novelist and poet, and author of Waverley, Ivanhoe, and Lady of the Lake. Explore a treasure trove of intriguing artefacts and beautiful formal gardens on the banks of the River Tweed.

  • Guided tour: £14.70 (adult), £8.25 (child 5-16)
  • Guided tour & buffet lunch: £23.20 (adult), £13.25 (child 5-16)
  • Estate only (bus transfer): £5.00 (adult), £3.50 (child 5-16)

Step back in time and watch a court re-enactment with Sir Walter Scott dispensing justice in the town where he was sheriff for 33 years. The re-enactment is in the Scott’s Hall on the second floor with staircase access only.

  • £8.50 (adult), £4.50 (child 5-16)

Traquair House and microbrewery

Take a tour of Traquair House, Scotland’s oldest inhabited house, and sample ale produced in their own microbrewery.

  • £49.00 (adult), £45.00 (child 5-16).

Born in the Borders and Jedburgh

From bread-makers to charcuterie creators, cheese-makers to brewers, sample the Borders' delicious artisan produce and learn more about these small, local producers. Then head on to Jedburgh for a short visit to the impressive Abbey.

  • £52.00 (adult), £44.00 (child 5-16)

Start with a guided walking tour of historic Melrose town. Then cross the chain bridge to Seasons for a three course lunch of delicious fresh produce from local suppliers.

  • £40.00

Kelso and Scott’s View

Travel through St Boswells to Kelso. You can explore the cobbled town centre, stop for refreshments or visit Kelso Abbey. You'll return to Tweedbank via Floors Castle, Leaderfoot Viaduct and the famous Scott's View – with exceptional views over the River Tweed valley.

  • £18.00

Hawick – Queen of the Borders

Take the scenic route through Selkirk to Hawick and visit Johnstone’s of Elgin Cashmere Visitor Centre. There's café and you'll have time to explore Hawick before returning to Tweedbank.

  • £18.00

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Things to do in Tweedbank...

These excursions include pick up and drop off at Tweedbank station, connecting with the evening service.

Visit Abbotsford, the ancestral home of Sir Walter Scott, 19th century novelist and poet, and author of Waverley, Ivanhoe, and Lady of the Lake. Explore a treasure trove of intriguing artefacts and beautiful formal gardens on the banks of the River Tweed.

  • Guided tour: £14.70 (adult), £8.25 (child 5-16)
  • Guided tour & takeaway picnic: £22.20 (adult), £13.25 (child 5-16)
  • Estate only (bus transfer): £5.00 (adult), £3.50 (child 5-16)

Step back in time and visit Sir Walter Scott himself in the town where he was sheriff for 33 years. Senior curators present Scott's professional life as sheriff, set against his personal turmoil.

  • £8.50 (adult), £4.50 (child 5-16)

Scott's View and Dryburgh Abbey

Follow the River Tweed to Scott's View and onto the medieval ruin of Dryburgh Abbey, nestled in secluded woodland on the banks of the river.

  • £48.00 (adult), £45.00 (child 5-16)

Enjoy a three course dinner of delicious fresh produce from local suppliers at Seasons restaurant.

  • £30.00

Let Telfords take you on a mystery tour of the Borders.

  • £15.00

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