Borders Railway Line

Borders Railway: Edinburgh – Tweedbank.

Travel the longest new domestic railway to be built in over 100 years, deep into the picturesque Scottish Borders and the land of Sir Walter Scott.

From the grandeur of the Scottish capital to the Borders town of Tweedbank, this scenic route takes you through former mining towns, wide open farmland and the lush valleys that the Borders are famous for.

Time your trip around sunset for spectacular views between Gorebridge and Stow, and make the short bus or taxi journey from Tweedbank to Melrose to explore the historic market town.

Journey time

Highlights

Look out for

  • Edinburgh’s Salisbury Crags and Arthur’s Seat, towering over the east side of the capital
  • The incredible sunsets on the long stretch from Gorebridge to Stow

Consider stopping at

  • Newcraighall for the huge Fort Kinnaird shopping park
  • Newtongrange to visit the Scottish Mining Museum
  • Galashiels to watch top Scottish rugby side, Gala RFC at their Netherdale home
  • Tweedbank for Abbotsford House and Melrose Abbey

The route

The Borders Railway begins at a station named after a novel by Sir Walter Scott, and ends just a stone’s throw from where he wrote it. From Edinburgh Waverly to Tweedbank this new stretch of track opens up the Scottish Borders for the first time since 1969.

The train heads south from Edinburgh, passing through old mining villages such as Newtongrange and Gorebridge, into Scotland’s former industrial heartlands.

From there, the train passes through a rural stretch of open farmland – perfect for a sunset trip between Gorebridge and Stow for spectacular skies.

From Stow the train pushes on to Galashiels, one of the largest towns in the borders, with a long history of textiles. From there it’s only a few minutes to Tweedbank, a jumping off point to explore the pretty market town of Melrose, or head out to Abbotsford House, Sir Walter Scott’s home, to explore the history of one of Scotland’s most famous writers.

Tickets to Tweedbank

  • Head from Galashiels into the heart of the Scottish Borders on one of three Beautiful Borders Tours
  • Explore the area on the hop-on/hop-off buses connecting the Borders Railway with local towns and attractions:
    • Border Weaver: Bus route connecting Galashiels and Tweedbank stations with Abbotsford House and Melrose Abbey on weekdays
    • Midlothian Explorer: Summer only circular bus route around Midlothian from Newtongrange station, including stops at Dalkeith Country Park, Rosslyn Chapel and Edinburgh Butterfly World