A day trip to Midlothian and the Scottish Borders offers the very best of Scotland with rolling hills, stunning views and historic attractions. The new Borders Railway means that you can be here in under an hour – leaving plenty of time to explore. There are also regular buses from Edinburgh to Galashiels where you can then hop-on the Open Top Bus Tour. See our suggested itineraries for more inspiration.
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 Midlothian and the Scottish Borders are famous for. Book your tickets online at ScotRail.co.uk
You can get a bus directly to Midlothian and the Scottish Borders from Edinburgh Bus station. The X95 service runs frequently between Edinburgh and the Galashiels Interchange where you can catch the Open Top Bus Tour – the journey lasts around 90 minutes in total. You can also get off at Newton Grange for the National Mining Museum and then catch the next X95 bus down to Galashiels. The Borders Buses app is available at the iOSAppStore and Google Play (Android).