Melrose, perhaps the most picturesque town in the Scottish Borders, is easily accessible. Edinburgh (approx. 35 miles), Glasgow and Newcastle (approx. 70 miles) are all within striking distance. You can reach the Borders Book Festival by public transport by bus or train, or take your car.


Parking and IMPORTANT Traffic Information:

There will be a Proclaimers concert taking place in close proximity to the Borders Book Festival site on Saturday 15 June, and as a result there will be SIGNIFICANT changes to how vehicles can access the festival drop-off point and Annay Road car park during Saturday evening.

Due to the anticipated high numbers attending the Proclaimers concert, Abbey Street and Annay Road will be closed to all traffic on Saturday 15 June from approximately 5pm until 11pm as it will be pedestrian access only. Therefore, there will be no vehicular access to the book festival drop-off and collection area on Abbey Street/Annay Road during this time.

The book festival team kindly asks that our visitors minimise the requirement for parking by using bus routes, the Borders Railway and Melrose town parking locations.

Also, please note that there will be no public access via the Gattonside end of the Orchard due to a security fence being constructed for the duration of the festival.

As these circumstances are beyond our control, we thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


There is NO general parking at the Borders Book Festival. All parking is in Melrose town centre and is in easy reach of the festival venues. There will be minimal parking at Annay Road rugby pitch (around edges of pitch only) during the festival. However, please note that on Saturday 15 June, Abbey Street and Annay Road will be closed after 5pm and no traffic will be permitted to exit this car park until after 11pm.

Blue Badge Parking: Although we do have some limited, weather dependent, disabled parking for blue badge holders only on St Mary’s Road, we highly recommend using the drop-off point on Annay Road (apart from Saturday evening), where assistance from a member of the book festival team will be available.

Travelling by Train
The Borders Railway connects Edinburgh Waverley with Tweedbank Station, about 1.5 miles away from the festival site. The route to the festival will be signposted from the station. For more information about train travel visit

Travelling by Bus
Direct journeys from Edinburgh to Melrose are available on service X62. Borders Buses also connect with the Borders Railway at Tweedbank and Galashiels to Melrose. Download your Borders Buses app to plan journeys, buy discounted bus tickets and track your bus. A single tickets costs £4.50 and unlimited a 24hr ticket £7.99 when purchased by app.

For more information about bus services please visit or download the app. For detailed network maps and timetables please click here