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 us by train from Edinburgh in less than one hour, through beautiful countryside to Tweedbank Station, a handy 1.5 miles from the festival site. If you fancy a nice 20-minute stroll to Harmony from the train, just follow the book festival signs to Melrose. If walking isn’t for you, there is regular public bus service to Melrose from Tweedbank or Galashiels –
There are regular trains from Edinburgh Waverley (every 30 minutes at peak times)
Melrose is easily accessible by bus, follow the links for bus time tables:
First Bus time tables
Major routes: A1, A68 and A7. If you are travelling by bus, coach or train and would like further information, please contact Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit: www.traveline.org.uk
Parking: There is NO general parking at the Borders Book Festival. All parking is in Melrose town centre and is within easy reach of the festival venues. Restrictions will be in place on St. Mary’s Road from Weds 14 June – Mon 19 June and a diversion route from Abbey Street to Newstead will be in operation.
Although we do have some limited, weather dependent, disabled parking for blue badge holders only, we highly recommend using the drop off point on Annay Road, where assistance from a member of the book festival team will be available.