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.

By Bus
Borders Buses
have partnered this year with the Borders Book Festival. Whether you are travelling local or further afield, Borders Buses operate an extensive network across the Scottish Borders, Cumbria, North Numberland, East Lothian and Edinburgh. 

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

City Sightseeing Scottish Borders
, run by Borders Buses, also operates an open top bus on the Saturday and Sunday of the festival. The tour, which starts at Galashiels Transport Interchange (stance 2), takes 90 minutes to complete and visits Abbotsford House, Tweedbank, Melrose, St Boswells, Dryburgh Abbey, Wallace Statue and Scotts View. For more info and to book your tour click here.

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


By Car
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 13 June – Mon 18 June and a diversion route from Abbey Street to Newstead will be in operation. Although there is some limited, weather dependent, disabled parking for blue badge holders only, it is highly recommended using the drop off point on Annay Road, where assistance from a member of the book festival team will be available.