Getting Here

Abbotsford is only an hour south of Edinburgh by train or car, close to Melrose in the Scottish Borders.

Simply click on the map below to be taken to Google Maps where you can plan your trip and get directions to Abbotsford, our postcode is TD6 9BQ for Sat. Nav. directions.

Access to Abbotsford is changing slightly from 5th August, due to maintenance work being carried out at Galafoot Bridge.

Travel by public transport

Train services from Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank, roughly a mile from Abbotsford, run 7 days a week and take just under an hour. For a full train timetable, please check Scotrail or Traveline Scotland.

From Tweedbank Station, you can either walk or catch the Abbotsford Minibus at the times below. The minibus is staffed entirely by volunteers, so the times could be subject to change. Please phone us if you have any questions or accessibility needs, so we can arrange for suitable support. Your day out is just a 10 minute ride from the station and for your convenience, the shuttle is timed to coincide with trains from and to Edinburgh.

Week beginning 17th of September Monday - Thursday
Train Leaves Edinburgh 9.55 10.54 11.54
Train Arrives Tweedbank 10.50 11.49 12.50
Abbotsford Minibus 11.00 12.00 13.00

Week beginning 17th of September Monday - Thursday
Abbotsford Minibus 14.35 15.35
Train Leaves Tweedbank 14.58 15.57
Train Arrives Edinburgh 15.52 16.52

Bus services run from Edinburgh to Carlisle via Galashiels, taking just under 1.5 hours. Visitors can transfer to local buses as well as the 'Border Weaver' service at Galashiels Bus Station or at Tweedbank Station. The ‘Border Weaver’ bus service runs Monday to Friday, taking only a few minutes to our Visitor Centre. Please check the schedule to plan your journey. Alternatively, bus services X62 and 72 stop at the Tweedbank roundabout, a short stroll from Abbotsford. Several local bus routes stop at Galafoot Bridge, 10 minutes walking distance via a public footpath to Abbotsford.

Walking and cycle routes are easy alternatives, with the walk from Tweedbank Station taking only 20 minutes if you follow the signposted 'Abbotsford Link'. For a scenic riverside walk, you can take the Borders Abbeys Way.

Parking

We offer free parking for cars, coaches as well as bicycles in the Visitor Centre car park.

For information about accessibility at Abbotsford and to arrange assistance, please refer to our Accessibility section.

Walks around Abbotsford

Abbotsford offers a fantastic network of paths across the 120 acre estate, many of which also connect with walking routes around Abbotsford. Take a stroll through Scott’s planted woodlands, walk alongside the Tweed and discover hidden pathways and views which inspired Scott’s imagination with the maps in our Estate section.

The Borders Abbeys Way also passes alongside the Visitor Centre and walkers using this route are welcome to use the facilities. Public lockers are also available for bags and boots. More information about the Borders Abbeys Way and free route leaflets are available via the Scottish Borders council.

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