How to Get Here

Travel and parking information

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 via bus or train, or take your car.


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


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.

For more information about bus services please visit or download the app.


Melrose is easily accessible by car less than 5 minutes drive from the main A68 and A7 trunk roads.

PARKING: Visitors are advised to park in Melrose town centre where the parking is in easy reach of the festival venues. There is also very limited parking for festival-goers at the edge of the rugby pitch at Annay Road. This parking is weather dependent.
Although we do have some limited, 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.
Restrictions will be in place on St Mary’s Road from Mon 12 June to Mon 19 June and a diversion route from Abbey Street to Newstead will be in operation.