How to Get Here

Travel and parking information

Abbotsford (postcode TD6 9BQ) is close to Melrose in the Scottish Borders - and 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.


Train services run from Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank, roughly a mile from Abbotsford, and take just under an hour.

You can walk from Tweedbank train station taking only 20 minutes if you follow the signposted ‘Abbotsford Link’.

For a full train timetable please check Scotrail or Traveline Scotland websites.


Abbotsford is easily accessible by car less than 10 minutes drive from the main A68 and A7 trunk roads.

PARKING: Free parking (including disabled parking) is available at Abbotsford for the duration of the Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival. Please note that the festival is expected to be busy, so spaces will be limited. It is therefore advisable to use public transport wherever possible.


Bus services run from Edinburgh to Carlisle via Galashiels, taking just under 1.5 hours.

Details of local buses running to bus stops near Abbotsford House at Riverside Drive/Galafoot Bridge and Tweedbank Loch can be found on the Borders Buses website. 

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


There’s a good selection of local taxi services available. Pre-booking advised.

Five-Star Taxis - 01896 756789
Monte’s Taxis - 01896 759300
Reiver Taxis - 01896 755755
Ace Taxi Cabs - 07929 232923
Allied Taxis - 01896 750500
Keith’s Cabs - 07944 153839

R & L Taxis - 01750 663160
Hunters Cabs - 01750 21968

Dods Taxis - 07561 413523

The transport firms listed here are independent travel service providers.

This content is published for general information purposes only and does not act as an endorsement or guarantee of services by the Book Festival.