5 Reasons To Take a Trip On The Borders Railway!

The Borders Railway is the longest new domestic railway to be built in the UK for over 100 years. The railway provides both commuters and visitors easy access to the Scottish Borders from Edinburgh and allows even more people to uncover the true beauty of the Scottish Borders!

There are 7 stops along the Borders Railway, each of which have a variety of fantastic visitor attractions and activities. If your short on time or want to pack in as much as you can in 1 visit, we've compiled a list of the top 5 visitor attractions not to be missed along the line. 


Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World

Nearest Station: Eskbank

Perfect for a family day day out, Edinburgh butterfly and Insect world is the worlds longest running indoor butterfly house with hundreds of free flying exotic butterflies, kids can also enjoy daily animal handling and feeding sessions. An all day ticket also allows you to test your inner dare devil by handling giant millipede's, snakes and tarantula's!


National Mining Museum

Nearest Station: Newtongrange

The National Mining Museum is a 5* Scottish visitor attraction and winner of Best Visitor Experience in 2013. Visitors can take a guided tour of the pithead and experience what it was really like to work in a pit. 

Visitors can also have a go at driving Scotland's largest winding engine which hauled men and coal up and down the pit shaft for nearly 90 years. 


Glentress Mountain Biking

Nearest Station: Galashiels

Glentress 7stanes mountain bike trails offer some of Scotland's best mountain biking trails along with magnificent views of the Tweed Valley. Glentress also offers superb walking trails with views across the river Tweed.


Abbotsford House

Nearest Station: Tweedbank

Abbotsford is the ancestral home of Sir Walter Scott, famous Scottish 19th century novelist and poet. Located on the banks of the River Tweed, Abbotsford sits at the heart of the landscape that inspired the poetry and novels of its creator. Visitors can explore the house and gardens of Abbotsford and uncover facts about life and legacy of Sir Walter Scott. 


Melrose Abbey

Nearest Station: Tweedbank

Melrose Abbey is one of the most famous ruins in Scotland. The Abbey is thought to be the burial place of Robert the Bruce's heart which is marked with a commemorative stone plaque within the grounds. Visitors can also visit the Commendators House to see a rich collection of medieval objects.