Location and Connectivity

Nestled among beautiful rolling hills and the rugged coastline between Edinburgh and the North of England, the Scottish Borders includes many historic and scenic towns and villages that offer the perfect opportunities for a new work-life balance.

The road networks and improvements to the A7, A68 and A1 enable easy travel from Scottish Borders to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle and Carlisle in around 90 minutes.

Edinburgh45mins1hr 201hr55mins55mins
Glasgow1hr 202hr 101hr 401hr 401hr 50
Carlisle1hr 5050mins1hr 201hr 352hr 30
Newcastle2hr 301hr 401hr 401hr 501hr 40

For a fuller version of distance (in miles) between locations click here.

Regular train services connect the Scottish Borders to all main UK destinations. The Scottish Borders lies 8 miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed station on the East Coast main line (with frequent services to London in just under four hours). From Carlisle to London on the West Coast main line is just over 3 hours; Birmingham within 3 hours and Manchester is within 2 hours.

The Scottish Borders is within easy reach of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle International Airports and the network of international destinations they offer, including New York, Dubai, Toronto, Paris, Berlin and Geneva. Typical drive time from Galashiels, in the central Borders, to Edinburgh Airport is 60 minutes, and around 90 minutes to Newcastle and Glasgow Airports.


Border Railway

Work to create a £295m rail link between Edinburgh and the Borders  is well underway, enabling journey times of under an hour from the Borders to Edinburgh, opening up new opportunities to live and work in the Borders. This new train link is due to open in Autumn 2015 and will bring a positive boost to the Borders for commuters.

To find out more about the Border Railway click here.  

Well connected

In January 2014 it was announced that more than 5700 homes and businesses in the Scottish Borders will benefit through getting Fibre Broadband, as part of the £410million Digital Scotland Partnership. 


In 2012, Innerleithen won BT's Race to Infinity campaign, which gave the Border town access to the service.