Maps and directions
For a flavour of city life, Scotland's vibrant cultural capital city, Edinburgh, is just 50 minutes away by train. On weekdays, a twice-daily shuttle bus connects the campus with Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh Campus.
There are safe cycle routes to the Scottish Borders Campus from the town centre and surrounding area. You can plan your journey on the CycleStreets website.
A shuttle minibus runs between the Edinburgh Campus and the Scottish Borders Campus, twice daily on weekdays (excluding local holidays).
Please note that because of the pandemic, seating has been reduced from 16 places to 9 places. You must also wear a face covering while travelling.
|Departs||Departure time (prompt)||Arrives||Arrival time (approx.)|
|Edinburgh Campus (Main reception)||07.30||Scottish Borders Campus (High Mill)||09.00|
|Scottish Borders Campus (High Mill)||09.30||Edinburgh Campus (Main reception)||11.00|
|Edinburgh Campus (Main reception)||15.00||Scottish Borders Campus (High Mill)||16.30|
|Scottish Borders Campus (High Mill)||17.00||Edinburgh Campus (Main reception)||18.15|
1. Timetable updated 06/08/2018
The bus service is for students, staff and visitors to Heriot-Watt University only.
As the shuttle bus has limited capacity, you must book your seat in advance of your journey. To book a place you should email email@example.com between 09.00 and 14.00 Monday to Friday. If the bus is fully booked you will be put on a reserve list and you may turn up at the departure point on the off chance that somebody does not turn up.
Priority will be given to those on the reserve list. If making a same day booking ie. for the afternoon run, then please try to book before 14.30 that day. If you turn up on spec to travel on the bus, provided you give your name to the driver and that there is a vacant seat available you will be able to travel. Be aware however that the bus can be full on occasions.
Pick up points
There are only two designated pick up and stop points:
- Edinburgh Campus
- Borders Campus
Please note that the bus will not stop at any other points on the journey.
We can only accept hand luggage or small back packs as there is no luggage carrying capacity available on the bus. If you are travelling with large suitcases or bags then you will need to use public transport.
Students on a degree programme that require them to attend classes in both campuses will be given first priority. This only applies to the BA Interior Design students. Second priority is given to any other student wanting to use the bus.
Staff can book places on the bus provided there is space after student bookings have been taken into consideration.
There is a well developed network of local buses, an hourly bus service to Edinburgh and a daily service to Newcastle and Glasgow. Public bus services around the town and to nearby cities (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle and Carlisle) are provided by First Buses.
There are several taxi firms in Galashiels using ordinary cars (not black cabs), which are officially licensed and charge similar fares to black cabs. You can book in advance by telephone and most operate reduced fares for students travelling to and from the town centre and the University campus.
A new train station opened on Stirling Street, Galashiels in September 2015, providing a train link to Edinburgh Waverley with a travel time of 50 minutes.
Galashiels is easy to reach by car, with three major routes linking it to the north of England and central Scotland. Edinburgh is less than an hour's drive away, with Glasgow around 90 minutes. Newcastle and Carlisle are also close by.
Air links are good with three international airports within two hours' travel.
Getting around the campus
Download the Scottish Borders Campus map to help you find your way around the buildings on campus.
Visit our pages on the AccessAble website for details of disabled access features at our Scottish Borders Campus. The guides describe your journey into and throughout the campus buildings - accommodation, library, catering, teaching spaces etc - and includes photographs of the features covered.