Maps and directions
Located in the heart of the Scottish Borders region the campus is located in the town of Galashiels surrounded by beautiful countryside. The town has a range of shops, bars and cafes located just a 25 minute walk from the campus. There is a regular train service to Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland which takes 50 minutes. On weekdays, a twice-daily shuttle bus connects the Borders Campus with Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh Campus.
Getting to the campus
Travel from Edinburgh Waverley train station to Galashiels (train’s final destination Tweedbank). Trains are every hour (sometimes every 30 minutes) and tickets can be bought online, via the Scotrail app or at the station. For ticket purchases, train times and service updates visit the ScotRail website Note: trains do not run through Edinburgh Haymarket station.
Travel from Edinburgh city centre via the Borders bus. Originating from Edinburgh bus station (bus X62 or X95).
Flying into Edinburgh Airport
Flying into Glasgow Airport
You can get the Airport Express Shuttle bus from the airport to Glasgow Central station and from here you can get a train to Edinburgh Waverley station, then follow options above for train or bus to Galashiels from Edinburgh.
For travel in and around Galashiels, including from the train station to the campus there are several taxi companies. The taxis in Galashiels are 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 offer reduced fares for students travelling to and from the town centre and the University campus.
Galashiels is easy to reach by car, with the A7 road running straight through the town which links to other major routes both south into England, Carlisle (A7) or Newcastle (A68/9). Or north west to Glasgow (A72 to M74) or north to Edinburgh (A7).
For travel in and around Galashiels there are safe cycle routes. You can cycle form the Scottish Borders Campus to 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).
|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|
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.
Helpful travel websites
To plan and compare journeys anywhere in Scotland by public transport you can use Traveline Scotland.
To book, plan and see train statuses you can use ScotRail.
Citylink runs buses/coaches on all major routes around Scotland and can be a cheaper alternative to the train, and to also get you to smaller locations.