Maps & directions to Scottish Borders Campus
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).
|Departs||Departure time (prompt)||Arrives||Arrival time (approx.)|
|Scottish Borders Campus||7.15am||Edinburgh Campus||8.45am/9.00am|
|Edinburgh Campus||9.15am||Scottish Borders Campus||10.15am/10.30am|
|Scottish Borders Campus||3.45pm||Edinburgh Campus||5.00pm|
|Edinburgh Campus||5.15pm||Scottish Borders Campus||6.30pm|
As the Shuttle Bus has a capacity of 16 seats, it is necessary to book your seat in advance of your journey. To book a place on the bus you should phone 08700 505152. This number will put you through to the operator/reception desk at the Borders College, who will take your booking. Alternatively you can email email@example.com. If making a same day booking (i.e. for the afternoon run) then please try to book before 2.45pm that day.
If you turn up for the bus without booking, 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.
Please note that there is no luggage carrying capacity on the bus. If you turn up with suitcases and other larger items you may not be able to travel if there is no vacant space on the bus. We would recommend that you travel with only small backpacks or carrier bags.
Students on a degree programme that require them to attend classes in both campuses will be given first priority on the bus. This only applies to the BA Interior Design students. Second priority is given to any other student wanting to use the Shuttle Bus. Finally, staff can book places on the bus provided there is space after student bookings have been taken into consideration.
Pickups and drop-offs
The main locations are:
- Scottish Borders Campus - Outside main entrance to Borders College, Public Car Park, Galashiels
- Edinburgh Campus - Main reception
If given advanced notice, the driver may pick up or drop off at the Dobbies Garden Centre car park, off Gilmerton Road, Edinburgh.
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 DisabledGo 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.