Getting to the Scottish Borders couldn‘t be easier. We have three major airports (Edinburgh, Newcastle and Glasgow) within two hours‘ drive, and are linked to the north of England and central Scotland by 3 major road routes. There are, however, no train stations in the Scottish Borders! Strange but true. If you are leaving by train but wish to arrive in the Borders by bike, you have three main options: Carlisle, Berwick and Edinburgh.
Rail services within Scotland have a very limited bike carrying service, although the situation is improving.
It is recommended to reserve space in advance. For details of timetable, special tickets and cycle space aboard trains, telephone national rail enquiries on 08457 48 49 30.
The best escape by bike is to the northeast on the B6264 through Whiteclosegate then the minor road through Houghton, aiming for Smithfield on the A6071 (halfway between Longtown and Brampton). After this, navigation should be easy!
From Berwick railway station, follow the A6105 towards Duns for 3/4 mile, then turn left onto no through road signposted 'Access to Letham Shank Farm'. After 1 mile, as the road swings left downhill away from the A1, turn right through a gate onto a track. Follow this to a pavement alongside the A1. Cross this busy road using the island onto the pavement opposite, then after 200 yards turn right sharply back on yourself onto the minor lane. At the T-junction next to the house called High Letham, turn left. From here you can easily access Eyemouth on minor lanes or carry on straight ahead for an adventurous route through to Paxton, crossing Whiteadder Water via a footbridge.