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Edinburgh to Jedburgh

We will be visiting Scotland in July and are hoping to go to the Common Ridings Festival in Jedburgh on July 10th. The question is how do we travel between Edinburgh and Jedburgh. We would prefer to travel by bus, train or private car/driver. If absolutely necessary, we'd rent a car. Suggestions, please. Thanks.

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5559 posts

You can get there by bus, but I hope that Unclegus or MC have some suggestions as the route that pops up on Google Maps (X95 to Hawick with 52 stops transfer to the 68 with 40 more stops for 2 hours 45 minutes of travel) looks long and tedious. Are you just going for the day? The drive on Google maps is half that amount of time. If you were just going to see the Abbey I would suggest a tour. You might shave half an hour off the trip by taking the train to Berwick-upon-Tweed, but then again if you miss the connection it might take longer.

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Thank you, Pamela. We are going to Jedburgh just for the day and only for the Common Ridings Festival. The train sounds daunting, and we would really prefer not to drive. So, any suggestions for hiring a car/driver. Thanks.

Posted by
1187 posts

If you are over 25 and under 75...I would absolutely rent a car for your travel in Scotland's countryside. Driving there is easy. You miss so many opportunities without the freedom to go when and where you want. If you go to Jedburgh; you should also look up Melrose, etc. We stayed at a lovely manorhouse B & B when we were in Jedburgh. I actually saw real wild hedgehogs here. That was the most exciting thing; as it is a small town and can be very quiet...so it is good that you have the Festival to go to. You should check to see if they don't have special shuttles to the Festival from Edinburgh.

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I'm glad that there is at least one shorter bus! But if it were me, I would rent a car. If you are worried about driving on the left, you can do it! Edinburgh is not outrageous to drive in now that the trams are gone. And you can rent from the airport--check opening times of city centre rentals too. And as someone else pointed out, you can stop at other sites on the way there or way back.

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1280 posts

Hiring the car is probably the better choice, the Borders are not the best placed for public transport.