Rail pass opens up Midlothian to tourists

Get out and about this Easter with the new rail travel pass. Photo: Lisa Ferguson
Get out and about this Easter with the new rail travel pass. Photo: Lisa Ferguson

A new travel pass offering unlimited two-day rail travel for Edinburgh families is being launched just in time for Easter.

The Edinburgh Days Out travel pass, introduced by ScotRail, will let families discover top tourist attractions across Midlothian and the Scottish Borders and save money while doing so.

The travel passes offer unlimited, off-peak travel rail travel to all stations on the Borders Railway from Edinburgh Waverley. Perfect for weekend breaks or family adventures, the two-day passes are available for £18 per adult, or a family pass (two adults and two children) is available for just £34, with the offer continuing beyond the Easter holidays.

Popular attractions and events along the line include the stunning Abbotsford House, the historic Melrose Abbey, and Midlothian’s five star visitor attraction, the National Mining Museum Scotland. The world-famous Melrose Sevens competition will also return to the Scottish Borders on April 8.

For more information on the travel pass, visit www.scotrail.co.uk/city-days-out.

In addition to the new travel pass, the Border Weaver bus service will also re-launch in time for the Easter break, helping travelling couples and families explore all that the Scottish Borders has to offer.

Running regularly throughout the day from both Tweedbank Station and the Galashiels Transport Interchange, the bus service provides direct access to attractions across the area.

Lindley Kirkpatrick, Borders Railway Programme Executive, said: “The launch of our new travel pass couldn’t come at a better time. With thousands of families looking for fun activities to do during time off from work and school, our flexible, money saving travel pass allows visitors from Edinburgh to discover hidden gems in Midlothian and Scottish Borders dotted right along the Borders Railway line.”

Jemma Reid, Project Manager from Midlothian and Borders Tourism Action Group, added: “Midlothian and the Scottish Borders are brimming with high quality tourist attractions, and some of Scotland’s finest artisanal food and drink. Coupled with the impressive vistas and rolling hills on offer from the comfort of the Borders Railway, now is the perfect time to explore the region.”

Midlothian Council’s Chief Executive Kenneth Lawrie said: “Midlothian is a great place to visit with the family. It’s just 20 minutes along the Borders Railway line from Edinburgh. Come and enjoy everything from a tour round the National Mining Museum Scotland to a cycle in the spring sunshine. Midlothian is one of the greenest counties in Scotland and there’s plenty to explore.”