How To Get To Newcastleton

Newcastleton lies on the B6357 in the Scottish Borders, less than 5km from the border between Scotland and England. The trail head is and parking is at Douglas Square in the heart of Newcastelton village.

View a map of Newcastletons's location in Scotland

The Newcastleton trail map shows the location of car parks, the trail head and route to the trails.

By Car

Using SatNav or GPS?

Use postcode TD9 0QD to reach Newcastleton. Douglas Square is in the centre of the village on the main street.

The OS Grid Reference for the Newcastleton trail head is: NY483875

From Carlisle

Join the A7 heading north. Around 8km after Longtown, turn right to join the B6357 at Canonbie. Turn left at the junction in the centre of Canonbie and continue on the B6357 for around 16km to Newcastleton.

From Dumfries

Take the A75 to Gretna. Join the A6071 and follow it to the A7. Head north on the A7. Around 8km after Longtown, turn right to join the B6357 at Canonbie and follow directions above.

From Newcastle

Take the A69 towards Carlisle. At Brampton, join the A6071 and head to Longtown to join the A7. Continue northwards on the A7 for around 8km, then turn right to join the B6357 at Canonbie and follow directions above.

From Glasgow

Follow the A74(M) south to junction 21 (Kirkpatrick Fleming) and turn off onto the B6357. Keep on this road to Canonbie and follow directions above.

From Edinburgh

Follow the A68 south through Dalkeith and Lauder to Jedburgh. Continue through Jedburgh on the A68 for around 3km then take the right turn onto the B6357. At Bonchester Bridge, turn left onto the A6088 and follow this for around 1.5km before a right turn back onto the B6357, which runs directly to Newcastleton.

By Public Transport (Train)

For access to Newcastleton by train, Carlisle is the most convenient in terms of connections and services, although Gretna is closer, at around 32km from the trail head.

There are regular services to Carlisle run by Virgin Trains, Northern Trains and First Scotrail from Dumfries, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle Upon Tyne. Virgin also provides intercity services from elswhere in Britain. First Scotrail and Northern Trains run services to Gretna.

Bikes can be carried on these trains but space might be limited, or you might need to book.

Journey time to Carlisle is 35 minutes from Dumfries, around 1hr 10 minutes from Glasgow and 1hr 20 minutes from both Edinburgh and Newcastle. Journey time to Gretna is between 10 and 15 minutes from Carlisle.

For further information on rail travel in Scotland and throughout GB see The site also has general information about taking your bike on trains in Britain.

By Public Transport (Bus)

Buses run regularly between Hawick and Newcastleton and Carlisle and Newcastleton, with services provided by Telford’s Coaches. Journey times vary but generally are around 45 minutes from Hawick and 50 minutes from Carlisle. Please note there is no service on a Sunday and that bikes cannot be carried on this service.

For bus journey planning in Scotland see or use the box at the foot of this page. Use if coming from elsewhere in GB & NI.

By Air

The nearest airport with Scheduled flights is at Newcastle upon Tyne.

For more details of flights, see the Newcastle Airport website.

By Bike

The Reivers Route, a coast-to-coast trail, runs through Newcastleton. The closest transport hub for joining the trail is Carlisle. See the Reivers Cycle Route from Newcastleton.

Traveline Scotland

Use the Traveline Scotland box below to plan a journey to Newcastleton using public transport in Scotland. You'll need the postcode of where you're starting from.

See for other options or if coming from elsewhere in GB & NI.


These are suggested routes only, using the most direct routes available.

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Cafes, hotels and shops in Newcastleton village at/near the trailhead.


Parking is at the Douglas Square trailhead in the centre of Newcastleton village and is free.


Public toilets and showers (free) are just off Douglas Square on Langholm Street, next to the Fire station.

Bike Hire

Bike hire is available from Rock UK at Whithaugh Park, 2.5km from the village trailhead. For details telephone 013873 75394 or email: Website at:

Trail Conditions

Current at Thu 4th Feb 2016


Trails: The Bog, Dead Mans Quarry Climb and Swarfe Hill sections of Red mtb Route closed until end of Feb 2016 (7 days/week) due to tree felling operations in/around Swarfe Hill. 


Blue mtb Route remains fully open



The 2 way section of trail linking the Liddel Water bridge and the tarmac road to Rock UK Outdoor Centre is down to single width in places due to a landslip.  Trail remains open but please could descending riders give way to users climbing up the trail.  


The Skills Area is accessed off the Red MTB Route at post 4. 


Conditions: Wet - lots of surface water on trails.  Please take extra care when high winds forecast as this could lead to windblown trees and branches across the trails.


Diversions: Red mtb Route diverted at post 27, rejoins Route at post 22 (reduces overall route distance by 4km).


More Info: Contact Alan, the ranger, on 07870 595735.

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