Getting Here

Just seven miles south of Edinburgh’s city centre and close to the Scottish Borders, Rosslyn Chapel is easily accessible, whether travelling by car, bus,  train, bicycle or on foot.

By car

The Chapel is located within the village of Roslin, off A701. If driving from Edinburgh city centre, follow signs to the Newington or Liberton areas, then continue along the A701, towards Penicuik. If driving from east or west of the city, take the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass to the Straiton junction, then the A701, following signs to Penicuik. Look out for the brown tourist signposts as you approach the village. From the south, follow the A74(M)  then the A701 or follow the signs for the Chapel on the A7 after Newtongrange. For satnav, our postcode is EH25 9PU. There is free parking at the Chapel where cars are parked at the owner’s risk. Drivers of electric cars can find local charging points via this link.

By bus

There is a good bus service every day to and from Roslin village. From Edinburgh city centre, look for a Lothian Service 37 and check that it says ‘via Roslin’ at the front of the bus. The journey from the city centre will take around 45 to 60 minutes and there are stops on Princes Street (shop side) or North Bridge. The bus comes into Roslin village and the Chapel is just a few minutes’ walk from the bus stop at the Original Rosslyn Hotel.   Service 40 is ideal if you are travelling from Portobello, Musselburgh, Dalkeith, Bonnyrigg, Loanhead or Penicuik. A single journey is currently £1.60 per adult and you must have the correct money.

Full details and timetables are available at www.lothianbuses.com

By train

Use the Borders Railway (Edinburgh to Tweedbank) to travel through Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders along the newest railway line in Britain. Take the train to Eskbank station –  the journey from Edinburgh Waverley to Eskbank station will take 18 minutes and the journey from Tweedbank station to Eskbank will take 37 minutes –  and then service 40 bus (runs approx. every 30 minutes) from the nearby Tesco store to Roslin.  Alternatively, the Chapel is a short taxi ride away. There are a number of local taxi companies to call including Dalkeith Taxis on 0131 654 1212, Midlothian Taxi Hire Company on 0131 440 2985 or  Aerial ABW on Cabs on 0131 663 2000.

 

By taxi

A taxi from Edinburgh will provide direct travel to the Chapel. The journey time from the city centre will be around 40 minutes and a return taxi fare will be around £50.

 By bicycle

Set in rural Midlothian, it is easy to cycle to visit the Chapel and there are bike racks in the main car park. You can find the best route by adding ‘Rosslyn Chapel’ as the destination on the excellent bike hub website, by clicking here.

National Cycle Routes 1 and 196 pass within five miles of Rosslyn Chapel. A768 Lasswade Road connects both routes at Eskbank Toll (Justinlees Inn) with Loanhead, from where (at Harnes Court, off High Street) a largely traffic free cycle path runs south to Roslin village, terminating close to Rosslyn Chapel. The Chapel is also accessible as part of a new 5-mile route from Edinburgh, linking Duddingston, Niddrie, Moredun and Gilmerton with Roslin. More details are available here. 

Bike hire from Edinburgh and route planning can be arranged through The Tartan Bicycle Company.

There are some suggestions for places to hire a bicyle through VisitScotland’s website and for more general information on cycling and cycle routes in the area, click here.

By foot

If you plan to walk to the Chapel, this website gives very good directions (and even tells you how many calories you will use on your walk!) – www.walkit.com

The Chapel is included in the route of the ‘St Ninian Journey’, linking Edinburgh to Whithorn. For details of the route, please click here. The St Ninian Journey is one of six Pilgrim Journeys devised by Scotland’s Churches Trust.

Tours

A number of companies offer tours to the Chapel, often also visiting other sites, with various pick-up points in Edinburgh.

Full details of tours and prices are available from each company by clicking on the links below.