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 East Coast Bus service 140 (runs approx. every 30 minutes) from the main road, near Tesco store, will take an additional 30 minutes 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.
A taxi from Edinburgh will provide quick and 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.
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.
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.