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Driving to Edinburgh from South East England

So you’re at the other end of the country. No problem. Getting to Scotland by car from the South East of England is easier than you think.

Either head north on the M40 and then the M6, all the way to the border. It’s not far from there, or opt to take the A1 up the east coast.

Or you can always take in a scenic detour. 

But within around seven hours of setting off from the London area, you’ll be in Edinburgh.

North, south, east, west - which route is best?


  • ElaineRElaineR VisitScotland Contributor ✭✭✭
    Rather than taking the A1 up the coast, why not take a more scenic inland route such as the A68 or the A7 - both routes pass through some terrific scenery and interesting towns in the Scottish Borders en route to Edinburgh
  • HippipalHippipal Member
    It depends what you are looking for. If you are in a hurry I would go up the M6/M74 to Glasgow then the M8 to Edinburgh. The A1 is a slow road. If you are looking for scenery and don't mind it taking longer then go up the east coast.
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