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TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION

TRAVEL TO HAWICK:

The Festival hub and main screening venue is at Heart of Hawick in Hawick, Scottish Borders, TD9 0AE. Visitors from London most often get the train to Carlisle, though some choose to fly to Edinburgh. Most of our international visitors fly to Edinburgh. Hawick is approximately 1.5hrs south of Edinburgh and 1.5hrs north east of Carlisle by car/bus.

You might consider registering with Edinburgh Liftshare if you’re planning on travelling from Edinburgh.

By Air:
The closest International Airport is Edinburgh (EDI)
From there, get the Airlink 100 (Stance 19) bus, which runs from the airport to Waverley Bridge (near Princes Street and the main rail and bus stations). Buy tickets at the airport information desk, at the bus stop, from the driver or in advance online. It runs every 10 minutes with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes. Fare: Single £4.50, return £7.50 (reductions for children).

From Waverley, it is a short walk to Edinburgh Bus Station, where you can get the X95 bus service to Hawick. The bus takes around 2 hours. You can view the X95 timetable here.

Please contact us if you are planning on flying in to Edinburgh, as we may be able to pick you up from Edinburgh airport if your arrival time coincides with other filmmaker pick-ups we have planned.

By Rail and/or Bus:

The closest Rail Stations are:

– Galashiels, Scottish Borders (north of Hawick), via Waverley Station, Edinburgh

– Carlisle, Cumbria (south of Hawick).

There is a Rail link bus service from immediately outside Carlisle and Galashiels train stations, direct to Hawick, via bus X95. The bus journey from Galashiels to Hawick takes just over half an hour. The bus journey from Carlisle to Hawick takes just over one hour. You can view the X95 timetable here.

Please contact us if you are planning on getting the train to Carlisle, as we may be able to pick you up if your arrival time coincides with other filmmaker pick-ups we have planned.

Last bus out of Hawick:
If you’re staying in Hawick to see the evening screenings and events, and travelling by train, here are the last train times for the festival dates. Please note Mart Street is next to Morrisons, at the opposite end of the High Street from the Heart of Hawick, so please factor this in when you’re planning your visit, it can take around 10 minutes to walk along.

Returning to Edinburgh by Train (these are the last times on the evenings of the Festival):

Thurs, Fri, Monday:

Take the 22:31 X95 bus from Hawick (Mart Street) to Galashiels Interchange and catch the last train back to Edinburgh at 23:32.

Sat: Take the 22:31 X95 bus from Hawick (Mart Street) to Galashiels Interchange and catch the last train back to Edinburgh at 23:35.

Sun: Take the 21:55 X95 X95 bus from Hawick (Mart Street) to Galashiels Interchange and catch the last train back to Edinburgh at 22.50.

Returning to Edinburgh by Bus  (these are the last times on the evenings of the Festival):

Thursday 2nd March, Friday 3rd March:

X95 Bus From Hawick (Mart Street) 18:42 Arrives in Edinburgh (Bus Station) 20:38

X95 Bus From Hawick (Mart Street) 20:51 Arrives in Edinburgh (Bus Station) 22:46

Saturday 4th March:

X95 Bus From Hawick (Mart Street) 18:42 Arrives in Edinburgh (Bus Station) 20:38

X95 Bus From Hawick (Mart Street) 20:51 Arrives in Edinburgh (Bus Station) 22:46

Sunday 5th March:

X95 Bus From Hawick (Mart Street) 17:55 Arrives in Edinburgh (Bus Station) 20:02

X95 Bus From Hawick (Mart Street) 19:55 Arrives in Edinburgh (Bus Station) 21:49

Returning to Carlisle by Bus: (these are the last times on the evenings of the Festival):

Thursday 2nd March, Friday 3rd March and Monday 6th March:

X95 Bus From Hawick (Mart Street) 18:21 Arrives in Carlisle (English Street) 19:50

X95 Bus From Hawick (Mart Street) 20:43 Arrives in Carlisle (English Street) 22:11

Saturday 4th March:

X95 Bus From Hawick (Mart Street) 18:13 Arrives in Carlisle (English Street) 19:32

X95 Bus From Hawick (Mart Street) 20:43 Arrives in Carlisle (English Street) 22:11

Sunday 5th March:

X95 Bus From Hawick (Mart Street) 15:21 Arrives in Carlisle (English Street) 16:48

X95 Bus From Hawick (Mart Street) 17:21 Arrives in Carlisle (English Street) 18:45

By Car:

Hawick is situated on the A7 which runs from Edinburgh to Carlisle. Hawick is also accessible by the A68.

Hawick is a 1h 30m drive from Edinburgh, or 2h 15m from Glasgow. From London it is best to allow 7hrs.

If you’re planning on travelling from Edinburgh, you might find Edinburgh Liftshare useful.

Find Hawick here on Google Maps.

By Car (from the south-west):
1. Follow the A7 into Hawick
2. Turn right at the first roundabout on to ‘Tower Knowe’
3. Follow ‘Tower Knowe’ for about 100 metres uphill, passing the ‘High Street’. Tower Mill/Film House Café immediately on the right.

By Car (from the north):
1. Follow the A7 into Hawick, past the Police Station (on your right), and Teviotdale Leisure Centre (on your left)
2. At the roundabout turn right (3rd exit) – along Commercial Road, which is also part of the A7
3. Follow Commercial Road as it becomes Albert Place, and crosses a bridge
4. At the roundabout, go straight on (1st exit)
5. Follow ‘Tower Knowe’ for about 100 metres uphill, passing the ‘High Street’. Tower Mill/Film House immediately on the right.

By Car (from the south-east):
1. From the A68, just after the border – take the A6088 on your left.
2. Turn left on to the A698 – and into Hawick
3. Continue straight on at the roundabout (2nd exit), onto Bourntree Place, and then onto the High Street
4. Continue down the ‘High Street’, which ends directly in front of the Tower Mill/Film House Cafe

By Car (from the north):
1. From Edinburgh, take the A68 toward Jedburgh
2. Three miles before Jedburgh, turn right on the A698 and follow it into Hawick.
3. Continue straight on at the roundabout (2nd exit), onto Bourntree Place, and then onto the High Street
4. Continue down the ‘High Street’, which ends directly in front of the Tower Mill/Film House Cafe

ACCOMMODATION IN HAWICK

We strongly recommend booking your accommodation early as many B&B’s sell out well before the festival starts. If, after contacting the B&B’s below you cannot find anywhere to stay, please contact us and we will see what we can do to help.

You can also try Trip Advisor for Hawick Hotels and B&B’s.
Online bookings are also possible at Visit Scotland, though not all Hawick hotels and B&Bs are on their site. Visit Scotland have a visitor information desk at Heart of Hawick. You can call them on 01450 373 993.

Recommended accommodation in Hawick:

Balcary House Hotel
01450 372 858
Special offer: 15% discount when you quote ‘attending Alchemy Film Festival’ when booking over the phone.
www.balcary-house-hotel.com

The Bank Guest House
01450 363760
http://www.thebankno12highst.com

Bridge House Guest House Hawick
01450 370701
http://www.bridgehouse-bistro-hotel.co.uk/home

Brougham House B & B
07814 354106
http://www.broughamhouse.com

Elm House Hotel
01450 372866
http://www.theelmhousehotel.co.uk

Hopehill Guest House
01450 375042
http://www.hopehill.co.uk

Lux B&B/Teviotside Guest House
01450 363393
www.luxbandb.co.uk

Lynwood Cottage B & B, Suites
01450 372461
www.lynnwoodcottage.co.uk

North Bridge B & B
01450 376200
www.northbridgeguesthouse.co.uk

The Birches Boutique B&B
01450 363 922
www.thebirchesbnbscotland.com

Oakwood House B & B
01450 372814
http://www.oakwoodhawick.co.uk

Mansfield House Hotel
01450 360400
http://themansfieldhousehotel.com

Hassendean Cottages B & B
01450 870 832
http://www.hassendeanbandb.co.uk
(about 3 miles from Hawick)

The Horse and Hound Country Inn
01450 860 645
http://www.horseandhoundbonchesterbridge.co.uk

Camping:

Ruberslaw Campsite
01450 870092
reception@ruberslaw.co.uk
http://www.ruberslaw.co.uk/