Jed must go the distance when it comes to tourism

Further to a visit to Jedburgh, The Good Soup Guide would like to say we were astonished at the disgraceful state of affairs with regard to public transport in the town.

Jedburgh is without doubt a jewel in the Borders tourist arsenal, and yet the last bus out of the town back to Edinburgh is at 5.15pm. This is so astonishing as to be almost unbelievable.

There is no public transport to the area from the whole of the west coast of Scotland, and tourists therefore have to go via Edinburgh.

What with the long warm days of summer, it is rather peculiar to have a last bus out at such an early hour. It used to be 8.05pm or thereabouts, and we’re not entirely sure why it was changed. I know that there is a later bus that you can get to Galashiels and then get another bus back to Edinburgh, but it is not good to have tourists changing buses all the time. It is an unnecessary hurdle.

If the Borders is to have any hope of attracting more tourists to the area, and take advantage of all the financial gains that come with such a thing, then it has to take a long, hard look at transport in the area and, to be perfectly frank, pull its finger out.

We might also say that we were exceedingly happy with the quality of the town’s tourist attractions, in particular the abbey, Mary, Queen of Scots’ Visitor Centre and Jedburgh Town Jail Museum.

On the food and drink front, we were disappointed not to find more public houses stocking local real ales, such as those made at either the nearby Scottish Borders Brewery or Tempest Brewing in Kelso. At the end of the day it’s all about keeping food miles down and giving locals and visitors something that has a connection with the area in which it is consumed.

Edward Burns

The Good Soup Guide

(Scotland’s Online Tourist Guide)