The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is a must-see venue for modern and contemporary art and is home to fantastic sculpture parks.
Nearest Railway Station
Facilities for Car-Free Visitors
Cycle racks are provided at the rear of the Gallery, overlooking the landscaped car park. Cafés serving food and hot drinks.
Arriving by Foot
After a short section along busy Haymarket Terrace, this walk uses a quiet side street and then the attractive Water of Leith walkway. This is a pleasant walk beside the river through a wooded valley until a signposted set of steps beside the Belford Bridge lead up from the river to the side entrance of the Gallery. The route includes steps and is less than a mile.
Arriving by Bike
This route leaves from Edinburgh Waverley Station which, while further than Haymarket, is served by more trains and provides an attractive cycle through Edinburgh’s New Town. It uses relatively quiet streets as far as is possible given that it is mainly within the city centre. The start point leads immediately onto the main thoroughfare, Princes Street, which is heavily used by buses and trams. It is recommended that the cycle is walked along the pavement to St. Andrew’s Square to avoid mingling with the traffic and having to cross tram lines. The route from here makes use of a traffic-free cycle lane along George Street then through a short lane to the end of Melville Street, which is wide and not too busy off-peak. The final few hundred yards is down a slope to the Art Gallery. There is an option to walk the cycle to the Gallery from a side gate in preference to cycling up a hill to the car park entrance.
Nearest cycle parking
The Gallery of Modern Art has cycle racks towards the rear of the building.
Cycle carriage on trains
Both Haymarket and the nearby Edinburgh Waverley are served by local, regional, and intercity ScotRail trains which usually have four cycle spaces. Some electric trains have no or only two spaces but allow cycles to be stored in the doorways (on the right side of the train). Bicycles do not require reservations on ScotRail services to Edinburgh except for trains from Inverness and Aberdeen. Bicycle reservations for these services can be made by contacting ScotRail telesales on 0330 303 0111 or visiting a station ticket office. Full details are contained in the ScotRail Connections Guide.
Haymarket and Waverley are also served by long-distance trains operated by CrossCountry, TransPennine Express, Virgin Trains East Coast, and Virgin Trains West Coast. These operators carry between two and six bicycles and require a reservation, which can be made by contacting the train company or visiting a ticket office.
Arriving by Bus
A Gallery Bus (donation of £1 requested) takes visitors from the Scottish National Gallery at The Mound on Princes Street to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and back again. This runs five times a day starting at 11am.
There is also the Service 13 bus operated by Edinburgh Coach Lines and this provides a regular service all day at hourly intervals. This can be joined at Hanover Street in the city centre across from the galleries at The Mound.
Directions to the Bus Stop
The Gallery Bus stops at the National Gallery on the Mound. Service 13 has a stop in Hanover Street in the city centre, the street facing the Art Galleries at the foot of The Mound. The National Galleries and Hannover Street are a five minute walk from Waverley Station, west along Princes Street.
This information was believed to be correct at the date of publication of this website, 23 June 2015. We would encourage users of the site to check the public transport information presented above before setting off.