Royal Yacht Britannia

Visit the UK’s no.1 attraction (TripAdvisor). The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world. Now berthed in Edinburgh, you can follow in the footsteps of Royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.

Facilities for Car-Free Visitors

Access to the Royal Yacht Britannia is through Ocean Terminal shopping centre. Ocean Terminal has plenty of warm space and several cafés and restaurants for warm drinks and food. There is a live bus departures screen just inside the entrance where it is possible to wait in the warmth for a bus.

Nearest Railway Station

Edinburgh Waverley

Arriving by Foot

Nearby Walking Routes

Ramblers Scotland have created a series of Medal Routes. The Edinburgh Victoria Quay Gold route passes Ocean Terminal, the entrance to Royal Yacht Britannia.

Arriving by Bike

A pleasant cycle route primarily along an old railway line path beside the Water of Leith, also taking in views of the Port of Leith on the final section. This final section is not the most direct but uses off-road paths and quiet roads. Unfortunately there is no quiet route from outside Waverley Station and so the first 400 metres requires walking your bike along the pavements of Princes Street and South St Andrew Street. This route uses sections of National Cycle Route 75.

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Royal Yacht Britannia from Waverley – cycle route

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Nearest cycle parking

There are cycle racks under cover directly outside the entrance to Ocean Terminal shopping centre which is used for access to the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Cycle carriage on trains

Edinburgh Waverley is 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 Waverley 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.

Waverley is 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.

Nearby Cycle Routes
  • The suggested route uses sections of National Cycle Route 75.
  • North Edinburgh Path Network (former railway lines)
  • Explore Edinburgh by Bike cycle maps: North Edinburgh

Arriving by Bus

Lothian Buses: 11, 22, 34, 35, 36

Directions to the Bus Stop

From Waverley Station, follow the signs to Princes Street and take the steps or lift up to street level. From there, the bus stops for the 22 and 34 are directly across the road – a controlled crossing is just to your left.

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.