Edinburgh site details

*** 2016 - BGS Scotland is relocating to The Lyell Centre ***

The BGS offices in Edinburgh and Loanhead are relocating to The Lyell Centre, a purpose built site on the Heriot-Watt University campus at Riccarton, in early 2016. The new home of BGS Scotland will also be a major joint BGS/Heriot-Watt University research centre for geological, petroleum and marine sciences.

The Lyell Centre will establish in Scotland a global centre of excellence based on research synergies and collaboration. It will bring together key expertise from both institutions as well as an £8.5m investment in top-level academic recruitment from around the world, providing a huge opportunity for earth and marine science in general and for Scotland in particular.

For the latest information please see our webpage on The Lyell Centre.

Current address and contact details

British Geological Survey
Murchison House
West Mains Road
Tel: +44 (0)131 667 1000
Fax: +44 (0)131 668 2683

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The BGS Edinburgh office is on the King's Buildings Campus of the University of Edinburgh.

If travelling by car from out of town, approach from the city bypass exits at Lothianburn or Straiton at south Edinburgh.

Enter from West Mains Road, University of Edinburgh gate number three. Take the first bend to the right and the BGS car park is the second opening on the right. We have 10 visitors car parking spaces and one disabled parking space.

There are no parking restrictions on West Mains Road at weekends.

Directions by public transport from city centre

Lothian Bus services 41 and 38 stop directly outside Murchison House. The most useful of these is the 41 which links close to Waverley Station.

From Waverley Station it is a five-minute walk to The Mound where the 41 bus travels to Kings Buildings. On the way back into the city centre from Kings Buildings the 41 bus travels along Waverley Bridge so you can alight next to the train station.

Most 41 buses now terminate at Kings Buildings and pass Murchison House. Once an hour the 41 travels to Morningside instead. In this case, alight at Blackford Station; Murchison House is a five-minute walk up Blackford Avenue.

Other bus routes
  • Route 38: stops on West Mains Road.
  • Routes 24: alight at Blackford Station; Murchison House is a five-minute walk up Blackford Ave.
  • Route 42: alight on Mayfield Road; Murchison House is a five-minute walk along West Mains Road.
  • Route 67: alight on Mayfield Road; Murchison House is a five-minute walk along West Mains Road.
  • Murchison House is a 15-minute walk from Cameron Toll shopping centre, which is served by bus routes 3, 7, 8, 24, 29, 31, 37, 38, 42, 47 & 49.
Find out when the next bus is

Many bus stops have BusTracker signposts showing when the next bus is due.

You can also download Transport for Edinburgh's mobile app for live bus times on the move.

Journey planning

Directions from out of town

List of routes to Murchison House from the airport, train station, by car or by foot

Where to stay

View a list of local accommodation.

Sales desk

BGS Edinburgh Office - Upcoming Closure

The Edinburgh Geology Library and Shop will be closed on Friday 3rd July, reopening on Monday 6th July. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Please check the Edinburgh Office contact page for up to date details.

Please visit our Geology Shop in the Murchison House reception.