Edinburgh site details

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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Directions by road

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

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

Please note that only every other 41 terminates at King's Buildings and passes Murchison House. If the 41 is to Craighouse then alight at Blackford Station; Murchison House is a five-minute walk up Blackford Avenue.

Princes Street Diversions from 17 September 2011

Buses will be diverted from Princes Street and the Mound onto George Street from Saturday 17 September 2011 for approximately 10 months. This is due to tramworks on Princes Street.

Route of the Service 67: St Andrew Square - Waverley Bridge - Potterrow (for Central Area / George Square) - Summerhall (Royal Dick Vet School) - Mayfield Road (BGS/ King's Buildings) - Kaimes Crossroads - Straiton Park & Ride - BGS

Loanhead- Bilston Roundabout - Easter Bush (Royal Dick Vet School) - Pentlands Science Park (identical route in reverse).

Operating times: Monday–Friday, 0700–19:30 Journey time: approximately 35 minutes from Hanover Street to Easter Bush Fares : Normal Lothian Buses fares apply.

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.
  • Murchison House is a 10-minute walk from Cameron Toll shopping centre, which is served by bus routes 3, 3A, 7, 8, 24, 29, 31, 32, 33, 37, 37A, 38, 42 & 49.

Detailed directions and transport costs

Where to stay

View a list of local accommodation.

Sales desk

Please visit our Geology Shop in the Murchison House reception.