X93/X94 Middlesbrough to Scarborough

Rugged moorland, stunning bay views and classic coastal frivolity and beauty - this is an entrancing, enchanted bus route through North Yorkshire heartland!


From £2 for a single journey, £6 between Middlesbrough and Scarborough

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No. of Attractions:

16 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

2 hours 23 minutes

Route Frequency:

Hourly between Middlesbrough and Guisborough Market Place and thence Half Hourly to Scarborough

Starting point:

Middlesbrough Bus Station, Stand 9

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Journey fact:

Scaling Dam was originally constructed not just as a reservoir for water supply but also as a strategic water source for the ironstone mining industry in the region. Dating back to the mid-20th century, Scaling Dam was built to provide a reliable water source for the nearby mines, crucial for their operations.

Journey Overview

This is a journey of three connecting buses across remarkable scenery to fantastic destinations – on the X93 from Middlesbrough to Guisborough Market Place and then onto the X94 to Whitby Bus Station, before another X94 to Scarborough.

Leaving the cultural and urban melting pot of Middlesbrough behind the landscape gets more rural as the delightful town of Guisborough approaches, before the road meanders close to the River Esk and through the stunning Danby Lodge National Park deep in the North Yorkshire Moors. The journey past Scaling Dam, a serene reservoir offers tranquil waterside walks and opportunities for birdwatching amidst stunning natural surroundings. As the bus winds its way towards Aislaby, be sure to admire the idyllic countryside views that unfold. Bracken, heathland, bushes, trees and stunningly desolate hills dominate the view from the window as the bus makes its way to wonderful Whitby, with the sea beckoning and the historical harbour.

On towards Scarborough the bus then travels atop the cliff and through narrow roads above the majestic Robin Hood’s Bay below, where the sea crashes against rocks, but when the weather changes, can look marvellously serene. The bus moves slightly inland through the sumptuous Harwood Dale, through more rugged but always pretty shrubland, close to Hayburn Wyke Waterfall and the delightful village of Burriston before approaching the North Bay of Scarborough and into the town centre, again perching high on the cliff, overlooking the coastline, this time with its thrills and spills, seaside japery, but still with more than a hint of serenity and beauty at the end of this captivating journey.


A Fab Day Out!

Begin your adventure in Middlesbrough, a vibrant urban hub boasting a rich industrial heritage. Explore the historic landmarks such as the iconic Transporter Bridge or delve into the cultural scene at MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art). Don’t miss a stroll along the rejuvenated waterfront of the River Tees.

Next, your bus ride takes you through Guisborough, a quaint market town nestled on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. Discover the remnants of Guisborough Priory, a medieval gem steeped in history. Meanwhile, Aislaby, with its charming cottages and tranquil ambiance, provides a perfect stop for a peaceful interlude.

Continue your journey to the coastal gem of Whitby, famed for its Gothic abbey ruins and association with Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Explore the cobbled streets lined with quaint shops and indulge in the freshest seafood at the bustling harbor.

The route then meanders towards the picturesque village of Robin Hood’s Bay, where narrow alleyways lead to secluded coves and breathtaking coastal vistas. Take a moment to soak in the timeless charm of this historic fishing village.

Passing by the iconic RAF Fylingdales, a crucial part of the UK’s early warning system, marvel at its distinctive pyramid-shaped radomes set against the backdrop of the North York Moors.

Scarborough, the final destination, really is a quintessential seaside resort and offers a plethora of attractions and activities for visitors to enjoy. Start by exploring the historic Scarborough Castle, perched dramatically atop a cliff, offering panoramic views of the coastline. Stroll along the bustling promenade, lined with traditional amusement arcades, including a big wheel and many cafes, fish and chip shops and ice cream parlours.

Sink your toes into the golden sands of Scarborough’s two sweeping beaches, perfect for sunbathing, sandcastle-building, or a refreshing dip in the North Sea. For a taste of Victorian grandeur, wander through the beautifully landscaped Peasholm Park, complete with a tranquil lake and regular naval battle re-enactments.

Thrill-seekers can head to the Sea Life Scarborough, home to a diverse array of marine life, or take a ride on the North Bay Railway by alighting the bus at Peasholm Park –  a miniature steam train winds its way through scenic gardens beside the coast. With its blend of history, natural beauty, and seaside charm, Scarborough offers something for everyone to enjoy.

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