Who is Jim

Simply, the man that will quote twenty minutes and arrive in fifteen, rather than state five minutes while knowing that to be unrealistic. This honest approach may cost the occasional booking but has also resulted in a loyal customer base.

Hello, and welcome. I am Jim Shields, the taxi operator responsible for offering Melrose, Newstead, Darnick and the Tweedbank Rail Station a prompt and reliable service. My own journey starts and will no doubt end with a Melrose connection. If you are bored, read on.

The English man from Stow

Probably the kindest nickname given to me after my return to the Scottish Borders after an absense of twenty years complete with a hybrid accent no one would ever claim. Coming home was more difficult when you have an accent all of your own but then the Scottish Borders is where I belong.

Originally a native of Stow, I was living at Glendearg and attending school in Melrose when as a seven year old the whole family moved to England. Time has played the game of chance and after all these years I once again have a Melrose connection and am even able to offer the village a taxi service.

Having finished school in Lincolnshire I made my living in engineering but after being made redundant for a second time the choice to return home was an easy one since I have a lot of relatives and my grandparents were still alive at that time. I have two brothers and a sister, all younger, but so far they remain down south making me the only one of the family to come home.

After returning to the Scottish Borders I became night porter at the Waverley Castle hotel in Melrose and spent three seasons doing that job. Then fate intervened. A friend asked my to drive one of his taxis' as he was short of a driver and had already accepted a booking to provide the transport for a wedding party.

I found taxi driving enjoyable, most of the time, and starting work as a driver working round my shifts at the hotel. When the season was over and again I was laid off it was only natural to become involved in the taxi trade full time and apart from a rare moment of sanity which lasted almost five years when I took a "proper job" driving a delivery van, it seems I am still hooked, or should that read mad?

After that short journey through my life and heritage, I am happy to offer local taxi services to Melrose, Newstead, Darnick and the Tweedbank rail station alongside ancestral or sight seeing tours of the Scottish Borders and beyond. Ask for a quote and allow Jim's Taxi to fulfill your travel requirements. I promise not to bore you with my life story again.