Forth to Farne Way

Forth to Farne Way

A walking holiday in the footsteps of pilgrims, from North Berwick to Holy Island.

4 to 9 nights
40-70 miles
Moderate to Demanding

From £530 per person

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About the trail

From beneath the square tower of St Andrews Church in North Berwick, the Forth to Farne Way departs on a largely coastal route through landscapes shaped partly by the sea, partly by old squabbles over the border territories between Scotland and England. Here, ruined and surviving castles rise from steep sea cliffs, presiding over sandy beaches and busy bird colonies. The trail initially cuts south through the East Lothian countryside, but soon joins the coast and follows a leg of the John Muir Way and later the Berwickshire Coastal Path as it winds its way south toward its conclusion at Holy Island.

The Forth to Farne Way hosts a special spiritual element. It follows in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims, visiting holy wells, ancient churches and two monasteries: Scotland’s most important Benedictine monastery, Coldingham Priory, and the famous Lindisfarne Priory, accessed across the causeway to Holy Island.

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  • Forth to Farne Way
  • Forth to Farne Way - Berwickshire Coastal Section

About this route

6 to 9 nights
70 miles
Moderate to Demanding
1st April to 20th October

From £780 per person

Forth to Farne Way

Book your walking holiday along the full 70 miles of the Forth to Farne Way and travel from North Berwick to Holy Island in the footsteps of pilgrims. This varied route explores the broad open fields of the East Lothian countryside before threading its way to the coast. Here, it boasts stunning views from atop sea cliffs, long walks along sandy beaches and overnight stops in fishing villages and towns. The walk concludes on Holy Island, with its famous castle and priory.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
FFW1 From North Berwick to Holy Island 6 nights, 5 days walking Demanding £780
FFW2 From North Berwick to Holy Island 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate £1035
FFW3 From North Berwick to Holy Island 9 nights, 8 days walking Moderate £1150

Forth to Farne Way 6 nights, 5 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights

Important information

NB: The causeway on to Holy Island can only be crossed during low tide. Before booking, please check the Holy Island Safe Crossing Times here.


Travel to North Berwick where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

North Berwick to Dunbar. 16 miles (25.5km)

Day 2

Dunbar to Pease Bay(T). 12.5 miles (20km)

Day 3

Pease Bay(T) to Eyemouth. 17 miles (27km)

Day 4

Eyemouth to Berwick-upon-Tweed. 10.5 miles (17km)

Day 5

Berwick-upon-Tweed to Holy Island. 14 miles (22.5km)


Depart from Holy Island after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£60.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Holy Island)
Price on request
© Contours Walking Holidays Forth to Farne Way map
North Berwick / Holy Island
70 miles (112 km)
1st April to 20th October

Holiday highlights

Passing several impressive churches, including those at Whitekirk, Prestonkirk and Dunglass, and the priories at Coldingham and Lindisfarne.

Hiking along miles of undulating coastline that offers sandy beaches and clifftop views, with the possibility of spotting dolphins down amongst the waves.

Visiting fascinating landmarks like the Preston Mill watermill and the ruin of Dunbar Castle jutting from the surf atop an exposed spit of rock.

What's included?

  • 6 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

After arriving at the start of your holiday at North Berwick, you may wish to spend an extra night here to explore everything the local area has to offer. This pleasant seaside town is perhaps most famed for its golf courses; however, its beautiful wildflower gardens and floral displays have won multiple awards themselves. Being a coastal resort town, North Berwick has plenty of other attractions too; including boat trips, sandy beaches, excellent eateries, and the five-star Scottish Seabird Centre, to name just a few.

Renowned for its high sunshine record, Dunbar is surrounded by gorgeous countryside and coastal vistas, making it a superb place to enjoy a rest day. The town is steeped in history and was one of the most important Scottish fortresses in the Middle Ages, with its now ruined castle once sheltering Mary Queen of Scots. Wildlife lovers in particular would no doubt enjoy a visit to John Muir Country Park, a nature reserve supporting a wide range of habitats, birds, and plants.

Located on the border between England and Scotland, Berwick-upon-Tweed is packed with things to see and do. This town has seen its fair share of conflict through the centuries, with its turbulent history evident in the Elizabethan walls and ruinous castles that surround the settlement. It is worth spending an extra day here to explore the town’s winding, cobbled streets and unearth its tumultuous past, while also enjoying a relaxing lunch in one of its many charming cafés.

Another popular choice for an extra night’s stay is at the end of the walk on the beautiful Holy Island of Lindisfarne, with its magnificent castle, ruined priory, and attractive harbour, all of which are very photogenic and ripe for exploration. The Museum of Island Life, housed in an 18th century fisherman's cottage, is well worth a visit to learn more about this unique little island, while wine-lovers can sample the famous Lindisfarne Mead at St Aiden’s Winery.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Holy Island)
Price on request

Tour Facts

Total distance: 70 miles (112 km)
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 10.5 miles (17 km)
Maximum daily distance: 17 miles (27 km)
Code: FFW1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 1st April - 20th October
Start of holiday: North Berwick
End of holiday: Holy Island

Route Profile

Forth to Farne Way Route Profile

Travel Information

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Edinburgh and Newcastle.

Return to Start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a taxi/bus from Holy Island to Berwick-Upon-Tweed. From there trains run via Edinburgh to North Berwick. This is however quite a lengthy journey, so you may wish to consider a taxi for the whole journey.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.