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

4 to 5 nights
40 miles
Moderate to Demanding
1st April to 20th October

From £530 per person

Forth to Farne Way - Berwickshire Coastal Section

Explore the coastal central section of the Forth to Farne Way. This walking holiday along the Berwickshire Coastal Path visits ruined castles and forts, medieval villages and historic harbours. The path clambers to the headland of St Abb’s Head Nature Reserve, home to thousands of seabirds and wide-ranging views along the coast and out to sea. Clifftop hiking brings the trail into England and the sixteenth-century walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, full of lively pubs and restaurants.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
FFWB1 From Dunbar to Berwick-upon-Tweed 4 nights, 3 days walking Demanding £530
FFWB2 From Dunbar to Berwick-upon-Tweed 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate £650

Forth to Farne Way - Berwickshire Coast Path Section 4 nights, 3 days walking

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

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

Day 1

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

Day 2

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

Day 3

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


Depart from Berwick-upon-Tweed 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
© Contours Walking Holidays Forth to Farne Way - Berwickshire Coastal Section map
Dunbar / Berwick-Upon-Tweed
40 miles (64 km)
1st April to 20th October

Holiday highlights

Walking along immensely high sea cliffs with brilliant views and a wide range of bird life, including guillemots, curlews and kittiwakes.

Heading through the smugglers’ tunnel and into Cove Harbour.

Visiting friendly fishing villages along the way.

What's included?

  • 4 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

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.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 40 miles (64 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 10.5 miles (17 km)
Maximum daily distance: 17 miles (27 km)
Code: FFWB1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 1st April - 20th October
Start of holiday: Dunbar
End of holiday: Berwick-upon-Tweed

Route Profile

Forth to Farne Way - Berwickshire Coast Path Section 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 train from Berwick-Upon-Tweed to Dunbar.

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.