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St Cuthbert's Way

St Cuthbert's Way

A self-guided walking holiday celebrating the many historic sites associated with St Cuthbert.

5 to 8 nights
64-69 miles
Moderate to Demanding

From £445 per person

About the trail

St Cuthbert's Way follows the story of a 7th century saint who travelled through Scotland and northern England, spreading the Gospel and performing healing miracles. Beginning at Melrose, where the saint started his ministry, and ending at Holy Island where he ended his days, the trail passes through scenery of great variety and beauty.

The walk takes in heather-clad hills, tranquil riverbanks and old Roman roads, visiting attractive villages and border towns along the way. Particular sites of interest include the ruin of Dryburgh Abbey, Cessford Castle, St Cuthbert's Cave and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, complete with its ruined abbey and spectacular castle.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to experience the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Dog friendly tours available

Dogs are welcome on select routes along this trail. Look for the pawprint icon when choosing your holiday.

Customer reviews from the St Cuthbert's Way

“Thank you for first class organisation and information sent to us in preparing for the walk which made it a fabulous holiday, stress free.”
Miss Douglas, UK
“Arrangements were all efficiently made. Very good choice of accommodation and useful advice in the pack. Route maps and guide books helpful.”
Mr Garner, UK
“Our entire family loved this trip. The beautiful story of St Cuthbert’s Way, the welcome we received most nights, and the pace of life while on this trip were all gifts. Thanks for your effort to offer that to your clients.”
Mrs Paetkau, USA
“Brilliant shorter walk a bit of everything - hills, rivers, moors, sea, bridges, priories, villages - perfect and perfect organisation by Contours.”
Mr Brown, UK
“Stunning scenery, wonderful accommodation, magnificent breakfasts, kind and generous hosts and best of all, the weather - rain, hail, snow, wind and perfect sunshine! Everything was above and beyond our expectation.”
Mr Trembath, Australia
“Experienced walkers, St Cuthbert's Way appropriate from Melrose to Holy Island. Depending on the time of year and tide suitable for moderate - experienced walkers. Very well sign posted.”
Mr Davy, UK
“I am writing to thank you for making our recent walking holiday, St Cuthbert’s Way, so memorable. Each section of the walk was well planned, the accommodation reached high standards throughout the week, and we were thrilled to experience a competent baggage service and outstanding taxi service which were comfortable and the drivers information helpful. I will not hesitate to recommend your organisation to fellow walkers.”
Mrs Hallows, UK
“Our luck with the weather made this a fantastic holiday. Views from the hilltops on the route were spectacular. Hosts at our various stops were very helpful and friendly.”
Mr Narbrough, UK
“Excellent holiday - many thanks for making all the arrangements, including fixing the weather!”
Dr Rampton, UK
"Boat Shed on Lindisfarne" by Tania Rideout (2020)
"Resting at the Halfway Point" by Tania Rideout (2020)
Wall Between Kirk Yetholm and Wooler
Wall Between Kirk Yetholm and Wooler" by Anne Swindell (2019)
"Viewpoint Between Kirk Yetholm and Wooler" by Anne Swindell (2019)
"Border Sign Between Kirk Yetholm and Wooler" by Anne Swindell (2019)
"On the Holy Island" by Nicole Neal (2019)
"From Harestanes to Morebattle" by Nicole Neal (2019)
"On the Holy Island" by Nicole Neal (2019)
"From Melrose to Harestanes" by Nicole Neal (2019)
"Melrose Abbey" by Desmond Maltby (2017)
"St Cuthberts Cave" by Desmond Maltby (2017)
"River Tweed" by Desmond Maltby (2017)
"Preparing to Cross the Border" by Sheila Maltby (2017)
"From Kirk Yetholm to Wooler" by Paul Brown (2017)
"From Jedburgh to Kirk Yetholm" by Paul Brown (2017)
"Looking down from Wideopen Hill" by Paul Brown (2017)
"Atop Wideopen Hill" by Paul Brown (2017)