St Cuthbert's Way

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

5 to 8 nights
62-66 miles
Moderate to Demanding

From £420 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 walk 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

“Brilliant shorter walk a bit of everything - hills, rivers, moors, sea, bridges, priories, villages - perfect and perfect organisation by Contours.”
Mr Brown, UK
“Weather, transport, accommodation all excellent.”
Ms Crawford, Ireland
“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
“Very good walk – good spacing of overnight stops with sufficient time to see some of the historic sites along the way.”
Mr Waite, Canada
“We had a great time in Scotland and England along sent St Cuthbert’s Way. The tour was beautiful. The people we stayed with were very friendly and helpful and our food and rooms were spot on.”
Ms Lucas, Canada
“All the accommodation was excellent - the standard seems to improve year by year - and we had an excellent walk.”
Mr Howell, UK
“Logistics, administration and quality of accommodation are outstanding.”
Mr Bancroft, 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
“We had a wonderful trip!! Loved every minute. I had been on three previous walking tours with Contours, but none of my three sisters had. This was new to them, but they had a great time and were very happy with the accommodations, the information provided, the transfers, and the luggage service.”
Ms Green, USA
"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)