St Cuthbert's Way - Holy Island Option

A fantastic walk through the border towns of Scotland before reaching the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

5 to 8 nights
62 miles
Moderate to Demanding

From £450 per person

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About this route

This 62-mile holiday option takes in the entire St Cuthbert’s Way, staying in accommodation on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne at the end of the walk. This is a great opportunity to spend more time exploring this historical island and provides a spectacular finale for your walking holiday.

© Contours Walking Holidays St Cuthbert's Way - Holy Island Option map
Melrose to Lindisfarne
62 miles (99 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Exploring the attractive borders towns of Melrose, Bowden and Jedburgh.

Admiring far-reaching views over the border country from the slopes of the Eildon Hills.

Spending the night on the tranquil Holy Island, with its 16th century Lindisfarne Castle and Priory, home to the Lindisfarne Gospels.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
CUTH0 From Melrose to Holy Island 5 nights, 4 days walking Demanding£450
CUTH1 From Melrose to Holy Island 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate / Demanding£540
CUTH2 From Melrose to Holy Island 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate / Demanding£630
CUTH3 From Melrose to Holy Island 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate£720

St Cuthbert's Way - Holy Island Option 5 nights, 4 days walking

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

Important information

Please note that the causeway on to Holy Island can only be crossed during low tide.  Before booking, please check the Holy Island Safe Crossing Times by clicking here


Travel to Melrose where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Melrose to Harestanes(T). 15 miles (24km)

Day 2

Harestanes(T) to Kirk Yetholm. 17 miles (27km)

Day 3

Kirk Yetholm to Wooler. 13 miles (21km)

Day 4

Wooler to Holy Island. 17 miles (27km)


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 walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

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 walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Holy Island)
£65.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 5 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

Whether you want to spend a day exploring, writing postcards or resting your weary feet, an extra night is a wonderful way to extend your holiday and experience more of the sights and sounds on St Cuthbert's Way.

Many people choose to have an extra night in Melrose at the start of the trail so that they can explore this charming Borders town with its magnificent ruined abbey. Others take one of the frequent buses to Sir Walter Scott's former home at Abbotsford, which lies 3 miles west of Melrose.

If you would like to visit Jedburgh, an attractive town with many interesting sites including a grand ruined abbey, Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum and Mary Queen of Scots' House.

Another popular choice for an extra night is at the end of the trail on the beautiful island of Lindisfarne, with its Magnificent castle, ruined priory and museum and attractive little harbour.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Holy Island)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 62 miles (99 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 13 miles (21 km)
Maximum daily distance: 17 miles (27 km)
Code: CUTH0 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Melrose
End of holiday: Holy Island

Route Profile

St Cuthbert's Way - Holy Island Option Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

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

By Rail - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Melrose) is at Tweedbank (about 6 miles away). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Lindisfarne) is at Berwick-upon-Tweed (about 13.5 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Melrose and from Beal (closest mainland location for Lindisfarne).

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross station to Tweedbank. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Melrose.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a bus/taxi from Lindisfarne to Berwick-upon-Tweed rail station. From there trains run to Tweedbank, where a bus/taxi will be required to Melrose.

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.

Routes on this trail

5 to 8 nights
66 miles
Dog friendly
From £430 per person
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Customer reviews from the St Cuthbert's Way - Holy Island Option

“We have thoroughly enjoyed walking the St Cuthbert's Way, albeit challenging at times… Highlights were staying/visiting Jedburgh, the walking territory and views on the Scottish side of the border, and of course walking across the sands following the Pilgrim route to finish at Holy Island. We chose to stay an extra day/night at Holy Island, and this was well worth it, allowing more time to visit the Priory, Castle, enjoy walking the Island, birdlife and marine life (seals!), enjoying spectacular scenery at sunset and sunrise; a memorable experience. The walk itself, and the destination did not disappoint.”
Mrs Kaill, 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
“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
“Gentle beautiful countryside, very relaxing after the Southern Upland Way.”
Mr Mason, 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
“It was beautiful countryside, we had good weather and the places we stayed were very comfortable and friendly.”
Ms Hunt, UK
“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 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
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)

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