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 £590 per person

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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 and stay on Holy Island, simply select the Holy Island option from the list below.

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  • This route includes dog friendly tour options St Cuthbert's Way - Mainland Option
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options St Cuthbert's Way - Holy Island Option

Dog friendly tours available

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

About this route

5 to 8 nights
64 miles
Moderate to Demanding
21st March to 30th September
Includes Dog-Friendly Tours

From £610 per person

St Cuthbert's Way - Holy Island Option

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.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
CUTH0 From Melrose to Holy Island 5 nights, 4 days walking Demanding £610
CUTH1 From Melrose to Holy Island 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate / Demanding £735
CUTH2 From Melrose to Holy Island 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate / Demanding £850
CUTH3 From Melrose to Holy Island 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate £970

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
  • Holiday Highlights

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

Start

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

Day 1

Melrose to Harestanes(T). 15 miles (24km) / 1512 ft (461 m) ascent

Day 2

Harestanes(T) to Kirk Yetholm. 17.5 miles (28km) / 2185 ft (666 m) ascent

Day 3

Kirk Yetholm to Wooler. 13.5 miles (21.5km) / 2221 ft (677 m) ascent

Day 4

Wooler to Holy Island. 18 miles (28.5km) / 1427 ft (435 m) ascent

Finish

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
Extra night (Melrose)
£80.00 per person / per night
Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays St Cuthbert's Way - Holy Island Option map
Melrose to Lindisfarne
64 miles (102 km)
21st March to 30th September

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.

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)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Holy Island)
Price on request
Extra night (Melrose)
£80.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 64 miles (102 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 13.5 miles (21.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 18 miles (28.5 km)
Code: CUTH0 Grade: Demanding
Season: 21st March - 30th September
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 3 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 - A bus service runs from Tweedbank to Melrose. From Beal (closest mainland location for Lindisfarne), buses run to Berwick-upon-Tweed. There is also a rather infrequent bus service to Berwick-upon-Tweed from Lindisfarne on some days - see the following for more details:
https://www.bordersbuses.co.uk/services/PERY/477

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross station (and occasionally Euston) 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 taxi from Lindisfarne to Melrose. Alternatively, you, could 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, but this would take much longer.

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.
"The Pilgrim's Route to the Island" by John Sands (2023) "The Pilgrim's Route to the Island" by John Sands (2023)
"On Holy Island" by Jim Minot (2023) "On Holy Island" by Jim Minot (2023)
"On Wideopen Hill" by Jim Minot (2023) "On Wideopen Hill" by Jim Minot (2023)
"On Holy Island" by Jim Minot (2023) "On Holy Island" by Jim Minot (2023)
"Walking along the River Tweed" by Woodie Muirhead (2022) "Walking along the River Tweed" by Woodie Muirhead (2022)
"Lindisfarne Castle" by Judy Richonne (2022) "Lindisfarne Castle" by Judy Richonne (2022)
"Lindisfarne Priory" by Judy Richonne (2022) "Lindisfarne Priory" by Judy Richonne (2022)
"Boat Shed on Lindisfarne" by Tania Rideout (2020) "Boat Shed on Lindisfarne" by Tania Rideout (2020)
"Resting at the Halfway Point" 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) Wall Between Kirk Yetholm and Wooler" by Anne Swindell (2019)
"Viewpoint 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) "Border Sign Between Kirk Yetholm and Wooler" by Anne Swindell (2019)
"On the Holy Island" by Nicole Neal (2019) "On the Holy Island" by Nicole Neal (2019)
"From Harestanes to Morebattle" by Nicole Neal (2019) "From Harestanes to Morebattle" by Nicole Neal (2019)
"On the Holy Island" by Nicole Neal (2019) "On the Holy Island" by Nicole Neal (2019)
"From Melrose to Harestanes" by Nicole Neal (2019) "From Melrose to Harestanes" by Nicole Neal (2019)
"Melrose Abbey" by Desmond Maltby (2017) "Melrose Abbey" by Desmond Maltby (2017)
"St Cuthberts Cave" by Desmond Maltby (2017) "St Cuthberts Cave" by Desmond Maltby (2017)
"River Tweed" by Desmond Maltby (2017) "River Tweed" by Desmond Maltby (2017)
"Preparing to Cross the Border" by Sheila Maltby (2017) "Preparing to Cross the Border" by Sheila Maltby (2017)
"From Kirk Yetholm to Wooler" by Paul Brown (2017) "From Kirk Yetholm to Wooler" by Paul Brown (2017)
"From Jedburgh to Kirk Yetholm" by Paul Brown (2017) "From Jedburgh to Kirk Yetholm" by Paul Brown (2017)
"Looking down from Wideopen Hill" by Paul Brown (2017) "Looking down from Wideopen Hill" by Paul Brown (2017)
"Atop Wideopen Hill" by Paul Brown (2017) "Atop Wideopen Hill" by Paul Brown (2017)

Customer reviews from the St Cuthbert's Way - Holy Island Option

“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
“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 were extremely fortunate with the weather, the walk itself is lovely and the accommodation was for the most part very good.”
Mrs Hawkins, UK
“We were lucky with the weather, and May was a great time to benefit from wild flowers in bloom and birdsong along the route. All the places we stayed were very welcoming of our dog and ourselves.”
Mrs Woods, UK
“All the accommodation was excellent - the standard seems to improve year by year - and we had an excellent walk.”
Mr Howell, UK
“We asked our B&B hosts about the companies they work with and without exception they all said that they liked dealing/working with Contours the best! I think this is a good testament to Contours.”
Mrs Swindell, UK
“Though relatively short this was a superb walk through quiet countryside, a mix of hill walking as well as riverside paths, woodland walks and tracks crossing farmland. Highly recommended. It helped that the weather was fine, sunny and (especially on the last two days) hot. This was our 7th walk with Contours.”
Mr Gill, UK
“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
“We enjoyed our holiday very much, it was a real adventure.”
Mr Stanton, UK
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