St Cuthbert's Way - Mainland Option

St Cuthbert's Way - Mainland Option

A deeply historic walk from Melrose to Beal, with a brief visit to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

5 to 8 nights
69 miles
Moderate to Demanding

From £515 per person

Discover the available tours

About this route

This holiday option explores the whole of St Cuthbert’s Way, travelling to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne before retracing your steps back to the mainland. You will then spend your last night in accommodation on the mainland, allowing you more flexibility to plan your return home without waiting for low tide to leave the Holy Island.

© Contours Walking Holidays St Cuthbert's Way - Mainland Option map
Melrose to Beal
69 miles (110 km)
1st April to 30th September

Holiday highlights

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

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

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

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
CUTHM0 From Melrose to Beal(T) 5 nights, 4 days walking Demanding£515
CUTHM1 From Melrose to Beal(T) 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate / Demanding£615
CUTHM2 From Melrose to Beal(T) 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate / Demanding£720
CUTHM3 From Melrose to Beal(T) 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate£820

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

£NNN per person
  • 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.

For this itinerary it will be necessary to retrace your steps back from Holy Island to Beal on the mainland.  This return walk has been included in the daily mileage quoted. 


Travel to Melrose where your first night's accommodation has been 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 Beal(T). 23 miles (36.5km) / 1522 ft (464 m) ascent


Depart from Beal(T) 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; 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 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
£55.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 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.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 69 miles (110 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 13.5 miles (21.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 23 miles (36.5 km)
Code: CUTHM0 Grade: Demanding
Season: 1st April - 30th September
Start of holiday: Melrose
End of holiday: Beal(T)

Route Profile

St Cuthbert's Way - Mainland 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 (Beal) is at Berwick-upon-Tweed (about 13.5 miles away).

By Bus - Buses run from Tweedbank to Melrose and also from Beal to Berwick-upon-Tweed.

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 taxi, as public transport options are somewhat lengthly.

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

St Cuthbert's Way - Holy Island Option
5 to 8 nights
64 miles
Dog friendly
From £535 per person
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