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
69 miles
Moderate to Demanding
21st March to 30th September
Includes Dog-Friendly Tours

From £590 per person

St Cuthbert's Way - Mainland Option

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.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
CUTHM0 From Melrose to Beal(T) 5 nights, 4 days walking Demanding £590
CUTHM1 From Melrose to Beal(T) 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate / Demanding £705
CUTHM2 From Melrose to Beal(T) 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate / Demanding £820
CUTHM3 From Melrose to Beal(T) 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate £940

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
  • 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.

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 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 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 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 (Beal(T))
£75.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Melrose)
£80.00 per person / per night
© Contours Walking Holidays St Cuthbert's Way - Mainland Option map
Melrose to Beal
69 miles (110 km)
21st March 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.

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)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Beal(T))
£75.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Melrose)
£80.00 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: 21st March - 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 3 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 (and occasionally Euston) to Tweedbank. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Melrose.

Return to Start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a taxi, as public transport options are somewhat lengthy.

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.

Customer reviews from the St Cuthbert's Way - Mainland Option

“It is not a very well known trail, seems quite underestimated! Everything was well organized.”
Mr Thuews, Netherlands
“Firstly, we thoroughly enjoyed our wanderings from Melrose to Corbridge. Thank you for all the planning on our behalf! I wish to thank you for putting the walk together for us. It was great to be out walking again after our cancellation in 2020.”
Mrs Bilyard, UK
“It’s an attractive area to walk in. Walking through the Cheviots from Kirk Yetholm to Wooler was a wonderful day. Some steep ascents but very walkable with great views. No scrambling needed. We do sing the praises of Contours organisation.”
Mr Haley, UK
“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
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