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

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

“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
“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
“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
“It is not a very well known trail, seems quite underestimated! Everything was well organized.”
Mr Thuews, Netherlands
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