United Kingdom : Scotland

Walking St Cuthbert's Way

Trip code: W06SC 4.5 (2 reviews)

Self-guided walking

6 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2+
Moderate plus

13.0Kg CO2e

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SUMMARY

  • One of Scotland's Great Trails, a stunning walk along the borders of Scotland and England
  • Beginning in Melrose where St Cuthbert began his religious orders, journeying along the Border country to finish at Lindisfarne Abbey, where his shrine now resides
  • A historical and cultural journey of some 100kms, taking in the natural beauty of the Border country, crossing the Eildon and the Cheviot Hills and ending on Holy Island
  • Experience iconic Scottish and Northumbrian scenery, picturesque villages and numerous castles and sites of religious significance along the way
  • Optional add-ons in Lindisfarne at the end of the journey

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts
  • Briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

TRIP DESCRIPTION

St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne was revered as a devout hermit and also as one of the earliest conservationists, in his efforts to protect local birdlife. At one point bishop of the great Benedictine abbey at Lindisfarne, Cuthbert began his calling in Melrose Abbey around 651, some say after a vision, and he became a saint some thirty years later when his body was exhumed and found to be in perfect condition. Taken then to Durham Cathedral, thousands of pilgrims visited his grave over many centuries until the dissolution of the monasteries in the 1530's by Henry VIII. At the Farne islands where he lived for many years, his legacy lives on amongst the vast, protected bird population and the spiritual atmosphere that still draws thousands of visitors each year.

This six-night, self-guided walk begins in Melrose where St Cuthbert began his religious orders in the 7th Century at Melrose Abbey. The route crosses the Eildon Hills, and with incredible views over the border soon reaches the banks of the river Tweed. Passing castles, stately homes and pretty villages, as well as rich agricultural farmland and countryside, the route explores the border country across incredible scenery and a rich historical landscape, ending with a memorable stay on Holy Island, reached by a causeway only open at low tide. The route is well waymarked throughout and the walking itself is varied, with some easy riverside and farmland stretches as well as some rougher going on modest hills.

Your evenings will be spent in the company of fellow walkers from all around the world, experiencing quality hotels, offering the very best of Scottish hospitality. All accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis, with evening meals and picnic lunches easily available either at your hotel, or in the nearby village.

Terrain

Walks on this holiday are on village streets, country lanes, farm tracks and rural paths. Walking boots are essential. Walking poles are recommended.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrival in Melrose

Your introduction to the St Cuthbert's Way begins in the pretty town of Melrose, located in the Eildon Hills. There are plenty of shops and restaurants for you to while away the afternoon before your overnight stay in our chosen hotel, the George and Abbotsford (or similar).

You stay at George and Abbotford Hotel.

hotel details

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George and Abbotsford Hotel, Melrose

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Located right in the town of Melrose, with lots to do on your doorstep, this hotel, bar and restaurant is perfectly placed for your first night on St Cuthbert's Way. The hotel has 32 en suite bedrooms, a restaurant, coffee house and a bar with a lovely terrace for the sunny months.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used

Day 2: Melrose to Harestanes (outside Jedburgh) (24km/14.9mi)

The first section begins at the splendid 12th century Melrose Abbey, where the heart of Robert the Bruce is buried. Walk up over the iconic Eildon Hills and take a break to view an incredible vista over the Scottish Borders, towards the Moorfoot and Lammermuir Hills and the mighty Cheviots to the south. Descending from there into the village of Bowden, the path leads on through farmland and woods to Newtown St. Boswells, along the banks of the river Tweed, past the Crystal Well into the village of Maxton. Now on an old Roman road, you will continue through the village passing Lady Lilliard's Tomb, a well visited grave due to the legend of the lady said to have fought the English at the Battle of Ancrum. If you are not too tired, make a quick detour to climb up to the Waterloo Monument, a local landmark admired by Sir Walter Scott, before returning to the village for your overnight stay. Your hotel will be in Jedburgh.

You stay at George and Abbotford Hotel.

hotel details

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George and Abbotsford Hotel, Melrose

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Located right in the town of Melrose, with lots to do on your doorstep, this hotel, bar and restaurant is perfectly placed for your first night on St Cuthbert's Way. The hotel has 32 en suite bedrooms, a restaurant, coffee house and a bar with a lovely terrace for the sunny months.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used

Day 3: Harestanes (outside Jedburgh) to Yetholm (27km/16.8mi)

After a restful evening, the St Cuthbert's Way is easily picked up again and at Monteviot House and leads you out to the countryside along the Monteviot Suspension Bridge. The path ventures through woodland and then farm paths to the rich agricultural land of Cessford and Cessford Castle, built in the 15th Century by the Kerrs, once notorious Border raiders and wardens of the Middle Marches, the castle was abandoned in 1650. Into the village of Morebattle, the route then takes you out along the ridge to Wideopen Hill, with stunning views over the border country on either side, this is the halfway point between Melrose and Holy Island. Continue walking on to Kirk Yetholm for your overnight stay at the Border Hotel (or similar).

You stay at Border Hotel.

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Border Hotel, Yetholm

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Located in the village of Kirk Yetholm about half way through your journey, the Border Hotel provides a warm welcome with a fine restaurant, bar, a shared lounge and garden. All rooms are equipped with very comfortable beds, a flat-screen TV with streaming services, en suite facilities and a full English/Irish breakfast is available each morning.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used

Day 4: Kirk Yetholm to Wooler (21km/13.0mi)

Today the Way takes you along the final stretch of another walk, the Pennine Way, with a steep decent to Halterburn around Green Humbleton, an ancient hill fort before reaching the border of Scotland and England. Following mostly grassy paths, you are now in the Northumberland National Park. Travelling on through Elsdonburn to Hethpool, the route takes you through woodland and along the Cheviot foothills, heading for Yeavering Bell, Northumberland's largest Iron Age fort, covering some 12 acres. If you are lucky, you may see some of the wild Cheviot goats here before journeying on through the heather, over Gains Law, down to the small market town of Wooler for your overnight stay. Our hotel here is the Tankerville Arms Hotel (or similar).

You stay at Tankerville Arms.

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Tankerville Arms Hotel, Wooler

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A beautiful, traditional coaching inn, dating back to the 17th century is the location for your overnight stay in Wooler. The 17 rooms are as comfortable and well equipped as you would imagine and each have garden or mountain views. The hotel restaurant serves local seasonal produce, or there are other restaurants and pubs you can walk to if you choose.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used

Day 5: Wooler to Beal (19km/11.8mi)

A shorter day as the route takes you to Weetwood Moor, with its surprising collection of prehistoric rock art. Climbing over gentle moorland, crossing undulating farmland before visiting the overhanging rock, which is said to contain St Cuthbert's cave, the place his disciples rested on the way to Alnwick. Continuing on through woodland and gently rising until the destination, Holy Island can be seen in the distance and with Bamburgh Castle to the south. It is easy to see why this is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as the views are quite astounding. Here the trail again joins another, St. Oswald's Way, before continuing through Shiellow Wood and the villages of Fenwick and Beal. Overnight hotel will be Lindisfarne Inn at Beal (or similar).

You stay at Lindisfarne Inn.

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Lindisfarne Inn, Beal

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Boasting a fabulous location right opposite Holy Island, the award-winning Lindisfarne Inn is a great place for your last two nights on St Cuthbert's Way. The onsite pub is warm and cosy, offering carefully elected cask ales and quality whiskies and wines. The inn serves British pub classics using fresh, local produce and can cater for all dietary needs. The rooms all have flat screen TV, tea and coffee facilities and free Wi-Fi. .

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used

Day 6: Beal to Holy Island (Lindisfarne) (12km/7.5mi)

Continue to the coast for the last section of your walk on St Cuthbert's Way. The path will take you past Fenwick Granary and some World War Two coastal defences, still in place. At low tide, you can choose which way to arrive at Lindisfarne, along the Causeway Road or by following the historic Pilgrims Path across the sands. Remembering to check the tide times is therefore most important! An important centre of the Christian faith since the 6th century AD, the Lindisfarne Monastery was founded in 635. The island has a population of 160, with hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Overnight hotel will be Lindisfarne Inn at Beal (or on the island itself depending on availability).

You stay at Lindisfarne Inn.

hotel details

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Lindisfarne Inn, Beal

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Mastercard
Visa
AmEx
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Tea/coffee


Boasting a fabulous location right opposite Holy Island, the award-winning Lindisfarne Inn is a great place for your last two nights on St Cuthbert's Way. The onsite pub is warm and cosy, offering carefully elected cask ales and quality whiskies and wines. The inn serves British pub classics using fresh, local produce and can cater for all dietary needs. The rooms all have flat screen TV, tea and coffee facilities and free Wi-Fi. .

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used

Day 7: Leave Holy Island (Lindisfarne)

Having completed the St Cuthbert's Way, you may choose to extend your stay with an extra night on Holy Island or begin your journey home.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £334.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £334.

This holiday is based on a minimum of 2 passengers.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Business/club/first class fares
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

This holiday does not include any flights or rail

Business/club/first class seats are available on request.

Standard transfers
On arrival transfers can be arranged from Edinburgh or Newcastle airport or train station to Melrose, for a supplement. At the end of the trip, transfers can be arranged from your Lindisfarne hotel to the nearest train station for a supplement.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am Monday) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

Good friendly service providing regular updates. I like more detailed knowledge of an area, history etc check out trailblazer books that had maps length of time to next location etc, stop here for a break…

Tessa Goodchild, 17 Sep 2023

 

The locations and walking are lovely. Generally accommodation very good. All staff friendly. Thank-you to headwaters staff

Camille Pigott, 1 Jul 2023

 


Self-guided walking

6 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2+
Moderate plus

13.0Kg CO2e

Navigation App

6 nights from £949

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Call: 01606 720199

 

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