- Exploring the attractive borders towns of Melrose, Bowden and Jedburgh.
- Discovering the fascinating towns and villages associated with St Cuthbert.
- Visiting the tranquil Holy Island, with its 16th century Lindisfarne Castle and Priory, home to the Lindisfarne Gospels.
St Cuthbert's Way links a number of places associated with the story of a 7th century saint who travelled widely on foot through Scotland and northern England spreading the Gospel and performing healing miracles. Beginning at Melrose in the Scottish Borders where the saint started his ministry and ending at Holy Island in England where he ended his days, the trail passes through scenery of great variety and beauty.
From Melrose, a lovely Borders town with a magnificent 12th century Cistercian abbey, St Cuthbert's Way heads over the heather-clad Eildon Hills, with far-reaching views over the border country, to the neat little village of Bowden. After following the banks of the River Tweed past the picturesque ruin of Dryburgh Abbey and the village of St Boswells the trail leaves the river and follows the old Roman 'road' of Dere Street to cross the River Teviot near Jedburgh, an attractive borders town with another magnificent abbey.
Passing Cessford Castle, an imposing fortified tower built by an infamous border reiver, the route continues to Kirk Yetholm sitting snugly at the foot of the Cheviot Hills. Then it passes through the wild and remote Cheviot Hills to the little market town of Wooler. After visiting St Cuthbert's Cave on a ridge overlooking the coast, where the saint's body was hidden when the monks of Lindisfarne fled to escape the Vikings, the trail descends to cross the tidal causeway onto the beautiful Holy Island of Lindisfarne with its ruined abbey and spectacular castle.
Note: The causeway on to Holy Island canonly be crossed during low tide. Before booking please check the Holy IslandSafe Crossing Times here.
Additional Tour Details
||Melrose. Most convenient major city and International airports: (1) Edinburgh Airport (2) Newcastle Airport.
(1) Edinburgh Airport. Bus to Edinburgh bus station. Bus from Edinburgh to Melrose (2 hours 7 minutes).
(2) Newcastle Airport. Metro to Newcastl
||Holy Island. Return journey to London at the end of the holiday: Bus (infrequent service) or taxi (approximately GBP14.00) to Berwick-on-Tweed, then train from Berwick-on-Tweed to London Kings Cross. The journey takes about 3 1/2
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||Add $52 per night for a single room; solo traveler add $93 per night
||Extra rest days: Can be added at any of the overnight stops. Add $103 per person per night, based on 2 people sharing a double room (except St Bowells add $120 pppn, Holy Island add $129 pppn).
||Accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns and guesthouses