St Cuthbert’s Way – 62 miles – 6-7 Days – Melrose to Lindisfarne

One of Scotland’s Great Trails, and a powerful avenue for pilgrimage. St Cuthbert began his religious life at Melrose; this picturesque town is therefore a fitting site for your beginning. You will visit three great Border abbeys – Melrose, Jedburgh and Dryburgh – and unspoilt villages; touch the Rhymer’s Stone; visit the home of a medieval dragon in Linton; a massive Iron Age hill fort at Yeavering Bell; travel through the sweeping Eildon and Cheviot Hills; stroll along the River Tweed; cross the border between England and Scotland; and find brief shelter in St Cuthbert’s Cave like the monks carrying his coffin did before you, before heading for Holy Island off the coast of Northumberland Coast, the eventual resting place of Saint Cuthbert and the site of his original shrine. By following Cuthbert from the hills to the sea, hopefully you too will find the serenity he discovered on the sands of Lindisfarne.

Highlights
  • Ever changing variety of scenery and spectacular views;
  • A unique and truly memorable finish along a causeway exposed only at low tide;
  • Chance to connect with one of our greatest saints;
  • A 6-day route that does not require a lot of training or high fitness.

Holy places listed in Britain’s Pilgrim Places book: Holburn; Holy Island / Lindisfarne

Low-cost hostels along route – Kirk Yetholm, Wooler YHA, Berwick YHA and others nearby.

More information about St Cuthbert's Way here.

See a map of Independent Hostels along the route.

Buy Ron Shaw's Guidebook for St Cuthbert's Way

Buy Rucksack Readers' Guidebook for St Cuthbert's Way

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