Starting from Newcastle or Tynemouth, the Coast & Castles Cycle Route follows the eastern coastline through Northumberland, past Warkworth Castle, Bamburgh Castle, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, up to the fortified Scottish border town of Berwick upon Tweed.
From here you cut inland along the Tweed Valley through the towns of Coldstream, Kelso and Galashiels, to Innerleithen, then up over the open Moorfoot hills to the imposing city of Edinburgh.
This route can be ridden from North to South as easily as from South to North.
The whole purpose of this ride is not to put in as many miles as you can each day, but to enjoy the beauty and history that surrounds you. The whole area has a history of feudal warfare dating back over a thousand years, you will still see the legacy of this in the castles and fortified farms (Bastles) that still stand today on both sides of the border.
One of the highlights of this ride is to spend a night on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne (tide dependent) This island is cut off by the tides twice a day, however when the tide is low there is a causeway that you can ride across on to the island, which has small hotels, pubs, cafes, shops and a small number of rentable rooms. When on the island you must sample the local “mead”
Cycle Route Highlights
As well as stunning scenery around every corner, up the west coast and heading eastwards over the moorlands towards Newcastle, there are many places of historical interest to stop and see, a few of which are listed below:
- Tynemouth Priory
- Druridge Bay
- Warkworth Castle
- Alnmouth – Beach
- Alnwick Castle and Gardens (slightly off route)
- Dunstanburgh Castle and Harbour, Craster
- Low Newton by the sea
- Farne Islands – boat trip to the islands
- Bamburgh Castle
- Lindisfarne Castle & Monastery, Holy Island
- Berwick Walls
- Paxton House
- Norham Castle
- Coldstream Guards Museum
- Floor Castle, Kelso
- Dryburgh Abbey
- Melrose Abbey
- Innocent Railway Line, Edinburgh
- Edinburgh Castle
MAP & LOCATION
Suggested 5 day itinerary (South to North). Please remember this is your holiday, we can tailor
any package to fit your requirements and agenda.
DATES & PRICES
Generally our package deals are “bespoke” to the individuals, however please find detailed below some of our more standard requests, though we can tailor any package to your requirements:
|No of Riders||No of Nights||No of days riding||Price|
|Up to 4||3||3||£345|
|Up to 8||3||3||£325|
|Up to 4||4||4||£415|
|Up to 8||4||4||£395|
|Up to 4||5||5||£495|
|Up to 8||5||5||£475|
|Solo Rider supplement||+50%|
|Cycle Hire – Giant Escape or Giant Alight Hybrid – 3 days||£75.00|
|Electri Bike Hire – 3 days||£125.00|
– Prices are based on 2 people sharing a twin or double ensuite room on a B&B basis and includes baggage transfers, maps, route notes, emergency recovery and transfers
– For numbers greater than 8 or for families sharing a family room please call
– Additional nights before or after, or stop overs during your trip can be added
– We can tailor any package to fit your specific requirements
We do offer discounts for family groups with younger children where they are sharing a family room – just contact us to find out more!
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