Coast and Castles, from Newcastle to Edinburgh
Arriving in Newcastle with its excellent transport connections, you'll spend your first night in this vibrant city. The next day, after following the River Tyne to the coast at Tynemouth, you'll head northwards following the Coast and Castles route. The route will take you up the dramatic and beautiful Northumberland Coast, with its long sandy beaches and spectacular castles, which include Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh. Next stop is Holy Island (Lindisfarne), being careful to have checked out the tide times, before edging your way to the Scottish Border at Berwick-upon-Tweed. From here you head inland up the majestic Tweed Valley to Melrose, which is famed for its gothic abbey. Onwards then to Innerleithen, with the the final leg a superb spot of cycling through the Moorfoot Hills and onto Edinburgh, for a great finish in Scotland's capital city. This is a classic cycle route, full of awesome scenery and historical interest.
Region : Scotland
Duration : 7 Days / 6 Nights
Type : On the way
Category : Bike
Trip : Self-guided
Activity : Hybrid
Dates : Starts any day
Click below to see hotels versions.
Day 1 : Arrival in Newcastle
With its excellent road, rail and air connections getting to Newcastle is easy (see travel options for more details). The guide representative will meet you at your hotel the following morning.
Accommodation : Hilton Newcastle Gateshead - "Gateshead"
Day 2 : From Newcastle to Warkworth
Distance 1 : 47 Miles - 76 Km
Elevation gain 1 : 600 Meters
The guide will meet you with your hire bikes (if hiring) and an information pack containing route notes and maps and will answer any questions. You will then start cycling from here along the Newcastle quayside past the Millennium Bridge as you head eastwards along the River Tyne to the coast. You will soon find yourself passing through the heart of the former ship building area of the Tyne and at Wallsend – the end of Hadrian’s Wall you’ll need to keep an eye out for Segedunum Roman Fort Museum. Continuing along close to the river you soon reach the Fish Quays of North Shields, where you’ll find a bustling littleharbour. You are now at the very mouth of the Tyne and a few more pedal turns lead along its quayside, pass Lord Collingwood and you’ll reach Tynemouth. This is a great place for a late morning coffee or to stock up on snacks for the miles ahead. From here you continue along the seafront, past the Victorian resort of Whitley Bay and on to the seaport of Blyth. You’ll soon leave the urban surroundings behind and pass into much more open countryside and quiet country lanes. The next point of interest is the stunning Druridge Bay. With its seven mile sandy beach, nature reserve and some of Northumberland’s biggest sand dunes it is a real treat. Next comes Warkworth with its impressive 12th century castle, where you will spend this evening.
Accommodation : The Old Post Office - "Warkworth"
Day 3 : From Warkworth to Bamburgh
Distance 1 : 27 Miles - 43 Km
Elevation gain 1 : 10 Meters
Your first stop this morning is the pretty village of Alnmouth. After stopping for a quick cup of tea your route takes you towards the impressive medieval castles of Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh, as and the attractive coastal village of Craster. At Bamburgh, as well as the castle in its dramatic setting on a rock outcrop, there is the Grace Darling museum, a famous heroine of the lifeboats.
Accommodation : The Lord Crewe - "Bamburgh"
Day 4 : From Bamburgh to Berwick-upon-Tweed
Distance 1 : 25 Miles - 40 Km
Elevation gain 1 : 30 Meters
Just up the coast from Bamburgh you come to Lindisfarne, otherwise known as Holy Island, a key site in early Christianity and the place where the Lindisfarne Gospels were created in the 8th century. If the tide and time allows, it’s worth a visit by crossing the tidal causeway. From Holy Island, it’s on to the Elizabethan border town of Berwick upon Tweed, with its complex defences built up over the years of border wars. If you choose visit Holy Island you will need to add an additional 7 miles or 11 kms to todays cycling.
Accommodation : The Elizabethan Town House - "Berwick-upon-Tweed"
Day 5 : From Berwick-upon-Tweed to Kelso
Distance 1 : 30 Miles - 48 Km
From Berwick-upon-Tweed, it’s inland, along the Tweed valley to Kelso. On the way you’ll cross the border into Scotland, then back into England over the famous Union Suspension Bridge, that spans the River Tweed between Horncliffe in Northumberland and Fishwick in the Scottish Borders. At the Chainbridge Honey Farm, you can get a cup of tea and feast yourselves on yummy cakes and enjoy them on an old London red double decker bus! As the name implies, you can buy lots of honey there too. A few miles on you cross back into Scotland at Norham Castle, and on to Kelso, with the impressive Floors Castle and your first night spent over the border!
Accommodation : Inglestone House Guest House - "Kelso"
Day 6 : From Kelso to Innerleithen
Distance 1 : 32 Miles - 52 Km
Elevation gain 1 : 110 Meters
The countryside is different to yesterday’s riding, with a gentler landscape of farmland and woodland. A real combination of surfaces today, quiet lanes, cycle paths and a disused railway line through the beautiful Glen Ogle. You are now close to the birthplace of folk hero and latter day Robin Hood, Rob Roy Macgregor, whose grave may be found in Balquhidder. The final stretch is to Killin (or nearby) where you stop for the night.
Accommodation : Glede Knowe Guest House - "Innerleithen"
Day 7 : From Innerleithen to Edinburgh
Distance 1 : 32 Miles - 52 Km
Heading north out of Innerleithen the route climbs up an over the Moorfoot Hills, with views of Edinburgh in the distance. Dropping down from the hills and heading through Dalkeith and Musselburgh you make your way into Edinburgh through the Innocent Tunnel and past Arthur’s Seat to the finish point at The Mound.
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Day : 1
The Hilton Newcastle Gateshead is a 4-star hotel overlooking the River Tyne and Newcastle city center pier. The hotel has modern, air-conditioned rooms and a health club with a gym and indoor pool. All rooms have an en suite granite bathroom, desk and TV. Executive rooms or suites enjoy access to the executive lounge with complimentary refreshments. The bar/lounge and Windows on the Tyne restaurant offer views of Tyne Bridge and the river. The restaurant serves modern international cuisine. The LivingWell Health Club has a modern gym, a 50-foot pool, and a sauna and steam room. The hotel also has a business center with meeting rooms for up to 500 people.
Day : 2
Day : 3
Situated in the heart of Bamburgh village, The Lord Crewe is just a stone’s throw away from Bamburgh’s award-winning beach and the renowned Bamburgh Castle. We welcome guests from both near and far who are seeking exceptional dining and luxurious accommodation. With a strong focus on high-quality, local produce, specialising in luxurious seafood dishes, our menus are guaranteed to tantalise the tastebuds. The Lord Crewe features seven individually designed, boutique bedrooms. Our luxurious rooms are designed to maximise relaxation and provide the perfect setting to rest after exploring the unmatched beauty of the Northumberland coastline. All of our rooms include Molton Brown toiletries, Smart TV, luxurious bathrobes, Nespresso machine and homemade cookies.
Day : 4
Located in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Elizabethan Town House - Guest house is near a train station. Old Bridge and Royal Tweed Bridge are local landmarks, and some of the area's attractions include Chain Bridge Honey Farm and Eyemouth Museum. Coldingham Priory and Lindisfarne Centre are also worth visiting.
Day : 5
Located in Kelso, within 37 km of Maltings Theatre and Cinema and 23 km of Melrose Abbey, Inglestone House Guest House offers a garden and free Wi-Fi throughout. The property is about 29 km from Etal Castle, 43 km from Chillingham Castle and 50 km from Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve. This guesthouse offers family rooms. All rooms include a wardrobe, flat-screen TV, en suite bathroom, bed linen and towels. Some rooms have a view of the garden. A full English/Irish and vegetarian breakfast is served each morning.
Day : 6
Glede Knowe Guest House is a large, modern, 4-star house set on an elevated site in 4,000 m2 of landscaped gardens. It offers free Wi-Fi, an outdoor patio and a hearty Scottish breakfast. Rooms are spacious and offer views of the hills. Each has a TV with Freeview channels and tea and coffeemaking facilities. There is a private or separate bathroom. In addition to a hot breakfast, you can enjoy a continental breakfast tray with croissants, cold cuts, cheese and tomatoes. Packed lunches are available upon request. Glede Knowe Guest House does not serve dinner, but there are restaurants and pubs within walking distance.
Hybrid bike - Standard
GIANT ROAM 1 DISC - ( or equivalent)
The hybrid bikes are generally Giant Roam or Liv Rove with a large 27 speed gear range, semi-slick tyres and a relaxed riding position.
- Frame: ALUXX-Grade Aluminium.
- Fork: SR Suntour NEX Hydraulic Lock Out, 63mm travel.
- Handlebar: Giant Connect Low Rise.
- Stem: Giant Connect. Seatpost: Giant Connect.
- Saddle: Giant Connect, Upright.
- Pedals: Giant Sports.
- Shifters: Shimano Deore 30 speed.
- Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore Trekking.
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore.
- Brakes: Shimano M365 hydraulic disc brakes, 160mm rotors.
- Brake Levers: Shimano M365.
- Cassette: Shimano HG50, 11-36, 10-Speed.
• Pannier rack
• Tool kit
• Spare inner tube
• Bike lock
• Bike pump
• Km counter
• Map holder
- Accommodation (shared twin rooms)
- Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Access to the App for holiday information and navigation
- A printed map
- GPX files available upon request
- Luggage transfer service
- Local Guide representative
- Emergency tool kit, pump etc. (if renting your bike)
What's not included
- Personal clothing and equipment
- Travel insurance
- Bar bills, telephone calls, souvenirs, etc.
- Bike & helmet rental (available if required)
- Travel or flight costs and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)
- Single room option (may be available if required)
- Entrance fees to cultural or historical sites and visitor centres
- Other optional activities
Informations & Recommendations
With its excellent road, rail and air connections getting to Newcastle is easy (see travel options for more details). The
guide representative will meet you at your hotel the following morning.
Contact our tour consultants for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.
|Price from* & per person||Double occupancy||Single supplement |
(traveling with a group)
|Standard||1365 €||350 €|
|Bikes available||Options per person|
|Electric assist bike|
Please note that any bike changes during the trip may incur an extra fee.