5 Days Walking / 6 Overnight Stays

If you are a fit walker with well worn in boots, then you may wish to take on the challenge of a five day walk. Having walked the trail ourselves, we can advise that it is definitely achievable, being a fair challenge especially in adverse weather conditions. You certainly sense a feeling of achievement when you cross the causeway and reach the historic Holy Island

Day 1  Travel to Melrose A delightful market town famous for its Abbey and the annual Melrose Sevens Rugby Challenge! St Cuthbert started his religious life in Melrose and Robert the Bruce’s embalmed heart is buried beside Melrose Abbey
Day 2

Melrose to Harestanes

15 mls/24 kms

Leaving your starting point at Melrose Abbey, your first climb of the tour is across the lovely Eildon Hills affording you fantastic views of the Border countryside. After passing through the lovely village of Newtown St Boswells you have the opportunity of visiting Dryburgh Abbey before the path winds its way alongside the River Tweed. A long stretch over the Dere Street Roman Road takes you to your destination in Harestanes
Day 3

Harestanes to Morebattle

9.5 mls/15 kms

On your way to Crailinghall, you continue along the Dere Street Roman Road and then arrive at Cessford with the chance to visit Cessford Castle, an imposing structure built in the mid 15th Century. Not long afterwards the trail leads you into the tiny village of Morebattle
Day 4

Morebattle to Kirk Yetholm

7.5 mls/12 kms

Your day starts will a climb over a low ridge and then drops into the Kale Water Valley. You soon reach Wideopen Hill, at a height of 368m, the highest point on the walk and also approximately the halfway point of the route. Great views of the Cheviots are afforded in front of you as you make you way to the picturesque village of Kirk Yetholm
Day 5

Kirk Yetholm to Wooler

13 mls/21 kms

The first part of today’s route is also the final section of the Pennine Way. As you ascend, you cross the Border fence where you have the chance to cross a stile and have one foot in Scotland and the other in England!  As you make your way onwards to Wooler, you pass Yeavering Bell to the left of the path, Northumberland’s largest hill fort before descending on to the bridleway from Wooler Common Farm to Wooler
Day 6

Wooler to Holy Island

17 mls/27 kms

Today your walk leaves Wooler, a market town since the 13th Century and the largest settlement in the Cheviot Hills area. The trail takes you over Weetwood Moor and past the villages of West Horton and East Horton towards St Cuthburt’s Cave, a must visit!  When you reach the track called Dolly Gibson’s Lonnen, you have a short trek downhill into the tiny village of Fenwick. You will have already researched tides times and you will be pleased to reach the causeway road which leads on to Holy Island. You may wish to use the Pilgrim’s Path across the sands and if so, you should adjust your timings accordingly. You have now reached your destination on the fascinating Holy Island

Extra Nights/Rest Days: many people take an extra night at the stage of Holy Island to explore this fantastic island with much history and interest

Price of Package: £630.00 per person (based on two persons sharing)


+ Six overnight stays in selected quality b&bs/guest houses/hotels with ensuite facilities

+ Full Scottish breakfast

+ Baggage transfer from stage to stage

+ St Cuthbert’s Way Rucksack Guide or Harvey Map

+ Comprehensive tour pack with full information on your walk including location details for your accommodations and local facilities

+ The services of the Gemini Team prior to and during your holiday

Not Included:

– Evening meals, packed lunches and drinks (available at all stages)

– Transport to Melrose/from Holy Island

– Travel Insurance (we recommend that you arrange your own cover)


Additional overnight stays can be arranged at a cost of £55.00 to £65.00 per person per night. However, the cost of an extra night on Holy Island can vary substantially so price upon request

Single supplement for solo walkers is £55.00 per night

Single supplement for singles as part of a group is £50.00 per night

Please note that, upon the actual booking of rooms, we will do our very best to try and reduce the single or solo walkers’ supplement. This will be dependent on availability of rooms at the time of booking

Group Discounts for 4 or more people available on request