Self-guided cycling holidays along the Northumberland coast to Edinburgh

Alnmouth

Coast and Castles, a 200 mile self-guided journey from Newcastle to Edinburgh, one of the classic bike routes in the UK, a stunning ride that is accessible to all. Travelling on the National Cycle Network Route 1 the tour begins in Newcastle where you follow the River Tyne through Newcastle to Tynemouth and the North Sea. From here you follow the coast up to the Berwick, past the many castles and exquisite coast line, and into the Scottish Borders. After crossing into Scotland you cycle along the glorious Scottish Borders to the town of Melrose and home of Rugby Sevens!. The final leg heads north towards the Scottish capital, through the lovely Moorfoot Hills where you get our first wonderful view of Edinburgh.

Coast and Castles Cycling Holiday

On route you pass, amongst the stunning Nothumberland coastline and Scottish Borders, Tynemouth Priory, Bamburgh Castle, Warwick Castle, Melrose Priory, Arthur's Seat and Edinburgh Castle, while also having the chance to visit the Castle in Newcastle and Alnwick Castle amazing castles which featured in both the Harry Potter series and Downton Abbey. This route is also part of the greater EuroVelo North Sea Cycle Route, the world's longest signed international cycle route travelling through 7 countries around the North Sea.


Self-guided Tours

DAYS / NIGHTS AVG DAILY MILEAGE COST COST
2/1 100 £245 £265
3/2 67 £325 £295
4/3 50 £405 £345
5/4 40 £465 £395
6/5 34 £525 £445

For our Coast and Castles supported tour and costs please click: Coast and Castles Supported Tour



There is an alternative route available which continues to follow the coast after Berwick, stopping in Dunbar for your third night if completing the four day cycle to Edinburgh. The 200 miles includes a trip out to Holy Island and back along the causeway.


Coast and Castles - Two Day Tour

DAY 1 Newcastle - Seahouses 93 miles
DAY 2 Seahouses - Edinburgh 107 miles

Two days and 200 hundred miles, long long days but no serious hills to beat on this serious challenge .




* All prices per person based on two people sharing.

Tour Details

Start Date: Anytime

Type: Self-guided

Cost:
- £265
- £245

Holiday Duration: Two Days Cycling One nights B&B

Start point: Newcastle

Challenge Rating: 4/5

Distance: 200 miles / 321 km

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Coast and Castles - Three Day Tour

DAY 1 Newcastle - Alnmouth 50 miles
DAY 2 Alnmouth - Coldstream 60 miles
DAY 3 Coldstream - Edinburgh 72 miles

Long days cycling up the beautiful coast of Northumberland, averaging under 70 miles with a nice easy first day riding 50 miles




* All prices per person based on two people sharing.

Tour Details

Start Date: Anytime

Type: Self-guided

Cost:
- £325
- £295

Holiday Duration: Three Days Cycling Two nights B&B

Start point: Newcastle

Challenge Rating: 3.5/5

Distance: 200 miles / 312 km

Phone +447421095838

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Coast and Castles - Four Day Tour

DAY 1 Newcastle - 42 miles
DAY 2 Amble - Beal 38 miles
DAY 3 Beal - Melrose 49 miles
DAY 4 Melrose - Edinburgh 48 miles

A really nice tour, taking four days to complete the ride up to Edinburgh, giving you some time to explore the towns, villages and castle you pass by.



* All prices per person based on two people sharing.

Tour Details

Start Date: Anytime

Type: Self-guided

Cost:
- £405
- £345

Holiday Duration: Four Days Cycling Three nights B&B

Start point: Newcastle

Challenge Rating: 3/5

Distance: 200 miles / 321 km

Phone: +447421095838

Email us today



* All prices per person based on two people sharing.

DAY 1 Newcastle - Alnmouth 49 miles
DAY 2 Alnmouth - Berwick-upon-Tweed 51 (including diversion to Holy Island, 40 without) miles
DAY 3 Berwick-upon-Tweed - Melrose 41miles
DAY 4 Melrose - Edinburgh 50 miles

The Example starting in Newcastle you follow the River Tyne down to its mouth and Tynemouth, where you start your journey north and up the glorious Northumberland coast. Following the National Cycle Network Route 1, the route takes you through many towns and villages, like Blyth, Lynemouth and Amble, as well as passing Tynemouth Priory and Warkworth Castle on our way to Alnmouth and our first night. Alnmouth itself is a short distance from Alnwick, home to Alnwick Castle which has been used in many film and TV productions, including Harry Potter and Downton Abbey. The coastline is magnificent and unspoilt for miles and miles with sandy beaches, nature reserves, coves and bays being protected by rocky outcrops, and coastal islands, it is also fairly flat making it very easy to saunter along and take it all in..

Day two sets out from Alnwick and continues very much as the first day, magnificent views and easy riding. Passing the magnificent Bamburgh Castle and ,time permitting, crossing the Lindisfarne Causeway to Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island, and the villages of Embleton and Belford before drawing close to the border town of Berwick-Upon-Tweed. You spend your second night in Berwick.

After leaving Berwick you cross the border and head into the picturesque Tweed valley, here you take the quiet country lanes, past traditional pubs, ruined abbeys and old communities towards our third night's accommodation, Melrose. Passing Tweed Valley Forest Park, Norham Castle and Kelso, a pretty village on the on the Junction of the rivers Tweed and Teviot and home to Floors Castle, until you come to Melrose, home to the 11th century Melrose Abbey and birthplace of the game of Rugby Sevens.

After leaving Melrose you take the gentle climb into the Moorfoot Hills and Midlothian and our first glimpse of Edinburgh. The Moorfoot Hills are lovely rolling hills, surrounding you as you ascend and giving wide panoramic views from the top, all the way down to the Scottish capital. You now drift on down to Edinburgh, easy cycling all the way, and enter into Holyrood Park, famous site of Arthur's Seat, and follow the park's road around. From here you make our way through the cycle paths of Edinburgh to its famous castle and on to our accommodation for the night, where it's time to freshen up and prepare for a celebratory meal and drink (or two) in the beautiful surroundings of the Scottish capital city, Edinburgh or your retrurn transport to Newcastle


Edinburgh Castle

INCLUDED IN PRICE:
Detailed Map and GPX Map
Two/Three/Four/Five+ nights B&B in carefully chosen cycling friendly accommodation
Transfer back to starting point*
Daily luggage transfers
Full Briefing, trip itinerary and ideas
Emergency contact details.
OPTIONAL EXTRAS:
Single Room Supplement (£25 extra per night)
24 Speed Hybrid Bike & Equipment (£50)
Child Tag-Along or Trailer (£75)
Electric Bike
Extra Night(s) at the beginning and end of your stay (Please enquire)
Commemorative t-shirt (£20)

*or equivalent journey, please enquire