Coast and Castles (South)

Coast and Castles (South)

A cycling holiday from Tynemouth to Edinburgh along the coast and through the Moorfoot Hills.

4 to 6 nights
195 miles
Moderate to Demanding

From £555 per person

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About this route

Tour the coastline of Northumberland and the Scottish Borders before sweeping inland to Melrose and Innerleithen on the south section of the Coast and Castles cycling holiday. Your journey begins on the promenade at Tyneside, and ends in historic Edinburgh, on the edge of the Forth Estuary.

Castle ruins loom on the headlands, part of a landscape once shaped by conflict. Busy towns and villages offer looks into all the history that has accumulated since, shored up in museums and local architecture, and there are independent teashops aplenty to use as rest stops.

It's a varied route, enjoying seaside vistas and that inland venture through the Moorfoot Hills. The ascent into Edinburgh is the perfect finale: the natural landscape refuses to be left behind as the Coast and Castles Route curves through Holyrood Park, circling the base of Arthur's Seat. This is the highest point in Edinburgh, a volcanic hill situated right in the centre, and offers views over the stone-built townhouses of Old and New Towns, themselves a World Heritage Site, and rivals Edinburgh Castle as the most impressive part of the city skyline.

Coast and Castles keeps to good surfaces throughout. Long stretches of traffic-free cyclepath feature up the coast, with quiet roads between. There are a few sections of compacted grit, but any road bicycle should do brilliantly for this route regardless.

© Contours Walking Holidays Coast and Castles (South) map
Tynemouth / Edinburgh
195 miles (311 km)
19th March to 15th October

Holiday highlights

Enjoying the long low-level portions of the route, with plenty of time to pop your head up and enjoy sites like Bamburgh Castle.

Triumphing over the steep ascent in the Moorfoot Hills, themselves offering beautiful views over the valley below.

Descending into Edinburgh at the end of your holiday, where you'll find friendly accommodation and so much food.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
C-CCS1 From Tynemouth to Edinburgh 4 nights, 3 days riding Demanding£555
C-CCS2 From Tynemouth to Edinburgh 5 nights, 4 days riding Moderate / Demanding£675
C-CCS3 From Tynemouth to Edinburgh 6 nights, 5 days riding Moderate£800

Coast and Castles (South) 4 nights, 3 days riding

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Elevation & terrain
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Important information

NB: The causeway on to Holy Island can only be crossed during low tide. Before booking, please check the Holy Island Safe Crossing Times by clicking here.


Travel to Tynemouth where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Tynemouth to Belford. 67 miles (107km)

Day 2

Belford to Kelso. 56.5 miles (90.5km)

Day 3

Kelso to Edinburgh. 71 miles (113.5km)


Depart from Edinburgh after breakfast

Your Itinerary

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than 2.5 miles from the trail to your accommodation.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

Solo Traveller Supplement
£60.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Edinburgh)
£80.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 4 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

This cycling route crosses the border between England and Scotland, offering a vast contrast in landscapes and locations along the way. Adding in extra nights to your holiday would give you plenty of time to explore these unique areas and really get the most out of your time on the trail.

Tynemouth is a great choice for an extra night, and would make a wonderful location in which to prepare for the start of your epic journey. Not only is there a great range of bars, restaurants and cafes to enjoy, but there is also a local physiotherapist and acupuncturist if you have some aches and strains in need of attention. For those looking for some gentle warm up exercise, there are plenty of options, from taking a dip in the local swimming pool, going for a gentle jog along the beautiful sandy beach, testing your skills at the golf course or simply enjoying a leisurely walk around the local area for a spot of sightseeing, making sure to visit the historical Tynemouth Priory and Collingwood Monument.

The capital city of Edinburgh at the start of the trail is a fantastic choice for an extra night's stay, offering a vast amount to see and do. Walk between the stone townhouses in the World Heritage Site of Old Town and New Town; visit Edinburgh Castle, perched atop the remains of an extinct volcano; or take in the incredible city skyline from Arthur's Seat in Holyrood Park, not to mention the countless museums, galleries, theatres and other landmarks that Edinburgh offers. There is certainly something here to satisfy everyone's tastes, including modern and traditional shops, markets, bars and restaurants galore, as well as plenty of health centres and spas for those in need of a little TLC after the end of an amazing journey.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Edinburgh)
£80.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 194.5 miles (311 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days riding
Minimum daily distance: 56.5 miles (90.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 71 miles (113.5 km)
Code: C-CCS1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 19th March - 15th October
Start of holiday: Tynemouth
End of holiday: Edinburgh

Elevation & Terrain

Route profile

Coast and Castles (South) Route Profile

Coast and Castles South is a low-level route on the whole, keeping to flat terrain until its first mild climb between Warkworth and Alnmouth. From here it undulates gently with a handful of slightly harder, short ascents before Melrose.

The highest point is reached in the Moorfoot Hills via a steady ascent with a slightly steeper descent, and returns to flat terrain until one last brief climb and descent in Edinburgh.


  • Cycle lanes
  • Quiet roads
  • Traffic-free cyclepaths

Coast and Castles keeps to good surfaces throughout. Long stretches of traffic-free cyclepath feature up the coast, with quiet roads between. There are a few sections of compacted grit, but any road bicycle should do brilliantly for this route regardless.

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air – The most convenient major city and international airports are Newcastle, Manchester, and Edinburgh.

By Rail – The nearest rail station to the start of the route (Tynemouth) is in Newcastle (about 10 miles away), from where you can take the Metro to Tynemouth (please check website for cycle information: There is a rail station at the end of the route in Edinburgh.

From London – Trains run from London Kings Cross station to Newcastle.

Return to the Start – The easiest way to return to the start of the route is to take a direct train from Edinburgh to Newcastle. Then take the Metro to Tynemouth.

Please note:

Most train lines will allow for bikes to be taken on board. We advise that you check on as you may need to book a space for your bike or there may be a limit as to how many bikes the train can store.

Most buses in the UK are unable to store bikes on board, so we would recommend avoiding this form of transport.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.