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Coast and Castles Cycling Holidays

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Self-guided cycling holidays along the Northumberland coast to Edinburgh

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Coast and Castles, a 200 mile (322 km) 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.

We can also arrange for tours that wish to stay on the coast after Berwick, following the Scottish coastline north to Dunbar, then west through Portobello to Edinburgh. Please enquire for more information.

Bamburgh Castle

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

Prices Per Person Sharing

DAYS / NIGHTS AVG DAILY DISTANCE COST COST
2/1 100 miles £345 £270
3/2 67 miles £425 £320
4/3 50 miles £505 £370
5/4 40 miles £565 £420
6/5 34 miles £625 £470

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, passing through Dunbar , the birthplace of the famous naturalist John Muir, on the way to Edinburgh. This route is 170 miles (273 km) in distance, a total of 30 miles (48 km) shorter than route 1.


Tour Notes and Set 2 - 6 Day Tour Options

Coast and Castles - Two Day Tour

DAY 1 Newcastle - Berwick 100 miles / 161 km
DAY 2 Berwick - Edinburgh 100 miles / 161 km

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:
- £345
- £270

Holiday Duration: Two Days Cycling One nights B&B

Start point: Newcastle

Challenge Rating: 4/5

Distance: 200 miles / 322 km

Phone +441524840072

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Coast and Castles - Three Day Tour

DAY 1 Newcastle - Craster 61 miles / 98 km
DAY 2 Craster - Kelso 71 miles / 114 km
DAY 3 Kelso - Edinburgh 68 miles / 110 km

Long days cycling up the beautiful coast of Northumberland, averaging under 66 miles, the first day riding 64 miles




* All prices per person based on two people sharing.

Tour Details

Start Date: Anytime

Type: Self-guided

Cost:
- £425
- £320

Holiday Duration: Three Days Cycling Two nights B&B

Start point: Newcastle

Challenge Rating: 3.5/5

Distance: 200 miles / 322 km

Phone +441524840072

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Coast and Castles - Four Day Tour

DAY 1 Newcastle - Alnmouth 51 miles / 82 km
DAY 2 Alnmouth - Berwick 49 miles / 79 km
DAY 3 Berwick - Melrose 46 miles / 74 km
DAY 4 Melrose - Edinburgh 54 miles / 87 km

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:
- £505
- £370

Holiday Duration: Four Days Cycling Three nights B&B

Start point: Newcastle

Challenge Rating: 3/5

Distance: 200 miles / 322 km

Phone: +441524840072

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Coast and Castles - Five Day Tour

DAY 1 Newcastle to Amble 45 miles / 72 km
DAY 2 Amble to Beal 40 miles / 64 km
DAY 3 Beal to Kelso 42 miles / 67 km
DAY 4 Kelso to Innerleithen 32 miles / 52 km
DAY 5 Innerleithen to Edinburgh 37 miles / 60 km

Five day Coast and Castle experience.


* All prices per person based on two people sharing.

Tour Details

Start Date: Anytime

Type: Self-guided

Cost:
- £560
- £420

Holiday Duration: Five Days Cycling Four nights B&B

Start point: Newcastle

Challenge Rating: 2.5/5

Distance: 200 miles / 322 km

Phone: +441524840072

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Coast and Castles - Six Day Tour

DAY 1 Newcastle to Newbiggin-by-the-Sea 32 miles / 52 km
DAY 2 Newbiggin to Embleton 32 miles / 52 km
DAY 3 Embleton to Berwick-upon-Tweed 36 miles / 58 km
DAY 4 Berwick to Kelso 32 miles / 52 km
DAY 5 Kelso to Innerleithen 32 miles / 52 km
DAY 6 Innerleithen to Edinburgh 36 miles / 58 km

Six day Coast and Castle experience.


* All prices per person based on two people sharing.

Tour Details

Start Date: Anytime

Type: Self-guided

Cost:
- £625
- £470

Holiday Duration: Six Days Cycling Five nights B&B

Start point: Newcastle

Challenge Rating: 2.5/5

Distance: 200 miles / 322 km

Phone: +441524840072

Email us today * All prices per person based on two people sharing.


DAY 1 Newcastle - Alnmouth 49 miles / 79 km
DAY 2 Alnmouth - Berwick-upon-Tweed 51 miles / 82 km
DAY 3 Berwick-upon-Tweed - Melrose 49 miles / 79 km
DAY 4 Melrose - Edinburgh 51 miles / 82 km

The Example starting in Newcastleyou 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, Lynemouthand Amble, as well as passing Tynemouth Priory and Warkworth Castle on our way to Alnmouthand 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 Embletonand Belfordbefore 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:
Two/Three/Four/Five+ nights B&B in carefully chosen cycling friendly accommodation
Daily luggage transfers
Return transfer to start of the tour for you and your bikes*
Detailed Maps and GPX Map
Meet and greet 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

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