Discover sandy beaches and ancient buildings
Enjoy the coastal views and breeze on this cycling adventure
Be amazed by spectacular landscapes on this Coast and Castles route of the National Cycle Network
Escape on a self-guided cycle tour of some of Europe's finest scenery
Exquisite scenery along the way as you approach imposing Bamburgh Castle
A classic British cycling holiday with views that can only be seen on this side of the world
Bike tour sites of historical interest
Enjoy the scenery each day on tour
Exhale and enjoy a rural ride through the UK

Coast and Castles

5 days
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$1,120 USD

This classic British cycling holiday over four days of riding takes you from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Edinburgh following the National Cycle Network Route 1: Coast and Castles using the North Sea Cycle Route. This is an iconic cycle route full of awesome scenery and historical interest!

  • Category
    Cultural & Historical
  • Type
  • Duration
    5 days
  • Culture Level
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    198.8 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    49.7 miles
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You'll arrive and spend your first night in the vibrant city of Newcastle, easily accessed by its excellent transport connections. The next day, after following the River Tyne to the coast at Tynemouth, you'll head northwards following the wonderful Coast and Castles route which takes you up the beautiful and dramatic Northumberland Coast with its long sandy beaches, lighthouses, and charming fishing villages.

Continuing up the coast you'll take in the spectacular castles of Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh. After checking the tide times (a must!), your next stop is Holy Island, otherwise known as Lindisfarne, before edging your way to the Scottish Border at Berwick-upon-Tweed. From here you'll head inland up the majestic Tweed Valley to Melrose, which is famed for its gothic abbey. Onwards then to Innerleithen, with the final leg a superb spot of cycling through the Moorfoot Hills and on to Edinburgh for a great finish in Scotland's capital city. At the end of the ride in Edinburgh you'll be met by a tour representative where you will either start your return journey by train, or be transferred back to your car in Newcastle.

This self-guided trip is for a minimum of 2 people and accommodation, transfers (where required), luggage transfers and emergency back up are all included.

Please note that the tour price given is the ‘from’ price – rates may vary depending on the dates chosen.

Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

What's included?
Items included in the cost of the tour

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Luggage transfers
  • Local representative (with bike delivery and welcome meeting)
  • Detailed route notes and maps
  • Emergency tool kit, pump etc. (if hiring your bike)
  • Access to an app for holiday information and navigation
What's not included?
Items not included in the cost of the tour

  • International / Domestic flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals where not specified in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to cultural or historical sites and visitor centres
  • Free bike rental is not included. Please see the available rental options below.

Tour options and upgrades:

3 equipment options available
1 tour add-on available