Bike Coast and Castles | UK

 Join this classic UK cycling holiday taking you along the national cycle network from Newcastle to Edinburgh. Heading along the North Sea cycle route  you will experience plenty of outstanding scenery  and historic places from the rugged beauty of the Scottish borders to the pristine dunes and sandy beaches at Druridge Bay.

Overview

4 nights from $1,134pp* | Flights are additional

Where you’ll visit:

  • England
  • Scotland

Click on the interactive trip map below to explore the route.

Highlights:

  • Follow the Tyne past the impressive Tynemouth Priory
  • Cycling past the pristine dunes and sandy beaches at Druridge Bay
  • Stunning views as you head towards the Bamburgh Castle
  • Views of Edinburgh as you cycle from the Moorfoot Hills
  • Experience the rugged beauty of the Scottish borders

What's Included?

Includes:

  • Return airport transfers
  • 4 nights B&B twin share | Includes: breakfast & lunch
  • 4 days biking
  • Vehicle support and transfer

Excludes: Airfares, insurance, bike and helmet hire

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival Day / Non Cycling Day
Getting to Newcastle is easy. If you are planning to arrive by air, there is an airport at Newcastle with direct services to Newcastle Central train station. For those arriving by car, you will be able to leave your vehicle at your accommodation, or if the train is your preferred transport mode, you can either take a taxi from the station to your accommodation or it is just a short 10-15 minute walk away.

You can arrive in Newcastle at any time during the day and everyone will meet up at the accommodation in the evening. The Skedaddle guide will also meet you there and there will be a chance for a chat about the next few days riding over a drink and something to eat.

Day 2 – New Castle to Amble
Your journey starts with cycling along the Newcastle quayside past the Millennium Bridge as you head eastwards along the River Tyne to the coast. You will soon find yourselves passing through the heart of the former ship building area of the Tyne and at Wallsend, literally the end of Hadrian’s Wall, keep an eye out for Segedunum Roman Fort Museum and its viewing tower shaped in the form of a Roman helmet.

Continuing along close to the river as you  soon reach the Fish Quays of North Shields, and its bustling little harbour. We are now at the very mouth of the Tyne and after a few more pedal strokes along its quayside, you will pass Lord Collingwood to reach Tynemouth. From here continue along the seafront riding past the Victorian resort of Whitley Bay and on to the seaport of Blyth, with its imposing wind turbines.

Leaving the urban surroundings behind and pass into much more open countryside and quiet country lanes. The next point of interest is the stunning Druridge Bay. With its seven mile sandy beach, nature reserve and some of Northumberland’s biggest sand dunes it is a real treat. Next comes Amble, which proudly declares itself as ‘the friendliest port’ and your accommodation for the evening

Day 3 – Amble to Berwick
After a hearty breakfast, you will be back on our route once more and heading towards the impressive medieval castles of Warkworth, Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh, and the attractive coastal village of Craster. At Bamburgh, as well as the castle in its dramatic setting on a rock outcrop, there is the Grace Darling museum, a famous heroine of the lifeboats. Just past Bamburgh you will come to Lindisfarne, otherwise known as Holy Island, a key site in early Christianity and the place where the Lindisfarne Gospels were created in the 8th century. If the tide and time allows, it’s worth a visit by crossing the tidal causeway.

From Holy Island, it’s on to the Elizabethan border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, with its complex defences built up over the years of border wars, and the stopping place for the night. If you have the energy left then a wander around the city walls is recommended and with plenty of good places to eat you‘re not going to go hungry tonight!

Day 4 – Berwick to Melrose
From Berwick-upon-Tweed, it’s inland along the Tweed valley to Melrose. On the way you will cross the border into Scotland, then back into England over the famous Union Suspension Bridge, that spans the River Tweed between Horncliffe in Northumberland and Fishwick in the Scottish Borders. No doubt on the schedule is a quick stop at the Chainbridge Honey Farm, where you can get a cup of tea and feast yourselves on yummy cakes and enjoy them on an old green Bristol Lodekka double decker bus! As the name implies, you can buy lots of honey there too. A few miles on we cross back into Scotland at Norham Castle, and on to Kelso, with the impressive Floors Castle. The final section today takes us into Melrose, famed for its impressive Gothic-style abbey – thought to be the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart!

Day 5 – Melrose to Edinburgh
Leaving Melrose, continue along the increasingly deep Tweed Valley, surrounded by forested hills and following the course of this famous salmon river to Innerleithen, passing Traquair House, reputedly the oldest continually inhabited house in Scotland. The busy little town of Innerleithen is well known for its mountain biking scene, and no doubt you will see armoured and full face helmeted riders around the town. Heading north out of Innerleithen the route climbs up and over the Moorfoot Hills, with views of Edinburgh in the distance. Dropping down from the hills and heading through Dalkeith and Musselburgh you make your way into Edinburgh through the Innocent Tunnel and past Arthur’s Seat to the finish point.

This is where you will meet up with the minibus at the end of the ride, load up the bikes and head back to Newcastle.

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Terms and Conditions

  • Price based on per person twin share, in AUD, land only and selected travel periods and blackout dates apply.
  • Prices are correct at the time of release and are subject to availability and to change without notice.
  • Allows for two changes of the following: departure date and/or tour. Applies to bookings made from March 11th to July 31st, 2020. Change requests must be submitted by phone or email minimum 60 days in advance. Please note: a minimum of 90 days’ notice applies.  Any change in value above the original order will be charged, any value below will be forfeited. Offer does not apply to cancellations please ask when booking for details specific to your tour.
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  • Priced based on travel dates 3-7 June 2020 | 15-19 July 2020 | 2-6 June 2021 | 14-18 July 2021.
  • Prices exclude (unless specified) airfares, insurance (Note: some insurance companies may deem mountain biking an extreme sport), meals, other activities and all items of a personal nature. Additional levies, government charges, and fees may apply that are beyond our control.
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