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Berwickshire Coastal Path

6 Days & 5 Nights
  • Walk the Berwickshire Coastal Path from Dunbar to Berwick-upon-Tweed
  • The Scottish and English Borders, an area immersed in thrilling history
  • Exhilarating walking on some of Britain's highest sea cliffs
  • St Abbs Head, an extinct volcano and a national nature reserve
  • Discover the fishing villages, smugglers coves and birdlife on one of Scotland's Great Trails
The Berwickshire Coastal Path crosses the border from Scotland into England and is a hidden gem that has some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK. One of Scotland's Great Trails, this long-distance walk is an absolute winner and very easily accessible from Edinburgh. There is plenty to discover; breathe in the salty air from the high sea cliffs, soak up the history of Scottish and English border conflicts and view the remains of forts and castles left behind. Explore its fishing villages and smugglers coves, award-winning beaches and St Abbs Head, a National Nature Reserve famed for its rare bird life and coastal flora, such as northern marsh orchids and meadow saxifrage. Try local produce at various eateries scattered along the coast and stay in local, carefully-selected accommodation. This area will captivate you so why not check this tour off your bucket-list?
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What To Expect

Walk along easy to moderate trails on the Berwickshire Coastal Path, with some of the most renowned coastal views in all of the UK and soak in the history of the area, including the smuggling culture, plus the English and Scottish border struggles. If you like fresh sea breezes, walks with few elevation gains and losses and staying in cosy local B&B's, you will really love this tour!

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Multi Center Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking tour

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers, Multi-Generational, First Timers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 12 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Historical Journeys
  • Coastal & Island

Activity Level & Terrain

This route is graded easy to moderate overall. On the walk from Eyemouth to Berwick-upon-Tweed there is a fair amount of elevation gain and loss, but nothing too strenuous.  Daily walking distances vary between 5 - 15 miles. A good level of fitness will be required. On most days the average is 13 miles with one exception. When you walk from St Abbs/Coldingham to Eyemouth this walk is only 5 miles. This is due to lack of accommodation in one area. Even though the walking day is short it gives the opportunity to explore the local area. You will mostly be walking on coastal trails, sometimes on sandy beaches and along cliff tops. You will need to be careful not to walk too close to the cliff edges.

Navigation

Navigation is straightforward as you can use the Macs Adventure Smartphone App which has maps, GPS tracks and daily route information. Simply download the GPS tracks for offline use and follow the route on your phone with the assurance that navigation on this tour will be made simple and you cannot get lost.

Accommodations

The accommodations on this tour are a combination of comfortable and carefully selected B&B's, guest houses and small hotels. You will receive a warm welcome and the standard breakfast is a Scottish or English cooked one, which are similar! In order to access these accommodations from the trail we will give you the directions on your accommodation information.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. We welcome solo walkers on the Berwickshire Coastal Path, although you should of course take extra care in the outdoors when walking solo.

Included
  • 5 Nights in B&B's, guest houses and hotels
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • Baggage Transfers
  • Transfer from Dunbar to Cockburnspath
  • Transfer Cockburnspath to Dunbar
  • Access to maps, GPX tracks and daily route information with the Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app
  • All your trip documents provided digitally through your online Macs “My Account”
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our UK office
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance (required)
  • Travel to Dunbar
  • Travel from Berwick-upon-Tweed
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks & drinks
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Extra Night

When To Go

You can take this tour anywhere between April and September. Springtime is great for the wildflowers and nesting season for birds. In the summer it should be a bit warmer and the weather more settled and in the Autumn will be quiet and peaceful as all the summer tourists will have left. The choice is yours! You can also book this tour in March and October but there will be an additional cost involved.

Getting to the Start

The start of the tour in Dunbar is easily accessible from Edinburgh by train. They run approximately every hour and the journey time is around 30 minutes. You can find more information at the Scotrail website.There are various airlines that fly into Edinburgh from international gateways and more information may be found on the Edinburgh Airport website. This airport is a 30 minute taxi to the city centre, which is also easily reachable using the Tram or Citylink bus networks.

You could also drive and  leave your car in Dunbar as there are plenty of car parks.

Getting from the End

Berwick-upon-Tweed is on the East Coast Main Railway Line. The train operator for this line is the London North Eastern Rail. The trains run up and down the east coast of England and Scotland from London to Edinburgh and vice-versa. You can take a train back to Edinburgh. Trains run approximately every hour and the journey takes around 50 minutes. You can also take the same trainline south to Newcastle. This journey is a bit shorter an d the trains run slightly more often. As stated London is also accessible. You can take direct trains, or via York. The journey time is 3H40.

If you have driven to Dunbar and parked your car there, you can take the Edinburgh train back there on the same trainline, which takes approximately 20 minutes. These trains do not run as often however, so you will need to refer to the website above for times and schedules.

Luggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Equipment

Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Dunbar & Overnight Day 2 Walk to Cockburnspath, transfer to Dunbar 10 miles / 16 km Day 3 Transfer to Cockburnspath. Walk to St Abbs 13 miles / 22 km Day 4 Walk from Coldingham or St Abbs to Eyemouth 5 miles / 8 km Day 5 Walk to Berwick-upon-Tweed 12 miles / 19 km Day 6 Onward Travel from Berwick-upon-Tweed

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