The Forth to Farne Way – 72 miles – 7 days – North Berwick to Lindisfarne. The Forth to Farne Way embodies the historic relationship between the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, the County Palatine of Durham, and the Bishopric of St Andrews. Medieval pilgrims walked the coastal route between these great centres of pilgrimage, and were able to cross the Firth of Forth by ferry from North Berwick.
Walking this way you will visit holy places linked to Christianity’s earliest days in Scotland and the Celtic saints Baldred, Cuthbert, Aidan and Ebba. Weaving together three existing long-distance footpaths – the John Muir Way, Berwickshire and Northumberland coastal paths – and linking together beautiful places of natural and human creation, this lengthy route showcases some of the most glorious coastal scenery that Northern Britain has to offer.
Beginning from the lands once owned by the well-endowed nuns of North Berwick, you head south from the misty Firth of Forth before coming to Whitekirk’s holy well, made famous by the Countess of Dunbar having a miraculous healing there in 1295 and building a chapel in gratitude. You proceed to Dunbar Castle, then along the North Sea Coast to Coldingham Priory, one of the largest Scottish Benedictine monasteries; before reaching the picturesque St Abbs harbours, and crossing the River Tweed at Berwick before carefully traversing Lindisfarne’s sands to arrive on the iconic pilgrimage destination of Holy Island.
Historic basis of the link between the start and end point
Walking to places associated with the early Celtic saints
Ravishing coastal scenery
Employing the aid of three long-distance footpaths