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  • The Edinburgh skyline from Holyrood Park with the Castle, the Tolbooth of St John's Kirk, St Giles and the Old Town visible
    Edinburgh skyline
  • Melrose Abbey through trees
    Melrose Abbey through trees
  • St Cuthbert's Way
    St Cuthbert's Way

The St Cuthbert Journey: Searching for Peace offers a route which traces Saint Cuthbert, a fifth century monk who dedicated his life to spreading peace throughout pagan Scotland and the north of England. It leads from Edinburgh, Scotland’s stunning capital, to the Scottish Borders towns of Melrose and Jedburgh, before finally arriving at the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

Begin your journey at the foot of Edinburgh Castle, at the site of the city’s oldest church, St Cuthbert’s. From here you follow the former Roman road south through the Lothians and into the Scottish Borders, pausing to take in medieval churches, imposing abbeys and places Cuthbert spent his formative years as both a shepherd and solider before choosing to dedicate his life to God.

Wander around the ruined Cistercian Abbey of Melrose, where the heart of Robert the Bruce is buried. If you want, you can continue the route on foot by following the St Cuthbert’s Way, a long-distance walking route which leads from Melrose, where Cuthbert spent his early monastic life, all the way to Lindisfarne. Follow the River Tweed down river to Dryburgh and Jedburgh, both of which boast magnificent ruined abbeys of their own, and then past Morebattle, Linton and Yetholm, Cuthbert’s former country parish.

As you make your way towards the coast you’ll encounter a number of beautiful medieval places of worship, including the Church of St Gregory and St Paulinus in Kirknewton, before reaching St Cuthbert’s Cave. Beyond St Cuthbert's Cave lie the Holy Island of Aidan and Cuthbert, St Cuthbert’s Isle and the Inner Farne where Cuthbert retired after 12 years as Prior of Lindisfarne.

The journey concludes on Lindisfarne with its ruined priory which was devastated by Viking invaders. Although initially buried on Inner Farne, Cuthbert’s remains were eventually interred on Lindisfarne where he was made bishop in 684 AD.

You can find information and maps of the full route below.

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