Things to Do
The North Northumberland coastline is magnificent with its mile upon mile of wide sandy beaches, links and dunes, nature reserves, picturesque rocky offshore islands and sturdy, spectacular castles.
From Holy Island in the North to Alnmouth in the south, there are endless golden sands which provide fun days out for all the family, watersport activities, peaceful beach strolls, or more extensive coastline treks. The main highlights are listed below:
Holy Island (Lindisfarne)
Most people drive across the causeway and visit the island to see the ruins of the famous abbey or to do a spot of bird watching, but this remote spot also has a beautiful sandy coastline ringed by soft dunes.
A beautiful beach, dominated at one end by the imposing castle.
From the castle you can travel north around the curving headland into Budle Bay, or you can head south to Seahouses.
This is a popular, sometimes busy, family beach. The dunes and sand are more or less unbroken along the route between Seahouses and Bamburgh and you also have a perfect view of the Farne Islands.
Beadnell is a village two miles south of Seahouses. It has a magnificent golden sandy beach, limekilns, and a small harbour
During holiday times the beach is very popular with watersports, including sailing, windsurfing, sea canoeing and waterskiing. Boat launching facilities are available and it is popular with divers, as a departure point for exploration of the many shipwrecks located around the Farne Islands.
Another spectacular, wide sandy beach that takes you south towards Dunstanburgh Castle.
If you walk south along the headland from the castle you will come to the fishing village of Craster where you can enjoy their internationally famous smoked kippers.
Picturesque Alnmouth is a seaside village nestling around the mouth of the River Aln. It's a delightful place with a great beach and is home to the oldest golf course in Britain.
Nearby is the charming village of Warkworth with its magnificent castle. Shakespeare set some of the scenes for his play Henry IV, at Warkworth, where the Earl of Northumberland and his son Harry Hotspur plotted their rebellion against the King.
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