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Northumberland Coastline

One of the best places to visit when on a Northumbrian Short Break is the stunning coastline the county offers.

The majority of Northumberland’s coastline has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The County’s picturesque coast is well known for its long stretches of clean and sandy beaches that are home to hidden coves and secluded bays. The stunning coastline stretches for forty miles from Amble to Berwick and has many small coastal villages dotted along that include Embleton, Boulmer and Beadnell.

Venturing off the coastline and into the sea are the Farne Islands, that lie between the villages of Seahouses and Bamburgh. Nature and Wildlife lovers will enjoy seeing the wide variety of seabirds and the grey seals that habitat the islands and the surrounding sea. Access to the islands is provided by boat that makes trips all year round, but you may find that it is better to visit between May and July which is when you will be able to see breeding sea birds in large numbers.

Another island that maybe of interest is Holy Island which is sometimes know as Lindisfarne which is its Celtic name. This Island is famous for being a seat of 7th Century Christian Learning. Holy Island is only accessible by a three mile causeway at low tide and gets cut off twice a day by the tide. Visitors to the island will be treated to a busy harbour, inns and shops that are maintained by a thriving local community. Attractions on the island include a Heritage Centre, Winery, Tudor Castle and a priory. Holy Island is also another great destination for bird lovers as it is a hot spot for bird watchers.

Northumberland Coast is perfect for anyone interested in history as it has been the setting of a turbulent past and home to many spectacular castles that look over the North Sea. One of the best is Bamburgh Castle that has been called the finest castle in England today.

So next time you are staying in one of the many Northumbria Cottages in the region then you should make sure you visit the Northumberland Coast and it’s picturesque islands for a great day out.

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