Beaches & Coastline

Northumberland has some of the most spectacular unspoiled coastline in the UK. It is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and for good reason! The Northumberland Coastal Route provides access to the many towns and villages along this magnificent stretch of coastline. Much of the area is unpopulated with mile after mile of clean and safe award-winning golden sandy beaches, quiet country lanes and an unequalled sense of freedom. For the lovers of wildlife there is the majestic Holy Island (pictured above), the Farne Islands and Coquet Island. The 64 mile (103km) long Northumberland Coastal Path forms part of the International North Sea Trail and can be walked in 6 manageable stages

You will find beautiful beaches just about anywhere in the county, but a good place to start is a short drive north-east to Alnmouth. It's a picture postcard view over the estuary with miles of golden sandy beaches that will never get crowded. Situated on the mouth of the river Aln, the village was a significant trading port in Northumberland's past and was founded approximately 1,000 years ago by William de Vesci, Lord of Alnwick. 

It is a picturesque coastal village that offers a wide range of restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, gift shops and a golf club.

Seahouses is the closest thing you will get to a traditional 'seaside resort' in Northumberland and is gateway to the beautiful Farne Islands, home of the Puffin. There are amusements, gift shops, restaurants and pubs and unbeatable fish and chips.

Boat trips to the Farne Islands leave from the harbour. Whilst the Islands are now famous as a wildlife haven, they are also known for their association with the Northumbrian Saints, most notably Saint Cuthbert. During his lifetime Cuthbert was never far away from his beloved Farne Islands. Even after his death on the Inner Farne in 687AD, his spirit lives on today through a tremendous world-wide following.

Our other personal coastal favourites include:

  • Bamburgh Beach (see Castles)
  • Beadnell Bay
  • Embleton Bay
  • Warkworth Beach
  • Low Newton
  • Amble
  • Druridge Bay

All of these places are within easy reaching distance of the Cottage and more information is available in our guide.

For everything you need to know to plan your trip including Town Guides, interactive visitor maps, events and things to do, visit our sister site Your Northumberland Guide.