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In this section, you will find useful information to assist you in planning your self-catering cottage holiday in Northumberland.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
Lindisfarne Bay Cottages Information
There are so many interesting places we can recommend in this hidden corner of north Northumberland, but here are some local highlights. Please see our Links section for links to specific places.
Beaches and Castles
Our coast here also forms part of the Lindisfarne Special Protection Area, thanks to the intertidal sandflats.
Northumberland's long coastline has numerous beaches to explore. The Mill House is just 15 minutes from Cocklaw Burn beach and Holy Island, and 25 minutes from the vast expanse of Bamburgh Beach.
Seahouses is 25 minutes away. Famous for its fish and chips and traditional seaside attractions, you can also take an unforgettable boat trip to the Farne Islands where you can see vast colonies of seabirds, including puffins, kittiwakes, cormorants and huge numbers of grey seals.
Castles abound, including the wildly romantic Dunstanburgh Castle (45 minutes away). Its dramatic ruins are accessible only by foot along the low, grassy cliffs from Craster.
Bamburgh Castle can be seen in the distance across the bay from the cottage.
Chillingham Castle, 30 minutes south west of us, is quirky to say the least. Visit the ancient herd of indigenous cattle whilst you are there.
Visit the nearby villages of Ford and Etal. A miniature railway runs from Heatherslaw to Etal (where there is also a castle).
Towns, Heritage And Shopping
Newcastle Gateshead is the vibrant regional capital (an hour by car) with great shopping, the re-vitalised quayside with the Baltic Mill Art Gallery and the outstanding Sage Centre for Music.
Edinburgh is barely a 90-minute drive north or 50 minutes on the train from Berwick.
There are many heritage attractions within an hour's drive (and many much nearer), including:
The National Trust
Wildlife, Bird-Watching And The Great Outdoors
Cyclists are well catered for with the Coasts and Castles Cycleway (part of the North Sea Cycle Route) just minutes from the door. You are welcome to store your bicyles in our open sided bike shed but please bring your own locks (just to be on the safe side!).
Staying at Lindisfarne Bay Cottages is absolutely perfect for ornithologists and twitchers, particularly during the migratory months. The sea between Lindisfarne Bay Cottages and Holy Island is home to an incredible variety of seabirds, including eider ducks, oyster catchers, shelducks, sandpipers, redshanks, little terns, arctic and common terns. Pale bellied brent geese, pink footed geese, greylag geese and wigeon are also regular visitors. There has even been the occasional sighting of an osprey. The sea is just a few steps away from your door and many of the rooms have seaviews so you can even enjoy birdwatching without stepping outside!
On the Farne Islands, you will see the tremendous puffin, guillemot, razorbill, shag and kiittiwake colonies, plus large numbers of grey seals. Seals can also be spied (with your binoculars) at low tide on the sand banks between Lindisfarne Bay Cottages and Holy Island.
Horse riders will love galloping along the long, empty beaches on Holy Island, or in the Cheviot Hills eight miles inland, both options are available from Kimmerston Riding Centre.
Of course, you may prefer to just stay at home in the comfort of our luxurious cottage, where you will have the space and time to unwind and enjoy the tranquillity of our superb setting. Wander outside and listen to the waves rolling on to the north shore of Holy Island!
Kelly Taylor, Lindisfarne Bay Cottages
6 Little Swinton Farm Cottages, Coldstream, Berwickshire, TD12 4HH