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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 many interesting places we can recommend in this hidden corner of Northumberland, but here are some local highlights. Please see our LINKS section for links to specific places.
Beaches and Castles
Here, the coast also forms part of the Lindisfarne Special Protection Area, thanks to the intertidal sandflats.
Within easy reach are a great choice of white sandy beaches. The Mill House is just 15 minutes from Cocklaw Burn and Holy Island, and 25 minutes from the vast expanse of Bamburgh Beach.
Northumberland has a long, unspoilt coastline studded with pretty villages, with plenty more beaches to explore, too numerous to list here. Information is provided in the cottages.
Just 25 minutes away by car you'll find the bustling little port of Seahouses, famous for its fish and chips and traditional seaside attractions. Here you can 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 in Northumberland, but you will be hard pushed to beat the wildly romantic setting of Dunstanburgh Castle. Its dramatic ruins are accessible only by foot along the low, windswept grassy cliffs from Craster, home of the famous kippers and the best crab sandwiches for miles at the Jolly Fisherman pub. Dunstanburgh and Craster are a 45-minute drive away.
Bamburgh Castle, (in the picture, above right) which can be seen in the distance across the bay from the cottages, is a 25-minute drive away.
At Chillingham, 30 minutes south west of us, you can visit a unique ancient herd of indigenous cattle and visit the Castle, which has been interestingly restored by its owner.
Nearby, you can take in the working mill at Heatherslaw and visit the pretty villages of Ford and Etal. A miniature railway runs from Heatherslaw to Etal (where there is also a castle).
Towns, Heritage And Shopping
Only an hour south (or 45 minutes by train from Berwick) is the vibrant regional capital of Newcastle Gateshead with great shopping, the re-vitalised quayside with the Baltic Mill Art Gallery and the outstanding Sage Centre for Music.
The Georgian jewel of 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 your 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. It's wonderful here for bird-watching all year round, but especially so 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 from some of the windows.
A little further afield, 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.
The impressively empty Cheviot Hills, now within the Northumberland National Park, also provide excellent walking opportunities, with vast vistas and wild moorlands.
If you are unfamiliar with the treasures of north Northumberland, a holiday of rich discovery awaits. However, you may prefer to just stay at home in the comfort of one of our luxurious cottages, where you will have the space and time to unwind and enjoy the tranquillity of our superb setting - and where you can simply wander outside and listen to the waves rolling on to the north shore of Holy Island!
Pauline Gasken, Lindisfarne Bay Cottages
Blue Breich, Moor Park, Foulden, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1UH