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Dunstanburgh Castle ghost walk


For a spooky ghost walk in an isolated setting, look no further than the Northumberland coastline, which is dominated by the magnificent ruin of Dunstanburgh Castle.

Enjoy atmospheric views along the coast

Some believe that the ghost of a 16th-century knight still haunts the ruins... Our spooky ghost story is taken from 'Ghosts: Mysterious tales from the National Trust' by Siân Evans.

View of Dunstanburgh Castle from the north west
Will you get spooked on the ghost walk at Dunstanburgh Castle? National Trust Images / Joe Cornish


Map route for Dunstanburgh Castle ghost walk
© Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey


Craster, grid ref: NU258201


Walk towards Dunstanburgh Castle, passing Craster harbour. The path takes you through farmland with the rocky shoreline to your right. It's worth looking in the sheltered rock pools for eider duck.


National Trust members can visit the castle for free. In summer, roosting swallows swirl overhead and amongst the ruined chambers and staircases.

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After edging around the base of the castle, note the peculiar cliff formation to your right. The Greymare Rock was formed by volcanic pressure that folded the limestone. From April to August it is a breeding spot for kittiwake and fulmar.

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Pass a golf course on your left and descend onto the beach. Stroll to the far end of Embleton Bay. Cross Embleton Burn as it trickles into the sea. If you haven't already, you may want to take your shoes and socks off.

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Return from the beach and head back on the same path towards the castle. Once past the castle, climb up to your right on a higher level track back to Craster.


Craster, grid ref: NU258201

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Dunstanburgh Castle ghost walk


Circular walk mostly on flat, firm-surfaced paths of grass or natural gravel. Some of the route passes through softer dunes and there is a short climb down to the sands of Embleton beach.

Dogs on leads only.

Dunstanburgh Castle ghost walk

Contact us

Dunstanburgh Castle ghost walk

How to get here

Craster, Northumberland, NE66 3TT
By train

Alnwick, 7 miles (11.2km).

By road

Craster is about 40 miles (64.3km) north of Newcastle, off A1 above Alnwick.

Dunstanburgh Castle ghost walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs on leads only