Winter on the Northumberland coast

Winter on the Northumberland coast brings spectacular views, crisp and bracing walks and the chance to see seals, dolphins and migrant species of bird.

The stretch of coast between Embleton and Low Newton is a gorgeous spot to spend a crisp winters day– clean, golden sands, views to the magnificent ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle (National Trust members can visit for free) and the pretty fisherman’s square at Low Newton make for a picture perfect day out where the kids can build sandcastles, hunt for rock pool creatures and fly kites all day long.

The Farne Islands are a short, exhilarating boat ride from Seahouses and are, without doubt, one of the best places in the country to get outdoors and closer to nature.  At this time of year, the breeding birds have migrated away and the seals come to the fore - around 2000 pups will be born on the islands between October and December. Although the islands are closed, it is still possible to take a sail around tour with one of the boat companies. Children and adults alike will be amazed by the close up views of them from the boat, and dolphins are frequently spotted around the islands too. The Farnes are also a “stopping off” point for migrating birds, for both keen and amateur birders the opportunity to spot something rare is always a possibility.

For spectacular views of the coast and woodland walks head to Ros Castle or St Cuthberts Cave - places of fascinating history and natural beauty.

Lindisfarne Castle is now closed until 1 March 2022.However the grounds and garden remain open all year for bracing walks to explore the well preserved Lime Kilns or on the castle headland, listen to the ghostly calls of seals drifting over the island and visit the small and peaceful Gertrude Jekyll garden. The garden was designed to be at its best during the summer months, to coincide with when Edward Hudson was at his “holiday home” and is a riot of beautiful colours and fragrance until September, and after this time it’s a tranquil, sheltered spot to sit and take in the wonderful views.

Be sure to pick up a souvenir ( or maybe even start some Christmas shopping!)  from one of our shops on Holy Island and at Seahouses, or maybe even stay a bit longer with us in one of the 5 holiday cottages on Holy Island and at Low Newton.