The main places to visit on the coast

Sometimes the word 'iconic' can be overused, but for anyone who is familiar with the north east coast, the images that will come to mind are the long curve of Embleton Bay towered over by the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, the colourful puffins of the Farne Islands or the silhouette of Lindisfarne Castle. The National Trust looks after these special places for everyone to enjoy forever.

The stretch of coast from Craster to Low Newton encompasses Dunstanburgh Castle, the wildlife-rich dunes of Newton Links, the long beach of Embleton Bay, and the hamlet of simple white cottages at Low Newton by the Sea.

From the harbour at Seahouses, you can take a boat out to the Farne Islands, a rocky outcrop of islands that is home to puffins, seals and many other types of seabird. Because they have been protected for so long, the Islands are one of the finest places in the UK to see nature close up.

Rising from the Holy Island of Lindisfarne is Lindisfarne Castle. Originally a Tudor fort, it was converted in the early twentieth century into the ultimate coastal getaway by architect Edwin Lutyens and garden design Gertrude Jekyll. The castle has recently undergone major conservation work and now hosting exhibitions which really bring the history of the castle to life.