Local Area Information

Nestled right in the heart of the Northumberland coast area of outstanding natural beauty , Craster is the perfect starting place to explore and discover the long clean sandy beaches, quiet hidden coves and secluded bays.

There are forty miles of `Heritage' coastline to discover, stretching 40 miles along the coastline between Berwick-upon-Tweed to the North, and the Coquet Estuary to the South, with many other picturesque coastal villages along the way.

Off-shore between the ancient villages of Bamburgh and Seahouses lie the Farne Islands. In the care of The National Trust, these islands are a popular destination for wildlife lovers, with a great variety of seabirds and large colonies of grey seals. Boat trips to the islands can be taken all year round but are particularly rewarding during May, June and July when tens of thousands of breeding sea birds can be seen. Puffins and Dolphins are always a favourite.

If history is your thing you won't be disappointed. Bearing testament to a very turbulent past this coastline has a number of spectacular historic castles, perched on cliff top locations overlooking the North Sea, including Bamburgh Castle, often described as the finest castle in England. 

Holy-Island (or using its Celtic name Lindisfarne), is famous for being a seat of Christian learning in the 7th century. Cut off twice a day and only accessible at low tide, Holy Island is linked to the mainland by a three-mile causeway. The island has a thriving local community, busy harbour, shops, pubs and cafes, and there is plenty to see and do, with a priory, Heritage Centre, local winery, and Tudor castle; it's also a great for bird watching. 

Be sure to check the tide-table before you use the causeway to the island! 

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