AN ICONIC LAND ROVER DEFENDER, A ROOF TOP TENT & THE RUGGED, CAPTIVATING NORTHUMBERLAND COASTLINE…

 

Tour the award winning Northumberland Coast in our award winning Land Rover Defender campers.

There’s nothing better than getting back to nature, building fires under the stars and spending quality time with loved ones, away from the rat race, where the Wi Fi is weak.

In our luxury Defender campers you can do that and more, the Northumberland coastline has so much to offer.

Northumberland has won award after award and is just beginning to get the recognition it deserves yet remains utterly unspoilt. On some beaches you might wonder why you’re almost alone. 

The coast in particular is, in our opinion, the best in the UK.  Stunning white beaches that stretch for miles. unbelievable wildlife, castles galore and award winning restaurants , Not to mention having the nations best seaside village awarded to Bamburgh for the 3rd year in a row with its dominating castle overlooking the quaint village and vast cricket ground.

Read on for our pick of Northumberland’s coastal highlights…

BAMBURGH

Bamburgh village and castle

Bamburgh, as we mentioned earlier, has been voted as the nations favourite seaside destination for the 3rd year in a row, nestled in the breath taking landscapes of Northumberland, is a place of unparalleled beauty and enthralling history that stirs the soul and ignites the imagination. At its heart stands the majestic Bamburgh Castle, an awe-inspiring medieval fortress that proudly overlooks the North Sea. Its towering presence and rich heritage spanning over a millennium make it an iconic landmark and a testament to the region’s storied past.

As you explore the castle’s grand halls and enormous battlements, you can’t help but be transported back in time, imagining the echoes of battles fought, legends woven, and ancient tales of knights and kings.

Beyond the castle, the coastal vistas of Bamburgh beckon with their golden sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, and unspoiled natural splendour.

Bamburgh Castle, North East Coast of England

The area’s designation as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty ensures that every step taken along the shoreline immerses you in a world of breath taking serenity and picturesque vistas. 

Bamburgh is a destination that encapsulates the essence of Northumberland’s charm, weaving together history, natural beauty, and a sense of timeless wonder that leaves visitors utterly hooked and longing to return again and again. 

The village is vibrant and has abundance of quirky cafes, gift shops and award winning restaurants. Our personal favourite stop is the butchers, R Carter & Son ‘butcher, baker and sausage roll maker’!

NEWTON BY THE SEA

Low Newton Beach and Dunstanburgh Castle

Our go-to beach on the whole of the Northumberland coast, a place we regularly retreat to to recharge and visit its infamous micro brewery, The Ship Inn!

Nestled along the Northumberland coast, Newton is an absolute gem that sparkles with its beauty and tranquil charm. This coastal village, enveloped by sweeping sandy beaches and rolling sand dunes, offers a haven of tranquillity that feels like a secret escape from the world. Its unspoiled and idyllic setting captures the essence of coastal bliss, beckoning visitors to take leisurely walks along the shore and embrace the soothing rhythm of the waves.  

The village of Low Newton by the sea with its charming stone cottages and unassuming allure, creates a sense of stepping into a time capsule where relaxation and simple pleasures take centre stage. 

Nature enthusiasts will be enthralled by the adjacent Newton Pool Nature Reserve, where a diverse range of bird species dance among the reeds, offering a symphony of vibrant colours and melodic songs. With its peaceful ambiance, untouched natural landscapes, and the opportunity for coastal adventures, Newton by the Sea is a hidden paradise that promises rejuvenation and a deep connection with the raw beauty of Northumberland’s coastal wonders. 

Amble along the beach overlooked by the remarkable ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle offering a touch of history.  Outdoor enthusiasts can embark on coastal walks or take part in activities like fishing, kayaking, and kite surfing. 

Newton by the Sea truly stands out as a special destination within Northumberland, an unspoiled coastal haven for embracing nature and unwinding in a serene and idyllic setting.

LINDISFARNE

Lindisfarne, affectionately known as Holy Island, is a place of profound spiritual and historical significance that encapsulates the imagination and invites exploration. Located off the Northumberland coast in England, this tidal island unveils a magical world where the past and present intertwine. Accessed from the mainland via the Holy Island Causeway, being careful to understand and abide by the crossing times, you can look forward to a spectacular drive – early risers might want to catch the incredible sunset we shot in one of our Land Rover Defenders above.

Stepping onto its shores, visitors are transported to a bygone era, where the ruins of Lindisfarne Priory stand as a testament to the island’s role in the early spread of Christianity. The haunting beauty of these ancient monastic remains, set against the backdrop of dramatic coastal vistas, creates an atmosphere of mystery and wonder. As the tide recedes, a causeway emerges, connecting the island to the mainland and inviting intrepid adventurers to uncover its hidden treasures.

Lindisfarne Castle at Holy Island England.

Walking along the windswept beaches and exploring the island’s quaint village, visitors can absorb the calmness and contemplate the rich tapestry of history and spirituality that permeates the air. Lindisfarne is a place where time seems to stand still, where the allure of its ancient ruins and the rhythmic ebb and flow of the tides converge, offering an experience that is both mesmerising and deeply resonant.

FARNE ISLANDS

Puffins (Fratercula arctica) with a beak full of sand eels flying over the cliffs on Inner Farne Island in the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast in northeast England. Puffins feed mainly on sand eels but also take small crustaceans and squid.

The Farne Islands are a true marvel of nature that exhilarates and enchants all who set foot upon them. These rugged and raw islands, scattered off the coast, form an extraordinary sanctuary for an abundance of wildlife. 

With their jagged cliffs and crashing waves, the Farne Islands serve as a haven for thousands of seabirds, including adorable puffins, graceful guillemots, and majestic razorbills. The air is filled with their cacophony of calls, creating an atmosphere that feels alive and vibrant. As you explore the islands, you’ll witness mesmerizing displays of aerial acrobatics as the birds soar and dive with astonishing agility. 

The wildlife spectacle doesn’t end there. The Farne Islands are also home to a thriving population of Atlantic grey seals, frolicking in the surrounding waters and basking on the rocky shores. Getting up close to these gentle creatures, observing their playful antics, and witnessing the bond between mother and pup is a truly unforgettable experience. 

The Farne Islands are a true natural wonder, a place where wildlife reigns supreme, and every moment spent in their presence is a thrilling adventure that fills the heart with joy and wonder. You can also sea dolphins and sometimes even orca whales.

ALNWICK CASTLE & GARDENS

Alnwick Castle in the town of Alnwick in Northumberland in North East England. Dates from 1096AD when Yves de Vescy became Baron of Alnwick and erected the earliest parts of the castle. Since 1309 the castle has been in the hands of the Percy Family who are the Dukes and Earls of Northumberland.

Alnwick Castle and Gardens, nestled in the incredible landscapes of Northumberland, offer a truly magical experience that transports you to a realm of enchantment and wonder.

The castle, steeped in history and resplendent in its medieval grandeur, stands as a magnificent testament to the region’s rich heritage. As you step through its ancient gates, you’ll be captivated by the grandeur of its architecture and the echoes of centuries past. But Alnwick Castle is more than just a historic fortress; it is a place of imagination and fantasy. Known for its role as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films, the castle allows visitors to live out their magical dreams as they explore the grounds that brought beloved characters to life.

Adjacent to the castle, the Alnwick Gardens beckon with their unrivalled beauty. From the tranquil serenity of the Rose Garden to the whimsical delights of the Poison Garden, every step reveals a new marvel to behold. Whether you’re strolling through the meticulously manicured gardens, embarking on a thrilling adventure on the treetop walkways, or
immersing yourself in the fragrance of the ornate cascade of the Grand Cascade, Alnwick Castle and Gardens offer an enchanting escape that will leave you inspired and filled with a sense of childlike wonder.

The world's largest playground. Lilidorei, Alnwick, northumberland

Alnwick Garden’s recent addition, Lilidorei, is a magical, mysterious village full of play and home to 9 clans who worship Christmas. They are ruled by Lord Elfwin, King of Lilidorei who lives in Elfwin Drin, the biggest play structure in the world.

When you visit Lilidorei, you can create your own narrative; visit the clan houses, play on the world’s largest play structure, take part in daily activities and join in with stories with their of our Story Keepers!

CRASTER

Boats in the rocky bay at fishing village Craster in Northumberl

Get ready to uncover the distinctive charm of Craster, a picturesque fishing village nestled along the stunning Northumberland coast. This enchanting gem exudes a timeless allure, where rugged cliffs meet the crashing waves of the North Sea, and a sense of peace pervades the air.

Renowned for its rich fishing heritage, Craster lures visitors with its world-famous Craster kippers, a culinary delight that tantalizes the taste buds.

Stroll along the quaint harbor, where colorful fishing boats sway gently in the breeze, and indulge in a feast for the senses as you breathe in the salty sea air and marvel at the breathtaking coastal vistas. Embark on a scenic coastal walk to the hauntingly beautiful ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, perched majestically on the horizon, or savor a leisurely lunch at a local seafood restaurant, indulging in the freshest catches of the day.

Craster invites you to immerse yourself in its captivating ambiance and experience the true essence of Northumberland’s coastal charm.

BEACHES

The beach at Dunstanburg Castle in Northumberland, England

Get ready to embark on a coastal adventure like no other along the Northumberland coastline, where a plethora of breath taking beaches awaits. From iconic landmarks to hidden gems, each beach possesses its own unique personality, promising unforgettable experiences for every type of beach enthusiast. Let’s dive into the sandy shores and uncover the gems that make this coastline a true paradise.

First on the list is the iconic Bamburgh Beach, with its dramatic backdrop of Bamburgh Castle perched majestically on the dunes. This picturesque beach offers awe-inspiring views of the famous Farne Islands and the mystical Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Prepare to be transported back in time as you wander the sands that were once the seat of the Kingdom of Northumbria.

Next, we have Embleton Bay, where history and beauty intertwine. This beach boasts a rich historical heritage, with the imposing ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle crowning the cliffs. Capture stunning photographs while exploring the castle and discover the intriguing ‘Vanishing Rock’ adorned with the name of Scottish pirate Andra Barton, a reminder of a centuries-old sea battle.

For those seeking seclusion, Ross Back Sands beckons. Tucked away between Holy Island and Budle Bay, this remote beach offers an oasis of solitude. Accessible only by a picturesque footpath, Ross Back Sands treats visitors to unparalleled views of Bamburgh Castle, Lindisfarne, and even the majestic Cheviot Hills on clear days. Keep an eye out for the shipwreck revealed at low tide, adding an element of intrigue to this hidden gem.

Nature lovers will find solace at Budle Bay, a part of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve. This untamed beach serves as a sanctuary for thousands of birds, particularly during winter when wildfowl and waders flock to the area. Marvel at the sight of Bamburgh Castle, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, and the Farne Islands Nature Reserve, creating a breathtaking backdrop for your coastal exploration.

For adrenaline seekers, Beadnell Beach is the place to be. Embrace your inner thrill-seeker with an array of water sports, from surfing and kite-surfing to dune-sledging and more. And if you’re feeling brave, embark on a wreck-diving adventure to uncover the mysteries hidden beneath the waves.

Prepare to be initiated into the secret realm of Rumbling Kern, a tiny beach nestled within a rocky cove south of Cullernose Point. This well-kept secret among Northumberland coast connoisseurs offers a sheltered haven behind gentle cliffs, providing the perfect spot for a peaceful afternoon of tranquility and seclusion.

Prepare to have your breath taken away at Cheswick Sands, a vast expanse of sand, dunes, and black basalt rock-pools that stretches as far as the eye can see.

And there’s more, but, we hope these should be enough to wet your appetite for now!

 

Hadrian's Wall
Simonside Hills Coquetdale
Dunstanburgh Castle from Newton by the Sea
Cragside House Northumberland