Northumberland by Coach
Northumberland is one of the most appealing places to visit on a UK coach break.
With rugged unspoilt landscapes in every direction, it gives the impression that many parts of this quiet part of the country have yet to be discovered.
The astounding Heritage Coast is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and for good reason. Dotted along the 30 miles coastline you will find pretty fishing villages like Craster, famed for its kippers, and charming Seahouses, plus picturesque sandy coves such as Low Newton by the Sea and Beadnell.
The hours will just whistle past as you walk along the expansive dune-fringed golden beaches soaking up the fresh sea air and spotting local wildlife in the waters, including grey seals and migrating seabirds especially puffins and guillemots.
You can get a closer look at the wildlife by jumping on a leisurely cruise to the Farne Islands.
Northumberland’s castles are some of the most impressive you will ever see and popular attractions for coach visitors. Bamburgh Castle is the area’s most recognisable view. Its formidable fortress set against the golden sands beneath is a real treat for your camera.
Alnwick Castle, often dubbed the Windsor of the North, is another treasure. Here you can follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter and Downton Abbey stars as you wander the magnificent state rooms, whilst Alnwick Garden has some interesting features including the Poison Garden and many tumbling waterfalls.
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking there’s nothing to do on the semi-isolated island of Holy Island. Once you cross the causeway at low tide you will be pleasantly surprised by the splendour of the place.
Discover the history of the Lindisfarne Gospels at the ancient priory ruin, walk along to Lindisfarne Castle to enjoy amazing views of the mainland. And don’t forget to pick up some local brewed mead whilst there too.