6 Breath-Taking Northumberland Scenes

Posted 5 May 17, written by Amanda Lambert

Boasting everything from breath-taking coastal views to vistas of rolling hills for miles around, Northumberland is home to a seemingly endless number of picture-perfect backdrops. Combined with its wealth of culture and rich history, the area’s largely undisturbed wildlife makes this sparsely populated region a must-visit for nature-lovers and history-buffs alike. 

Whether you’re looking for a rural retreat or a seaside staycation, we guarantee that you’ll never be far from the area’s staggering scenes in each of our Northumberland coast and country cottages. That’s why today, we’re treating you to 6 of our favourite hotspots in Northumberland - so you can choose to relax close to a view that suits you on your next UK getaway.

1. The Farne Islands from the water


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Finding a place to stay near the Farne Islands is easy with our array of cosy cottages. Northumberland coast and seaside properties in particular are great for visitors who love spending time by the water. From the natural rock formations to the medieval pele tower, seeing the Farne Islands from the water will provide an experience you won’t forget in a hurry, and as you approach, you’ll be amazed by the estimated 37,000 pairs of puffin inhabiting the islands and the 3-4,000 seals basking on the rocks!

2. Hareshaw Linn waterfall from the rocks

Whether you stumble across this 30ft waterfall as you hike through the wooded glade of Hareshaw Dene, or plan to spend the day picnicking next to the dramatic Hareshaw Linn, visiting this Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) promises to be a truly special day. Home to over 300 different types of mosses and lichen, as well as rare ferns, there’s no shortage of flora and fauna in this picturesque area. So, whether it’s the number of red squirrels and Daubenton’s bats that inhabit the valley or the captivating falling waters that capture your attention, make sure a trip to Hareshaw Linn is on your to-do list this summer.

3. Sycamore Gap at sunset

Rumoured to be the most photographed spot in the county of Northumberland, it’s no surprise that Sycamore Gap is a firm favourite on every local’s list of the most beautiful countryside spots. Featured in Kevin Costner’s 1991 film, Robin Hood, this sycamore tree stands tall in the dramatic dip between two of Northumberland’s rolling hills - and with an ancient Roman milecastle closeby, you can see the historic ruins of Hadrian’s Wall too.

4. Dunstanburgh Castle against the skyline

Northumberland is well known for its thinly dispersed population in this corner of countryside, and with the quiet coastal villages of Craster and Embleton neighbouring the majestic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, there’s plenty of peaceful spots to stay while taking in these breath-taking surroundings. As night falls over the twin-towered keep, Northumberland’s Dark Sky Park is perfect for seeing the glittering night sky in all its glory.

5. Kielder Water & Forest Park in the sun


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Home to the biggest man-made reservoir in the UK and the largest man-made woodland in Europe, whether you’re searching for stunning waterside views or captivating countryside landscapes, you can have it all at Kielder Water & Forest Park. With 250 square miles in the park to explore, come summertime, make sure that you climb the peaks of the area’s most secluded valleys to see the unspoilt scenery for miles around. 

6. Alnmouth beach with its famous sand dunes

With Alnmouth Saltmarsh and Dunes marked as another Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the River Aln’s south bank is well worth a visit for anyone staying in and around this quaint seaside village. Home to an array of tastefully designed Northumberland coastal cottages, Alnmouth offers everything from spectacular coastal views to the country’s oldest 9 hole golf course - providing something for both locals and visitors alike.
So, there you have it - 6 unmissable Northumberland scenes to add to your summer itinerary. Whether it’s a last minute bank holiday break or a school holiday staycation with your pets, don’t miss out on staying in one of our countryside or sea view dog friendly cottages in Northumberland. There’s never been a better time to book, so head online now to browse our range of beautifully furnished country and coastal cottages. Northumberland is one of the most undiscovered areas of the UK, so don’t miss out on reconnecting with nature during a stay in our Northumberland coastal cottages. Pet friendly, family friendly or suitable for couples, each one of our rural self catering properties will give you all the freedom and privacy you could need - so you can holiday, your way.
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