Staying in Craster: Holiday Cottages and Itinerary Ideas

Posted 31 May 17, written by Amanda Lambert

Situated just a mile south from the impressive ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, the ancient fishing village of Craster is an idyllic holiday location for anyone looking to explore some of the best walking routes along the Northumberland coast. With the harbour built in 1906 to commemorate the death of a member of the Craster family, the small village of Craster boasts a wealth of fishing opportunities - making it the perfect destination for avid anglers and novice fishers alike.
Whether you’re taking a walk through this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) or enjoying the ample food opportunities in the village, there are countless reasons why you should visit Craster this summer. And in today’s guide, our local experts will be sharing all the need-to-knows about the area with you. So, whether you’re searching for Craster coastal cottages or looking for inspiration for your holiday itinerary, you can make the most of your time in Craster.

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Holiday cottages: Craster, Northumberland

When it comes to booking a holiday, we know there’s nothing more important than finding somewhere comfortable to stay. That’s why at Cottages in Northumberland, we make sure that each of our cottages in Craster are furnished to the highest standard throughout - so you can sleep easy in your very own self-catering property.
Looking for a larger property? With the ability to accommodate up to 9 people, Harbour House is a spacious spot which overlooks the seafront, and this vintage-themed cottage is dog friendly too - so the whole family can enjoy some much-needed quality time together. If you’re searching for somewhere slightly cosier, Beggars Root Cottage is a seaside-inspired 4-bed, situated in the heart of the village of Craster. With this stone-built fisherman’s cottage boasting some of the best views of the harbour, as well as benefitting from two shared gardens and a patio area, it doesn’t get much better than this traditional coastal cottage.

Inspiration for your Craster itinerary


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With natural beauty surrounding Craster’s coastal walking routes and Dunstanburgh Castle just a mile north along the seafront, there’s plenty to explore in and around this picturesque part of the UK. With this 14th-century castle standing tall on the headland, make your way along the golden sands to see the magnificent fortress in all its glory. If you’re looking to try your hand at putting on a traditional links course, Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course is nestled between Craster and Dunstanburgh Castle, boasting 18 holes to challenge golfers of all ages and abilities.
For a culture fix, make sure you pay a visit to the Mick Oxley Gallery. From seeing original acrylics and watercolours - which have been inspired by the area’s natural beauty - to observing the artist at work, this studio is a must-visit for any art lover.
Famous for its fishing opportunities, a summertime visit to Craster should also include a fishing trip from the village’s harbour. Costing just £20 for a place on a boat, you can try your hand at angling in these North East waters. 

Sampling the local delicacies

With larger stores just a stone’s throw away in the market town of Alnwick and a small shop in Craster, self-catering couldn’t be easier in this accommodating fishing village. While each of our cottages in Craster come complete with cooking facilities, the village’s award-winning foodie street will give you the perfect excuse to ditch the washing up and dine out in style. If you’re looking for somewhere comfortable to relax and refuel, enjoy the local produce in the dog friendly Shoreline Café, or why not take in the spectacular harbour views over a pint at The Jolly Fisherman?
Well-known for being the home to the best kippers in Britain, no visit to this fishing village is complete without sampling a Craster kipper. Dine in style at the Craster Fish Restaurant in Robson’s Smokehouse, or enjoy the fresh sea air as you indulge in a hot buttered Craster Kipper at Piper’s Pitch. Wherever you’re eating, you won’t be disappointed with the range of local dishes!
From enjoying freshly-caught herring to traversing the rocky outcrops of this captivating coastline, there’s every reason to take a trip to Craster this summer. And with our extensive range of Craster cottages to rent, you can enjoy the freedom and flexibility that comes with having your own home-from-home.
The summer is fast approaching, so whether it’s a long weekend or a school holiday escape, browse our beautifully-furnished Craster accommodation options online, or call us on 0191 231 3020 to see how we can help you.
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