Many visitors on a cottage holiday are drawn to the colourful fishing village of Seahouses, which lies, on a stretch of Northumberland coast, in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A series of three short walking tours with informative panels have been created to enable the visitor to discover the area, together with an accompanying quiz for children, available from Seahouses tourist office. It’s proximity to many of Northumberland’s top visitor attractions make Seahouses and the surrounding area an ideal place for a Northumberland cottage holiday; the village also provides access to the Farne Islands, with various boat trips leaving the harbour each day.
The Farne Islands are one of the most well known Sea Bird Sanctuaries in the British Isles and lie some three miles off the Seahouses coast, and are home to many species of nesting sea birds, as well as Grey and Atlantic seals. Enthusiasts and day-trippers alike will be rewarded with a unique opportunity to get up close to birds such as kittiwakes, puffins, razorbills, Arctic terns, cormorants and gulls. Inner Farne, largest of the Farne islands, houses a tiny chapel in memory of St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, who died here in 687AD.
For those without the sea legs to make the potentially choppy crossing to the islands, superb views of the Farne Islands can be enjoyed on land from the village’s Rural Seaside Award-winning St. Aidan’s beach, with its fine arc of sand and rock pools teeming with life. Back in the village, the Marine Life Centre provides a history of the fishing industry so important the region, together with interactive fun with fish feeding in the giant trout pond.
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