With an abundance of craggy rocks, open fields, woodland paths and an activity-filled coastline, Northumberland ranks as one of the most diverse and interesting tourist destinations in the UK. For anybody visiting North-East England on an organized bus trip, here are a few suggestions for things to do during your free time.
The North East of Britain has a wealth of astounding medieval castles which should not be passed up. Some highlights are Bamburgh castle which stands on the cliff top offering stunning views out to the North Sea and surrounding areas. Catch the sunset and you are in for a treat. Edinburgh Castle is another must-visit in the Scottish capital whilst Chillingham Castle near Alnwick is reputedly the most haunted site in the UK – so if you like a tingle up your spine, Chillingham is the place to go. There is also Hadrian´s Wall which dates back to AD122 and is open to visitors between Solway Firth and Bowness-on-Solway.
If you are up for a trek you are in for a treat as Scotland and the north-east of England offers some of the best walking routes in the UK. Although you can pick up self-guided maps from tourist information offices, local guides are also available if you want to learn something about the area. You will find stunning long distance coastal walks along St. Oswald´s Way and St. Cuthbert´s Way or for something a little shorter enjoy the numerous routes in the Northumberland National Park. In the West Highlands of Scotland you will find the most beautiful landscapes north of the border ranging for the snowy crags of Ben Lomond, the rugged peaks of Glencoe and a dearth of tranquil waters including Loch Ness which its infamous tales of a submerged monster.
There are plenty of outdoor sports to do in Northumberland and Scotland. The region boasts some of the best pony trekking routes and deep sea fishing, but if casting lines is to your liking you will not want to pass up an opportunity to go trout and salmon fishing in River Coquet in Northumberland and the River Tweed in Scotland – regarded as two of the best locations for fly fishing in the world. Given golf was invented in this part of the world it is not surprising to find Northumberland and Scotland boast some of the best golf courses in the UK some which date back to the 19th Century. Bamburgh links, with sight of the castle offers a wonderful setting and the famous Royal Troon, host of eight British Opens offers great views along the coast. Both are open to the public.
Animals and wildlife
Animal lovers are also spoilt for choice and although there is not much wildlife running round outside of the Scottish Highlands, there are a plethora of sanctuaries and farms to visit. Keider Water has a centre dedicated to birds of prey whilst the 10-acre Eshottheugh Animal Park has a multitude of creatures ranging from skunks, ferrets and raccoons to Shetland ponies, micro pigs and everybody´s favourite the cuddly meerkat.
Northumberland and Scotland is a great part of the world to discover for families, couples and solo travelers. We recommend having an authentic quintessential experience by staying in a luxury country cottage with Tidal Holidays.