Out & About

We are just 10 minutes walk from the pristine golden sands of Embleton Bay and the imposing ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle. However, Northumberland has much more to offer than just beautiful beaches – here are just a few of the attractions we can recommend:


There are many great walks to suit all standards – miles of coastal track cover the magnificent beaches and headlands, whilst more challenging hikes can be found in the Cheviot Hills and Northumberland National Parks.

A classic walk at Dunstanburgh
Guided Walks
Guide To Northumberland Estates Trails around Alnwick

Contact Alnwick Tourist Information Centre on 01665 510665

Embleton Parish Heritage Trails – Six fabulous walks from the door of your cottage. Click here to download PDF


Northumberland’s protected environments support an abundance of rare plants and animals. The large number of nature reserves including the Farne Islands, Budle Bay, Beadnell Bay, Newton and Embleton Links, Druridge Bay (World Heritage Site), Kielder Water Park and North Northumberland National Park provide visitors with a unique opportunity to see many species seldom found elsewhere.

Northumberland Wild Life Trust

Contact: Northumberland Wildlife Trust on 0191 284 6884



Located right on the Sustrans National Cycle Route 1, we have secure storage for your bike’s. As keen cyclists ourselves, we’re happy to help you find the best local routes and assist you with reliable bike hire and repair.

Contact: www.sustrans.org.uk

Mountain Biking Courses, Guiding & Family Rides at Adventure Northumberland

Click here for local Bike Hire


With at least 15 golf courses within half an hour of the Dunstanburgh Castle Cottages we are ideally situated for a golfing break. Residents of our cottages are offered discounted Green Fees at many local clubs. The fabulous 18 Hole links course at Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club is only a few hundred yards away from our cottages.

Dunstanburgh Golf Course
Alnmouth Golf Club – Foxton Hall
Alnwick Castle Golf Club
Bamburgh Golf Club

The dark skies of Northumberland are simply the best place in England to view the beauty of the cosmos, free from light pollution.

Kielder observatory, located in the heart of Kielder forest, has now been designated 3rd largest protected dark sky reserve in the world. The observatory has an amazing team of astronomers, guest speakers and volunteers whose aim is to engage visitors in observations and discussions of the universe.

Events include Aurora Nights, Family Astronomy, Late Night Deep Sky Observing and many more.

Kielder Observatory
Dramatic Northernlights Display

Imagine kayaking or coasteering past rocky shores, beautiful beaches and rugged ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle.

Kite surf in our pristine waters or take part in family surf school at Embleton, Beadnell Bay or Warkworth.

If you are more of dry land adventurer – enjoy rock climbing on our wild Northumberland crags or spectactular off-road mountain biking in the Cheviot Hills.

Kayaking, Coasteering, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking
Kite Surfing, Snorkelling & Biking
Northumberland’s Original Surf School

Events & Festivals

Click here to see what’s on in Alnwick & Northumberland now.