A holiday in Northumberland provides you with many different experiences. From city life in the city of Newcastle, to miles upon miles of wild rolling hills, you could go a long way before you found a place of such contrasts. One feature of the county you really shouldn’t miss is the beautiful coastline, which has some of the best beaches in the country, with their miles of clean, pale sand.

For a real seaside experience visit Seahouses. It’s a small town but is host to many visitors during the summer season. It has the usual seaside features, like arcades and fish and chip restaurants, but Seahouses is so much more than that.

Seahouses is a fishing port, and the harbour was built in 1889 to accommodate this. Also known as North Sunderland Harbour, it is a busy place, with diving boats, fishing boats and yachts, which use the harbour as a stopover on longer trips. A great way to spend a few hours is to go on a boat trip to the Farne Islands. The boats are often quite small; certainly not like the cruise boats you see in many harbours. These are fantastic trips, where you can see birds such as puffins and cormorants in their natural habitat. Seals can be seen too. Some trips stop on Inner Farne, where the northern saint, St Cuthbert lived as a hermit. It is also possible to visit the famous Longstone lighthouse, where Grace Darling lived with her lighthouse keeper father, and from where they performed their famous sea rescue.

Seahouses’s lifeboat is named after Grace Darling and can be seen in the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) lifeboat station. It is always ready to attend any emergency at sea. Visit the station and you can find out its history, see memorabilia, and buy souvenirs, the proceeds of which support this wonderful charity.

Seahouses is an ideal base for visiting the nearby beautiful beaches; Beadnell, and Bamburgh for example. These beaches never get crowded and you always have plenty of space to yourself. It’s perfect too for exploring the many castles of Northumberland, such as Bamburgh and Warkworth. One of the most dramatic is Dunstanburgh, accessible only on foot from the coastal village of Craster. The countryside is easy to reach from here, the Cheviot Hills being in clear sight from the coast. Travel to Bamburgh and you will see Grace Darling’s resting place in the churchyard. You can also visit the Grace Darling Museum.

Northumberland is a wild and sometimes inaccessible county, and this is why it remains unspoilt. People drive north on the A1 and miss it completely. Trains on their way from London to Edinburgh pass it by, the only clue to its beauty being the wonderful coastal views.

People who visit Seahouses fall in love with it and the county of Northumberland, returning time and time again. Why don’t you join them?