There is no getting away from the fact that the internet is a great resource and source of information, pre Google if you wanted to learn about something you had to be taught by someone with the knowledge or research the information yourself which would normally mean a trip to the library. I found pod casts by Creative Cow a great place to learn about video editing software and it was while watching one of these I first learned about Seahouses and decided that it would be a nice place to visit, it only took me about two years to get round to this trip and this is what I found.
Seahouses is a small fishing village on the north Northumberland coast and is a popular holiday resort with one of it’s main attractions being the wide selection of boat trips to the Farne Islands which has become one of Europe's most important bird sanctuaries being home to more than 20 different species including Puffins and terns, it is also home to massive seal colonies.
For more information about these trips check out the links below:
From Castle Douglas there’s no direct route as such so it’s a 150 miles journey and although the roads are good it was still going to be a three hour journey. Although I don’t mind driving the distance was a good excuse to have a night away. A Sunday night in a Premier Inn tends to be reasonable and we decided to stay at the one at Cramlington which was only seven miles from Whitley Bay and an ideal starting point for our journey up the east coast the following morning. There was plenty of free parking at the hotel which had a Beefeater restaurant attached to it, there was also a McDondalds and a 24 hour Esso petrol station with a shop which was an ideal place to buy sandwiches for the following day.
Seahouses is easy to access by car and has several large car parks with the best car park right on the sea front just off the main road, as you can imagine this is the most popular car park, Seahouses was not our first stop on our journey and this car park was full when we arrived so we used the car park behind the public toilets and Tourist Information Centre instead which were also very busy, there is also additional parking on the harbour wall itself, which did not seem as busy on the day we visited.
As you would expect from a town that has to accommodate a large number of visitors there is a good selection of places to eat which includes, cafes, pub grub, Indian, a pizzeria, Chinese and of course at least two fish and chip shops, as usual we went for a chippy. There is also a selection of shops selling the usual items you would expect to find at a holiday resort.
Seahouses and the surrounding area is well worth a visit but being the only driver I would not like to make the return journey in one day, if you can, have a night away which will give you even more time to explore and enjoy yourself.