Seahouses is a little town not that far from the English border with Scotland. It probably has some of the finest fish and chips in the north of England. My personal preference is for the ones at Neptune fish restaurant but I would happily buy them from another if Neptune was shut. If you own Neptune and want to pay me I’ll say I would not buy fish and chips anywhere else…ever 🙂
It does still have working fishing boats but the main business people go for is access to the Farne islands. It’s a thriving business even for ex fishing boats to take people on tours around the islands and weather permitting, and season permitting you can land on the main island which has a colony of terns on it. It’s run by the National Trust but don’t let that put you off, it’s a great experience and I still remember my very first one with my Dad when I was about 8 years old. The birds dive bomb you if you go too near their nests and while they don’t hurt you, it’s exciting and a little unnerving when they do it.
The islands are easily visible as they’re not far off shore, and Longstone lighthouse on one of the islands is still one of the most powerful in the UK being visible for 24 nautical miles.
Seahouses of course has a thriving gift shop which has been there a very long time, and in summer it’s still a popular destination for holiday makers including families. A couple of miles away is Bamburgh which is almost as popular just for the castle.
Sitting on the edge of the great Whin sill Seahouses has some amazing geological formations both on the beach and nearby cliffs and the small rock cabin that housed the dynamite used during the construction of the harbour wall can still be seen.
I came here for a day out with a friend, and aside from a picnic on the beautiful sand dunes and a long hike along the clean beaches that seem to go on forever, we got some fish and chips from Neptune and took them outside to sit on the harbour wall with.
It was a beautiful day as you can see by the photos, and there were a lot of people there but we had a fab time. Although we didn’t swim some hardy kids were having a great time splashing about in the water and it reminded me of visits with my kids when they were small. What kid doesn’t like the beach in summer, with sandcastles and ice cream and sand in their hair on the way home.