Here you'll find some snippets of information about some of the many interesting Towns and Villages in North Northumberland and the Borders, to whet your appetite. Make a visit to experience a special welcome.
The old coaching village of Belford is situated half a mile off the A1 midway between Alnwick and Berwick-upon-Tweed and just 5 miles inland from the coast.
The village still has the original 18th century coaching inn (with the original exterior now inside) and also has a doctor's surgery, dentist, post office, chemist, launderette, craft shop, coffee shop and a fish and chip shop!
The attractive town of Rothbury, on the edge of Northumberland National Park, lies beside the River Coquet at the foot of the Simonside Hills. The tree lined main street with interesting architecture offers some unique shops and delightful tea rooms.
Along the Till valley lie the unspoiled villages of Ford and Etal. The ruins of Etal Castle are a reminder of border warfare long past. Heatherslaw Cornmill is powered by the rolling river and still produces excellent flour.
The abbey town of Kelso, with its picturesque cobbled square, offers some fine shops, bars and restaurants. Nearby is the magnificent Floors Castle while the River Tweed, like a shiny silk ribbon, twists its way past the castle and through the town.
As you enter Coldstream from Cornhill-on-Tweed you could even get married at the ‘Gretna of the East’ in the delightful marriage rooms. This first border town in Scotland and the original home of the Coldstream Guards has a rich history and is also home to the Earls of Home whose estate, The Hirsel, lies at the north end of the town.
Wind your way to the charming little village of Coldingham with its antique shop, quaint corner shops and pubs. Narrow streets lead you down to its beach where you step back in time viewing the gaily painted beach huts along the water’s edge.
Eyemouth is a thriving fishing village, where you can treat yourself to some freshly landed fish cooked in one of the harbour-side eateries. Smell and taste the sea as you watch the comings and goings of the colourful boats or try your hand at feeding the seals!
Amble has a delightful marina usually filled with a variety of yachts, leisure crafts and small boats, while the larger working harbour at the mouth of the River Coquet is worth a visit to check out the latest ‘catch of the day’. Amble harbour once bustled with colliers carrying coals from the great Northumberland coalfields from as early as 1239.