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North Northumberland Heritage Coast, England

Scenic Drive, Newcastle on Tyne to Berwick upon Tweed

The Northumberland Heritage Coast drive is one of the most scenic routes in the country and the world.  This drive is best done at a slow pace so that everyone can enjoy all the interesting sights along the way.  Packing snacks along for the trip is a great idea, of course, but be sure to save some room for a delicious plate of fish and chips and one of the local seaside restaurants.  There's nothing quite like the flavour of fresh fish.  With all of this in mind, you will also want to book your rental car for an extended period of time so that there is no need to rush your coastal adventure.

Sights on the North Northumberland Heritage Coast

This scenic route extends between Amble (just north of Newcastle upon Tyne) and the Scottish border just past Berwick upon Tweed.  Depending on your holiday plans and duration of your trip, you can continue your drive along the Scottish coast to Edinburgh.

While the main highways will generally get you from A to B fairly quickly, the whole point of this road trip is to enjoy the coastal views of the somewhat lesser travelled roads and stop off at various beautiful beaches too.

It is also interesting to note that this particular county has the most castles in England.  No other English county can compare and some of the most popular castles along the way include Alnwick, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, Lindisfarne and Warkworth.  Not only are they a spectacular sight but visiting these castles will also allow you to gain insight into the fascinating history and local culture.

Popular adrenaline pumping activities along the coast include coasteering as well as kite and wind surfing.  If you prefer something more relaxing and family friendly, the beaches are perfect for a relaxing day out.

Ferry rides to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne is also a great activity when exploring this part of the UK.  Both locals and tourists enjoy visiting here time and time again.  The views are stunning and there are some lovely shops here too.

Driving advice

With so much to see along the way, many travellers opt for a one way car rental from Newcastle upon Tyne to Edinburgh.  That way, they can really take their time and enjoy many sights without having to worry about driving all the way back.  Not only does this save you time but you will also save on fuel and you won't have to double your mileage just to return the rental car.