The Canine Guide to Seahouses holiday cottages

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The Canine Guide to Seahouses

Clare Willcocks 08 February 2021

One of the many things our canine friends share with us humans is a love of being by the sea – and when it comes to dog-friendly destinations on the coast, captivating Seahouses in Northumberland won’t disappoint. Colourful and bustling, this attractive fishing village is packed with activities to enjoy with your pooch - from leisurely strolls perusing the jumble of independent shops, to getting your sea legs on a boat excursion around the wildlife-rich Farne Islands.
dog enjoying treat in dog-friendly Seahouses

Seahouses is a haven for people and their pets, with more than its fair share of eateries, many of which welcome our four-legged pals with open arms. If you’ve a hankering for world foods, there’s something to suit everyone – take your tastebuds on a tour from the orient to the Mediterranean! For quiet nights in, there’s no need to leave the village to stock up on groceries; pop into the Co-op or one of several independent food stores and leave laden with goodies for a feast back at base – don’t forget a treat for Fido too!

dogs can enjoy the beach in dog-friendly Seahouses

When it comes to dog-friendly things to do near Seahouses, there’s plenty to fill your holiday itinerary. Dog-friendly beaches stretch out to the north and south of the village, making morning walkies a breeze, and scenic too! There are castles, coastal walks and nature reserves - you can even play a round of golf in the company of your pooch. Read on to discover our suggestions for the top things to do in Seahouses with dogs.

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Great dog-friendly things to do near Seahouses

Slate Hall Riding Centre

go horse riding in dog-friendly Seahouses

Though your dog can’t jump in the saddle (and we’re not sure they’d want to either!), if there are any members of your party who enjoy horse riding, they can book a trek along the beach with Slate Hall Riding Centre, leaving the canine contingent to watch from the sand and enjoy walkies at the same time.

Make sure whoever is left behind is armed with a camera or phone, because the photo opportunities will be magical as the group canter across the golden beach against the backdrop of Bamburgh Castle and the tumultuous North Sea.

Why your dog will love it: With the wind in their tail and their owners eminently cheerful to be indulging their passion, they’ll be living their best life.

Farne Islands Boat Trip

take a dog-friendly trip to the Farne Islands

Adventurous dogs will love the chance to set sail on a wildlife-watching excursion around the Farne Islands. Seahouses boat trips are dog-friendly, and there are several to choose from, depending on your aims and interests. Sunset cruises, seal pup spotting and bird watching are all on the menu, and with the islands being home to thousands of coastal creatures, including the iconic puffins, there’s sure to be plenty to capture your attention, and that of your four-legged friend.

Four boat companies offer trips departing from Seahouses to the Farne Islands, which are under the care of the National Trust. Trips generally land on Inner Farne and Staple Island to offer a closer view of the landscapes and wildlife, however, dogs must remain on board the boat here. With the opportunity to make friends with the crew, this shouldn’t be a problem for sociable pups, and they’ll be sure to relish some time to laze around on deck!

If you are not keen to be parted from your pooch, consider a trip to Longstone Island with Golden Gate, the only company licensed to land there. While they won’t be able to tour the lighthouse (former home of Grace Darling) with you, they’ll be more than happy to stretch their legs and sniff out some new smells.

Why your dog will love it: Fresh sea air, people-watching on board the boat and the chance to set paw in an exciting new place – what’s not to love?

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle is a wonderful dog-friendly attraction

A stay in Seahouses wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the majestic Bamburgh Castle which graces the rugged coast. The steadfast fortress towers 150 feet above the beach, a stronghold which would have been a formidable sight to invaders of old. For over 1,400 years, a castle has occupied this spot, and the echoes of the centuries ring throughout the beautiful rooms, and historic artefacts reveal fascinating tales of the castle key holders.

One of the most unmissable dog-friendly things to do near Seahouses, your pet can accompany you to explore the castle grounds, learn about the unbelievable achievements of inventor and engineer William Armstrong in The Armstrong and Aviation Artefacts Museum and take a pit stop in the Tack Room Café or Victorian Stables Bar.

While dogs are not allowed in the state rooms or Clock Tower Tea Room (with the exception of assistance dogs), there’s much to enjoy outside while some members of your party take in the lavish rooms and their collections which include tapestries, books, decorative china, weapons and archaeological finds, among much more.

Your dog will love it here: As well as being able to explore the museums and grounds by your side, your pup may even be treated to a biscuit or two by the welcoming staff if they are lucky! There’s plenty of shelter too, making this the perfect dog-friendly attraction for a rainy day in Seahouses.

Best dog walks near Seahouses

Seahouses to Bamburgh Castle

Seahouses to Bamburgh Castle walk

Combine a visit to dog-friendly Bamburgh Castle with a 3-mile stroll along the golden sand from Seahouses. Ditch the car for the day and set out on foot, soaking up the glorious coastal scenery and views of the castle as it rises before you on the approach.

Your four-legged friend is much more likely to be interested in games of fetch and getting to know the other pups on their walkies, so this one’s a good all-rounder for the whole pack!

If you fancy making a day of it, you could continue your walk further along the coast past Bamburgh Castle. Take in the magnificent views of Budle Bay and Lindisfarne Castle before heading inland through the fields towards Belford, where you can catch the bus back to Seahouses.

Why your dog will love it: With plenty of space for zoomies, a dog-friendly pub stop at The Copper Kettle in Bamburgh, and a nose around the epic fortress, they’ll be in doggy heaven!

Seahouses to Low Newton by the Sea

Seahouses to Low Newton by the Sea walk

Strike out in a southerly direction along the coast path from Seahouses and you’re in for a treat. Pass sandy beach after sandy beach as you ramble through Beadnell to skirt around beautiful Beadnell Bay before stopping at Low Newton-by-the-Sea. Here your efforts will be rewarded with views of Dunstanburgh Castle across Embleton Bay.

At just over 5 miles, this linear walk requires a bit of stamina from both you and your pooch, but with the promise of a hearty meal at the eminently dog-friendly Joiner’s Arms to keep you going, we’re sure that this walk will be a hit for both man and beast.

Why your dog will love it: We love the coast and so do our dogs – there’s nothing more exhilarating than the sights, sounds and smells next to the sea, and with plenty of sandy beaches to detour onto, your dog will be in his element.

Beautiful dog-friendly beaches near Seahouses

Seahouses North Beach

Dogs allowed all year round

Seahouses North Beach

Stretching north of Seahouses’ little harbour, beyond the craggy rocks, is a gorgeous, gently sloping stretch of golden sand which will have any energetic pup straining to get off their lead for a good run around. The beach is also known as St. Aidans Beach or North Sunderland Beach.

Backed by grassy dunes, the beach merges into Bamburgh Beach, and you can walk the whole way, approximately 3 miles, if you feel like stretching your legs. Seahouses North Beach itself is peaceful, with vast skies and open views out towards the Farne Islands. There are no amenities en route, so pack a picnic or some snacks, and just revel in the natural beauty!

Why your dog will love it: Seahouses North Beach is dog friendly year round, so even in the height of summer, they can get out for an early morning stroll before the sand gets too hot for their paws!

Seahouses South Beach

Dogs allowed all year round

dog splashing in the sea

Also known as Annstead, the small sandy stretch lying to the south of Sunderland Point is an alternative to the vastness of the North Beach. Seahouses South Beach skirts the coast down to Beadnell, backed by Annstead Dunes Nature Reserve (Annstead Links) which welcomes dogs on a lead, making for a pleasant change of scenery on the route back to town.

Children, in particular, will love it here, as there are plenty of rocky outcrops harbouring intriguing rock pools to poke about in.

Why your dog will love it: It’s a lovely spot for a brisk morning stroll to blow away the cobwebs!

Beadnell Bay

Dogs allowed all year round but must be kept on a short lead during bird breeding season.

beautiful blue sea and golden sand of Beadnell Bay

A huge sandy cove extending to the south of Beadnell Village, Beadnell Bay is not only dog friendly, but it’s also one of the best places in Northumberland for water sports. No end of exhilarating pursuits can be enjoyed here, including surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, sailing and scuba diving.

Even if you’re not planning to take a dip yourself, watching the surfers zipping across the water offers added interest on your beach walk.

If you do want to give one of the water sports a try, and someone in your party is happy to stay on the beach with the pup, there are a couple of companies, including Boards and Bikes which hire equipment and run lessons.

Why your dog will love it: Dogs haven’t earnt the name ‘man’s best friend’ for nothing – and if you’re happy watching the water sports or having a go yourself, they’ll be happy too!

Welcoming dog-friendly places to eat in Seahouses

Bamburgh Castle Inn

sunday roast - dog-friendly places to eat in Seahouses

Dog-friendly holidays in Seahouses wouldn’t be complete without a meal out (or several!) somewhere the four-legged family member can join you too! On the whole, eateries in Seahouses are very welcoming of our faithful friends, not least the Bamburgh Castle Inn which overlooks the harbour.

Perfect for a pitstop after a blustery walk around the coast, the pub welcomes dogs in the bar area and gardens, where there’s nothing better to do on a sunny day than relax with your favourite tipple and Fido by your side!

Why your dog will love it: Pups are pampered with complimentary treats and water – they look after their four-legged patrons here!

Pinnacles Fish and Chip Restaurant

fish and chips - dog-friendly places to eat in Seahouses

What better meal to enjoy beside the sea than a mouth-watering portion of fish and chips from one of the best dog-friendly cafes in Seahouses? Whether you choose to grab a takeaway to munch on by the harbour, or sit in to eat your food, it’s sure to satisfy your craving for the nation’s favourite seaside dish.

Why your dog will love it: Pinnacles prides itself on being dog friendly, so pups can rest safe in the knowledge that nothing is going to stop their owner from tucking into a tasty portion of fish and chips (and any tit-bits are a bonus)!

Black Swan Inn

pint and football - dog-friendly places to eat in Seahouses

If you’re looking for somewhere you can just ‘swan in’ (excuse the pun) with your pup and enjoy a decent meal, head for the Black Swan Inn. Another of our favourite dog-friendly pubs in Seahouses, it’s a traditional local establishment: family friendly, it shows Sky Sports, and the bar is stocked with a selection of local ales. Soak up the sunshine in the beer garden in the summer, or hunker down by the roaring fire in the winter.

Why your dog will love it: There’s nowhere like a local pub to enjoy a snooze at your owner’s feet after a day out exploring.

Dog-friendly holiday cottages in Seahouses

Grace Cottage

Sleeps 4 | 2 bedrooms | 1 dog welcome

Grace Cottage - dog-friendly holiday cottage in Seahouses

A traditional Northumberland fisherman’s cottage, lovingly renovated to provide cosy accommodation for a pup and their four family members, Grace Cottage is a wonderful central base for your holiday in dog-friendly Seahouses.

A beautiful stone hearth in the lounge/diner houses a crackling wood burner, the perfect way to warm the cockles after a winter’s day out on the coast. In summer, make the most of the first-floor balcony, where you can sip on your morning coffee or sup your sundowner drinks.

Why your dog will love it: Walkies can be enjoyed right from the doorstep, and dog-friendly pubs are close by.

Lindisfarne View

Sleeps 4 | 3 bedrooms | 2 dogs welcome

Lindisfarne View - dog-friendly holiday cottage in Seahouses

The name of this attractive apartment says it all; Lindisfarne View enjoys a beautiful outlook, directly over the quayside. Watch the comings and goings of the boats through the large patio doors in the lounge, with the Juliet balcony giving you the chance to slide them open on warm days and relax in the fresh sea air.

The reverse-level apartment has a bright, open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner, lovely for spending time together, with cosy bedrooms down on the ground floor.

Why your dog will love it: The open-plan layout is great news for a dog who likes being at the heart of the action all the time! They can sniff around for titbits while you cook, as well as keeping an eye on the view from the lounge.

Salty Kisses Cottage

Sleeps 6 | 3 bedrooms | 2 dogs welcome

Salty Kisses Cottage - dog-friendly holiday cottage in Seahouses

A large family or group of friends will feel right at home in stylish Salty Kisses Cottage, which benefits from glorious sea views out over the rooftops from the upstairs living space on the third floor. Spend your evenings battling it out playing the board games provided, or head out to a dog-friendly pub, just a short walk from the doorstep.

Light and beautifully decorated, the bedrooms on the first floor provide a cosy space to rest your head and recharge your batteries for the following day’s adventures.

Why your dog will love it: The little outside seating area which is shared with the neighbouring property provides just enough space for your pup to get some fresh air when you’re not out exploring. What’s more, the harbour is less than 0.25 miles away, so they’ll have no trouble coaxing you out for walkies in the morning!

Enjoy a fabulous holiday in dog-friendly Seahouses with a stay in one of our pet-friendly cottages. Equipped with everything you’ll need for a relaxing break with your pup, you’ll never be too far from a dog-friendly pub, wonderful attractions and epic walkies. 

With cottages to suit everyone, from cosy boltholes for two (and their four-legged tag-along) to large houses for group get-togethers, you’re sure to find your perfect home-away-from-home within our collection.

Seahouses dog-friendly cottages

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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