Travel Guide

Getting to and around Northumberland

At Original Cottages, we know how vital a smooth journey to your holiday destination is. Here you’ll find our complete guide to getting to Northumberland, wherever you’re travelling from, as well as some interesting ways to get around the region once you arrive. 

Vintage car

By Car

These suggested routes will take you to the geographical centre of Northumberland, but we strongly recommend using a SatNav or a map to find your cottage, particularly if it is more remote. If you are travelling from the east of Scotland, you will need to aim for the A68. From the West, follow the M74 and follow until it becomes A47(M), and join the A69 at Carlisle. The A1 is the road that runs from London to Edinburgh and if you are travelling from England, you will need to aim for this route into the region, unless you’re travelling from Wales or the Southwest, in which case the M6 and then the A69 is the route for you.

Vintage red steam train

By Train

Northumberland has plenty of train stations close to our popular holiday destinations, including Berwick-upon-Tweed, Alnmouth, Hexham, Wylham and Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The East Coast Mainline is ideal for travellers wanting to reach the northern parts of Northumberland, as it runs from Newcastle to Edinburgh and the Hadrian’s Wall line takes you into west Northumberland through Hexham and Carlisle. For more information on train tickets, times and routes visit National Rail or Trainline.

Interesting ways to get around

A boat trip from Seahouses to the Farne Islands is a must for animal lovers. The islands are home to an incredible 23 species of birds including terns, kittiwakes, guillemots and Northumberland’s famous puffins. Boat tours are run by various companies onshore, including Serenity and Billy Sheil’s boats, which are recommended by our local team. The team also recommend that you bring a hat to avoid bird poo! The sunset cruises are truly magical and you might even get to spot a dolphin on your trip if you’re really lucky.