Embleton Bay

Embleton Bay is a long stretch of golden sand overlooked by the dramatic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle. Running behind the beach is the Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club and a little way beyond this the medieval village of Embleton.

This section of the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is very much unspoiled and the beach is backed by low dunes (Newton Links) and very few signs of human habitation. Embleton Bay is something of a gem even on this coast with the BBC’s Countryfile Magazine readers voting it the best beach in the UK 2017

There is wildlife in abundance here with flora in the dunes including species such as bloody cranesbill, eye bright, bedstraw, potentilla, spring squill, wild thyme, and wild vetch. Some of the bay’s nearby cliffs are a breeding site for seabirds such as by fulmars, kittiwake, eider ducks, and shags.

At the far northern end of the beach is the village of Low Newton, which is considered a separate beach. Reached down a small country lane, the village feels blissfully isolated from the rest of the world. It boasts a church, a couple of small shops, a pub that has been open since the 18th century and a few holiday cottages.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

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  • Kite surfing
  • Rock pooling
  • Wind surfing

Nearest town



NE66 3XQ

OS grid ref.

NU 2459 2284

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Embleton Bay Reviews

Beautiful big blue sky and long sandy beach

Feb 23rd 2022

A beautiful bay with a feeling of remoteness against the fabulous backdrop of Dunstanburgh Castle ruins.


Nov 01st 2021

Such a beautiful beach, with the reward of Dunstanburgh Castle at the end, which must be one of the most romantic places ever. Only slight minus is the golf course running alongside the dunes but easy enough to ignore and after all, you can’t have everything, can you?

Beautiful Beach

Ryan Luke
Aug 14th 2021

My favourite place to be with the family.  Love the pub (ship inn) and they all love the Sandy Beach.  Have to admit I’m more of a deckchair or preferably sun-lounger person with an aperol ‘in hand’ while Mrs Luke attends to ‘Sandy fun’.  This may include rounders, football and cricket.  I really like this place so much I’ve almost stopped going to Dubai !!!

Sandy beach

May 04th 2021

One of the best beaches in the world! Historic castle overlooks this wonderful bay

Best beach in the world ❤️

Alison Sanderson
Jun 03rd 2019

When you visit you will understand completely ☺️ ????

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