Embleton Bay

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  • 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 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


    Oct 26th 2023

    We found this by accident on our honeymoon 53 years ago. It is our special place. It never disappoints.

    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.

    Best beach in the world ❤️

    Alison Sanderson
    Jun 03rd 2019

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


    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?