A small fishing village on the North Northumberland coast, this pretty place is famed for two things, the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle situated about a mile walk along the grassy outcrop above the sea, and the art of transforming the shiny silver herring to the shimmering gold of the Kipper.
Now a popular holiday destination the village thrives on its visitors. Those who rent one of the pretty ex-fishing cottages, or boutique style conversions, and stay a while, or those that visit for the day.
Either way – walk to the castle, wonder a while at the stunning views and the beaches of nearby Embleton Bay with a picnic, or lunch at the Jolly Fisherman with its quaint garden fish and chip shack, Robsons for fish to take home, or Shoreline Cafe for a tasty quick bite lunch inside or out on the deck if its fine.
Or, take a look at the view through someone elses eyes – visit Mick Oxley’s art gallery, his images are a master class of colour and vision, and you’ll also find an eclectic selection of objets d’art – jewellery, driftwood, photography, glassware, candles & pottery
Craster is a great base to explore the North Northumberland coast, there’s a stunning golf course around the bay at Embleton, where you’ll play up to the foot of the castle on a couple of holes. There’s fantastic sandy beaches there too, or the craggy rock pools for the kids to discover nature at its best in the little bays along the way with quirky names like Football Hole or Sugar Sands
Self Catering Cottages to Rent in this Area
Fishermans Cottage – Craster – Sleeps 6 – this property has been in the family for 3 generations and overlooks the harbour.
Hideaway Cottage – Craster – Sleeps 6 – a restored fisherman’s cottage, set back off the road, but with stunning views of the harbour from the lounge.
Shoreline Apartment – Craster – Sleeps 4 – an luxurious apartment converted from the upper level of the Shoreline Cafe, fabulous finishes and views of the sea from the lounge & kitchen. Accepts dogs
3 The Villas – Embleton – Sleeps up to 10 – Beautifully updated house with incredible views, walking distance to the beach, golf club and castle.
Longstone – Embleton – Sleeps 4- Semi detached (with Fidra) – ground floor bedrooms living area upstairs with panaramic views of sea and castle – Accepts dogs
Fidra – Embleton – Sleeps 6 – Semi detached (with Longstone) – ground floor bedrooms living area upstairs with panaramic views of sea and castle – Accpts dogs
Cranage – Embleton – Sleeps 5 – Semi detached property – (1 ground floor bedroom & shower), easy walk to beaches etc.
Interesting things about Craster
- It has one of the last remaining smoke houses on the Northumberland Coast
- The harbour is still used by a small number of full time fishermen
- The village is a honeypot for day visitors
- Film crews love the village it has been used in numerous TV and big screen productions including Robson Green’s Tales of Northumberland, and the two ITV series Vera and Distant Shores.