Nestled on the rugged Northumberland coast, the Barn at Beal restaurant and campsite offers the perfect escape for those seeking a harmonious blend of nature, history, and gastronomy. Our recent weekend getaway to this idyllic destination, accompanied by our furry companions, proved to be a memorable adventure. In this blog post, we’ll take you through our journey, from the mystical Holy Island to the delightful dining experience at Barn at Beal.
Day 1: Arrival and Setting Up Camp
As we approached the campsite, the breathtaking views of Lindisfarne Castle and Holy Island stretched out before us. The Barn at Beal campsite offers ample space for tents and campervans, making it a pet-friendly haven. Setting up our campsite was a breeze, and our dogs eagerly explored the open fields and local beaches, their tails wagging in excitement.
Day 2: Holy Island – A Step Back in Time
Our second day began with a trip to Holy Island, a place steeped in history and spirituality. The journey to the island is tide-dependent, so we consulted the local tide timetable to plan our visit. Crossing the causeway with our four-legged friends was an enchanting experience. The island’s serene atmosphere and ancient ruins provided a captivating backdrop for exploration. Our dogs trotted alongside us as we visited Lindisfarne Priory and wandered through the quaint village streets. The highlight was the dramatic Lindisfarne Castle perched atop a rocky outcrop. Unfortunately, dogs aren’t allowed inside the castle, but the exterior alone is worth the visit.
Day 3: Culinary Delights at Barn at Beal
Returning to Barn at Beal, we looked forward to a delightful dining experience. The restaurant boasts panoramic views of the coast, making it a perfect spot to enjoy a meal with your furry companions on the outdoor terrace. The menu featured a tempting array of locally sourced seafood and other dishes. We indulged in fresh crab and locally caught fish, accompanied by a glass of Madri. The staff were friendly and accommodating, even providing a bowl of water for our dogs.
Our weekend at Barn at Beal and Holy Island was a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. It was a reminder of the beauty of Northumberland’s coastal landscapes and the rich history that surrounds it. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply seeking a peaceful retreat with your dogs, this destination has something for everyone. We left with cherished memories and a promise to return to this enchanting corner of England in the future.
If you’re planning your own visit to the Barn at Beal and Holy Island, don’t forget to check the tide timetable, pack essentials for your pets, and prepare to be enchanted by the beauty of this coastal gem.