Northumberland is situated in the North East of England extending from the border of Scotland down to the county of Tyne & Wear in it's southerly reach and westwards towards Cumbria. Steeped in the history of various ages it also encompasses a myriad of geological features including Hadrian's Wall (or The Roman Wall), Kielder Water and forest (the largest manmade reservoir and forest in Western Europe), stately homes and castles, coastal features including the Farne Islands where many birds such as the Puffin and Arctic Tern can be found, market towns, rolling hills and farmland as well as moors and amazing outcroppings.

The area was so named as it originally stretched from the River Humber north as far as Edinburgh. It came about when two Kingdoms, Bernicia and Deira, were merged into one in the early seventh century. For more information on this fascinating corner of England, please visit the sites below:

Visit Northumberland - offical site of Northumberland Tourism. It has it all here - historical background, geography, culture, where to go and what to see, accomodation and transport links.

Northumberland National Park - often considered the North East's best kept secret.

Visit Alnwick - from the Alnwick Tourism Association.

Rothbury - my personal favourite town in Northumberland.

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne

If you would like to explore the Farne Islands' Bird Sanctuary I can recommend these sites:

The Farne Islands are collectively a National Trust property.

Explore the Farne Islands - the 'Glad Tidings' web site.

St. Cuthbert Farne Islands Boat Trips - more boat trips around the Farne Islands.