Built in the 14th century Dunstanburgh Castle stands on a headland which, according to records, could have been occupied in the prehistoric age. It’s seen lots of fighting, between the English and Scots and during the Wars of the Roses. It’s interesting to note where the name comes from – burgh translates to ‘the fort’, dun to ‘of the town’ and stan is ‘by the rock’.
The ruins don’t show their best side from the beach or the golf course, so we went round to Craster, a lovely, picturesque little seaside town, and walked along the coast in the opposite direction. The view from here is quite breathtaking. Unfortunately for us, from 1st November the castles are either closed for the winter or only open weekends – we went from Monday to Friday! So we didn’t get to go inside any of the castles we visited.