If you hadn’t noticed by now, I am easily seduced by the scent of the sea. I truly adore a bitty seaside village that sits beside the shore. Salt air. Sand. Waves lapping. Salves for my soul. Come with me to Seahouses. This is different from a sommerhus, this is the quirky little town called Seahouses on the Northumberland Coast in Great Britain. Specifically northeastern England. It’s late spring, early summer. We recently visited at beginning of May. And with us were seabirds and seals and other sea creatures.
All in a day out at Whitby – darling sea harbor town on the northeastern coast of England. An easy day trip over the North York Moors National Park from anywhere in Yorkshire or northern England.
Whitby offers all the classic trappings of a perfect seaside respite.
- Long swath of sandy beach for dogs, castles or cricket? Check.
- Tidepools to hunt crustaceans and mollusks? Check.
- Colorful huts that brighten the boardwalk? Check.
- Purveyors of fresh chippy or a cold Mr. Whippy? Check.
- Creepy old abbeys, churches and graveyards? Check.
- Shops for the shoppers, arcades for the players and pubs for the thirsty? Check.
Bonnie Scotland gleams along the road less traveled. Being Americans – we love a good road trip. Compound that with the fact that we are living a car-free life here in Copenhagen, Denmark and it can make us a little giddy when we get into a car on vacation. And no. We have not driven on that side of the road. EVER. But, don’t worry – we took the full insurance* for our first car hire in the U.K. Signal before the roundy round. That’s my only advice. Just do it. We did. Most of the time. So, off we went. From Middlesbrough, England to Edinburgh, Scotland and back.