ORCA Wildlife Officers a board the King of Scandinavia sailing every other day from Newcastle had a North East Wildlife Experience tour organised by One North East. The North East Coast can be accessed by the North Sea trail and Coastal path from the Ferry at North Shields.
Northumberland is famous for its National Park, Coastal Areas and historic castles. Popular sites are Hadrian’s Wall, The Cheviot Hills, and the Kielder forest. The Farnes and Croquet have huge nesting seabird colonies that you can view from boats and cameras hooked up to local reserves. At Holy Island we saw a seal colony of over 200 grey and common seals. This county is still largely undiscovered by the crowds that holiday in Scotland or the Lakes and is a holiday option for people visiting Newcastle area. The Outdoors Northumberland Network has local guides who can take you to some of the sites. There is an extensive cycle route hugging the coastline for families or cycle enthusiasts.
The County of Durham with wilderness open access such as the North Pennies AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) is close by the ferry port and is another great place to visit. We visited Low force waterfall. Seal sands and the new RSPB Saltholme reserve are great places to see wildlife. This is a national heritage coastal path where you can explore its Industrial past whilst marvelling at the stunning cliff top scenery.
Please come into the ORCA Wildlife Centre on board The King of Scandinavia to find out more. We hope you enjoy your trip and have some fantastic wildlife watching.