Thursday, 18 August 2016

Seahouses Harbour

Having just returned from a boat trip to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne I decided I'd exploit the final hour of perfect blue sky to take a few photos around Seahouses Harbour.

My family originally comes from Seahouses and the beach and rocks were my playground for the first five or six years of my life. I'd hear tales of how you'd once be able to walk from one side of the harbour to the other by hopping between the old coble fishing boats, but nowadays there's only 3 or 4 fishing boats left.

Given the recent demise of the fishing industry, Seahouses now relies very heavily on tourism. With spectacular sights like the Farne Islands and Bamburgh Castle right on the doorstep, it's little surprise that people flock to the village between the months of May and September. They buy ice creams, eat fish and chips, walk golden beaches and take boat trips to the Islands.

Outside the tourist season things are very different. It would be fair to say that there isn't much to do in terms of employment, recreation and entertainment. A lot of the houses within the village are holiday or second homes, so the place is naturally much quieter. The distribution of second homes in the village and high season tourist influx also means that a lot of indigenous Seahouses folk have been priced out of the property market.

A special Tom's Photo Log mention in dispatches for Tony Pelligrini's ice cream parlour at the harbour end of Main Street. For the princely sum of £3.50 I was able to get the most delicious strawberry gelato I've ever had, plus it was a massive serving too.

My photos of the harbour, taken on the late afternoon of 17th August 2016:

Farne Island Boat Trip Kiosks.

Lobster and Crab Pots.

Pots and Rope on Seahouses Small Pier.

Seahouses Harbour (1).

Seahouses Harbour (2).

Seahouses Harbour (3).

Glad Tidings Returns to Seahouses Harbour.

Glad Tidings V and VII in Seahouses Harbour.

Seahouses Harbour (4).

Seahouses Harbour Powder House and Fluke Hole.

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