During our stay in Northumberland, we passed this lovely village on numerous occasions, always with the same comment from my youngest boy, “Look…. Balamory.” (Note: to see the connection of what I mean view Tobermory where Balamory is filmed…. the coloured houses)
Alnmouth is a village in Northumberland, England. It is about 4 miles from the lovely village of Alnwick and it’s lovely castle.
Located at the mouth of the River Aln, the village has been an important trading port in Northumberland’s past, mainly involved in the export of grain, as well as being noted as a haven for smuggling. Due to the trade in grain, the village contained a number of granaries.
During the American War of Independence, Alnmouth was attacked by the American privateer John Paul Jones. On September 23rd 1779, Jones fired a canon ball at the town; fortunately it missed the church tower and landed in a field before striking a farmhouse roof.
The port declined after the river changed course during a violent storm in 1806. This incident also resulted in the original church which stood on Church Hill being destroyed, however, the church had already suffered much erosion by the river and was in a state of collapse. After the loss of the grain exports, the old granaries were converted to houses.
Today, Alnmouth is a popular tourist resort. It is within the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village boasts the fourth oldest golf course in the country, which I would love to come and try sometime in the future.
This is a HDR image combining 3 bracketed photos using Photomatix Pro for Mac.
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark ll
28-300mm IS Zoom Lens (@ 260mm)
1/80, 1/200, 1/500