When it comes to coastal getaways, the United Kingdom offers a plethora of stunning destinations.
From picturesque beaches to charming towns, the UK’s coastline is a treasure trove waiting to be explored. In this article, we will highlight two exceptional properties that epitomize the allure of coastal breaks: The White Horse & Griffin and The Selkirk Arms, both offered by The Great Inns of Britain.
The White Horse & Griffin
Situated on the old East side of Whitby, The White Horse & Griffin Hotel and Restaurant is an iconic and charismatic property that captures the essence of this beloved coastal town. Dating back to 1681, this historic coaching inn played a significant role in Whitby’s maritime heritage.
The hotel’s head chef, Michael Coates, and his team pride themselves on serving great food prepared with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Guests can enjoy a relaxed and unfussy dining experience in either the more formal upstairs dining room or the cozy bistro downstairs.
The property features ten individually styled guest rooms, each named after famous Whitby ships and their skippers. While retaining the building’s historical charm, the rooms offer essential modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. The White Horse & Griffin also welcomes well-behaved dogs and provides a limited number of dog-friendly rooms for an additional fee.
The White Horse & Griffin is ideally located in the heart of Whitby’s historic east side, making it a convenient base for exploring the town, the coast, and the enchanting North Yorkshire Moors.
Join a ghost walk to uncover the mysterious and supernatural tales that shroud the town in intrigue. For a different kind of adventure, embark on a tour of the Dracula Experience, which delves into the story of Dracula’s connection to Whitby. Whitby Coastal Cruises offer an excellent opportunity to witness the town’s beauty from the sea, while the striking Whitby Abbey invites visitors to immerse themselves in its gothic splendour.
The Selkirk Arms
Nestled in the heart of Kirkcudbright, The Selkirk Arms is a delightful property that exudes charm, history, and heritage. Dating back to 1777 and once frequented by renowned Scottish poet Robert Burns, this traditional town house hotel captures the essence of the vibrant town and its breathtaking surroundings.
Owners Chris and Sue Walker, residents of Dumfries and Galloway for over three decades, have extended a warm and friendly welcome to guests from far and wide during their 12 years at The Selkirk Arms. Head Chef Ryan Millar, with his wealth of culinary experience, leads a talented team of six chefs who constantly push boundaries with their innovative and imaginative creations. The Inn’s menu offers a delightful range of bistro-style fare, catering to both traditional and modern tastes.
The Selkirk Arms boasts sixteen en-suite bedrooms, each equipped with amenities such as tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview TV, free Wi-Fi, direct dial phones, and hairdryers. Well-behaved dogs are also welcome in designated areas, ensuring that furry friends can join in the coastal adventure.
Kirkcudbright is a lively fishing port and one of Scotland’s most vibrant communities. The town itself, known as the “Artist’s Town”, has long been a haven for painters and craftspeople, with its charming cobbled streets, pastel-coloured houses resembling doll houses, and 18th-century boulevards leading to the stunning banks of the River Dee.
Surrounded by stunning coastlines and breathtaking countryside, Kirkcudbright offers a myriad of activities for every visitor. From cycling and fishing to golfing and walking, there are options to suit all interests and levels of adventure.
The United Kingdom offers an array of unmissable coastal breaks that promise unforgettable experiences. The White Horse & Griffin in Whitby and The Selkirk Arms in Kirkcudbright epitomize the charm, heritage, and beauty of coastal getaways.
Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or a blend of both, these charming inns provide the perfect retreats to immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquillity of the UK’s coast.