North Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are full of castles. Some of them ruins like Norham castle and some of them in pretty good nick and still lived in like Bamburgh. Due to lack of time we did not actually get to visit any of them on our recent trip. We just got distant views of Bamburgh and Lindisfarne castles from the Barn restaurant at Beal. Bamburgh is my favourite castle, but I have never been to Lindisfarne castle yet.
The Barn at Beal is worth a visit also. It has really good food, very helpful service and a fantastic view over the causway to Holy Island.
You can see the full pics here.