"The precious commodity they were after was the oil produced by the rendering of whale blubber... the castles and cathedrals of 16th-century Europe were decorated and lit from this faraway place."
When to go:
June - September though even in the summer months the weather can be cold.
How to get there:
With Bridge & Wickers you can organise a 10-night road trip to Red Bay, also taking in Gros Mourne National Park and the Viking site of L'Anse Aux Meadows in Newfoundland.