At the weekend we made the most of an unexpectedly sunny Saturday by heading up the coast to visit Holy Island.
The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is a unique place that can be found just off the Northumberland coast, between the towns of Alnwick and Berwick, not too far from the Scottish border. It’s a tidal island, which means that twice a day it is cut off from the mainland by the rising sea. Any visit to Holy Island requires a bit of planning, as access is via a long causeway it is necessary to check the tide times before driving across.
However, people are often unaware of this fact; despite the warning signs tourists do sometimes become stranded on the causeway, so be sure to check the tide times before you travel.
Historically, Lindisfarne is an important site. Lindisfarne Priory, now managed by English Heritage, was founded in 634AD by Irish monk St. Aidan and the Lindisfarne Gospels were made there some time during the next century.
The priory has had a troubled history, having been victim of a number of Viking raids until it was ultimately disbanded, along with other English monasteries, during the reign of Henry VIII.
Holy Island is also home to Lindisfarne Castle, which stands apart from the island’s main village. The castle is run by the National Trust and features a number of exhibits, including the lime kilns and beautiful gardens.
Despite being a small island, there are some incredibly beautiful views and it is a fantastic place to take photographs.