Island stays are always exciting, but this isn’t any old Island. This is Holy Island: a mystical, castle-crowned two-square mile speck of an island located just off the magnificent Northumberland Coastline.
As charming as it is mysterious, this pint-sized tidal island is completely cut-off from mainland Northumberland twice a day as seawater washes over its three-mile-long causeway. If you’re staying or visiting the island do keep an eye on the changing crossing times and make sure to allow ample time to drive, cycle or walk across.
Once you’re there, expect to find quaint cafes, cosy pubs, an ancient priory, a castle perched on a rocky plateau overlooking the island, Lindisfarne Mead and plenty of striking sea views. Our Lindisfarne accommodation lies at the heart of Holy Island, in the Island's only village. Rich in legend and history, Holy Island – hence its name – was once the epicentre of Celtic Christianity and has played host to medieval monks and Viking raids over the centuries. Now, it's a fascinating place to spend time delving into its intriguing past and illustrious religious heritage.
While the main attractions - Lindisfarne Priory, Lindisfarne Castle, the award-winning Gertrude Jekyll Garden, the pretty harbour, around which characteristic upside-down herring boats form sheds and the high street – tend to be busy, there’s plenty of peace and quiet to be found here, particularly when the tides are in your favour leaving you to enjoy the island without the crowds.
Many of the island’s white sandy beaches remain blissfully empty with only seabirds and seals taking up residence on their shores. You can even walk over to the smaller island of Hobthrush (also known as St Cuthbert’s Island) to get a closer look at the animals. The wildlife here is protected and the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve is home to an array of wonderful sea and birdlife including wading birds, grey seals, wild fowl and, in the winter, wild geese who flock over from Svalbard to spend the season on Holy Island.
Whether you’re searching for some blissful tranquillity, a bucket and spade holiday with the family or a romantic escape on an equally romantic island, Holy Island has it all. Plus, if you’re after a little more adventure, the ever-popular coastal villages of Bamburgh and Seahouses are just a short drive away along Northumberland’s main coastline.
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