The Holy Island of Lindisfarne

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The Holy Island of Lindisfarne


One of the UK’s tidal Islands situated between Bamburgh and Berwick upon Tweed and well worth a visit on your trip to Northumberland.

What is a tidal island you ask? Holy Island is cut off from the main land twice a day by the incoming tide. Access is via a tarmacked causeway at low tide. Access on and off the island is unavailable at high tide and trips to the island should be planned by using the tidal time table found here. Tide Times


Always stick to the time table and never try to out run the tide. Many have tried and no one has succeeded!

Once on the island you can experience what a beautiful place it is, with a small population of just over 150 residents that make the island their home, the island is visited by hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.

Whatever your reason for visiting the village it’s an ideal spot for wildlife enthusiasts, artists and historians alike, or simply sit and have a coffee and watch village life.

Meander the streets of the fishing village, visit Lindisfarne Castle, watch the fishermen at work preparing their boats or relax and watch the huge seal colony in the distance that often sit near the causeway waiting for high tide again. Their calls sounding something like ghostly cries of a wolf.

See a long strip of hundreds of waiting at low tide in the picture below.

Holy Island as it’s known by many of the locals has a strong religious heritage and as such, much of the island history revolves around the priory and the traditional pilgrimage to the island. For more information on The Holy Island of Lindisfarne please do have a browse of the following website. More information on Holy Island