Also known as Holy Island, Lindisfarne, which measures slightly more than a mile in length and just over two miles in width, nestles just off the Northumberland coast of
Because of its tiny size and limited number of attractions, most visitors are day-trippers here. Unless you intentionally plan to spend the night at the
Whether you choose to walk or to drive, the key to a successful excursion is checking tide schedules and weather reports. In general, the causeway, which is really nothing more than a narrow strip of tarmac across the sea floor, is open three hours after high tide until two hours before the next high tide.
Once there, however,
The priory, now a ruin after much of it was pillaged to create the castle, was founded by the Irish monk St. Aiden in 635. For nearly 150 years it was a Christian base in northern
Before the Vikings, the patron saint of Northumberland, Saint Cuthbert, became Bishop of Lindisfarne. His life and miracles were significant enough to be recorded by the Venerable Bede, a scholarly monk at a Northumbrian monastery who was the first English church historian.
Viking raids brought havoc to the region and by 875 the monks fled the island along with St. Cuthbert’s bones, which are now interred at Durham Cathedral.
As one scholar in Charlemagne’s court wrote about the Viking raids, “Never before has such terror appeared in
As you suspect,
When the monastery was at its peak,
The other significant landmark on the island is
Though considerably smaller, and not nearly as majestic as its French cousin, the setting for
Thanks to the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve, birdwatching is among the most popular pursuits on the island. With nearly 9,000 acres of land, visitors can observe more than 300 species of birds together with a brilliant display of marine life.
Part of what makes
The best way to arrive is by train to the mainline station at Berwick-upon-Tweed. From
Berwick-upon-Tweed, by the way, is the last English town before
There is public bus service from the railway station to the island, but the frequency varies so it is probably better to take a taxi.
If you are driving, take the A1 to Beal and then turn east toward
While it is a bit tricky to reach, and not to everyone’s liking, for those who enjoy exploration and discovery,
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