Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

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Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne is something I have been wanting to do for the longest time. After reading about a remote island totally cut off unless the tide is out I have been wanting to see it for myself. Travelling over a coastal road, seeing a town cut off from the world and exploring the place people go on pilgrimage from all over the world is so exciting. Staying in our Airbnb cottage was the perfect base for a day at Holy Island / Lindisfarne and was our main reason for our visit to Northumberland.

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne – The coastal road causeway

The causeway to Holy Island starts at Berwick upon Tweed. You are only able to drive or walk across during certain times of the day and the times change daily, as the tides do. Holy Island has a great timetable of exactly when you are able to cross that you must stick to. There have been lots of incidents of people having to be rescued by the coastguards as they have ignored the tidal times. The tide comes in quick and doesn’t wait for your car or legs.

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne The causeway

The drive across the causeway is surprisingly longer than I thought. It is quite eerie to drive along such an open space and see the sea at either side of you. The views along it are absolutely stunning though.

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne The causeway

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne The causeway

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne – Lindisfarne Priory

Our first stop exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne is Lindisfarne Priory. If you have ever seen any photographs of Lindsifarne or heard anything about it the Priory will be it.

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - Lindisfarne Priory

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - Lindisfarne Priory

Admission in to Lindisfarne Priory is £6.50 and £3.90 for kids. You can spend a good few hours wandering round the museum and exploring ruins so the entrance fee is more than worth it.

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - Lindisfarne Priory

Seeing Lindisfarne Priory I can’t help but wish I had seen it before it became a ruin. It is stunning now so must have been so impressive before.

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - Lindisfarne Priory

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne – The coast line

Above Lindisfarne Priory is a watchtower where you can look out along the coast line of Holy Island. It is well worth the climb up to see the views from there.

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - Lindisfarne coastline

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - Lindisfarne coastline

From the tower you can see the beach and in the distance the seals. So, naturally me and Ellie had to climb down and explore ourselves. It is a very rocky coastline and quite a tough walk to the shore.

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - Lindisfarne coastline

As you get closer to the shore you quickly realise it is no longer stones under foot but thousands of muscle shells. It is quite an awful noise and feeling walking over them but they are dried out. It isn’t a solid surface though and water seeps up as you are walking.

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - Lindisfarne coastline muscle shells

After the long, wet walk you finally get to the front and can see the seals. They are so noisy! Unfortunately they are just a bit too far out for my camera and phone to get a good photograph, you can make out their heads in the water and them sunbathing on the sand.

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - Lindisfarne coastline seals

If you are planning on walking down to the seals I really do recommend wellies or waterproof walking boots. Or this happens…..

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - Lindisfarne coastline wet shoes

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne – Lindisfarne town

The town of Lindisfarne is lovely to walk around. There is everything you need on a day out, pubs, cafes, shops, a post office and lots of gift shops. Everywhere we went has really reasonable prices and lots on offer for tourists.

 

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - Lindisfarne town

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - Lindisfarne town

 

Both me and Ellie loved our day exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. After dreaming about visiting for so long it doesn’t disappoint at all. Unfortunately whilst we were there the Lindisfarne castle is still under renovation so has scaffolding and tarpaulin around it. It is still something I would love to see so I will definitely be returning once that it done.

Have you ever been to Holy Island? Or any of the other coastal islands off the UK?

You can read more of our Northumberland adventure in exploring Bamburgh and find out about our Northumberland cottage.

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

20 comments on “Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

  1. It looks like an amazing place to visit. I would love to see seals in the wild. We have one that lives locally but not managed to spot it yet

  2. I highly recommend a trip to Caldey island – just off Tenby in South Wales. great sea life there and monks live and work on the island making perfume and chocolate.

  3. Aww what a lovely looking place! I’ve been to St Michaels Mount which is the same sort of place, one that you can walk to when the tide is out, or have to travel by boat! Its really exciting!

  4. Never been to Northumberland however itlooks like an awesome place to visit. I really like the coast line and museum from your photos, I bet my kids would love it

  5. The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is a great place to explore. The ruins are stunning. I agree with you that if must have been majestic during its time. I hope I get the chance to visit the place too. It is truly beautiful.

  6. Holy Island of Lindisfarne looks like an amazing place to explore. The drive across the causeway looks awesome to me but I am glad you mentioned about tides to keep in mind while traveling. I loved all your pics you’ve shared.

  7. What a beautiful and serene looking place. I’m glad I got to see and read more about it here.

  8. What a beautiful and serene looking place. I’m glad I got to see and read more about it here.

  9. How awesome is this place? I’ve never heard of this place before, but thanks for bringing it to my attention. I’m shocked this isn’t better known, but I appreciated reading through this and noting some ideas for when I’ll hopefully get a chance to visit!

  10. This place looks stunning! The ruins look amazing will definitely have to plan a trip here soon. I couldn’t believe those were actually mussels until you said it!

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