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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 – 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.
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 – 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.
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.
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 – 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.