Holy Island or also known as Lindisfarne is located in the county of Northumberland on the east coast of the UK, only a short distance drive from the Scottish Border. The tidal island has a history dating back to the 6th century and Christianity. The remote island was an ideal base for the monks that used to live there. Today you can visit this small charming island measuring 3 miles (4.8 km) from east to west and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from north to south. Visiting Lindisfarne Holy Island should be included on any self-drive holiday to Northumberland, with it’s abundance of history, delicious food and not to be missed Mead!
Visiting Lindisfarne Holy Island
The best way of getting there and giving you the most flexibility, is to arrive by car. The causeway is only accessible at specific times of the day. Please check the tidal timetable before making the journey! Having crossed the causeway there is a large car park (£4.00 parking charge for the day) and from there you can enjoy this beautiful island by foot.
Places to visit en-route
If visiting Lindisfarne Holy Island, if you are traveling from Scotland by hire car via the picturesque Scottish Borders there are grand historical houses and many places of interest to visit such as Traquair House, Scott’s View and The Teviot Smokery Water Gardens.
The Teviot Smokery and Water Gardens
A tranquil and delightful place to visit with delicious smoked produce, such as duck, chicken and fish is The Teviot Smokery and Water Gardens. Situated outside Kelso on the River Teviot. Take a stroll through the tranquil and lush gardens, down to the River Teviot before enjoying a delicious lunch in the cafe. There is also a well stocked gift shop with a number of gifts and delicatessen, with an array of local fresh produce.
Chain Bridge Honey Farm
Just over the border you can visit the Chain Bridge Honey Farm, located by and named after the oldest suspension bridge and the longest in the world (1820) – Union Chain Bridge. Onsite you can enjoy the delicious honey cake, ice cream and other delights on-board the vintage Honey Bus Cafe, as well as enjoy the vintage museum. The easy walk to the Union Chain Bridge from the farm takes around 5 – 10 minutes each way.
Where To Stay
There is a small number of accommodation providers, such as guest houses and hotels on the island of Lindisfarne but for more convenience we stayed in the historical town of Berwick Upon Tweed at The Granary YHA. With all its amenities and comforts it is well checking out! I can highly recommend the delicious food, service and it’s ideal location to visit both Lindisfarne and the surrounding areas.
What Not To Miss On Holy Island
The 16th century Lindisfarne Castle sits on top of a volcanic mound called Beblowe Craig, first opened as a National Trust property back in the 1970’s bequeathed by Sir Edward De Stein in 1944. The castle has stunning views across the island, rooms standing still in times gone by and the delightful Gertrude Jekyll Garden.
Lindisfarne a place of spirituality and pilgrimage is well know for the Lindisfarne Priory an extensive medieval monastery, which is well worth a visit! Discover the trials and tribulations of the ancient monks who built the Priory back almost 1,400 years ago, who were subjected to raids by vikings and the beautiful medieval manuscripts – Lindisfarne Gospels.
Other highlights not to be missed on Lindisfarne
When visiting Lindisfarne Holy Island don’t miss the opportunity to visit the home of the Lindisfarne Mead. To many it is regarded as “nectar of the gods”. The 360 degree views from the Lindisfarne Viewing Tower and viewing through the Window to Wild Lindisfarne. Observe a number of local and migrating birds in this newly built setting with a number of informative panels and large glass windows. The area is well known as a large RSPB Centre with Scenic Walks to the large and quiet beaches.
If visiting the area at the beginning of September, don’t miss the independent and creative Lindisfarne Festival. As well as a number of music tents check out the, music and artistic workshops, holistic therapies, street performers and market stalls. There is also delicious world cuisines, craft beer and ales to enjoy!
I hope I have inspired you on visiting Lindisfarne Holy Island. This seemingly remote island is full of history and charm. Happy Travels:) x
Thank you to YHA England & Wales, English Heritage, National Trust and Lindisfarne Festival
Disclaimer: All the above opinions are my own.