Holy Island

A Little More About Holy Island

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is part of the Farne Islands. An extension of the great Whin Sill. A volcanic rock outcrop that runs throughout Northumberland.This is a base for part of Hadrians Wall.

Island History and Scenery

Statue of St Aidan, Holy Island - Lindisfarne

Holy Island boasts stunning natural vistas. World famous for centuries of captivating history, a wealth of important religious, historical and natural sites. Visitors to the island revel in the beauty and the history. The Holy island of Lindisfarne is truly unique. Described as being romantic, historic and spiritually uplifting all at the same time!

Lindisfarne Atmosphere and Magnetism

Visitors often comment about the ‘special atmosphere and magnetism’ of Lindisfarne. Returning visitors discovering a new facet of this magical, unspoilt and hauntingly beautiful corner of England. Always commenting how when the tide sweeps in creating a captivating haven that spirits you back in time.

Meade and Monks of Holy island

The village has a post office, four hotels/pubs and several coffee and gift shops. There is also St Aidan’s Winery where Lindisfarne Meade is produced (samples available). In medieval times when Benedictine Monks inhabited the island, it was said that the body must be fortified with Lindisfarne Meade as the soul was in God’s keeping! The monks no longer inhabit the island. The secret recipe of the Meade remains in the safe keeping of the family that still produce it at the winery.

Beaches and Nature on Lindisfarne

Lindisfarne PrioryThe Island has superb, unspoilt beaches. All of which are protected as the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve. Protecting Holy island are the Lindisfarne Site of Special Scientific Interest (S.S.S.I) Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (A.O.N.B), Special Protection and Conservation Area and R.A.M.S.A.R Wetland Site on Northumberlands Heritage coastline.

Artists and Photographers

The beautifully situated Lindisfarne Castle that sits majestically on Beblowe Crag.  Just past the castle, a short walk on are the disused Lime Kilns. An often overlooked part of the island’s industrial past. Bird watchers, photographers and artists are all in for a treat when they visit Holy island. The limestone used for building many of the Lindisfarne buildings and St Mary’s Church was quarried at Coves Haven near the castle.

Holy Island Church, Vikings and Castle

Holy Islands Cuddy's ducksNearby are the Upturned Boats which are so iconic of Holy island. While visiting the castle be sure to drop by the secret walled garden designed by Gertrude Jeckyll  in 1911. The magnificent Lindisfarne Priory and Priory Church dating back to 7thC AD. After being destroyed by Viking raids in 875AD, the priory was re-established in 1093 until its suppression in 1536 under Henry VIII. Lindisfarne Priory was one of the most important centres of early Christianity in Anglo-Saxon England.  The delightful neighbouring St Mary’s Parish Church reputedly built on the site of St Aidan’s Monastery is still in use today and well worth a visit.

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