Holy Island of Lindisfarne
Just a stone’s throw off the coast of Northumberland lies The Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Famed for its breath-taking natural beauty, enchanting history & rich, spiritual heritage, the island has drawn pilgrims & visitors across the centuries. Hearts beat to the rhythm of the tides here & our unique island heritage is echoed in the lives we live today.
A Tidal Island:
Lindisfarne is a tidal island reachable via a paved causeway only when the North Sea tides permit. Safe times to cross are predictable and can be found on the respective website.
This place of worship, tranquillity, and breath-taking beauty was the home of St Cuthbert, who allegedly held the power of spiritual healing. Cruise across the causeway and find the 12th-century Lindisfarne Priory, the epicentre of Christianity in Anglo-Saxon times and once the home of St Oswald. Ransacked by marauding Viking raiders in the 8th century, the evocative ruins of Lindisfarne Priory include the famous ‘rainbow bridge’ which spirals skywards with the ghost of a long-vanished tower.
Locally the island is rarely referred to by its Anglo-Saxon name of 'Lindisfarne'. After that murderous attack on the monastery in 793ad (carried out by Vikings who had journeyed from Hordaland in Norway) its local name of Holy Island is probably derived from the ensuing observations of Durham monks: 'Lindisfarne - truly a 'Holy Island' baptized in the blood of so many good men… But its more appropriate title is, 'The Holy Island of Lindisfarne'.
Lindisfarne is internationally famous both for its medieval religious heritage and also for its more recent picturesque 16th-century castle. These, together with most of the community, are located in the Southern part of the island - the main focus for tourists and holidaymakers. Many are also attracted by the peace and tranquillity which pervades the Island and the remote Northern conservation area, with more than its fair share of quiet beaches and unique natural history.
A wide range of tourists visits this island which includes: bird-watchers, walkers, fishing parties, artists, writers, photographers and film-makers, historians and natural historians, scientists, journalists, industrialists, politicians, actors, theologians, wildfowlers, yachters, golfers (resting overnight in-between the excellent nearby Northumberland golf courses) as well as thousands of Christian and non-Christian pilgrims.
Lindisfarne Priory, the original home to the Lindisfarne Gospels, was one of the most important centres of early Christianity in Anglo-Saxon England.
Founded by St Aidan in AD635, the site owes its fame to St Cuthbert, the greatest of Northumbrian holy men, who lived and died there. Strolling around the Monastic buildings, which formed the living quarters of the monks, the remote setting adds to the unique atmosphere of the Priory.
From a former fort to the holiday home of a wealthy Edwardian bachelor seeking a quiet retreat from London, the idyllic location of the Castle has intrigued and inspired for centuries.
The renovation by Arts and Crafts architect Edwin Lutyens both hides and emphasizes the old fort, all the while overlooking Gertrude Jekyll's enchanting walled garden and the unexpected grandeur of the Lime Kilns, an imposing and striking reminder of Lindisfarne's industrial past.
Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve
On the edge of Britain, land and water meet. Shifting sands and tides combine to create the
3500 hectares of dunes, saltmarsh, and mudflats of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve, home to a fascinating array of wildlife.
Brought ashore by water and wind, the sand of the dunes is gradually stabilized by marram grass. Once stable, dunes support many other plants. In the dune slacks (the damper low-lying areas within the dunes) several nationally important plants exist including 11 species of orchid.
A variety of wading birds, ducks, and geese overwinter on the Reserve. Among these are the rare light-bellied brent geese. They start to arrive in substantial numbers in September; the Reserve is the largest wintering site in Britain and holds approximately half of the world’s population. Other internationally important wintering waterfowl found here include pink-footed geese, wigeon, grey plover, and bar-tailed godwits
Lindisfarne Mead, Fruit Wines, and Liqueurs
Made today exclusively on The Holy Island of Lindisfarne, mead was inspired by the rich history of this island. It was developed during the last century to capture the deep-rooted historical and cultural overtones of our region. The island has a selection of different meads to suit the palette and additionally, Lindisfarne Fruit Wines and Liqueurs are made.
A family-run and ethically-minded roastery, located on the beautiful Holy Island of Lindisfarne in Northumberland. Several different varieties of coffee are roasted here.
A Family run jewellery and local crafts shop, inspired by local heritage and Celtic History. With influences of nature and local Northumbrian crafts. Celtic Crafts is nestled into a 400yr old cottage
The small population of just over 160 persons is swelled by the well over 650,000 visitors coming from all over the world every year. The unique experience on this Holy Island with its historic sites & attractions, beaches & wildlife & also delicious local specialties make this an enjoyable vacation with peace and tranquillity.https://www.lindisfarne.org.uk/