The Holy Island of Lindisfarne
Holy Island is a small community, of around 140 residents, the small village is on the tidal island of Holy Island, upon which sit the remains of both Lindisfarne Priory and Lindisfarne Castle. The Island has a recorded history dating back to the 6th century. The first landing of the Vikings was in 793AD. In the 8th century the famous Lindisfarne Gospels were made here,
The Holy Island, Perfectly described by the author Sir Walter Scott.
For with the flow and ebb, its style
Varies from continent to isle;
Dry shood o'er sands, twice every day,
The pilgrims to the shrine find way;
Twice every day the waves efface
Of staves and sandelled feet the trace.
A place of outstanding natural beauty with a historic past. Holy Island is also the home to amazing wildlife. Countless species of birds flock to the shores and inland sand dunes. Seals are common place, basking in the shallows, not to mention the deer bounding in play across the numerous walks. Holy Island is truly an undiscovered gem.
So much to see and do, on Holy Island and the surrounding area
Holy Island has been visited by many artists including, JMW Turner, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Thomas Girtin, who all painted Here. The Island is still a perfect inspiration to modern day artists.
Many people visit Holy Island as a pilgrimage or retreat.Walkers can follow the three mile Pilgrim's Way at low tide. The Island is also popular with bird watchers and is one of the top birdwatching sites in Britain.
The Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve protects the area for migrating birds and over 300 species have been recorded.
Visit St Aidan's Winery which produces Lindisfarne mead to a secret age-old recipe.