The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is a much visited small island just off the Northumberland coast of England. It got the name Holy Island following violent attacks by Vikings at the end of the 8th century.
Place of pilgrimage
In Anglo Saxon Times it was the centre of Christianity in the North of England and is now a place of pilgrimage. It’s also a place that daytrippers flock to each year. Although it can get busy in summer, it rarely seems crowded. Of course, if you prefer it really quiet, the time to visit is outside the summer months.
Things to see and do
What you’ll find on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne is a remote island respectful of its past and mindful of its future. Visit the castle, 12th century Priory and the Heritage Centre with its replica of the Lindisfarne Gospels. Make time for a stroll around the picturesque village and its small haven of a bay, which centuries ago was a busy fishing village.
There’s also St Aidan’s winery where you can sample Lindisfarne mead (honey wine) made on the island by a small family business since the 60s and now a roaring success. Try freshly caught oysters, a local delicacy at their eatery.
Birdlife and wildlife abound
If all that isn’t enough, look out for seals dozing on the sandbanks and thousands of birds that thrive on the rich feeding grounds of the sandy mudflats and sea. Look out for cormorants, puffins and razorbills and hundreds of other types of birds.
The area is internationally recognised as an area of conservation for flora, fauna and birdlife.
Stunning views at every turn
One final thought, when at the castle of Holy Island perched on its volcanic mound, just stand and admire the 360-degree views of landscape and seascapes, as natural now as they have been for millenia. I promise you’ll not be disappointed with the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and you’ll want to return.