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Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Still a place of pilgrimage even in these more secular times, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne is the very fountainhead of England's Christian heritage. It was on Holy Island that the early Christian message was honed and distributed to a largely pagan Northumberland.

Lindisfarne Priory was the home of St Cuthbert and the birthplace of a true national treasure - the Lindisfarne Gospels, a unique illuminated Latin manuscript of the gospels of Mark, Luke and John.

The Lindisfarne Heritage Centre contains an electronic copy of the book, which presents a complete history of the Island that brings the story of St Cuthbert to life.

Pilgrims also find their way across the Holy Island causeway to see the other treasures the island has to offer, although you must remember to check the safe crossing times before you set off.

Standing on a rocky outcrop overlooking the island is Lindisfarne Castle - a small fortress first built in 1550 and today looked after by the National Trust.

Holy Island has a national reputation as a wildlife haven and is home to a national nature reserve. As well as numerous rare birds, you may even spot the grey seal that are resident on the nearby Farne Islands all year round.

There are many beautiful walks on Holy Island, taking in spectacular views of the village and mainland beyond. Whether you climb to the castle or stroll on the beach, you will feel invigorated with the fresh sea air and truly blessed to have experienced this holy place.

Holy Island is small, but its close-knit community has adapted well to the thousands of visitors that descend on the island every year. Find a sunny bench outside a local pub and sample a fresh crab sandwich - a Northumberland speciality.

A trip to the Island would not be complete without a taste of Lindisfarne Mead. This sweet alcoholic fortified wine can be sampled at St Aidan's Winery in the centre of the village.

Holy Island Partnership provides information of developments on Holy Island click here for links.

The bus service from Berwick-upon-Tweed runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays only (out of peak season) so it is worth checking the bus timetables in advance of your visit. Visit Perryman's website here for timetable information.

 

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    Walkergate
    (upstairs in the library)
    Berwick-upon-Tweed
    Northumberland
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