We visited the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, also known as Holy Island or Lndisfarne , in north Northumberland in early March 2010 on a beautiful sunny day. Holy Island is reached by driving over a tidal causeway, so it’s important to check the safe crossing times when planning your trip.
St Aidan travelled from the island of Iona in Western Scotland to Holy Island in 635AD to establish Christianity in northern England. Lindisfarne Priory is built over the original monastery founded by St Aidan. The island was invaded by Vikings at the end of the 9th century. Lindsifarne Castle was built in 1550, on the highest point of the flat island.
The drive over the causeway is one of the most scenic parts of a visit to Holy Island. You’d be amazed at how many times we read in the local paper about motorists being stranded by the rising tides, some having to abandon their cars to take refuge in the wooden tower. There were eleven rescues in 2009.
There are wonderful views across to the mainland from Holy Island. We could even see some snow on the Cheviots in the distance.
View over to the mainland from Holy Island
You can watch a panorama of the views toward the mainland, the Castle and the Priory in the video below.
In the photo below Lindisfarne Castle looks more like a volcano rising up from the rocky flat lands.
View toward the volcano like Lindisfarne Castle
Leaving well before the latest safe crossing time, due to the high Spring tides, we drove back across to the mainland.
It was a perfect day for a visit to Holy Island, the first day in 2010 of some warmish Spring sunshine, very little wind, blue skies and mirror like sea. Holy Island has to be one of the best places to visit in Europe.