From across the vast expanse of cyberspace, welcome to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne!
Our delightful, historic island lies just off the extreme Northeast corner of England near Berwick-upon-Tweed. 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.
A tidal Island:
We are a tidal island in that access is by a paved causeway which is covered by the North Sea twice in every 24 hour period. There is access to tide tables on our
. Study them carefully or consult your accommodation provider.
Lindisfarne versus Holy Island:
Locally the island is rarely referred to by its Anglo-Saxon name of 'Lindisfarne'. Following on from that murderous and bloodthirsty attack on the monastery by the Vikings in 793AD, it obtained its local name from the observations made by the Durham monks: 'Lindisfarne - baptised in the blood of so many good men - truly a 'Holy Island'. Its more appropriate title, 'The Holy Island of Lindisfarne', is a little long for most maps...
Lindisfarne is a place of uniqueness:
Lindisfarne is internationally famous both for its medieval religious heritage and also its more recent picturesque 16th century castle. These, together with most of the community, are located on the Southern part of the island - the main focus for tourists and holidaymakers. Many are also attracted by the peace and tranquility which pervades the Island and the remote Northern conservation area, with more than its fair share of quiet beaches and unique natural history.
People visit the Island from all walks of life:
We have a wide range of visitors 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.
Do not be misled into thinking that you can see it all in a day's visit:
Even a couple of overnight stays at one of the Island's excellent hotels, guest-houses and retreats will be sufficient for only the briefest overview. Often the majority of the guests sharing accommodation with you will, like yourself, have started with a day visit. Thousands return year after year smitten by the spiritual enchantment of a special very place sought out by man (and woman!) since prehistory.
There is far more of interest in the area to see:
The duration of your stay is obviously a matter for personal choice and means. The visitor who considers that North Northumberland is a place for a one night stopover, on the way up north to Edinburgh or down south to Newcastle, will be disappointed when they find themselves having to move on too soon to the hectic pace of these hugely-populated modern cities. Visit our partner web site
. You may well find country houses, castles, battle sites, priories, sea trips to the Farne Islands, beaches, country walks, horse-riding, honey farms and local shops and produce etc. etc. more suited to your plans. After all, the big cities are only an hours day trip away and you can return to spend the evening in the warm hospitality of people who avoid living life at 100mph. You might well see quite a cost advantage too...
To avoid disappointment try and book ahead:
There are barely 40 letting rooms on the island and demand can far outweigh availability throughout the year - particularly in the main season, weekends and bank holidays. When you do decide to stay, do make sure that you book accommodation as far ahead as possible.
Our accommodation register
lists a range of places both on the Island and nearby mainland. Please note that camping and caravaning is not permitted on the Island.
Above all we are a community:
New visitors should note that there is a small, friendly Northumbrian community living on the island. However, although tourism is a major industry here there are still a large number of islanders who derive their living from a vast range of other means - including fishing, farming and writing as well those who have now retired.
Be a welcome visitor:
The island is our home. Do not expect it to be like the city. Expect to meet country life and nature in the raw at times. Please keep to the footpaths provided, use the litter bins, do not disturb the sheep, seals or other wildlife or wander onto private premises. Keep dogs on leads and under control.
We trust and hope that you enjoy your visit to our web site. Perhaps at some future stage we can also look forward to you visiting our Island. If you do, please be a welcome visitor and treat our home with respect.