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9 Apr

What’s a Camino shell doing on Holy Island?

We often see people stopping in front of the yellow and blue tile on the wall at the front of Belvue Guesthouse in Chare Ends. Some who know what it is get very excited and then they frown: what is the iconic yellow-on-blue scallop Camino shell doing on Holy Island? Is it somehow connected to the ancient pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain (the “Camino de Santiago”)? The story behind it is that over the last two years I walked a total of more than 700 miles along two of the ancient routes that lead to Santiago de Compostela....
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27 Jan

Hadrian’s Wall | Day trip from Holy Island | Northumberland

Another day trip suggestions for those staying on Holy Island, (also relevant for other visitors to Northumberland) is to spend a day visiting the Sycamore Gap on Hadrian’s Wall, a World Heritage site that’s well worth a visit. You can go any time of year (I took the pictures below in January, hence the snow). It does take 1.45 hours to get there (or two, if you take the scenic route, which I’d recommend), but if you don’t visit Northumberland often, this is a great opportunity to see the Wall. About Hadrian’s Wall Whether you are a fan of history,...
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16 Jan

Linhope Spout waterfall | Day trip from Holy Island | Northumberland

This is the start of our series of day trip suggestions for those staying on Holy Island, (also relevant for other visitors to Northumberland, but hey, we live on the Island, so that’s our starting point, and it’s dedicated to our guests). Only an hour’s drive away from Holy Island, Linhope Spout is a great day trip which rewards you with the stunning 18m waterfall and the beautiful landscapes of the Northumberland National Park. Getting to Linhope Spout Set your satnav to NE66 4LZ, and drive until you see the sign that instructs you to drive no further. Park at the side...
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11 Jan

Viewing the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

One of the best places in England to view the Northern Lights The appearance of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne doesn’t happen every year, but when it has a chance of making an appearance, there is usually some warning a few days ahead. If you live in Southern England, you could always check the likelihood on the day, and hop on a train (3h30m to Berwick) to get here. Worse case, if the Aurora doesn’t appear, you’ll still have an opportunity to spend a day on the beautiful Holy Island and see the Castle...
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4 Jan

Getting to Holy Island (Lindisfarne) by public transport

Ever since we moved here in 2017, one of the most common questions we are asked is how to get to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne if you don’t have a car and want to use public transport. The answer is that trains and buses are not the easiest option, but with a little perseverance and careful planning around tide times, you can certainly make it. How to get to Holy Island by train (via Berwick) I’ll start with how to get to Berwick-upon-Tweed, and then how to get from there to Holy Island. There used to be a train...
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1 Jan

Crossing Holy Island’s Causeway: Tips, tides and safety

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is cut off from the mainland twice a day during high tide. During these times the causeway leading to the island (“Holy Island Causeway”) is submerged, either in parts, or entirely, and it is impossible to cross. If you are unfamiliar with the causeway and the workings of the tides, it is best to educate yourself first, lest you become one of the unfortunates (read: idiots), who have to get rescued at taxpayers’ expense. We got a lot of questions from guests coming to stay at our guesthouse on the island, and decided to create...
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