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1 Jan

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

We are often asked how to cross the causeway to Holy Island (Lindisfarne), is it dangerous? How do we know when to cross? This article provides our answers to these questions. 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...
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7 Sep

How to: Walk the Pilgrim’s Way to Holy Island (minding tide times)

Walking the ancient Pilgrim’s route to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne Length: 3 miles Time: 75 – 90 minutes Please note: only walk on a receding tide, barefoot or with waterproof shoes. Be prepared to get muddy legs. Safety first: make sure you carefully read the instructions on when to cross. Tides cover the Pilgrim’s Way very quickly, and can catch you by surprise if you’re not careful. Key safety points: DO NOT use the council’s safe crossing tables for Holy Island as a guide for when the Pilgrim’s Way is walkable. They are intended for cars crossing on the...
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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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29 Aug

What to do on Holy Island (Lindisfarne) – A short guide

Holy Island has several attractions and things to do, whether you are interested in history and religion, walking, birdwatching, nature or beaches. Above all it is a special, atmospheric place that leaves an impression on those who visit, some referring to it as a ‘thin place’ where the heavens and earth are closer to each other. For us the impression was so great, we moved here. During high season (Easter to October) everything tends to be open during the low tide, while many amenities shut just before or after the causeway to the island closes. For the best experience, stay...
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1 Sep

Where to eat: food options on Holy Island (Lindisfarne)

Holy Island has a variety of food options for breakfast and lunch and dinner, but you are advised to book ahead for dinners, especially during high season. BREAKFAST / LUNCH OPTIONS ON HOLY ISLAND Holy Island has a number of cafes that serve breakfast, lunch and snacks, as well as great coffee and cakes. The pubs noted further below also serve hot lunches. 1ST Class Food The café serves breakfast, great cakes and coffees as well as heartier fare. The outdoor seating area is great for people-watching and is a bit of a sun trap. Opens at 9am. Update (2021):...
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30 Aug

Spending high tide on Holy Island (Lindisfarne) in Northumberland

Many day trippers to the island are familiar with low tide on Holy Island, but what happens when the island is cut off from the mainland? If you want to avoid the crowds, this is your best bet if you’d like to enjoy the island when most of the day trippers are away. Holy Island has two distinct sides, during low tide and when the tide is in. In our view, Holy Island is a much better experience for visitors during high tide. Yes, some of the facilities and shops may close, but the peace and quiet you can experience more...
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20 Jan

UK Solo Travel Destination: the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Choosing the right type of solo trip destination for you Like couples and groups, solo travellers head away for different reasons. Sometimes it’s to get away and recharge or find peace and quiet in nature. Other times it’s to find exciting destinations and experiences. Writers and artists take themselves on their own personal retreats, and pilgrims walk ancient routes for religious reasons, or to spend time in nature with the rhythm of their footsteps and thoughts. For all of the above we recommend Holy Island in Northumberland, which is a breathtaking, beautiful, peaceful destination. The Holy Island of Lindisfarne as...
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18 Aug

Holy Island Causeway: why tide time barriers are a daft idea

I wrote this post because I grew tired of explaining this every time, and thought it would be helpful to the people who genuinely want to know why tide time barriers either side of the causeway to Holy Island (Lindisfarne) are objected to by locals and are genuinely a bad idea. I’ll also suggest another option at the end, but that’s just my own thinking. The Causeway and Tides For those who don’t know, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in Northumberland is connected to the mainland by a causeway road that gets covered by the North Sea twice a day...
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31 Dec

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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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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