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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, but if there’s still something you’d like to know, use the comments section at the bottom of this page to ask. New! Watch our video: Need to know: Crossing Holy Island’s Causeway 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...
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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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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 as to when the Pilgrim’s Way is walkable. They are intended for cars crossing on...
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1 Sep

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

All food and dining places on Holy Island are within walking distance of each other, and you can find some excellent breakfast, lunch and dinner options. During high season you have more options than winter. You should also be aware that some establishments adjust their opening times based on tide times. It’s just part of the reality of running a business on a tidal island. 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...
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30 Aug

Spending high tide on Holy Island (Lindisfarne) in Northumberland

High tide on Holy Island   Many daytrippers to the island are familiar with low tide on Holy Island (Lindisfarne), but what happens when the island is cut off from the mainland? Holy Island has two distinct sides, when it is low tide and when it is high tide. During low tide all facilities and amenities are usually open during the high season, but when it is low tide most will be closed, with the exception of the pubs and hotels  (with the exception of a high tide during the day in the summer season). In our view, Holy Island...
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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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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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13 Dec

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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1 Dec

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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