The Holy Island of Lindisfarne has been a place of religious pilgrimage and retreat for centuries. It was St Aidan who arrived on the Island in 635AD to start his Monastery and from here the Christian faith spread across the world, garnering the nickname ‘the cradle of Christianity’. Today the Island attracts many visitors for its amazing natural beauty, peacefulness and wildlife.
Lindisfarne Castle dominates the Island and is now under the care of the National Trust. The views from the Castle are simply breath-taking with some of the most attractive coastal vistas in the UK so remember to bring your camera with you! There are many excellent pubs and cafes on the Island, so you are never far away from a good meal even when the tide is high. All the Island's amenities are within easy walking distance (although you might need to take a torch with you at night!).
Other attractions on the Island include the ruins of the ancient Lindisfarne Priory, The Lindisfarne Centre where you can see copies of the famous Lindisfarne Gospels and St Aidan's Winery home of the locally produced Lindisfarne Mead. The Island also offers many beautiful circular walks along its many beaches and picturesque countryside.
Holy Island is a haven of peace, tranquillity and retreat. The Island and its coastline is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and for good reason! When you stay at Sally's Cottage you can enjoy a walk around the Island and admire the simply breathtaking views, historic attractions and wonderful array of wildlife. Other attractions nearby on the mainland include: Bamburgh Castle, Chillingham Castle (and its herd of Wild Cattle), Berwick with its historic Town Walls and ferocious history, The Farne Islands, the beautiful Northumberland National Park, Ford and Etal Estates, Dunstanburgh Castle, Cragside House, Gardens and Estate and many more!
Holy Island is accessed via a causeway that is cut off by the tide twice a day, you can check the tide times on the Northumberland County Council website. More visitor information about Northumberland can be found at Your Northumberland Guide and Visit Northumberland.