THE INTERNET STEERING GROUP
THE HOLY ISLAND OF LINDISFARNE
From across the vast expanse of cyberspace, welcome to the Holy
Island of Lindisfarne!!
Our physical location...
Our delightful, unspoiled, 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 influx
of over 650,000 visitors from all over the world every
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 travel page.
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 the 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 is 'The Holy Island of
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
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!)
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 www.where-to-go.info. 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
To avoid disappointment try and book ahead...
There are only about 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
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.
Kind Regards - Webmaster